MEM Email Archive for Fall 2015/Spring 2016

Admission Emails

Congratulations!  (Email #1)

Dear Applicants,

Congratulations on your admission to the Master of Engineering Management Program! We hope that you'll join us in August and become a member of our newest class. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at memp@pratt.duke.edu.

This email kicks off a series of emails that the Admissions Team will send to you to help you as you make your decision. This information will be sent out as it becomes available and be archived online at: http://memp.pratt.duke.edu/mem-email-archive-fall-2015spring-2016For now, here are a few resources to consider as you see if our program is right for you.

Admitted Student Day

Duke held its fifth annual Admitted Student Day (ASD) on Friday, March 27, 2015. ASD is entirely run by current students, and this year's team strove to make the day informative and fun so that attendees could see what a great experience life at Duke can be. We welcomed admitted applicants from both the MEM and MEng programs, and an overview of the day for those who missed it is available online: http://memp.pratt.duke.edu/asd2015

The site features videos from the day as well as copies of the handouts that were given to attendees. Take a look!

Admissions Ambassadors

As mentioned above, our admissions team can help with your questions, but sometimes, you have questions that only a student or alum can answer. Happily, we have a group of alumni and current students who volunteer to contact admitted students to answer questions from a student's point of view. Common topics include anything from courses to life in Durham to careers. We have asked an Admissions Ambassador to contact you in the next few weeks, and we hope that you will find this helpful.

Note that if you did not give us permission to release your contact information, we could not assign an ambassador to contact you.

Connecting with Potential Classmates

If you're on Facebook, there's a group for Admitted Master of Engineering Management students. Join in the conversation and get a head start on getting to know your classmates!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/720150141416513/

We both hope that you will become a member of the Master of Engineering Management Program, and hope to see you in Fall 2015. Please let us know if we can help with any questions.

Sincerely,
Susan Brown and Erin Degerman
Admissions Team
Professional Masters Programs

Susan.Brown@duke.edu 
Erin.Degerman@duke.edu

Next Steps  (Email #2)

Dear Applicants,

This is the second in a series of emails that the Admissions Team will send to you to help you as you explore all that Duke has to offer. If you miss anything, note that all email is archived online at http://memp.pratt.duke.edu/mem-email-archive-fall-2015spring-2016.  

This week, we'll briefly talk about next steps in the enrollment process.

Accepting or Declining the Offer of Admission
Admitted students should complete the Enrollment Form found in their admission letter to formally accept or decline the offer of admission.  The form includes a brief survey where the applicant indicates that they'll be coming to Duke or not, with follow-up questions that the program uses to understand how we can better serve applicants. Please complete your form by the deadline indicated in your letter.

Deposit
Note that we do not require a deposit to accept the offer of admission.

Official Transcripts
As you are aware, your application was reviewed and an admissions decision was made using unofficial, scanned copies of your transcript(s). If you want to accept our offer of admission and will enroll in the program, we require official copies of those transcript(s). A separate email will be sent to remind you of this once you accept the offer of admission.

The FAFSA for US Citizens and Permanent Residents
If you are planning on applying for a federal Stafford or Perkins loan, you can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at www.studentloans.gov.

For further information on FAFSA and the U.S. Department of Education’s student aid programs, you may call 1-800-433-3243 seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to midnight (Eastern time). When completing the FAFSA form online, you will be asked for Duke’s Title IV code; it is E00165. Once you have received confirmation that your forms are complete and have been forwarded to the University, a financial aid officer will complete your aid award. If you have any questions during this process, you may contact Ms. Lisa Roop-Wioskowski who manages Graduate Financial Aid at 919-681-3247 or grad-finaid@duke.edu.

The Visa Process (I-20 or DS-2019) for International Students
A separate email with detailed instructions on the Visa Process will be sent after you accept the offer of admission, and your I-20 or DS-2019 will be processed after your official transcripts have been received. Visit Duke's Visa Services Office at http://www.visaservices.duke.edu/F1_Incoming.html for more information. Do not send any documentation before you are requested to do so.

Admitted Student Day
Duke held its fifth annual Admitted Student Day (ASD) on Friday, March 27, 2015. ASD is entirely run by current students, and this year's team strove to make the day informative and fun so that attendees could see what a great experience life at Duke can be. We welcomed admitted applicants from both the MEM and MEng programs, and an overview of the day for those who missed it is available online:

http://memp.pratt.duke.edu/asd2015

The site features videos from the day as well as copies of the handouts that were given to attendees. Take a look!

We're here to help.
If you have any questions, please let us know. Also, if you haven't already joined the Facebook group, take a look. We have several current students on hand to help with any information you need. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/720150141416513/

That's it for today. Please let us know if we can help with any questions.

Sincerely,
Susan Brown and Erin Degerman
Admissions Team
Professional Masters Programs

Susan.Brown@duke.edu 
Erin.Degerman@duke.edu

ASD 2015  (Email Special!)

Dear Applicants,

This is a special note in a series of emails that will help you as you consider life at Duke. As always, information is archived online at http://memp.pratt.duke.edu/mem-email-archive-fall-2015spring-2016.     

Duke held its fifth annual Admitted Student Day (ASD) on Friday, March 27, 2015. ASD is entirely run by current students, and this year's team strove to make the day informative and fun so that attendees could see what a great experience life at Duke can be. We welcomed admitted applicants from both the MEM and MEng programs, and an overview of the day for those who missed it is available online:

http://memp.pratt.duke.edu/asd2015

The site features videos from the day as well as copies of the handouts that were given to attendees.  Take a look!

Remember: admitted students should complete the Enrollment Form found in their admission letter.  The form includes a brief survey where the applicant accepts or declines the offer, with follow-up questions that the program uses to understand how we can better serve applicants.  Please complete your form by April 15 for Round 1, June 1 for Round 2. Note that we do not require a deposit to accept the offer of admission. 

As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at memp@pratt.duke.edu

That's it for today's email. Let us know if you have questions!

Sincerely,
Susan Brown and Erin Degerman
Admissions Team
Professional Masters Programs

Susan.Brown@duke.edu 
Erin.Degerman@duke.edu

Important Dates  (Email #3)

Dear Applicants,

This is the third in a series of emails that the Admissions Team will send to you to help you as you explore all that Duke has to offer. If you miss anything, note that all email is archived online at http://memp.pratt.duke.edu/mem-email-archive-fall-2015spring-2016. This week, we'll cover important dates for the upcoming year.

Accepting or Declining the Offer of Admission
Remember, if you have not yet accepted or declined the offer of Admission, you should do so by the deadline mentioned in your letter. For most of you, that should be April 15 for Round 1 and June 1 for Round 2.

Semester Schedule
The Master of Engineering Management Program follows Duke University's academic calendar, though the program's required orientation will not be listed on this site.

For International Students, Orientation will begin August 10th.Programming on the 10th (campus tours) and 11th (tours and workshops focusing on English pronunciation, making small talk, and US classroom expectations) will be optional, with required programming starting on August 12th. You must enter the country on or before this date.

For US Citizens and Permanent Residents,Orientation will begin August 17th.Programming on the 17th (campus tours and an Excel workshop) will be optional, with required programming starting on August 18th.

Tuition and Fee Billing
The Bursar's office bills students on a regular basis (see billing schedule and due dates here) and bills are posted to student accounts on ACES, Duke's internal student site. Note that this is the only way you'll receive bills - Duke does not send hard copies of bills through the mail. Payment information is available at http://finance.duke.edu/bursar/Payments/index.php. We have posted Estimated Tuition and Fees for 2014-2015 at http://memp.pratt.duke.edu/campus/campus-tuition-and-financial-aid.

