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Pediatric crash test dummy design. Snow pack depth measurements. Aeroelasticity of folding wings. Harvesting energy from ocean waves.All are examples of important cutting–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, Duke’s 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.
In room 116, sophomores with Wii remotes strapped to their heads are jumping off chairs, being pushed in chairs or just plain walking past chairs and lab benches. In this BME110 Introduction to Biomechanics course, students are using the accelerometers in the remotes to measure the movements of everyday life.Not only is this the first time this activity has been used in a lab, it is one of the first times this brand new lab has been used.
This fall, students in Laurens Howle’s ME141L course were given a challenge and their mission was to conceive of a solution, design it, and finally build it. The challenges for this course may change semester to semester, but the goal is the same: giving students the experience of developing something from beginning to end.
Later this month during Engineering Week, teams of students from the Pratt School of Engineering and across the campus will compete in the annual Duke Start-Up Challenge, a school-year-long competition that culminates in a $25,000 prize.Last year’s first place winner was a company that developed a chip to be implanted in the brain of epileptics to control their seizures, while the runner-up developed a framework for the creation of games.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering challenges college students in the U.S. to create a video and an essay in response to this question: Which of the 14 grand challenges identified by the National Academy of Engineering would you choose to address, and how would you do it?
Note to editors: Jim Gaston can be reached at (919) 660-5501 or at jim.gaston@duke.edu. DURHAM, N.C. --- The Duke Smart Home Program, a high-tech, 10-student residence for green living and learning, has been selected as the Green Nonprofit Program of the Year by the Triangle Business Journal.
It’s not often that a group of eight women college students visits rural farming areas of Ghana.A simple act by a village queen the students met soon after their arrival helped erase any potentially awkward situations. Her gesture not only put the visiting Americans more at ease, but also provided an entrée for the students as they met with villagers to discuss ways of reducing the contamination of drinking water by nitrates due to excessive application of fertilizers on their farms.
In many ways, students who participate in Engineering World Health (EWH) programs are medical MacGyvers – using their engineering training and scavenging abilities to fix medical equipment in often remote locations under less-than-perfect conditions. In the process of providing a much needed service to medical facilities in Third World settings, the students in turn gain unique insights into the problems facing millions who don’t have access to the latest in medical care and how the medical...