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Engineering Alumni Council (EAC)

The EAC is responsible for engaging Engineering Alumni to further the mission of the Pratt School of Engineering. A member of the council is an active observer to the Pratt Board of Visitors, ensuring that an alumni perspective is heard in all deliberations concerning Pratt’s future direction and priorities.

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From the EAC President

Will SennerDear Duke Engineering Alumni,

Some of you may remember back in the ‘80’s when Duke’s President Terry Sanford coined the term “outrageous ambition” to describe Duke’s rapid growth and pursuit of excellence. It’s really no surprise to hear our Dean Ravi Bellamkonda borrowing that same terminology to describe the current state of Engineering at Duke. In his words “In undergraduate and graduate education, in research, in entrepreneurship and in service, we’re committed to leading boldly to shape this technological era by creating an environment that enables our community to achieve great things, and yes—be outrageously ambitious!”

Our alumni play a key role in that ambition and the ongoing growth and success of the Pratt School of Engineering. Over the past few years, the Engineering Alumni Council (EAC) has shifted gears, focusing on new and tangible ways to connect our alumni to each other, current students, and the projects they are working on which are changing the world. I want to take a moment to recognize Will Gardner who has led the EAC over the last two years during this transition. We are incredibly thankful for his leadership.

A few of the new opportunities for alumni to get engaged are highlighted below. We hope that you will consider signing up for one or more of these, as your involvement will help drive an enriched experience for our current students and for other alumni.

Unless specifically noted otherwise, all opportunities can be remote and aren’t limited based on your geographic location.

  • Mentor a student
  • Advise a student project group
  • Submit an idea for a student design project
  • Be a guest lecturer or participate in a panel discussion
  • Assist with planning engineering-themed events for alumni in your region
  • Submit a nomination for the Engineering Alumni Council
  • Submit a nomination for an Engineering Alumni Award

I hope many of you will join me and the Engineering Alumni Council and volunteer for one or more of these great opportunities! If you have any questions, please contact Pam Hanson at pamela.hanson@duke.edu.

Will Senner E’06, X’06
Engineering Alumni Council

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About the Council

What Council Members Do

A member of the Pratt Alumni Council is an active observer to the Pratt Board of Visitors, ensuring that an alumni perspective is heard in deliberations concerning Duke Engineerings's future.

Alumni Council representation on the Duke Alumni Association insures vital Duke Engineer representation in overall university alumni affairs.

Alumni Council funding of student club projects—such as the concrete canoe, racing vehicle and electric vehicle intercollegiate teams—provides critically important hands-on design opportunities for Duke Engineering undergraduates.

The council's support of DukEngineer Magazine has been instrumental in maintaining this long-running publication for alumni and friends.

Your Alumni Council has the distinct privilege of reviewing your nominations for the important Distinguished Alumnus/a Award, Distinguished Young Alumnus/a Award and Distinguished Service Award recognition presented at our annual spring banquet.

Member Expectations

  • Attendance and active participation in all three annual EAC meetings: Meetings are typically scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays—once in the Fall, Winter, and Spring, respectively—and often coincide with football games, basketball games, or other university events. Brief conference calls and similar committee follow-up tasks commonly occur between meetings in Durham, but do not require extensive additional commitments of time. Although professional, personal, or family commitments may periodically conflict, members are expected to make a concerted effort toward attending meetings.
  • Giving: The board fully recognizes that not all alumni have the financial capacity to donate substantial sums. Instead, what is viewed as important by the EAC is the consistency by which members contribute. Each member is committed to Annual Fund giving and timely payment of EAA dues. Council leadership is expected to make a leadership level contribution. In order to ensure diversity of council leadership, an executive committee member can accumulate their gift over the length of their term(s) on the council.
  • Support the EAC and other Pratt and Duke programs including local and regional events, student projects, and annual awards banquet.
  • Serve as formal and informal representatives of the School.
  • Provide professional expertise and individual talent.
  • Provide guidance to the Pratt School of Engineering.

Student Projects Committee

The goal of the Student Projects Committee on the Engineering Alumni Council is to facilitate connections between willing alumni, corporations and others to the Duke student clubs, ensure allocated funds by the Alumni Association are used appropriately, and along with other board members, coach the teams on executive oversight expectations. Below are just a few of the great results achieved with the support of the Alumni Association.

Read student group funding guidelines

Support these & other student groups

Awards Committee

The goal of the Awards Committee on the Engineering Alumni Council is to engage and connect alumni with Duke Engineering and each other and to celebrate their service to Duke and the world. We celebrate the service and accomplishments of engineering alumni through the Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Young Alumni, and Distinguished Service Awards at our annual Awards Banquet.

Nominate an alum for the 2020 awards

2019-2020 Council Members


  • William B. Senner E’06, X’06 • Hillsborough, NC

Vice President

  • Tracy A. Nickelsburg E’88, P’22 • Alexandria, VA

Immediate Past President

  • William G. Gardner E’09, G’11 • Boise, ID

Council Members

  • Benjamin J. Aitken E’02, L’06 • Chapel Hill, NC
  • Anthony R. Baldassari X’06 • Raleigh, NC
  • Rachel A. Fleming E’12, X’13 • Durham, NC
  • Stephanie L. Gloster E’96 • Atlanta, GA
  • Alan G. Goedde E’70 • Pasadena, CA
  • Grant T. Hollett IV E’93, B’02 • Chesterfield, VA
  • Jessica L. Foley E’01 • Washington, DC
  • Ronald B. Houck II E’86 • Apex, NC
  • Brady D. Klein E’14 • Brooklyn, NY
  • Anna E. Knight E’15, G’22 • Durham, NC
  • Emily T. Lim E’15, G’16, G’18 • Kirkland, WA
  • Andrew J. Longenecker E’07 • Jupiter, FL
  • Jeffrey S. McVeigh E’92 • Portland, OR
  • William R. Mendez E’82, B’90 • Wilmington, DE
  • Sanford D. Morton E’17 • Denver, CO
  • Jennifer K. Orriss E’93 • Los Angeles, CA
  • Preston S. Porter E’09 • Houston, TX
  • Mark W. Pratt E’11 • Cleveland Heights, OH
  • H. Clifton Ray III E’13 • Durham, NC
  • J. Andrew Romes E’02, B’10 • Cary, NC
  • Christopher R. Rowland E’09 • Durham, NC
  • Constandi J. Shami E’13, G’14 • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Michael L. Silver E’09 • Chicago, IL
  • Judd W. Staples E’92, B’02 • Durham, NC
  • Lisa F. Stilwell E’80 • Lakewood Ranch, FL
  • Robert D. Wescott E’90 • Durham, NC
  • Steven L. Walker E’88 • Decatur, GA

Join the Council

If you are interested in joining the council or recommending someone, please complete the nomination form or contact Kim Davis (919-660-5385 or kim.davis@duke.edu).