North Carolina's Immunization Requirement
We like to mention this early, because it's serious stuff. The state of North Carolina requires that all students entering a university present a certificate of immunization which documents that the student has received all required immunizations. If you don't meet these requirements by the posted deadline, you may be WITHDRAWN FROM THE UNIVERSITY 30 days after classes begin. Don't let that happen to you! If you have to update your immunizations, start now. See http://studentaffairs.duke.edu/studenthealth/immunization-compliance for more information, including deadlines and requirements.

We're here to help.
If you have any questions, please let us know. Also, if you haven't already joined the Facebook group, take a look. We have several current students on hand to help with any information you need.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/720150141416513/

That's it for today. Please let us know if we can help with any questions.

Sincerely,
Susan Brown and Erin Degerman
Admissions Team
Professional Masters Programs

Susan.Brown@duke.edu
Erin.Degerman@duke.edu

Course Registration Information (Email Special!)

Hello 

My name is Staci Thornton and I'm the Academic Coordinator for the Professional Masters Programs.  I help students with academic planning, including course registration and graduation requirements. I wanted to let you know that you will be able to register for classes by Friday, April 17.  Until your official transcripts and I-20 information (international students only) have been received and processed by the admissions office you will not be able to enroll in courses.  If you have received your NetID and password, you are eligible to enroll.  Please note there is a high volume of mail that still needs to be processed.

To register for classes, you will need to sign in to ACES using your NetID and password. For instructions on how to register for classes, please review the ACES- How To Guide.  Remember that Bookbagging your classes it NOT registering for classes.  You have to book bag your classes and then Enroll in them.  See the ACES- How To Guide for more information.

In the MEM Program, you are required to complete the following courses to graduate:

  • Four core courses which include Marketing, Law, Finance, and Management. Most students take EGRMGMT 510- Marketing and EGRMGMT 530- Finance during the fall
  • Four electives of your choosing. Go to the MEMP Technical Elective page on our website for more information.
  • Two semesters of Seminars and Workshops, EGRMGMT 501. The Seminar and Workshop Series consists of weekly Seminars you will attend every Friday at 4:00 PM and workshops you'll be able to choose from held at different times and days throughout the semester. You will see two choices for a time in ACES because of course conflicts. No matter what section you choose, you will attend Seminar at 4:00 PM.
  • Two Internship courses, EGRMGMT 550 and 551, which you should only sign up for if you have completed your internship.

Important: Distance-MEM Sections

Before you start enrolling classes, please note that some sections are for the Distance-MEMP students only. Do NOT enroll in these sections:

  • EGRMGMT 510.04 Marketing
  • EGRMGMT 530.04 Finance in High Tech Industries
  • EGRMGMT 560.02 Project Management
  • EGRMGMT 562.02 Operations Management
  • EGRMGMT 574.02 Commercializing Technology Innovations
  • EGRMGMT 590.02 Designing Customer Experience
  • EGRMGMT 590.04 Managing Product Development
  • EGRMGMT 590.08 Computational Finance Please let me know if you have any questions!

As you are thinking about your schedules for Fall 2015, there are some helpful ways to make course decisions.  We have added many resources to Sakai.  You will need to go to sakai.duke.edu and login.  You will then need to click on Membership on the left hand side, then click on Joinable Sites at the top of the page under “My Workspace: Membership”. Then search for MEMP/MEng Resources.  You will then click join and have access to the site. To access the site, click on My Current Sites and MEMP/MEng Resources should be listed there.

 

Course Introduction Videos- Professors have taken the time to create course introduction videos that are available on the MEMP/MEng Resources Sakai site.  You can view the videos in the Warpwire tab on the left hand side.  Professors have provided their e-mail addresses at the end of each video so please feel free to reach out to them and ask any questions!

 

Sample Syllabi- You can find syllabi for Fall and Spring courses on Sakai.  Go to the MEMP/MEng Resources Site and click on Resources -> MEM Academic Info -> Sample Fall Syllabi or Sample Spring Syllabi. These are subject to change but can give you a good idea about what the syllabi will be like for the upcoming semester.

 

Fall Course Student Panel- This semester we held a student panel about Fall courses which you can view on Sakai. Go to the MEMP/MEng Resources Site Site and click on Media Gallery on the left hand side.  The video is called MEMP Course Preview Session Fall 2015.

 

Previous Course Evaluations- When you are searching classes in ACES, there is an option to view previous course evaluations.  You just click Course Eval and it will give you a list of all previous course evaluations.  Instructors of courses can change so make sure you are looking at the correct instructor.  Not all courses have course evaluations available to students so if you don't see it for a course, then it is not available.     

There are many other resources on the MEMP/MEng Resources Site including Durham and Housing Information.  Please take a look and let me know if you have any questions!

Staci Thornton

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Staci Thornton
Academic Coordinator
Professionals Masters Programs
Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University
919-684-3905 (office)
919-668-2888 (fax)
staci.thornton@duke.edu

Housing, Transportation, and Area Resources (Email #4)

Dear Applicants,

This is the fourth in a series of emails that will help you as you consider life at Duke. This information is sent out as it becomes available and is archived online at http://memp.pratt.duke.edu/mem-email-archive-fall-2015spring-2016. This week's email offers more information on housing, transportation, and area resources, plus information on student loans.

Housing

See http://studentaffairs.duke.edu/hdrl/graduate-professional-students for both on-campus and off-campus housing. Please note that on-campus housing for graduate students is limited due to Duke's commitment to providing undergraduates with three years of on-campus housing. Most graduate students live off campus. When contemplating complexes, be sure to check apartment locations against Duke's bus routes and note that some complexes are served by Duke's Safe Vans Service from dusk to dawn.

Current students went over housing options during Admitted Student Day. If you haven't yet seen these overviews, take a look!

Many of you have been posting roommate notices on the Facebook groups. Another great option to find existing Duke students looking for roommates is DukeList's Roommate Wanted section (Net ID required).

Finally,Duke's Community Housing office has conducted surveys of students living in various complexes in the area. The survey lists pricing, contact information, and options. Students then rank complexes based on condition, property management, noise, and safety, and each complex's crime statistics are listed as well. You can also see the student breakdown for each complex (would you rather live with a lot of undergrads, or other graduate and professional students?). View search results for this information here, but note that the most recent survey is from 2012, so be sure to check pricing.

Transportation

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (http://www.rdu.com/) is less than a half hour from Duke's campus; see http://www.rdu.com/ground-transportation/ for transportation options on getting to Duke.

See http://parking.duke.edu/ for Duke’s Parking & Transportation department. If you plan to bring a car to campus, you can sign up for a parking permit over the summer (June/July). There are many other options if you do not have a car or do not choose to use it.

Cell Phone Providers, Banks, and Grocery Stores

You need to call home once in a while. You'll need to hit the ATM for weekend cash. And after weeks of eating campus food, you might want to venture out for sustenance from an area grocery store.  Duke's International House has a lot of useful information on getting settled into the area whether you're an international student or not.

Student Loan Information

If you applying for a federal Stafford or Perkins loan and have any questions during this process, you may contact Ms. Lisa Roop-Wioskowski in Graduate Financial Aid at 919-681-3247 or grad-finaid@duke.edu.

We're here to help.

If you have any questions, please let us know. Also, if you haven't already joined the Facebook group, take a look. We have several current students on hand to help with any information you need.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/720150141416513/

That's it for today's email. Let us know what we can do to help!

