MEMS Graduate Student Committee events

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.

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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

Calendar of Events

Members

Amy King

President

Amy King

  • 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.

Luke Calkins

Social Chair

Luke Caulkins

  • 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.

Yaying Feng

Recruitment Chair

Yaying Feng

  • Hometown: Beijing, China
  • Undergrad: University of Science & Technology, Beijing
  • 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 McHugh

Recruitment Chair

Kevin 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 individual research projects to call their own.

Michael Lee

Seminar Chair

Michael Lee

  • 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.

Yijun Mao

Member

Yijun Mao

  • Hometown: Shanghai, China
  • Undergrad: Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Research: Robotics and controls
  • 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.

Siobhan Rigby

Member

Siobhan Rigsby

  • Hometown: New Orleans, La.
  • Undergrad: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Lab: Daniel Buckland
  • Research: Medical robotics
  • 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.

Misha Savchenko

Communications Chair

Misha Savchenko

  • Hometown: New York, N.Y.
  • Undergrad: Hunter College
  • Research: Robotics
  • Lab: Kris Hauser
  • 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 Sequeira

Outreach Chair

Dane Sequeira

  • Hometown: Newport Beach, Calif.
  • 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.