February 9, 2024

Pratt Instagram Recaps the Design Expo

From a lifting sytem for homeless shelter operations to a pitcher plant that will be used in a drama production of "Little Shop of Horrors", the Pratt Design Expo featured imaginative solutions to real-world needs in the community.    

May 19, 2023

Inaugural First-Year Design Student Awards Luncheon

The student leaders of the First-Year Design (FYD) program are essential to the EGR 101 student experience. Teaching Assistants (TAs); Writing Consultants (WCs); and LabRATS (technical lab support) are selected from a competitive interview process.

bluebird houses built by Pratt students

May 8, 2023

Engineering design in action – building a home for NC Bluebirds

Early in the fall semester students in EGR 101 have an opportunity to impact a unique group of North Carolina residents - local bluebirds. The assignment to build a wooden birdhouse is not hypothetical.

Dr. Saterbak meeting with students

April 26, 2023

First-Year Design Director Wins Pratt Teaching Performance Award

Dr. Ann Saterbak, Director of the First-Year Design Program, has won the Pratt School of Engineering Faculty Performance Award in Duke BME. These new awards were created to recognize, encourage and reward exceptional distinction, innovation, and productivity in teaching.

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.

June 27, 2022

Saterbak Wins 2022 AIMBE Professional Impact Award

Ann Saterbak, director of our First-Year Design program, and a professor of the practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has won an award for her innovative and outstanding work as an engineering educator from the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). 

students working in The Foundry

June 27, 2022

First-Year Design makerspaces are among top in Higher Education

Both makerspaces which host First-Year Design courses are featured in an article highlighting innovative and creative spaces on campus.

an assortment of reusable items

June 22, 2022

Dispensing Liquids into a Zero-Waste Future

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.

Students present their "smart shade" prototype to bystanders

December 7, 2021 | Duke Engineering News

Solutions for Seedling Sunburn, Runaway Trash Bins and Other Woes

First-year design teams develop solutions for real clients with real problems, like crop loss and decreased mobility

Bastiaan Driehuys, professor of radiology and physics, helps first-year students Mike Lund, Jaeyoung Kil and Megan Flanigan on a client project during EGR 101. The students were engineering a device to warm mannequin skin for the Duke School of Nursing. Photo: Jared Lazarus/Duke University

November 17, 2021

You're Invited! Fall 2021 Poster Sessions, Nov. 30 & Dec. 1

Stop by the Duke Engineering Design POD (LSRCB110) and the first-floor foyer of Gross Hall to meet the student design teams.

Students working on an engineering project together

November 8, 2021 | Bass Connections

Incorporating Ethics Into Engineering

Undergraduate Reya Magan joined a Bass Connections team to help prepare the next generation of engineers for their careers. The team designed modules for Engineering 101


November 4, 2021 | Duke Research Blog

How Freshman Engineers Solve Real-World Problems in EGR 101

From reducing injuries from intubations to helping elderly residents with their garbage bins, students in EGR 101 are as busy as ever.

The team of Alanna Manfredini, Joanna Peng, Darienne Rogers and Amy Guan show their prototype for a low-cost colostomy bag

September 21, 2021 | Duke Engineering News

Duke Engineering First-Year Design Team Impresses at NIH DEBUT Competition

Design team wins $15,000 National Cancer Institute prize for their innovative tool to help patients with colon cancer