Meeting the Grand Challenges REU Research Symposium

August 8, 2018

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Pictured: REU winners and Program Co-Directors. From left to right: Dr. Johnna Frierson, Megan Ogle, Chris Zhou, Enrique del Castillo, Kosa Johnson, and Dr. Carmen Rawls

Congratulations to all of our amazing REU students for a successful end to the REU for Meeting the Grand Challenges in Engineering program for Summer 2018. 

On Wednesday, July 25th, 2018, thirty-two undergraduate and high school students presented their summer research at the Pratt School of Engineering Summer REU Research Symposium. The symposium brought together students, faculty, and staff from the entire Pratt community and had over 100 attendees.

Four REU students won gift cards to the Duke Bookstore for outstanding poster presentations: Akosua Johnson (NC A&T University), Chris Zhou (Duke University), and Enrique del Castillo (Princeton University), and high school student Alex Wigger (Jordan High School). Megan Ogle (UNC Charlotte) won the Grand Challenge REU prize of full funding for registration and travel expenses to present her summer research at the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Symposium which will be held this November.

Congratulations again to all of the students for their hard work this summer to meet the Grand Challenges in Engineering!

Read more about our program and the students' experiences here.


Best Poster Presentations- received award of $100 gift card to the Duke Store

Akosua Johnson, NC A&T University- “The PEGylation of magnetic nanoparticles for high-throughput analysis”
Faculty research mentor- Dr. Christine Payne

Chris Zhou, Duke University- “Bioengineered Human Skeletal Muscle as an Emerging Model for Pompe Disease”
Faculty research mentor- Dr. Nenad Bursac

Enrique del Castillo- “Modeling Salt Tectonics Using Finite Element Methods”
Faculty research mentor- Dr. Guglielmo Scovazzi


Grand Challenge REU Travel Award winner- will receive full funding to travel to conference to present summer reseach in the upcoming academic year

Megan Ogle- Computational Modeling and Simulation of Shock Wave Lithotrips. Faculty research mentor- Dr. John Dolbow


Duke Research in Engineering Program (DukeREP) Winner (High School Summer Research Program) (won $50 gift card to the Duke Store)

Alex Wigger- "Prototyping ARFI Phantom and Transducer Holder for Clinical Ultrasound Use"

Faculty research mentor- Dr. Kathy Nightingale