Sincerely,
Susan Brown and Erin Degerman
Admissions Team
Professional Masters Programs

Susan.Brown@duke.edu 
Erin.Degerman@duke.edu

Getting Around Durham (Email #5)

Dear Applicants,

This is the fifth in a series of emails that will help you as you consider life at Duke. This information is sent out as it becomes available and is archived online at http://memp.pratt.duke.edu/mem-email-archive-fall-2015spring-2016.

Families are pouring into Durham from all over the world to celebrate graduation weekend for the class of 2015, so here's a short email on Getting Around Durham.

Durham

Durham is awesome, but don't take our word for it. See this great site from Duke Law that shows how lov-a-bull Durham is (you'll have to click to understand that). Please check it out - you'll be glad you did!

Getting Around

Will you need a car? Maybe not. Many Duke students leave their cars at home because Duke and Durham make getting around easy by offering convenient options that help Duke become a more sustainable campus.

CarShare, a car-sharing service is on campus and available 24/7. For as little as $9 an hour or $66 per day, you can reserve a sedan, SUV, van, or electric vehicle to run errands, go shopping, perform community service, or take a road trip. One-way rentals are also available on campus through the Enterprise Rent-A-Car office in Durham.

Biking is big on Duke's campus. Bike lanes and paths make it easy to get places fast. Our online map details over 140 unique rack locations around Duke. Bike shops are within walking distance of campus. Riding your bike is the fastest way to get around campus.

GoPass is a free public bus pass that allows all students to ride local and regional transit for free. Duke transit and public buses can also be tracked in real time on your computer or mobile phone. You can also ride the free Bull City Connector to get downtown.

We're here to help.

If you have any questions, please let us know. Also, if you haven't already joined the Facebook group, take a look. We have several current students on hand to help with any information you need.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/720150141416513/

That's it for today's email. Let us know what we can do to help!

Sincerely,
Susan Brown and Erin Degerman
Admissions Team
Professional Masters Programs

Susan.Brown@duke.edu 
Erin.Degerman@duke.edu

See Yourself at Duke (End of Year Email Special!)

Dear Applicants,

This is the a special end-of-the-year email in a series of emails that will help you as you consider life at Duke and is archived online at http://memp.pratt.duke.edu/mem-email-archive-fall-2015spring-2016.

Today's topic: See Yourself at Duke, and what better way to do that (without actually coming to campus) than to view a selection of activities from the year.

If you don't already like the Duke MEM PDC on Facebook, you should! The PDC (Program Development Committee) is a student leadership organization dedicated to improving the student experience. Sub-committees include

  • Career Development and Alumni Relations Committee (CDAR)
  • Creative Communications Committee (CCC)
  • Student Activities Committee (SAC)
  • Student Recruiting Committee (SRC)

Which sub-committee will you be on? SRC, SRC, SRC!

View the PDC's end of year slideshow, and be sure to view this year's photo albums to see all that you have to look forward to next year, including orientation, student activities, and of course a little spring fever just before Graduation.

That'll be you next year! Time will fly.

Best of luck!

This will be your last email from the admissions team, but don't fret. You're in great hands with our Student Services team. Expect to hear from them in early summer.

As always, if you haven't already joined the Facebook group, take a look. We have several current students on hand to help with any information you need.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/720150141416513/

That's it. We can't wait to meet you in August.

Sincerely,

Susan Brown and Erin Degerman
Admissions Team
Professional Masters Programs

Susan.Brown@duke.edu
Erin.Degerman@duke.edu

Student Services Emails

Welcome to Pratt Professional Masters Programs at Duke!!

Greetings,

 

Congratulations on your recent admittance to Duke MEM or MEng! We are looking forward to meeting you in August. 

 

My name is Bridget Fletcher and I serve as the Associate Director of Academic and Student Services for the MEM and MEng Programs. In that capacity, I manage our academic and student services team, head up our English as a Second Language (ESL) program, and generally try to make sure that you have a safe, supportive, culturally enriching, highly educational, and fun experience in our programs. I can’t wait to meet you! 

 

And I’m Lorelle Babwah, your Assistant Director of Student Services for MEM and MEng.  You may be thinking, “Sounds great, but what does that mean?”  Great question!  I’m here to help you make the most of your time in the program.  If you want to get involved in extracurricular programs, I advise the student development committees (PDC for MEM and MEngagement MEng).  I can also get you connected with resources here on campus for academic support, personal wellness, or any other challenges you may encounter.  Looking forward to meeting you all!

 

You’ll be hearing a lot from our super awesome academic and student services team as well as some very knowledgable current students this summer! We want to make sure you’re ready to be successful when you arrive on campus, so we have lots of information to share with you and even some pre-work that we’ll need you to complete. Please take some time to read the emails we send, they are full of useful information – we promise! We'll provide information about everything from housing, to parking, to class selections, to what kind of clothes to pack! 

 

For now, here are some key dates to keep in mind:

  • International Week Orientation (I-Week as we typically call it) will be fromAugust 10-14(10-11 optional). I-Week (from August 12-15) is a REQUIRED part of the MEM/MEng degree for international students. 
  • Program Orientation will run from August 17-21. Program orientation is REQUIRED for ALL MEM and MEng students. 
  • There will also be some special optional programming for both domestic and international students on August 14.

We’ll send a full schedule of orientation events soon. For now, please be on the lookout for useful emails, videos, and carrier pigeons. 

 

See you soon! 

 

Bridget + Lorelle

Welcome to Duke! I’m Here to Help You

Greetings,

My name is Swarali Kulkarni. I'm a Master of Engineering Management(MEM) student here at the Pratt School of Engineering and I’m working with the Master of Engineering and MEM department over the summer. I will be sending you lots of useful emails over the next few months to help you prepare for your awesome time here at Duke. I will also help you by answering any questions you have about the program and the life here at Duke. Please feel free to email me with questions!

I hope you are excited to be part of this amazing family.

Looking forward to seeing y'all in Fall!

 

Thanks,

Swarali

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Swarali Kulkarni
Master of Engineering Management, Exp. Dec'15
Duke University
Pratt School of Engineering

Housing and renter's insurance

Hello,

Hope you are all doing great! Today I want to give some information about housing and renter’s insurance. The emails are going to a bit long but it is worth reading them till the end!

Students have housing options near West, East and Central Campus. Duke’s home campus spans these three contiguous campuses on nearly 9000 acres. The west campus is where the gorgeous Duke chapel is located. It is also the academic heart of Duke with most of the schools including Pratt School of Engineering and the Perkins and Bostock Libraries. You will have all your classes on West campus. All the first year undergraduate students reside on east campus. Smith Warehouse is also located on east, where the career center team sits and is closest to Downtown Durham. Nasher museum and Sarah P. Duke gardens are located on central campus. Buses run through all these campuses so transportation is not a big issue.

The attached power point lists all the housing options students have opted for till now. It also has some useful links that you can browse.

Previous years students have had doubts about Renter's Insurance and so we thought of giving you some introduction into it, especially for the International students. You can consider this to be an extension of the‘HOUSING INFORMATION’. I understand that Renter’s Insurance is not mandatory in North Carolina, but it is very affordable, and highlyrecommended. For only $15-$20 per month, they can cover around $20,000 worth of stuff and damage, so even though it's not mandatory the decision should be easy! 

Renter’s Insurance 

Renter’s Insurance is similar to homeowner’s insurance but it is cheaper and covers a smaller range of difficulties. In general, this type of insurance will cover all of the possessions inside your accommodation, including if they are stolen or damaged (by fire or hurricane).  Duke students have had fires in their apartments, usually due to cooking accidents.

Why get it?

