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...
By Richard Merritt
Editor’s Note: For those interested in learning more about the World Future Energy Summit, two Duke undergrads will discuss their experiences at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, in Schiciano Auditorium, side B, CEIMAS.
It might seem a bit ironic that a nation built entirely on the fruits of its vast oil and gas reserves would play host to an international conference dedicated to sustainability and all things green.