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Thank You from Student Groups

The Engineering Alumni Council provides funding for extracurricular projects and activities to qualified engineering-based student groups at the Pratt School of Engineering. Below are just a few of the great results achieved with the support of the Alumni Association.

DEV group with trophy at Shell Eco-Marathon 2017

Duke Electric Vehicles Club (DEV)

The Duke Electric Vehicles team broke through the standings at the Shell Eco-Marathon this year, taking first place in the prototype battery electric category. The team relied on an aerodynamic redesign of their vehicle and on-the-spot data analytics to post a score of 296 miles per kilowatt hour—the equivalent of 9,976 miles per gallon. With steadily improving performances over the past several years, the win really demonstrates the passion our students have for their projects during their entire time here at Duke.

Duke NSBE group with trophy at 2017 national convention

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Our chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers was also busy in April, winning three major awards at its national convention in Kansas City, Missouri. The awards included Regional Distinguished Chapter of the Year, Regional Small Chapter of the Year and National Small Chapter of the Year! But before collecting their awards, student members had approximately 20 interviews, coming away with eight internship offers and two full-time job offers. This success caps off a great year for the Pratt NSBE chapter, due in no small part to advisers Johnna Frierson, our director of diversity and inclusion in engineering, and Adrienne Stiff-Roberts of ECE.

Duke ASCE group at 2017 Carolinas Conference

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Congratulations are also in order for Duke’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), who took home two awards at the ASCE Carolinas Conference at UNC Charlotte in April. The team of Karyn Saunders, Alex Simmons, Hannah Wilen and Virginia Pan won third place in the environmental competition, where students were required to design and build a process that would remove particles and organic materials from a water source. A separate Duke team also placed third in the Freshmore challenge, where freshman and sophomore students completed a series of mental and physical challenges to retrieve parts of a flagpole. The team, which included Hannah Wilen, Virginia Pan, David Onywoki and Courts Montgomery, then raced to the finish line and assembled the flagpole to raise the Duke flag. Good job all, and thanks to faculty advisor Joe Nadeau!

Duke Motorsports group at 2017 Formula SAE Michigan competition

Duke Motorsports

The Duke Motorsports team finished the year with a 36th place finish out of 120 teams at the Formula SAE Michigan competition. The team finished skidpad, acceleration, and autocross with both drivers for each event in one afternoon thanks to a whole team effort to have the car ready. The 21st place finish in endurance is one of the best in recent years. 28 students attended the competition, making it the largest group to attend for Duke yet. With so many members interested in improving the car for the future, the design and preparations for next year’s car have already begun.

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