Odds are that you won’t need it, but it is fairly low in cost and should you need it at any point during your stay, it would likely pay for itself. One example:

Sally, and her roommate Maria, decided to go out for ice cream one beautiful spring afternoon during their last semester at Duke. The weather was nice, so they had their windows open to let in the fresh air.  They didn’t think much of it since the ice cream parlor was a mere 5 minutes away by bus.  When they returned home, one hour later, they discovered that Maria’s new stereo, 100 of Sally’s CDs, some jewelry Maria’s boyfriend gave her for her birthday and Sally’s leather jacket were missing.  Sally and Maria called the police and filled out a police report.  Fortunately, Sally and Maria had renter’s insurance, so they also called the agency to report the theft.  The insurance company sent an agent to talk to them and investigate the theft. After doing his own investigation and reviewing the police report, the insurance agent gave Sally and Maria a check for $2,000 (the agent’s estimate for replacing the stolen goods).

How do I get it?

There are a number of insurance agencies which offer renters insurance. The list below are nation-wide agencies that provide renters insurance. You can also purchase Renters Insurance through the same company where you have Auto insurance. There is a lot of information about insurance on the Internet as well. I would recommend calling or emailing at least two – three different companies to compare prices before you purchase a policy.

http://www.ncfbins.com/

Amica Insurance

800.242.6422

http://www.amica.com/

State Farm Insurance

877.734.2265

http://www.statefarm.com/

Answer Financial

866.393.8356

https://www.answerfinancial.com/

Farm Bureau Insurance

919.782.1705

Allstate

1800.ALLSTATE

http://www.allstate.com/

You can also contact the bank with whom you open your student account here in the US for provision of renter’s insurance as I know that Wells Fargo offers it.

How much is it?

It depends on where you live and how much coverage you need.  Insurance costs should be somewhere around $15 - $20 a month.

This information is by the courtesy of the International House, but it applies to domestic students as well. If you have any doubts, feel free to contact me.

Thanks,

Swarali

Swarali Kulkarni
Master of Engineering Management, Exp. Dec'15
Pratt School of Engineering
Duke University

Immunization and student health requirements

Hello,

Please find below very valuable information about the immunization and student health insurance requirements at Duke University.

First of all check out the video that covers all the basic information. This information is also must-read for all new students of Duke University. Much of the information I link to below is actually found at that website.

This form must be completed by your healthcare provider and returned to Duke. The form also explains which immunizations are required for students. As on date, I believe you would have already done this as the deadline just passed for the Fall 2015 enrollment.

If you don’t already keep a single record of your immunizations and vaccinations, now is a great time to start, so you can avoid needlessly going through a second round of vaccinations (ouch!). International students from some countries will also need to take mandatory blood test for Tuberculosis screening. In some cases the test will also be followed by a chest x-ray as it happened to me. The blood test is usually fully covered by the student insurance, however that's not the case with the x-ray.

Duke requires that students are covered by health insuranceDuke can provide students with basic health insurance for a nominal fee, or if you already belong to a health insurance plan, you do not have to enroll in Duke’s plan, as long as it meets all of the posted criteria. At that link you can also learn about the process of substituting your health insurance for Duke’s.

If you require Duke’s health insurance, you will automatically be enrolled, and the amount will be billed to your Bursar’s account. Action is only required for health insurance if you want to use your own plan. If you want to know what the Student Health Plan covers, benefits are listed here.

This link here is from the company that runs the Duke insurance, and you can see all of the information they provide.

The Student Health department of the Student Affairs also arranges for free flu shots at the beginning of the flu season (November). There will be a separate flu shot clinic setup for the students and everyone will be able to get the vaccine in the MEM suite. These shots are not required but are strongly recommended by the university.

Thanks for reading ! I’m available for any questions you have !

Thanks,

Swarali

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Swarali Kulkarni
Master of Engineering Management, Exp. Dec'15
Pratt School of Engineering
Duke University

Parking at Duke

Hi, 

Today I want go over some information about parking at Duke. I will send information about other modes of transportation such as buses next week to avoid information overload. In the meantime if you have any urgent questions, you can email me. 

If you plan to have a car while you’re at Duke, you’ll need to start thinking about parking now. Like most colleges and universities, Parking at Duke is very complicated, so bear with me as I explain the numerous options.

Parking Passes

If you plan to have a car on campus, go ahead and take a look at http://parking.duke.edu/parking/index.php. It has all of the official information about parking.

Here is what I think is most relevant for the students!

If you want to be able to reliably park on campus at any time of the day, a parking pass might be your best option. With parking passes, you have two choices – an “on-campus” parking pass, or a commuter lot pass.

True “on-campus” parking will be closer to the Pratt School, but you’re not guaranteed to get a permit. If you’re interested, go to http://parking.duke.edu/parking/permits/students/graduate_students.php and click the “on-line registration” link to log in to your parking account. If you want an on-campus permit, click “Manage My Parking Account” then click “Add/Edit Waitlist”. Do not click “Purchase Permits” – I’ll get to those later.

You can chose up to two selections of Parking lots from the list. You’ll be placed on a waiting list, and each time a current parking permit holder returns their permit, the person on top of the wait list gets it. You are not guaranteed, then, to get a parking permit this way. If you want to try your luck, choose the Circuit Grad Student Lot (http://maps.duke.edu/map/index.php?id=21&embedMrkId=4672&mapOnly=1#!ct/551?m/4672) – it’s the closest available lot for engineering grad students. It’s best to do this ASAP, because the wait lists get really full by July.

For better chances at getting a place to park on campus, Duke offers “General Permits”, or “Commuter” permits. This is a great option if you won’t be living near a Duke Bus route. These lots are at the edge of campus, but have a Duke bus stop to take you to the Chapel on West Campus, which is a short walk from the Engineering School. So it’ll take a little extra time to get to your classes, but you’re guaranteed one of these relatively affordable permits as long as you order it before they sell out – so if you want a commuter permit, you still need to act fast.

If you’re interested in a commuter permit, go to http://parking.duke.edu/parking/permits/students/graduate_students.php and click the “on-line registration” link to log in to your parking account. The more popular commuter lots (and the ones I would recommend) are also on the waitlist system, but you have a better chance at getting one of these than the on-campus lots mentioned above. If you want to be on a waitlisted commuter lot, click “Manage My Parking Account” and then click “Add/Edit Waitlists”. Green Zone is the permit many graduate students use because it’s relatively affordable at $129/year, on the same side of campus as the Engineering campus, and there are plenty available. If you act now, you have a good shot at getting a Green Zone permit. The Central Campus permit isn’t bad, either, as you have several lot and street choices along the C2 bus route.

There are some commuter permits you can buy instantly without a waiting list – instead of clicking “Manage My Parking Account” from the above website, click “Purchase Permits”. However, these lots are in low-demand because they are a bit more removed from campus. I wouldn’t recommend these permits though, because they’re more expensive than the Green Zone, and still inconvenient.

Garage Parking

If you don’t have a permit, it’s still possible to park fairly close to the Engineering School, but you may not want to rely on this method. The Bryan Center Parking Garage is normally $2.00/hour, but it is possible to park there for free. Read the next section for details.

Parking for Free

It is totally possible to park for free on campus, but it does take flexibility, a little extra time, and/or a bit of luck. The easiest way to park for free on campus is in the Bryan Center Garage (right next to the Engineering School). At the garage you typically pay as you exit. However, no matter what time you park in the garage, if you leave after 8:00 PM, you can swipe your student ID to exit for free! This is very handy for evening classes and team meetings, or if you can wait on campus until 8:00 PM.

