By: Malena Lum MEMP ’15
The 5th annual MEM/MEng Admitted Student Day (ASD) was held on Friday, March 27, 2015. This event was a great opportunity for applicants, who have been granted admission into the MEM and MEng Programs to get a first-hand glimpse of how amazing the Duke experience really is, participating in activities such as a sample class, a sample workshop, lunch with the staff and current students, campus tour, seminar, and much more.
ASD started with a warm welcome and overview of the programs, where attendees were able to meet the faculty and staff behind the MEM and MEng Programs such as Dr. La Tondra Murray, Director of the Professional Masters Programs in Engineering and Bridget Fletcher, Associate Director of Academic and Student Services for the Professional Masters Programs in Engineering. This was followed by a sample class, Management in High Tech Industries, which is one of the core courses in both programs that focuses on managerial decision-making and leadership. Also, the Career Services team gave a brief overview of the variety of resources they have available dedicated to only students in the MEM and MEng Programs.
After this great start, attendees were led to a lunch with the faculty, staff and current students, where they had a chance to talk more about core courses and elective options. During the lunch, each professor gave a brief presentation on their course.
Lunch was followed by an interactive sample workshop, housing overview presented by current students, and a student panel to answer specific questions about Duke, Durham, courses, and activities in general.
One of the highlights of ASD is the campus tour, where prospective students interact with potential future classmates while exploring the beautiful campus. Following the campus tour was a seminar, a core requirement of both programs, and a cultural presentation. Every week, the program brings in an industry speaker to share some insights about their experiences in diverse industries. This helps students in the MEM and MEng Programs learn how to best position themselves to succeed in the industry and excel in their careers. Every Friday after seminar, students from a particular country give a short and fun cultural presentation, followed by delicious food from that country.
At the end of a long but fun day, the student body had also organized a social event to mingle with other students in a more informal setting, watch the Duke’s basketball team win, and give prospective students an opportunity to experience life as a Duke student.