Duke Engineering Celebrates the Class of 2024

5/14/24 Pratt School of Engineering

On Sunday, May 12, 2024, Duke Engineering celebrated about 1,100 graduates from its various programs

students standing together to shape the number "2024" in front of the chapel
Duke Engineering Celebrates the Class of 2024

The summer-like heat of early May gave way to a gorgeous weekend that lifted spirits and thrown-in-the-air-caps alike as Duke University celebrated members of its Class of 2024 with a string of events and celebrations. After the university-wide event on the morning of Sunday, May 12, Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering gathered at 3:00 pm in Cameron Indoor Stadium to recognize the more than 260 members of this year’s graduating class in a ceremony led by Vinik Dean of Engineering Jerome P. Lynch.

A Moment to Celebrate

Experience the sights and sounds of Duke University’s 2024 Commencement Celebration!

Congratulations from Dean Lynch

In remarks, Lynch recognized some of the Class of 2024’s unique challenges, having started their collegiate careers during a unique time in American history overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic. And leaning into the class’s distinction of being Duke’s 100th, he spoke of the the Dukes of Durham as a true American story, a Horatio Alger tale of a self-made American family that rose from humble beginnings in Orange County, North Carolina to be one of the wealthiest families in all of America by the turn of the twentieth century by embracing of technology and entrepreneurship.

“Do not just be great engineers—rather, be great engineers whose entrepreneurial mindset unleashes the creative power you possess,” Lynch said to a stadium filled with graduates, family, friends and loved ones. “It is the combination of the two that will not only drive your professional success, but will allow you to be visionary leaders developing tomorrow’s technology-based solutions that have true impact.”

Lynch then spoke of the Dukes as being foundational to the school for their socially-minded ambitions to tackle big, transformative challenges that lead to a better society. The family sought to drive greater economic opportunity for the population of North Carolina by investing in the much-needed energy a growing manufacturing sector would need to run its machines. They led a massive initiative to construct dams and reservoirs on the Catawba River to realize their dream of electrifying the region through hydropower. It was a big idea poised for massive impact, and the Duke brothers were fearless in pursuing them because they believed these investments would transform the state and its communities for the better.

Do not just be great engineers—rather, be great engineers whose entrepreneurial mindset unleashes the creative power you possess.

Jerome P. Lynch Vinik Dean of Engineering

“So the lesson for you is that Dukees should never shy from tackling the problems of their day. In fact, tackle them vigorously with the big and bold ideas they demand,” Lynch said. “Be fearless in deploying them at scales others would lack the courage to try. Only then will your efforts maximize improvements in the human condition”

Vivian Su ’24, president of Engineering Student Government, also spoke during the ceremony as a representative of their classmates.

“While it may be true, that our circumstances make our class unique, I believe it’s our community and collective ability to adapt to these circumstances that truly distinguishes our graduating class,” said Su, who graduated from the electrical and computer engineering department. “It’s a cliche because it’s true, what makes Duke special is the people. And I am so grateful to have learned so much from you all in the last four years.”

At a Glance—Duke Engineering Class of 2024

261

Bachelor of Science in Engineering

288

Master of Engineering Management

262

Master of Engineering

174

Master of Science

113

PhD

Hooding ceremonies celebrating those earning degrees of Master of Engineering, Master of Science and Master of Engineering Management were also held during Duke’s Commencement 2024 weekend on Saturday, May 11.

The undergraduate ceremony saw awards given to students for achievements in academics, service and research. There were special recognitions of the Pratt Research Fellows, Katsouleas NAE Grand Challenge Scholars, Duke BME Design Fellows and A. James Clark Scholars.

Beyond the Duke campus, hundreds of families and friends around the world watched a live stream of the Duke Engineering undergraduate ceremony broadcast over YouTube.

PhD Awards

  • Engineering Graduate Student Council Service Award

    • David Nicholas Fiflis
    • Ellery Jensen Jones
    • Karsten Mikhail Poulsen
    • Natalie Ann Rosman

    PhD Plus Program Service Award

    • Daniel Roberto Adrianzen Alvarez
    • Rachael Ellen Lau
    • Hye-In Son
    • Austin Jacob Wadle
  • Doctoral Dissertation Award

    • Timothy Curtis Shoyer, Jr.
    • Chunxi Wang

    Outstanding Service Award

    • Kay Palopoli
    • Anthony Alers
  • Outstanding Scholarship and Service Award

    • Rachel E. Lau
    • Celine S. Robinson
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award
    • Qitong Gao
    Outstanding Service to the Department Award
    • Natalie Ann Rozman
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award

    • Akash Singh

Undergraduate Awards

  • Walter J. Seeley Scholastic Award

    Presented annually by the Engineering Student Government to the member of the graduating class who has achieved the highest scholastic average in all subjects, and who has shown diligence in pursuit of an engineering education. Initiated to honor the spirit of academic excellence and professional diligence demonstrated by the late Dean Walter J. Seeley.

