DURHAM, N.C. -- While watching swimmers line up during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, former Olympic swimmer and NBC Sports commentator Rowdy Gaines quipped that swimmers keep getting bigger, with the shortest one in the current race towering over the average spectator.What may have been seen as an off-hand remark turns out to illustrate a trend in human development -- elite athletes are getting bigger and bigger.
It's a familiar scene in airports and train stations. Hands full with luggage, briefcase, laptop or coat and theres something you need to remember, like the level and row numbers where you parked your car in the deck. What do you do?Instead of relying on your memory, or finding a place to put all your stuff down to find a pen and paper, wouldnt it be so convenient to simply write "level 4, row H" in the air and be able to retrieve it later?
The pattern is born out year after year in college sports Â– teams with senior leadership usually fare better than younger teams.That sports truism certainly played out at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., May 13-16, where a team of 25 Pratt engineering students, dominated by upper classmen, raced to the best showing by a Duke team in the annual Formula SAE competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers.
Duke University awarded degrees to 523 undergraduate and graduate engineering students on May 10 in ceremonies beginning with a university-wide commencement celebration in Wallace Wade Stadium and ending with a Pratt School of Engineering ceremony in Duke Chapel.Pratt Dean Tom Katsouleas Bachelor of Science in Engineering diplomas to 279 students, including 12 who completed their work in December and one last September, before a crowd of parents, relatives and friends in the Chapel.
After years of heading to New Mexico to compete in a prestigious design competition and coming home empty-handed, this spring Pratt finally has not one, but three prizes, with one team taking first place honors in their division.
When a crowd of students pack themselves in front of the big-screen television at the Armadillo Grill, its usually to watch the Blue Devils compete against another university on the playing field or basketball court. However, they also recently gathered to view another type of competition -- to cheer on a Pratt biomedical engineering junior against other university students on the set of Wheel of Fortune.
Duke University Senior Wins Marshall ScholarshipDan Roberts, a Pratt School of Engineering student involved in research that created such unconventional electromagnetic devices as an invisibility cloak will receive one of 40 Marshall Scholarships offered for the 2009-10 academic year.Roberts, a senior from Melville, N.Y., is the 19th Marshall Scholar from Duke.
In 2005, Aditi Misra spent a summer in an El Salvador hospital striving to keep ancient hospital equipment, such as ventilators and ECG machines, in good working order. If she and the other students in the Engineering World Health (EWH) summer program had stayed home that summer, many patients would have suffered.For Misra, who graduated from Dukes Pratt School of Engineering with an MS in engineering management that year, the experiences she had helping doctors deliver health care in a...
Pediatric crash test dummy design. Snow pack depth measurements. Aeroelasticity of folding wings. Harvesting energy from ocean waves.All are examples of important cuttingÂ–edge research being conducted by engineers around the world. They are also telling examples of the breadth and depth of the research being published by young engineers-to-be at the Pratt School of Engineering in their own new journal.
Visiting 'The Home Depot Smart Home' at Duke University is truly enlightening. Recently, MEM administrators had the opportunity to tour the house with Jim Gaston, Duke Smart Home Program Director.Designed and managed by the Pratt School of Engineering, Dukes Smart Home was completed in 2007 and earned a Platinum rating in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the United States Green Building Council. LEED Platinum is the highest possible rating in green building.