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DukEngineer Magazine 2016

In this issue: Duke Engineering from every angle, Meet the new dean, Hacking for good, Tackling Grand Challenges and more

Editor-in-chief: Efe Aras E'17

a DEV team member shows the vehicle to students at the Foundry open house


Ravi Bellamkonda

Meet Pratt's Dean Bellamkonda

Ravi Bellamkonda became new Vinik Dean of Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering on August 1, 2016. Previously chair of the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, Bellamkonda was appointed in January after an international search.

Mark Wiesner at the outdoor mesocosm facility

From Tiny Details to Big Picture

The new face of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Duke: Mark Wiesner, PhD, CEE department chair & CEINT director

Noura Von Briesen and another student working on a suspension bridge

Students Tackle the Grand Challenges: Medicines, Neurons and Infrastructure

With a total of 25 students currently enrolled in the Grand Challenge Scholars Program, many exciting projects are in the works.


Missy Cummings

Piloting Drones into the Future

Mary (Missy) Cummings, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, takes extraordinary to a new level.

Galen Reeves

Demystifying Big Data

Galen Reeves emphasizes the significance of a technical perspective on information

Amanda Randles

Bleeding Duke Blue: Supercomputing and the Cardiovascular System

Amanda Randles has been pioneering the use of supercomputing to solve biomedical problems

On Campus

challenge winners holding oversized checks

Hacking for the Future of Medicine: Healthcare Hackathon Takes Duke

The Triangle Health Innovation Challenge brought together a diverse group of participants prepared to take on some of the toughest healthcare challenges

Duke IEEE drink mixer

Duke IEEE: Innovation without Bounds

Having grown tremendously in both number and expertise since their start in 2013, Duke IEEE will surely continue to impress.

students working on a HackDuke project in a glass-walled room

HackDuke: Coding for Social Good

Hackers come from all across the nation and globe, from as far away as the West Coast and England, to create solutions in a collaborative environment

team members from the Reduced Gravity Club monitor pump function and tubing integrity during microgravity conditions

Duke AERO: Giving Lift to Students’ Careers

Duke AERO Society helps to facilitate students’ exposure to aerospace and aeronautical engineering projects within and outside of the university


Mona Dai

Mona Dai: Innovative Purification Technologies for Contaminated Drinking Water in Uganda

A 2014 Grand Challenges Scholar, Mona Dai aimed to provide reliable access to portable water purification technologies in sub-Saharan Africa.

John Oxaal

John Oxaal: Duke BME’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence

John Oxaal has worked on a variety of projects and products in the entrepreneurial space, including the first real-time 3-D ultrasound machine with BME professor Olaf Von Ramm.