If you’ll be arriving on campus any day after 5:00 PM, or on Saturday or Sunday, parking is very easy. Most of the parking lots and garages are free for all students after 5PM and on weekends. At these times, swiping your student ID opens the parking gates, so you can park nearby in Circuit Lot or the Research Drive Garage, which is very convenient. Unfortunately, the Bryan Center Garage doesn’t work quite the same way – if you arrive after 5PM but leave before 8PM you’ll still have to pay. However, the Bryan Center Garage is free for students on Saturday and Sunday, though.

Keep in mind that Duke brings in guests from around the world for special events. During these events, such as sporting events, theater shows, and certain services at the chapel, several of the parking lots are converted to “event lots” and the free parking rules above don’t count. I think the Research Drive Garage I mentioned earlier is almost never used for event parking, though.

As always, I'm available to answer any questions you have! 

Thanks,

Swarali

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Swarali Kulkarni
Master of Engineering Management, Exp. Dec'15

Pratt School of Engineering
Duke University

Upcoming Tasks – Action will be Required

Hello, 

I just want to give you heads up on a few tasks you will have to complete in the next few weeks. Most of these are assessments you will take to understand your strengths, personality etc. Following are the tasks:

  1.  Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  2. Intercultural Effectiveness Survey
  3. Strength finder assessment
  4. Say My Name Campaign
  5. Resume submission 

You will get separate emails for each task over the next few weeks. Please make sure you complete them on time, so that you are all set to come to Duke. 

Thanks,

Swarali 

Course registration and electives

Hello incoming MEMers,

Before we get started, today’s quick tip is http://www.qduke.com/. It’s a little website that contains links to most of the online resources you’ll need as a student. There are links to Sakai, ACES, the Duke Webmail, the Duke Card (student ID) office, and more. It’s a lot easier to remember qDuke.com than the separate sites for each resource! 

Today’s topic is Course Registration and Electives

In the MEM Program, you are required to complete four core courses that are pre-determined, four electives of your choosing, two semesters of Seminars and Workshops, and an Internship and Internship Assessment in order to receive your diploma. All the information about registering for courses, selecting electives, previous terms syllabi, internship assessment etc is available on SAKAI. As admitted students, you have access to the MEMP/MEng Resources Sakai site but once you start at Duke, you will be added the MEMP Org Site which has a lot more information.They are both rich resources with guidelines for almost anything and everything that you would need; spend time reading through this information, it will help you clear doubts that you didn’t even know you had! Some of you won’t be used to so much freedom in choosing electives, and making so many choices in just two or three semesters can be daunting. That’s why I’m here to help. As always, there’s a lot of information here, but feel free to contact me if you still have questions.

First, let’s tackle

Registering for Classes

Each student registers for classes individually. You do not need to meet with an advisor, and you must choose which section of the core classes you will attend – none of this process is automatic.

To start enrolling in classes, go to ACES through qDuke.com or directly at http://aces.duke.edu, and log in with your NetID.

There is a Course Registration Guide on Sakai, which is a must-read in my opinion. To find it, you will need to go to https://sakai.duke.edu/ and login. You will then need to click on Membership on the left hand side, then click on Joinable Sites at the top of the page under "My Workspace: Membership". Then search for MEMP/MEng Resources. You will then click join and have access to the site. To access the site, click on My Current Sites and MEMP/MEng Resources should be listed there.  Once in the site click on Resources on the left side, and click on the MEM Academic Info folder. That’s the more “official guide”, and will likely answer any questions you might have after my quick summary below. 

1. Search Classes

Once you’ve logged in to ACES, click on the "Registration" tab, and "Class Search" tab. Your Institution and Term would be selected to Duke University and 2015 Fall Term respectively by default (if not, please change it to the same). To find MEMP courses, click on "E" under the Course Subject Lookup, and then the green arrow before Engineering Management, you'll get a list of MEMP courses. Clicking a course lets you see some of its details.

2. How to Enroll

For an example, you can enroll in Engineering Management Seminar (EGRMGMT 501) since this is a required course anyway. Click on the green arrow before 501. You can choose the time that best fit into your schedule but Seminar is at 4pm every Friday. Click on "Add to Bookbag" in the last column. Next, go to the "Bookbag" tab beside "Class Search" at the top. There, check the "Select" box, and click on "Go to Enroll Page". Click on "Finish Enroll". (You can still add and remove classes after this).

3. How to Cancel Enrollment

Canceling an enrollment is nothing to worry about, if you chose the wrong class or changed your mind. Let's take the same example as above. Go to "Bookbag"; you'll find all your selected courses here under your class schedule. Check the "Select" box, and click on "drop selected classes" to finish canceling enrollment.

If you have further questions about how to use ACES, check the ACES_HOW TO GUIDE. This can also be found at http://sissoffice.duke.edu/students/howto.html

Check the Academic calendar (https://registrar.duke.edu/academic-calendar-2015-2016) for the registration and drop deadlines. Make sure you meet all the deadlines. The MEM Program calendar differs from the Duke University Academic Calendar. Final exams times are up to the discretion of each individual faculty member and do not always follow the exam schedule laid out on the Duke University Academic Calendar. Students should inquire with their professors about when final exams will be held.

Before you start enrolling classes, please note that some sections are for the Distance-MEMP students only. DO NOT enroll in these sections

  • EGRMGMT 510.04: Marketing- Kathie Amato 
  • EGRMGMT 530.04: Finance in High Tech Industries- C.J. Skender 
  • EGRMGMT 560.02: Project Management- Bob Barnes 
  • EGRMGMT 562.02: Operations Management- Cecil Bozarth 
  • EGRMGMT 574.02: Commercializing Technology Innovations- Joey Holmes 
  • EGRMGMT 590.02: Designing Customer Experience- Greg Twiss 
  • EGRMGMT 590.04: Managing Product Development- Dina Requena 
  • EGRMGMT 590.08: Computational Finance- Daniel Egger 

 

Core Classes

Now that you know how to register, you’re probably wondering what courses to choose. Before you start thinking about your classes, there are some important guides to the core classes and electives you need to review before beginning enrollment:

Schedule of Core Courses’ Semesters

http://memp.pratt.duke.edu/campus/degree-requirements 

Introductions to the Core Courses

http://memp.pratt.duke.edu/campus/core-management-courses

The four core classes are Marketing, Finance in High-Tech Industries, Management of High-Tech Industries, and Intellectual Property, Business Law, and Entrepreneurship. Most students just refer to them as Marketing, Finance, Management, and Law, respectively.

Marketing and Finance are only offered in the Fall, and Management and Law are only offered in the Spring – so keep this in mind as you plan your semesters here. 

Seminar and Workshops, and Internship Assessment

The other core requirements for receiving your MEM diploma are the Seminar and Workshop Series and the Internship Assessment.

The Seminar and Workshop Series consists of weekly Seminars you will attend every Friday at 4:00 PM and six workshops you’ll be able to choose from held at different times and days throughout the semester. You need to sign up for EGRMGMT 501: Engineering Mgmt Seminar in the Fall and again in the Spring. You will see the times in ACES as 3:05PM-4:20PM and 4:40PM-5:55PM. This is because ACES will not let you choose your own start time. No matter what section you choose, you will attend Seminar at 4:00 PM.

For the Internship Assessment, please first read the EGRMGMT 550 and 551 Overview and Internship and Visa Guidance for International Students in the MEM Academic Information section of Sakai. Since EGRMGMT 551 is full this fall, you should enroll in Spring 2016, if you have already held a job or internship between your undergraduate graduation and your arrival at Duke. If you have completed your internship requirement, you can take EGRMGMT 550 whenever you wish.  If you will do your internship during Summer 2016, you will take it then. 

