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Alexia Bryan

Alexia Bryan

akb75@duke.edu

Year: Sophomore

Major: Civil & Environmental Engineering

How I've made the most of my Duke experience...

During my first year at Duke, I’ve been given the opportunity to join some amazing organizations that support both the Duke and Durham community. I’ve been a part of mentoring, engineering, and social events that have not only entertained me but have shaped me as a person. I have also had the chance to develop connections with faculty and have been invited to apply for research opportunities with a few of them.

Where I see myself after Duke...

When I selected CEE as my major, I saw myself reducing the environmental impacts that have been caused by human activities. I hope that in my time as an engineer, I am able to reduce air pollution, help provide access to clean water, or even save a rainforest or two. As I become more established, I plan on helping less developed areas find more sustainable ways to get access to the same resources as other areas.

How I like to spend my free time...

I like to spend my free time creating art using a wide variety of mediums. I love to sketch and paint landscapes and my favorite album covers. My face also becomes a canvas when I do crazy makeup looks. My most recent art form, however, was crafted at Duke. Although many may not consider it art, I use Revit and AutoCAD, programs I have become familiar with in my classes, to design buildings and houses too.

My favorite class(es) at Duke...

Engineering the Planet (CE132) has been my favorite class at Duke so far. As Dr. Schaad introduces us to all of the different (and there are a lot!) aspects to CEE, we are able to do hands-on projects demonstrating the many concepts throughout the semester. Over the span of a few months, we made oobleck, designed an air filtration mask, built a system for tenting, and created both a 3-D and scale model of our actual houses.

Resources I love to use at Duke...

I believe that the greatest resource at any institution are the faculty members. I have formed great relationships with my professors and TAs over the last year. I take advantage of all office hours and help rooms for my classes. In addition, my academic dean and academic advisor have given me advice that helped me decide what I want to do, not only at Duke but further in my career. DukeList is also a great website that helped me find on- and off-campus jobs very easily.

Co-Curricular/Engagement Experiences...

The first organization I joined at Duke was NSBE (National Society for Black Engineers). It is a great community that offers connections, advice, and opportunities. I am also on the board for Duke Jewels which is a mentoring club that began at Howard University for urban girls. This club has allowed me to learn more about the Durham community and the ways in which we as students can help.