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By Annie Adams(Adams is a 2003 graduate, majoring in mechanical engineering and economics)
By Jessica Manson(Manson is a sophomore double majoring in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering)“Science camp?” That is the question most of these middle-school girls would probably hear if they told their peers how they spent their summer vacation. However, this past summer, a new science camp tore down the common stereotypes of lab scientists or engineers and replaced them with new ideas about those who pursue science and engineering.
Bill Younger, a Pratt parent, member of Pratt's Board of Visitors and managing director of Sutter Hill Ventures in Palo Alto, Calif., kicked off Parents Weekend on Oct. 25 with the annual Engineering Seminar in Griffith Film Theater. He and his son Mark, who graduated from Pratt last May, delighted an audience of over 300 with verbal jousting over career advice for engineering students as they passed a basketball between them. Though often tongue-in- cheek, both Youngers provided sage advice....
By Anu Kotha(Kotha is a freshman at Pratt)Within the next 10 years, more than 70 million people are going to join the ranks of seniors. As they age, they will face several medical problems. One such problem concerns joints. The articular cartilage that allows bones to smoothly move over each other wears down with time. Unlike most tissues in the body, articular cartilage cannot heal itself. Due to the loss of this cartilage, bones rub against each other and cause tremendous pain at the joints,...
The National Science Foundation has awarded the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University $100,000 to pioneer a new undergraduate curriculum.The Departmental-Level Reform of Undergraduate Engineering Education Planning Grant, as it is officially called, is for one year, after which the department will apply for a follow-up implementation grant (a three-year, $1.5-million award).The project’s principal investigator is Leslie Collins, associate professor of ECE,...
More than 600 parents, students and faculty members gathered in our “backyard” between Teer Engineering Library and the Levine Science Research Center Saturday October 25 for the annual Parents Weekend BBQ. Freshly prepared hush puppies, fried chicken and pulled pork fed the hungry masses."The food was excellent, the weather cooperated and the conversation was great," said Pratt Dean Kristina Johnson.
The Duke Robotics Club placed third in a field of 12 in the 6th International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition in August in San Diego. In taking third, the club scored a noteworthy victory over the team from MIT, which placed fourth.The Pratt club’s robot, Gamera, is a 30-inch wide autonomous assembly of electrical motors, computers and batteries named after a giant flying turtle that starred in a Japanese monster movie. The Pratt robot’s most turtle-like qualities are the...
Awakening as his plane landed in Tanzania, biomedical engineering student Sumit Shah looked out a dusty window and saw an acacia tree. It took a while before his sleepy mind conjured an explanation for the odd, flat-topped canopy of leaves on slanting, nut-brown tree limbs. He was finally in Africa.
All of my high expectations were met and even surpassed as I finally arrived at the world-renowned Avenue de Champs Elysees in Paris, France as a study-abroad student through Duke's International Honors Program.
The Pratt School of Engineering welcomed one of its most accomplishedclasses with the start of classes Aug. 26. Two hundred and eighty-six students joined over 720 sophomores, juniors and seniors this academic year.This year’s matriculating class also had the highest SAT scores in thePratt School’s 63 year history. The middle quartile SAT scores for theentering class range from 1400 to 1530, with 92 percent of the incomingstudents in the upper 10 percent of their high school class....