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Sometime last spring, Annie Adams and two other student members of the Society of Civil Engineers taught area middle school students about structural engineering. Together, they talked about how to build a bridge out of balsa wood, looking at the stresses and forces involved and where the bridge could potentially come apart.The kids reacted. They laughed and asked questions. They came away with the idea that engineering is fun and an important part of our daily lives.
Imagine conducting innovative and potentially life saving biomedical researchall before your 22nd birthday. Jamie Bergen will tell you that such dreams arepossible through the Pratt Fellows program.Bergen is one of two dozen undergraduates selected annually to receive theschool’s distinguished Pratt Fellowship, which allows students to receivecourse credit and a summer stipend to conduct research under the directsupervision of faculty members. Fellows are selected their junior year...
Two separate ideas developed by students in a Duke engineering design class that seeks to improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities have become winning entries in the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) national design competition.David Chong of Wheaton, Ill., and Billy Watson of Tacoma, Wash., were named winners for adapting a baseball glove with an aluminum brace and a Velcro strap to aid the catching prowess of a young boy...
After serving as president of his engineering class for each of the past three years, Sumit Shah will take the reins of ESG in the fall with hopes of building upon the successes of his predecessor and expanding the role of ESG into academic affairs. At the top of the list is an improvement to the course-evaluation system used by students. Shah hopes that improvements will allow students better information in deciding their class schedule. In addition to the course-evaluation system, Shah also...
Pratt seniors Robert Schneider of Dallas and Max Cohen of Baltimore won top honors and $2,000 March 5 in the second annual "March Madness" robot design contest hosted by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. Their remote controlled device was judged best at taking Ping-Pong balls from the corner of an 8-foot-square court on the stage at Love Auditorium and dropping it in a basketball hoop, in this case a Plexiglas tube 18 inches above the playing surface. Nearly 50...
By Gabriel Chen, written in 2003 Loaded with caffeine and eyelids heavy as bricks, it is 2 a.m. already and your head is beginning to shake. You have just completed page three of your 20-page paper that is due tomorrow before noon. That is a procrastinator, a character easily understood by college students, even as many of them try to cram the night before assignments are due.
Two North Carolina sports traditions will meet engineering know-how in the Pratt School of Engineering's second annual design contest March 5 in Duke's Love Auditorium. Students will combine motorsports and basketball in an effort to win cash prizes of up to $2,000. This year's design contest requires students to create remote-controlled machines that can take a ping-pong ball from the corner of a 8-foot-square court and place it in a basketball hoop -- a Plexiglas tube 18 inches above the...
Kyle Smith is officially a lame duck. Smith has been president of Engineering Student Government for a year. His successor, Sumit Shaw, was elected Feb. 28, and Smith will pass the reigns of leadership over to Shaw at the end of the semester. The new president will continue to expand many of the projects on which Smith and his predecessors have worked. For several years, Smith said, the focus of ESG has been increased inclusiveness and building a stronger community through social events. Smith...
Two North Carolinian sports traditions will meet engineering know-how in the second annual design contest of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Wednesday, March 5, in Love Auditorium. Students will combine motorsports and basketball in an effort to win cash prizes of up to $2,000.