Electives

In addition to the Course Registration Guide, MEMP has guides to thinking about your electives in the MEM Academic Information folder on Sakai that you will find very helpful. Firstly, read the ‘Guide to Choosing your Electives’ under this folder to have a broad overview on how to chose your electives based on your interests, career goals, and industry preferences. Sakai also provides information about which technical electives are approved by the MEMP, and which have been rejected. You’ll find electives offered by the Pratt School of Engineering as well as other schools at Duke. Review the ‘Accepted/Rejected Graduate Technical Electives’ word file for the same.

NOTE: This list contains all the courses that are approved/ rejected by all the graduate schools in Duke. Some of these are offered in Fall while others in Spring. It is important to look at a course that interests you and then check on ACES for the term it is offered in, its schedule, etc. and then register for it.

At the end of the day, electives are completely up to you, and nobody will be able to tell you what the “right electives” are for you. You should consider your future career plans as you choose your electives.  If you have questions about courses, you may ask your advisor what courses might fit well with your career goals. Advisors will be assigned in July.  You can also find sample syllabi from previous courses in the MEM Academic Information Folder on Sakai that can also help you choose your electives.  You can also view videos from each professor and a Fall Student Panel on the Warpwire section on Sakai.

Spend some time with the information on Sakai, and with the course descriptions and student evaluations on ACES. Note that most electives are only offered in the Fall or the Spring, not both.

I would personally recommend that once you are done reading this mail and all the numerous guides on Sakai, network with existing MEM students on the Facebook and LinkedIn groups to have the real insights about the electives. MEMers, who have already taken the electives you are interested in, can help you make better decisions about the electives.

Reach Out! Everyone will help!  J

Registering for Fuqua Electives

Duke’s Fuqua School of Business has a world-renowned MBA program, and MEM students have access to some of those courses.  While Engineering Management students can take Fuqua classes, they do not necessarily have to and only about 3% of students take Fuqua courses. In my personal opinion, I would suggest opting Fuqua electives in your next term as you will be in a better position to understand the electives and their alignment to your career objectives after coming to Duke.

Fuqua courses have a different registration system, and you will receive more information on how to register from Staci Thornton, (staci.thornton@duke.edu) in July.  Keep in mind that because spaces for MEMs in Fuqua courses are not guaranteed, you’ll still have to choose a backup course from another school which you can drop if you get in to the Fuqua course.

Auditing a Course

Apart from choosing your electives and completing your credits, Duke provides the opportunity to Audit a course. Auditing a course simply means that you attend classes but do not receive a typical letter grade. If there is a particular course that excites you and you have already decided on your electives, auditing that course is a great option.

In order to understand this better, please read ‘Audit Information MEMP’ in the Sakai Academic Information Folder.  If you choose to audit a course, you will need to fill out the ‘Permission to Audit Form’ (available on Sakai). Along with this form, you also need to approach the instructor and ask for his/her permission for auditing the course. The permission to audit is solely on the Instructors discretion, so it is better to approach the instructors soon.  Students who want to credit a course are given priority over auditors and auditors will only be allowed in courses that have space available.

I would be more than happy to answers any questions you have regarding this process.

Thanks for Reading.

Thanks ,

Swarali

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Swarali Kulkarni
Master of Engineering Management, Exp. Dec'15
Pratt School of Engineering
Duke University

Action Required by July 24th-Resume Submission & MBTI Assessment-Career Services

Greetings from the Career Services Team! 

Congratulations on your acceptance and decision to attend the Master of Engineering Management or Master of Engineering program here at Duke University. I am the Associate Director of Career Services for the programs and manage the team that provides Career Services to all engineering masters students as you navigate the job and internship search. Leah Adeniji, Christina Plante and I make up this team and look forward to working with you in your time at Duke.

Prior to Orientation, you need to do two things for Career Services: (1) submit a resume to be reviewed during Orientation and (2) complete the MBTI assessment. Both of these are required to be submitted by July 24, 2015.

1.Resume Submission:

Review the attached PowerPoint to understand what we expect to see in your resume. The PowerPoint is best viewed in slide show.

  • We know you submitted a resume with your admissions application, but we would like you to review this presentation and see how your resume should change and resubmit.
  • We know that you may find it difficult to consolidate your resume to 1 page, especially if you have multiple years of experience, but we want all resumes submitted to be 1 page. If you have difficulty in this, consider choosing a position that you would be interested in applying to and writing your resume for that one position.

During Orientation, you will have the opportunity to meet briefly with a Career Advisor to review your resume and receive feedback to help you get started in the recruiting process.

To Submit--Upload your resume in pdf format on Sakai under MEMP/MEng Resources. Under this section you will see Assignments and the requirement to upload your resume.

 

2. MBTI Assessment: 

The MBTI Assessment will be used in workshops on Wednesday (8/19) during Orientation week. Please complete the assessment by July 24th so that you may be able to fully participate in Orientation. When answering the questions in the assessment, respond with your preference making sure to answer all questions. This means that you should choose the answer that is most natural to you.  DO NOT answer the questions as “this is how I would respond if I were at work, this is how I would respond if I were at home.”

A. Using a web browser access the CPP Web Administration Site at: http://online.cpp.com

B. Enter the following information on the home screen:

Login (Case Sensitive) DukeEngineering

Password (Case Sensitive) MBTI2015

“User ID” Leave blank

C. Select “Log In”

D. Select “Begin” next to MBTI Step 1 (Form M)

E. On the next page, select “MEMP MBTI” or "MEng MBTI" from the pull-down menu for Batch Name, choosing the one that reflects your academic program.

F. Complete the rest of the Background Information on this page, then select “Continue”

G. Follow the instructions for completing the MBTI®.  Please allow enough time to complete the assessment in one sitting, as you will not be able to start the assessment and finish it later. When completing the assessment, choose the response that comes naturally to you and is your first inclination. This assessment is not timed, but we ask that you do not spend a lot of time on each question as your first response is typically the most natural response.

®Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and MBTI are registered trademarks of Consulting Psychologists Press, Inc. TMFIRO-B, CPI, TKI, SkillsOne and Careerhub.com are trademarks of Consulting Psychologists Press, Inc. ® Strong and Strong Interest Inventory are registered trademarks of Stanford University Press.

If you are confused by what we are requiring, please email me at jenny.johnson@duke.edu with your question. It may be that I respond to you, or you receive a response from Christina or Leah.

Remember that these two assignments need to be completed by July 24th, 2015. We look forward to seeing you in August!

Best Regards,

Engineering Masters Career Services Team

PLEASE READ: Important Fall 2015 Tuition Information for All MEM Students 

Hello Future MEMers, 

Each semester, in the MEM program, you have two options for paying your tuition – per credit or per term. Please keep in mind that your tuition option is currently set to the pay by term optionEach semester your tuition will automatically default to this option. You do not need to contact me if this option is your preference. However, if you prefer the pay by credit option, please email me with this preference as soon as possible.   

Here is a quick overview of both options… 

Pay per term– This makes sense for anyone planning to take 4 or more courses each semester with the intention of completing their degree within 2 semesters. With this option, you will be charged a flat rate which will be the equivalent of paying for 4 courses separately. Any additional courses taken after the fourth course will be considered a “free” course and will not be charged. For billing purposes, each semester, your tuition automatically defaults to this option unless you opt for the following:

 

Pay per credit– This is ideal for people taking less than 4 courses each semester with the intention of completing their degree within 3 semesters instead of 2 semesters. With this option, you are charged per credit rather than being charged a flat rate. This option makes sense for people planning to take more than 2 terms to finish the program. Please note that if you would like to register for the pay per credit option, you can only register for a maximum of 12 credit hours. If you register for 12 credit hours, you must drop one of your classes prior to July 31st. If you do not drop your extra course before the  July 31st deadline, a late payment penalty of 1.25% will be applied to the “extra” course and your account will automatically be charged.

