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Rebecca Lau

Rebecca Lau

ral33@duke.edu

Year: Senior

Major: Mechanical Engineering and German

Certificate: Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Favorite spot on campus...

That's a tough question—I love Gothic architecture, so the most stunning place is definitely the entrance into the Rubenstein Library from the Abele Quad. There are two grandiose staircases and a giant chandelier, and when the sunlight comes in just right through the side window, the entire entryway is absolutely breathtaking. It really makes you admire the beauty of campus! My other favorite place is the small garden behind the Wellness Center. There are swinging chairs and it is the best place on campus for some peace and quiet!

Advice I would give my first-year self...

The only things that hold people back are confidence and convention. We limit ourselves to what we believe we can do and what others before us have done, but that doesn't mean we can't shake things up!

Resources I love to use at Duke...

DukeReach has been an invaluable resource throughout my time at Duke. I also love the Oasis in the Wellness Center—it's a great place to relax!

My favorite class(es) at Duke...

I really enjoyed the intersection of ME and ECE, so my favorite class was Mechatronics (ME224), though I did enjoy the creative aspect of Mechanical Engineering Analysis for Design (ME321).

Co-Curricular/Engagement Experiences...

I am very involved in research as a Pratt Fellow and NAE Grand Challenge Scholar. I have also had the opportunity to engage with communities internationally, such as studying abroad in Germany and building a pedestrian bridge in Bolivia. On campus, I am involved in American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Duke Engineers for International Development (DEID), Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, She's the First, Duke's Marching and Pep Band, and the Duke Catholic Center. Besides staying involved in extracurriculars, I work as both a teaching assistant and resident assistant.

How I like to spend my free time...

I love to stay active, so you can find me running anywhere on campus (especially between East/West or on the Al Buehler Trail). I also love Rhythm HIIT at Wilson—it is always the highlight of my week! Besides staying active, I enjoy listening to music and hanging with friends.