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The pattern is born out year after year in college sports – 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, it’s 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 Duke’s 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 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.

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