    • Brandon Kunjun Bae
    • Andy Summers He
    • Alexandra Leigh Hoffman
    • Benjamin Alfred Johns
    • Minjun Kwak
    • Jonathan Caswell Piland
    • Cathylin Wen Wang
    • Chengyang Zhou

    Otto Meier, Jr. Tau Beta Pi Award

    Presented in recognition of Dr. Meier’s leadership in establishing the North Carolina Gamma Chapter on January 10, 1948, and his continuous service until April 19, 1975, as the chapter advisor. Given annually to the graduating member of Tau Beta Pi who best symbolizes the distinguished scholarship and exemplary character required for membership.

    • Keith Alexander Cressman

    Pratt School of Engineering Student Service Award

    Established in 1978 and given to graduating seniors who, by contributions of time, effort and spirit, have significantly benefitted the community of the Pratt School of Engineering.

    • Kishen Mitra
    • Jack Stuart Rhodes
  • da Vinci Award

    Presented to the Biomedical Engineering senior with the most outstanding academic record, as determined by a faculty committee. Commemorates the contributions of Leonardo da Vinci in laying the foundation of the mechanistic study of human life.

    • Alexandra Leigh Hoffman
    • Benjamin Alfred Johns
    • Jonathan Caswell Piland

    Helmholtz Award

    Given to a graduating senior who presents the best research project, as judged by department faculty. Commemorates the work of Hermann von Helmholtz in laying the foundation of biomedical engineering.

    • Joanna Rui Peng

    Edward D. “Ned” Light Memorial Award

    Given to a Pratt Research Fellow in biomedical engineering with the best engineering design project, as judged by a faculty committee. Established in 2012 in memory of Ned Light, who worked for at Duke 22 years—pioneering research in real-time 3D ultrasound imaging and mentoring a host of undergraduate students both in the lab and in life skills.

    • Jacklyn Leah Herzberg

    Theo C. Pilkington Memorial Award

    Established in 1993 by the Whitaker Foundation as an endowment award in memory of Dr. Pilkington, founding chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The recipient is selected at the end of the junior year and the award is given in recognition of outstanding perseverance and accomplishment in the study of biomedical engineering.

    • Jacklyn Leah Herzberg
  • American Society of Civil Engineering Outstanding Senior Prize

    Presented annually to a graduating civil engineering senior in recognition of an exceptional, positive impact on the Duke student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineering.

    • Sarah Ann Bailey
    • Grace Eunhae Lee

    William Brewster Snow Environmental Engineering Award

    Established in 1979 and presented annually to seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence, interest, and enthusiasm in the study of environmental engineering.

    • Sarah Ann Bailey

    Aubrey E. Palmer Award

    Established in 1980 and presented annually to a civil engineering or environmental engineering senior in recognition of outstanding academic achievement. Selection is made by the faculty of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

    • Sarah Ann Bailey

    Eric I. Pas Award

    Established in 1998 in memory of Dr. Pas, former director of undergraduate studies in Civil & Environmental Engineering, and presented to the graduating civil or environmental engineering senior judged by the faculty to have conducted the most outstanding independent study project.

    • Sarah Ann Bailey
    • Annie Wollmuth
  • David Randall Fuller Prize for Achievement in Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Presented annually to the graduating senior who has shown the most improvement in academic performance over the first three years.

    • Ian Marcos Morales

    George Sherrerd III Memorial Award in Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Awarded annually to the senior in electrical and computer engineering who, in the opinion of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Faculty, who has attained the highest level of scholastic achievement in all subjects and has simultaneously has rendered significant service to the Pratt School of Engineering and the university at large. Established in 1958 by the parents of Class of 1955 graduate George Sherrerd III, to recognize outstanding undergraduate scholarship.

    • Andy Summers He
    • Sophia Marie Williams

    Marie Foote Reel Undergraduate Research Award

    Awarded each year to the most outstanding undergraduate research project and presentation as judged by the faculty in Duke Electrical & Computer Engineering as part of the Graduation with Departmental Distinction presentation session. Established in 2021 in honor of electrical engineer Marie Foote Reel ’46, one of the first women to graduate from Duke’s College of Engineering.

