MEMS Graduate Student Committee

Objective

Work with the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Program Coordinator to recruit, educate, and promote graduate students within the Duke Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science.

Examples of committee activities

  • Weekly MEMS graduate student newsletter
  • Monthly MEMS Social Hour
  • Annual MEMS retreat
  • Graduate seminar series
  • Outings and activities: Baseball Games, rock climbing, soccer, flag football
  • Service: Habitat for Humanity

See the MEMS Graduate Student Committee calendar of events

Members

Luke CaulkinsLuke Calkins

Hometown: Kansas City, Kan.

Undergrad: University of California, San Diego

Research: Robotics and controls

Lab: Michael Zavlanos

Why I joined: To give back to the department, and help new students feel at home and a sense of community in the department.

What I like most about Duke MEMS: I like how our department promotes collaboration across disciplines. I also really enjoy how close a lot of the grad students are.

 

Richi ChenRichi Chen

Hometown: Taipei City, Taiwan

Undergrad: Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Research: Stand-up paddle board dynamic and stability.

Lab: Brian Mann

Why I joined: To grow Masters and international students’ engagement at MEMS events. I send the weekly MEMS graduate student newsletter.

What I like most about Duke MEMS: People at Duke MEMS are always supportive.

 

Yaying FengYaying Feng

Hometown: Beijing, China

Research: Energy materials, such as semiconductor materials fabrication and energy device designs.

Lab: Stefan Zauscher

Why I joined: The committee is a great family. Here you can know more people, have more fun things to do, and make more friends.

What I like most about Duke MEMS: Its dynamic student group. We are energetic, creative and collaborative. Go MEMS!

 

Kevin McHughKevin McHugh

Hometown: Shrewsbury, Pa.

Undergrad: Lafayette College

Research: Nonlinear deflections of beams and plates.

Lab: Earl Dowell

Why I joined: To help foster the bond between students across our broad range of research topics.

What I like most about Duke MEMS: The camaraderie between students while everyone has an individual research projects to call their own.

 

Amy KingAmy King

Undergrad: University of Massachusetts Amherst

Research: Probabilistic models of decompression sickness.

Lab: Laurens Howle

Why I joined: To become involved in new student recruitment. I am also the MEMS representative in the Duke University Graduate and Professional Student Council General Assembly.

 

Michael LeeMichael Lee

Undergrad: Clarkson University

Research: Turbulence and reduced-order modeling.

Lab: Earl Dowell

Why I joined: To help shape the MEMS graduate student community for future students. I also represent MEMS on the Duke Engineering Graduate Student Council and manage the MEMS Grant and Fellowship Community.

 

Korine OhiriKorine Ohiri

Hometown: Burtonsville, Md.

Undergrad: University of Maryland-Baltimore County

Research: Developing acoustofluidic devices for cellular processing on a chip.

Why I joined: To keep a pulse of what's going on in the department outside of microfluidics, and to have a platform to organize service/ social events.

What I like most about Duke MEMS: People are inviting and easy to get along with.

 

David Raudales

Hometown: Tampa, Fla.

Undergrad: Duke University

Research: Acoustic modeling.

Lab: Donald Bliss

Why I joined: To provide mentorship and to assist with recruitment. I initiated the monthly graduate social hour.

What I like most about Duke: Helping lead the campout event for Duke basketball tickets, and attending the Duke-UNC game with my fellow Cameron Crazies.

 

Misha SavchenkoMisha Savchenko

Hometown: New York, N.Y.

Undergrad: Hunter College

Research: Robotics

Why I joined: During my first visit, the MEMS Graduate Student Committee made me feel very invited and comfortable, which played a role in my decision to choose Duke. I want to share that same feeling with others.

What I like most about Duke MEMS: The MEMS community is extremely approachable and friendly, and has an great atmosphere of curiosity.

 

Dane SequeiraDane Sequeira

Undergrad: University of California, San Diego

Lab: Brian Mann

Research: Nonlinear mathematics models and computational investigations for designing ocean energy harvesting buoys.

Why I joined: To contribute to the department, and to inform potential undergraduate students about the opportunities for graduate studies at Duke.

What I like most about Duke MEMS: The sense of community and lively social events.