 

Please keep in mind the following information:

 

Drop/Add deadline- Friday, September 4th

Fall 2015 Tuition Bills are due- Monday, August 3rd

 

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MEMP Tuition Policies

Students enrolled in the MEM program as full-time residential students will automatically be set up on a per-term billing system, meaning they will be charged the equivalent of 4 separate courses.  Students enrolling as d-MEMP students will also be set up for per term billing; however, they will be charged the equivalent of 2 separate courses.  Students enrolling as part-time will automatically be set up for payments on a per credit basis. If an enrolling student intends to take less than the typical load (4 courses for full time, 2 courses for d-MEMP), please contact Jamila Belk (jamila.belk@duke.edu) to make this change. The last day for making changes to your billing structure is the last day of drop/add in that semester.

 

If a student would like to alter their payment structure after the start of the program, please e-mail Jamila Belk (jamila.belk@duke.edu) . Please note that students must pay the full tuition amount for the program.  For example, you may not take five courses in term one on a semester-based plan and then take three courses in the following term on a per-courses basis. 

-Jamila

Note: To view a current view of your bursar account, please log into your ACES account and click the “View Account History” tab.

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Jamila Z. Belk
Staff Assistant
Professional Masters Programs
Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University
3120 Fitzpatrick Center
Durham, NC 27708 

919.660.5455
919.668.2888 (fax)
jamila.belk@duke.edu

Meet Your Staff! Part 1 - Bridget and Lorelle 

Greetings, 

I hope all of you are having a terrific week!  

One of our goals for this summer is to make sure that you arrive on campus with a good understanding of who is on our staff, what we do, and how we might interact with or help you once you’re here. I worked in close collaboration with current MEMer, Shirin Biswas, to create an introductory video for each of our primary staff members. I’ll be sending them out to you in small groups during the course of the summer.  

To begin with, I thought you might like to meet me and Lorelle!  

Check out these YouTube links to view our videos:

Bridget: https://youtu.be/v9lXttA3_jA

Lorelle: http://youtu.be/WAcQBpgcVAg

Or these youku video links for those in China:

Bridget: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTI1OTc4MDgyNA==.html

Lorelle: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTI1OTc4ODAwMA==.html 

Be on the lookout for more videos each week! 

Bridget 

 

Career Services Summer Reading Suggestions and Social Media 

Greetings,

This email outlines two books to help you prepare for the start of recruiting season when you arrive on campus. The recruiting season begins shortly after the fall semester begins. Some students may find full-time jobs and internships for the following summer during this busy time covering September through November. We have begun to see a trend of some employers moving their hiring time to the fall instead of the spring making your learning on this subject even more imperative to review early.

It is important for students, international and domestic, to know that a successful job and internship search is more than just applying to opportunities online - it is critical that students understand the recruiting landscape; have a strong resume and cover letter; know how to successfully navigate interviews; and (most importantly) how to successfully network!

The Engineering Masters Career Team highly suggests reading the following books this summer before the fall semester to get a head start on the job/internship search: Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi (great for domestic and international students), and Power Ties by Daniel Beaudry (great for international students). We look forward to meeting you during Orientation!

In addition, we want to highlight some of our social media sites that are available to you and would be helpful from a career services perspective.

Facebook: MEMP Career Services; MEng Career Services

The career team uses these pages the most often to post employment opportunities, upcoming career and partner events, relevant articles, and career advice. "Like" the page to start following us.

Blog: Pratt Professional Masters Programs

This is the blog for the PMP as a whole. For our purposes, click the "Career" tag to see posts from alumni, faculty, and staff on industry career tips and trends

Pinterest: Duke Engineering Professional Masters Programs

This is a visual board that contains articles, tips, and resources on categories such as career fair dress, job and internship search advice, and industry specific resources. "Follow" our board to explore the different "pins." 

*We understand you might not have access to these sites yet, but we want to make you aware of them for your use in the fall. Also, we encourage you to engage on these sites by asking questions and leaving comments!

We hope you are also finding time to submit your resume and complete the MBTI by July 24th.

Best Regards,

The Engineering Masters Career Team

 

Christina (Carrera) Plante MS, NCC
Assistant Director Career Services LinkedIn
Duke Engineering-Professional Masters Programs
Phone (for appointments) 919-660-1050
Duke University Career Center
114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Bay 5 
Box 90950 Durham, NC 27708
*Satellite Office: 1428A Fitzpatrick Center

Masters of Engineering  Masters of Engineering Management
Professional Masters Programs Blog 

 

Bursar Information 

Hello,

 

With the August 1st deadline quickly approaching, hopefully you’ve already began making arrangements to pay the Duke Bursar. This email will have the basic information the Bursar’s Director has supplied us, but if you require further information, see http://finance.duke.edu/bursar/, or you can email bursar@duke.edu. If you have any questions about billing or payments specifically related to the MEng program, please email Jamila Belk at jamila.belk@duke.edu.

Duke Bursar

As I mentioned before, the deadline to pay the Bursar, or have your loan lined up and in order, is August 1st. If you plan to pay your tuition directly, you have three choices:

  • E-Check payments should only be made from United States bank accounts
  • Students with bank accounts outside of the US should ideally use the bank wire option
  • Bank Wire – For wiring money, find the bank wire instructions on the second page of your Bursar’s Bill on ACES
  • Mail – You can also mail your check to the address listed on the Bursar’s Bill on ACES.

Please do not wait until you arrive on campus to pay your Bursar’s bill – you will incur a late fee.

Third-Party Loans

If you are paying by third-party loan, the Duke Bursar needs to receive confirmation from your loan agency before August 1st to avoid late fees. You can contact the Bursar’s Office to ensure they have confirmation for your loan.

Refunds

If you end up having any refunds due to you during your time at Duke (e.g., if you requested a loan amount greater than your tuition), all refunds are issued by direct deposit from the Bursar into your bank account. To set this up, please fill out the form at http://finance.duke.edu/bursar/forms/index.php#ddr and follow the instructions provided. Note that this form needs to be turned in in-person, and the deadline is ten days before the first day of class, August 17th. Refunds will be issued on the first day of classes.

Sponsor Billing

If there is a sponsor or third-party paying your tuition, you may provide a copy of your bill found on ACES. Government agency and employer sponsors often require a direct bill from Duke, and if that is the case, you can learn how to request a direct bill at http://finance.duke.edu/bursar/Payments/index.php#third. Your agency or sponsor must submit their billing information to the Bursars Office by August 1st. If you have already submitted the necessary information, then sponsor bills are currently being processed.

Guest Access

If you would like to allow another party or person view and/or access your bill on ACES, you can select the Guest Access link. There, you can designate who should have access to your Bursar account, as well as which information they should be allowed to view. More information about guest access can be found at http://www.sissoffice.duke.edu/guest/.

Thanks for reading! If you have any other questions about payments, please contact Jamila or the Bursars Office.

Regards,

Swarali

 

Meet Your Staff - Part 2 - Staci and Jamila

Happy Monday!  

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Things cooled off here in NC for a few days, so I spent pretty much all weekend outside :)  

This morning I’d like to introduce you to two very special people – our Academic Coordinator, Staci Thornton and our Staff Assistant, Jamila Belk. These are some very important people to know! Watch the videos to see why. 

Youtube Links

Staci: http://youtu.be/-ekcqxA3Brg 

Jamila: http://youtu.be/TGTtTlq3BWY 

Youku Ljnks (China)

Staci: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTI1OTc3MjQxNg==.html

Jamila: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTI1OTc4NjEwNA==.html

Have a great week! 

