Featured Projects

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

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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

Adjustable wall hook design

Adjustable Wall Hooks

Adjustable picture hangers for use by professional art museums


Tutor App - ConnectWise

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

Electric toothbrush with suction attachment

Electric Toothbrush

A suction mechanism for ALS patients to use an electric toothbrush

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

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