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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?
Pratt junior Jared Dunnmon realizes that in order to solve any large worldwide problem – in this case sustainable energy – more is needed than just the technical knowhow. That is why in addition to pursuing his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and materials science, he is also majoring in economics. When he graduates from Pratt next year, he plans to attend a university that offers a joint engineering and law degree.
Two years ago, a group of Duke University engineering undergrads traveled to Uganda to address some of the most pressing needs of a small community. Among other projects, they planned to help villagers connect to the outside world through the Internet and to improve the ability of local coffee growers to process their beans. Sounds like a fairly straightforward job for engineers.
Who says you need buckets of cash and huge government bureaucracies to make a profound difference in the standard of living for people in developing countries? A handful of dedicated Duke undergraduate engineering students, with support from the GE Foundation, will later this year initiate an educational program in Rwanda that could have a significant impact on the health of this nation’s 8.5 million people. Their approach doesn’t make use of the latest gee-whiz technology or the newest...