First-Year Student Design Teams Solve Real-World Problems

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First-Year Student Design Teams Solve Real-World Problems

Featured Projects

Through Duke University’s new 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.

Adjustable wall hook design

Adjustable Wall Hooks

Develop adjustable picture hangers for use by professional art museums


Tutor App - ConnectWise

Design, develop software system that supports remote tutoring for Computational Methods (EGR103)

Electric toothbrush with suction attachment

Electric Toothbrush

Develop a mechanism for an electric toothbrush to have suction capabilities

Recent News

students with hanger invention

April 9, 2019

First Year, First Patent Pending

In Duke Engineering’s first-year design course, five students designed an innovative tool that helps get artwork hung just right

Three Peas in the Pod Video

April 3, 2019

'Three Peas in the Pod' Demo Engineering Design Skills

In 11 fun and encouraging videos, three students demonstrate power tools, but always with a focus on safety.

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

Explore our impact Map

Click the pins to see First-Year Design clients and projects by location