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This past summer I worked for Precision Photonics, a relatively small laser optics company in my hometown of Boulder, CO. Its primary business is manufacturing optical components for laser applications in the telecom, defense, and R&D industries, to name a few. While I performed a wide variety of tasks, my primary responsibilities were remodeling the bill of materials (BOM) and costing methods, design and implementation of various parts and fixtures to improve the manufacturing process, and...
Balancing on the balls of her feet, her arms in a wide circle, senior Katrina Wisdom begins a ballet move called an attitude. She raises one leg, slightly bent, to ninety degrees without a wobble, to show how ballerinas intuitively feel physics. The dancers don't often know the mathematical equations describing their moves, but they know how to execute them with grace. If ballerinas didn't feel physics, they'd fall over. As an engineering major at Duke who has been dancing since the age of four...
The Rev. Paul Gerritson, pastor of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church, faced a troubling dilemma. The church has been located on the same plot of rural Orange County land for more 100 years. Since then, more than 400 church members had been buried in the cemetery behind the church.
Engineers have always been known to conceptualize, design and build things. Now, the final part of that process has become is more convenient. After being located in several locations over the past few years, Pratt’s student shop is now closer to the engineering quad, and bigger and better than before. The new shop, with four rooms equipped with specific machines and tools, is open for business, located in the basement of the Telcom Building, accessible from the loading dock.
Duke University may seem like the Ivory Tower to some, but it is located in the real-world city of Durham, North Carolina. While many Duke students are doing their part to make the city a better place, two Pratt School of Engineering students have been recognized for their singular efforts in improving the Durham community.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Engineering student Alessondra (Allie) Speidel is one of three Duke University seniors to win a Marshall Scholarship to continue in their respective fields of study after graduation. Biology major Nick Altemose and english major Katherine Buse were the other winners.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University senior Jared Dunnmon of Cincinnati was among the 32 recipients selected this weekend for prestigious Rhodes Scholarships.
DURHAM, N.C. -- As physician-guided robots routinely operate on patients at most major hospitals, the next generation robot could eliminate a surprising element from that scenario -- the doctor. 
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never taken a formal accounting class in my entire life. Business is not my major, and Spanish is certainly not my first language. These are just a few of the several reasons why I never really imagined that my half-completed Pratt career would lead to spending 12 months teaching accounting classes in Spanish to small business owners or “micro-entrepreneurs” in Santiago, Chile.   
I was about to finish my sophomore year in Pratt and I still wasn’t sure whether I wanted to go down the structural or environmental route in civil engineering. So, of course, I made the same decision anyone else in my position would: to study abroad in Australia! However, because the Australian semester system starts roughly two months before Duke’s does, I still had half of a summer at my disposal… Well, what do you do with half-summers?