MEMS Graduate Student Committee
To work with the MEMS 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
- Social: Bowling, Rooftop Bar
- Outreach: Durham Women’s Shelter, Habitat for Humanity, voter registration
- Graduate Seminar Series
- Activities: Baseball games, rock climbing, soccer, flag football
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- Hometown: Clifton Park, N.Y.
- Undergrad: University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Research: Computational modeling of decompression sickness
- Lab: Laurens Howle
- Why I joined: To help recruit new students to our department and increase the number of social and outreach events.
- What I like most about Duke MEMS: The sense of community among the graduate students.
- Hometown: Hatfield, Pa.
- Undergrad: University of Pittsburgh
- Research: Nonsynchronous Vibrations in Turbomachinery
- Lab: Bob Kielb
- Why I joined: To mentor new students at Duke and connect them with upper-level graduate students
- What I like most about Duke MEMS: The combination of volunteer events, social gatherings, and intellectual student seminars provides a well-rounded experience
- Hometown: Oneonta, N.Y.
- 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.
- What I like most about Duke MEMS: The fun, productive, and engaged peers with whom I share my on-campus life, paired with the exemplary support provided by the department, makes Duke MEMS all that I could hope for it to be.
- Hometown: Mumbai, India
- Undergrad: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
- Research: Mechanical properties of interphases in polymer nanocomposites
- Lab: L. Catherine Brinson
- Why I joined: To foster and maintain a sense of community within the department and welcome new students
- What I like most about Duke MEMS: The collaborative and interdisciplinary nature of research in the department and its welcoming atmosphere
- Hometown: Shanghai, China
- Undergrad: Shanghai Jiao Tong University
- Research: Robotics and controls
- Lab: Daniel Buckland
- Why I joined: I hope to contribute to facilitating the exchange among MEMS students, both culturally and academically.
- What I like most about Duke MEMS: People with different academic disciplines and perspectives toward life and culture exchange their values, research interests and collaborate to build a strong community.
- 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 individual research projects to call their own.
- Hometown: Milford, Pa.
- Undergrad: Boston College
- Research: Orthopedic biomaterials to accelerate fracture healing
- Lab: Shyni Varghese
- Why I joined: To help recruit students to our department and also maintain the unique close-knit environment MEMS has by providing events to get together
- What I like most about Duke MEMS: The MEMS community is both diverse in research and its students. It is amazing how supportive and welcoming the community truly is
- Hometown: New Orleans, La.
- Undergrad: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Research: Medical robotics
- Lab: Daniel Buckland
- Why I joined: To meet new people in Duke MEMS and help engage the community within and outside of MEMS through activities and service.
- What I like most about Duke MEMS: MEMS is an awesome field to be in—with research in everything from airplanes to critical parts of medical care. I am so excited to learn more about everything happening at Duke and appreciate that there are opportunities to learn more about things happening outside of my specific field.
Natalia Von Windheim
- Hometown: Durham, NC
- Undergrad: NC State University
- Research: 3D printing polymers for biomedical applications
- Lab: Ken Gall
- Why I joined: To contribute to the growth and future of the department
- What I like most about Duke MEMS: The relationships I’ve formed with colleagues and friends in the department
- Hometown: Hunan, China
- Undergrad: Beihang University, China
- Research: I am working on a Trajectory Planning problem by combining High-Dimensional Bayesian Optimization and Model Predictive Control.
- Lab: Michael M. Zavlanos
- Why I joined: MEMS GSC helped me a lot when I first came to Duke. Therefore, I am willing to pass that on to help more students.
- What I like most about Duke MEMS: Multi-disciplinary research atmosphere