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Rebecca Lau

Rebecca Lau

ral33@duke.edu

Year: Junior

Major: Mechanical Engineering and German

Certificate: Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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

So far, I have worked with Duke Engineers with International Development (DEID) and constructed a pedestrian bridge in Bolivia during summer 2019. I have also had the opportunity to study abroad in Berlin, take summer classes, and conduct summer research. In the fall, I will be participating in a Bass Connections program, and I plan to conduct research internationally in the future.

Where I see myself after Duke...

After Duke, I intend to further conduct research in renewable energy, especially photovoltaics. I also intend to pursue a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Besides academics, I plan to work on an international level, travel frequently, and work to develop clean energy sources in developing countries.

How I like to spend my free time...

In my free time, I love to run and explore new trails. I also enjoy Rhythm HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) at Wilson. Besides fitness, I enjoy relaxing and watching "The Office" or "Parks and Recreation," and spending time with friends.

My favorite class(es) at Duke...

My favorite class at Duke is either EGR121 or EGR201. EGR121 was a fun course that challenged me to find creative solutions to design challenges, and EGR201 was an interesting class that encouraged me to learn more about the intersection of civil and mechanical engineering.

Resources I love to use at Duke...

The Global Education Office (GEO) and the Career Center are extremely helpful for summer opportunities. The Academic Resource Center is a major resource that I use often, as the tutoring groups offered have helped me in several courses. I also enjoy the Oasis rooms, as these resources are one of my favorite spots on campus to study and/or relax.

Co-Curricular/Engagement Experiences...

I have had the opportunity to engage with communities internationally, such as studying abroad in Germany and building a bridge in Bolivia. On campus, I am involved in Duke's Marching and Pep Band, DEID, She's the First (STF), Duke Catholic Center, Peer Tutoring, and I work as both a teaching assistant in the Math Department, as well as a resident assistant on West Campus.