Featured Projects

Through Duke University's First-Year Design 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.

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Residential Bridge in West Virginia

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

Storage For Bikes

A storage system for adaptive sports equipment for those with physical challenges or disabilities

Shipping Container

An efficient and productive makerspace from a 40-foot-long converted shipping container

Fly Flipping

A device that efficiently and effectively transfers fruit flies from test tube to test tube

Endonasal Retractor

An easy-to-operate, sterilizable, durable, and cost-effective surgical tool for endonasal surgeries

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Breathe Easy

A hand-held inhaler that helps the elderly to self administer medicine

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Turn Taker

A “lock-out” buzzer for a specific, adjusted, individual amount of time to support learning for students with ASD

Team Blamo


A cheap, noninvasive design that can work with current heating systems to distribute cool air

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X-Ray Chair

An adaptable, ergonomic chair designed to hold patients upright


Tutor App - ConnectWise

A software system that supports remote tutoring for Computational Methods (EGR103)

Rare Book Cart

Rare Book Cart

A book cart to transport rare, fragile books quietly

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Simulation Device for Intravenous Injection Training

A more realistic simulation device for training nursing students in IV injection


Lemur Feeders

A safe and sanitary feeder that sits 15- 25ft up a tree and simulates feeding in the wild