    • Arya Kishan Tschand

    Charles Rowe Vail Memorial Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award

    Established in 1997 by former students and colleagues of Charles Vail, a graduate of the Class of 1937, a professor from 1939-1967, and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1956-1964, recognizes the most outstanding undergraduate teaching assistant in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering.

    • Claire Yijun Li
  • Pi Tau Sigma Scholarship Award

    Established in memory of T.C. Heyward, Sr., and presented annually by Pi Tau Sigma to an outstanding senior in Mechanical Engineering at Duke. Selection by a committee of the engineering faculty is based on academic excellence, engineering ability, and leadership.

    • Miranda Liu
    • William Joshua Guanzon King

    Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science Faculty Award

    Presented annually in recognition of academic excellence to the graduating Mechanical Engineering seniors who have attained the highest level of scholastic achievement, as determined by the faculty.

    • Benjamin Alfred Johns
    • Isabelle Warger Sanz

    Raymond C. Gaugler Award in Materials Science & Engineering

    The Raymond C. Gaugler Award in Materials Science and Engineering recognizes the senior who made the most progress in developing competence in materials science or materials engineering. The basis for selection is scholarship record, research or design projects completed at Duke, and interest in a materials-related career. The award was established by Patricia S. Pearsall in memory of her grandfather, who was president of American Cyanamid Company prior to his death in 1952.

    • Raymond Kelly Lennon
    • Spencer Samuel Schutz

Undergraduate Graduation with Departmental Distinction

  • * The Howard G. Clark Award

    • Sarah Louise Broders
    • Anand Manohar Chundi*
    • Anna Maria Demelo
    • Grace Catherine Flynn
    • Sarah Nicole Glomski
    • Dahlia Halabi*
    • Selena Halabi*
    • Jacklyn Leah Herzberg
    • Benjamin Alfred Johns
    • Jack R Kovach*
    • Joseph Robert Laforet
    • Matthew Hyungroh Lee
    • Sophia Marie Leeman
    • Claire Yijun Li*
    • Miranda Liu
    • Kishen Mitra
    • Dmitri Raoul Morales
    • Alaa Badawi Musa Osman
    • Joanna Rui Peng
    • Benjamin Charles Perry*
    • Catherine Grace Price
    • Rajiv Sundar Raman*
    • Darienne Rae Rogers
    • Bowie Nathan Shreiber*
    • Sara Elena Taube
    • William David Temme
    • Caroline Elizabeth Way
    • Rachel May Weirnick
    • Mia Ellen Woodruff*
    • Sophie Ru Wu*
    • Sarah Ann Bailey
    • Annie Wollmuth
    • Clayton Kenneth Bromley
    • Ritvik Janamsetty
    • Jamee Lee Krzanich
    • Judd Wilson Staples
    • Nicholas John Steinly
    • Arya Kishan Tschand
    • Tony Cao
    • Allison Ivey Goehringer
    • Connor David Gregg
    • Raymond Kelly Lennon
    • Derrick Roseman
    • Isabelle Warger Sanz

Undergraduate Fellows and Scholars

    • Karrissa Antoinette Guerrero
    • Ezra Melaku
    • Jack Stuart Rhodes
    • Caroline Rozzo
    • Reyna Constance Vrbensky
    • Kaden Daniel Bock
    • Sarah Louise Broders
    • Anna Maria Demelo
    • Charlotte Ruth Ellis
    • Chloe Elizabeth Freitas
    • Dadmehr Daniel Ghasemfar
    • Emily Ann Gjertsen
    • Dahlia Halabi
    • Selena Halabi
    • Alexandra Leigh Hoffman
    • Ritvik Janamsetty
    • Benjamin Alfred Johns
    • Joseph Robert Laforet
    • Claire Yijun Li
    • Kishen Mitra
    • Alaa Badawi Musa Osman
    • Joanna Rui Peng
    • David Prada
    • Catherine Grace Price
    • Samuel Lucas Ramirez
    • Arya Kishan Tschand
    • Mia Ellen Woodruff
    • Sophie Ru Wu
    • Sarah Ann Bailey
    • Keena Gao
    • Dahlia Halabi
    • Ezra Melaku
    • Joanna Rui Peng
    • William David Temme
    • Luke Timothy Beiswenger
    • Kaden Daniel Bock
    • Maya Jane Bokhari
    • Grant Alexander Breit
    • Adrianna Cristina Diaz
    • Kyle Patrick Duerr
    • Jacklyn Leah Herzberg
    • Adam Johnson
    • Ahan Mohan Kaul
    • Tasman Lucas Miley
    • Dmitri Raoul Morales
    • Maya Parekh
    • Catherine Grace Price
    • Sara Elena Taube
    • Nick Gargani Tsintolas
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