First-Year Student Design Teams Solve Real-World Problems

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Welcome to Duke First-Year Design

Featured Projects

Through Duke University’s First-Year Design (FYD) program, students gain early experience as they work in multi-disciplinary teams to design and build prototype solutions to solve real-world, client-based problems.

A solution for sewer lines

Each day, millions of Americans pour fats, oils, and grease down their sinks. This happens because people are unaware, forgetful, or don’t worry about their actions.

Team dispenses liquid for zero-waste store

For team members Rodrigo Guerreiro, James Koconis, and Kaitlyn Roegner figuring out how to dispense liquids for a zero-waste store was just a fraction of what they learned during their first spring semester.

group shot of students

Residential Bridge in West Virginia

A cost-effective, residential bridge that can withstand major weather events

Recent News

January 9, 2023

FYD Projects featured in Duke Engineering Now publication

Dr. Aaron Kyle and Dr. Rebecca Simmons highlight the goals of EGR 101 projects, and showcase the end of semester poster symposium. Check out the video for footage from teams and learn more about projects from Fall 2022.

FROM LEFT: First-year engineering students Rania Challita, Ahnaf Hossain, Liam Byrne, Ashley Huang.

November 2, 2022

EGR 101 team helps in a pinch

First-year engineering students Rania Challita, Ahnaf Hossain, Liam Byrne, and  Ashley Huang are working togeter to create a stable storage system for chairs at the Duke Nasher Museum of Art. The full article can be found at the link above.

June 27, 2022

Dr. Michael Rizk wins 2022 Maclin Community Grant

Dr. Michael Rizk, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering, has won a Maclin Community Grant.

Inspiring Engineers

Duke Engineering offers students a progressive immersion in engineering design, from the first-year overview to capstone design projects in their chosen disciplines.

Be part of the excitement

You have the opportunity to support bright students and to benefit from their ideas!

Students in the POD

Project Idea

When you see a need or problem, submit the idea as a project.

Professor Gavin with student

Provide Support

Share you knowledge as an expert in the engineering field as a team mentor

Tools in the POD

Pay It Forward

Support components of the First Year Design program to ensure student success