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
- 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.
- 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: 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: 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
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