Bridget 

Working at Duke 

Hello again, fellow MEMers,

I’ve received a couple questions about this topic, so I know it’s on a lot of minds right now. Fortunately, this is a topic I have a lot of first-hand experience with, so here’s everything I know about…

Working at Duke

If you don’t already know, as a full-time student, you can work a maximum of 19.9 hours/week on campus during the semester (39.9 hours/week during holidays). I personally think taking four courses plus the Seminars and Workshops, plus your group meetings, plus a job search would start to get overwhelming, and the typical full-time student is probably working closer to 10 hours. The exact number probably depends on your ability to multi-task, prioritize, and focus, without losing steam. There are several sources for looking for a job on campus, which I’ll discuss below.

Before you start looking for a job on campus, there is a program at Duke (and many American universities) called Work Study. This program is strictly for students on financial aid, and is not available for international students.

Some international students may have visa restrictions that do not allow them to work more than a certain number of hours. It is your responsibility to understand your legal abilities to work while a student in the US.

Now that my disclaimers are out of the way, here’s how you can find a job:

The Duke List

The official online job board for all of Duke University is the Duke List - http://dukelist.duke.edu/. There you will find most of the “regular” on-campus jobs, such as working for the Duke stores or the library. These are some popular positions MEMers have held in the past, which you might be able to find on the Duke List:

·  Student Security at Nasher Museum – Keeping an eye on the on-campus museum

·  Duke Store Assistant – Managing the cash counter at the Duke stores, stocking shelves, etc.

·  Library Assistants – Checking books in/out, shelving, etc.

·  IT service departments – A lot of schools or individual departments have their own IT service desks where students can work for example law school, biology department etc. The roles can range from non-technical to highly technical. OIT at the Perkins library is also a great option.

·  Tutor – Assisting students with specific subjects such as Math, a foreign language, etc.

Also on the Duke List, you might occasionally see a Duke researcher looking for participants in (usually) behavioral studies, such as how students make economic decisions, there are also occasional studies in psychology, eyesight, human-machine interfaces, and more. These typically pay a nominal amount for participation, but your experience is often brief (for example, you might get paid $15-$20 for participating for an hour).

Networking

You’ll find that not every “job” on campus is advertised. Many professors hire Research Assistants (RA) to help them perform their research, from working in wet labs to interviewing industry experts. Some professors need Teaching Assistants (TA) which help them facilitate class discussions, maintain their Sakai site, grade papers, and more. These jobs are typically very flexible, with the student and professor coming to a personalized agreement about hours, responsibilities, etc. Because these professors are looking for a specific type of student, they don’t frequently post these jobs on the Duke List. The only way to find a job not on the Duke List is:

Networking! It is a word you’ll get tired of hearing, but a concept you will learn to love and take to heart in the MEMP. Getting to know professors and having friendly back-and-forth conversations about what they’re currently working on, and what your past experiences have been, is the number one way students find these TA/RA positions. The subtle art of networking is letting people gradually hear about your skills, and that you’re available, without ever asking for a job. I found my current internship with the MEMP through conversations, and I’m also currently being considered for a TA position in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, solely due to networking! 

Work for the MEMP

Every year, there are a small number of students who work with the MEMP. The primary way, of course, is as an RA/TA for an MEM professor, which you’ll have to find via networking, of course. Typically in the summer, a student is hired to help the MEMP Office with various tasks (i.e. my current position).

Another way of working for the MEMP is by holding a director position for the MEM Program Development Council (PDC) committee. This requires being voted in to the position by your peers in the program. Serving on that committee in the PDC the previous semester is the best way to have a shot at the director position, but is not necessary. The MEMP pays its PDC committee directors, who can work up to 10 hours per week. It is not only a rewarding experience to work for the PDC, but also an excellent way to network with the MEM faculty and staff.

Having a part-time job while in the MEMP is a great way to cover some of your costs in your free time. Never forget to consider, of course, your personal abilities to keep up with your courses and team meetings along with your job, and keeping the proper balance.

As always, thanks for reading! And don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have. 

Thanks,

Swarali

 

Pratt Professional Masters Programs - Langauge Assessment Information 

Greetings! 

As I’m sure you’ve started to hear from your seniors, we are big believers in building strong communication skills around here. We view communication as the key to your success in the classroom, with your small work groups, and in your job search. One of the ways we help international students improve their communication skills is by offering an English as a Second Language (ESL) conversational course during the fall term. I thought it might be helpful to provide you with some information about the class and our requirements. 

  • Required placement in the conversation course will be determined by an assessment interview that may take place once you arrive on campus 
  • If you are required to come in for an assessment, you will receive an email that will provide more details. If you do not receive an email about the assessment, it will not be a requirement for you
  • The course will be open to all students whether or not you are required to take it
  • The course is free and will not show up on your transcript
  • Registration for the course will happen at the start of the semester (you will not register for this course in the same way you have registered for your academic classes)
  • The course will focus on practical use of conversational English in three settings – Social/Cultural, Academic, and Professional 

If you have been identified as a student in need of assessment, you will receive an email shortly. If you you do not receive an email about assessment, please stay tuned for more details about the conversation course as well as other language resources on campus. 

Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Happy communicating! 

Bridget 

 

Transportation at Duke and Durham 

Hello everyone,

I hope y’all are having a great week. Durham has cooled off and I’m certainly enjoying the weather. Today I want to talk about transportation at Duke and Durham. We already covered parking at Duke the last week. Today I want to introduce rest of the means of transportation.

Duke Buses

No matter what, you will probably have to use a Duke bus at some point during your time here, so go ahead and get familiar with the routes and schedules at http://parking.duke.edu/buses_vans/bus_sched/index.php. For the most popular routes, a bus will come by every 8-12 minutes, so if you use one of those routes (C1, C2, H5, etc.) you don’t exactly have to memorize the schedule.

Every Duke bus is free to use for everyone. Some bus routes are intended to shuttle students between Duke’s West and East campuses (C1 and C2), and some are designed to take students to-and-from campus from the surrounding area, such as the Lasalle Loop (every 30 minutes) which services the Belmont, Lofts at Lakeview, Poplar West, Campus Walk, Duke Manor, and Bradford Ridge apartments as well as the BlueCrest Townhomes, and runs right in front of the Engineering Building. You can track these buses in real time using the DukeMobile application or through https://duke.transloc.com/ .

If you live at Swift Avenue or University Apartments and Commons, the East-West buses (C1, C2) will take you to the Duke Chapel, which is on West Campus, and about a 5 minute walk from the Engineering School. These buses come by the front of the chapel:

-          The C1 comes by every 8-10 minutes to take students directly between East and West campus, stopping at a few stops (including the corner of Campus Drive and Swift Avenue) along the way.

-          The C1 Express comes by every 5-6 minutes and takes students between East and West campus but will not stop along the way.

-          The C1-Smith Warehouse comes about every 15 minutes, and is the same as the C1 but it also swings by the front of Smith Warehouse, which is where Career Services and some of your Workshops are located

-          The C2, every 10-12 minutes, goes East Campus – Central Campus – West Campus and back again. It takes longer, but stops at the Swift Ave Apartments and the Central Campus parking lots.

-          The C3 comes by every 30 minutes, and takes students from East and West Campus to Science Drive, which is where the Engineering Campus is located. (Most of the time, it’s quicker to walk from the chapel to the Engineering school, though)

-          The H5 comes by about every 20-30 minutes and takes people between West Campus and the Hospital area (and close to the Lofts at Lakeview and Trinity Commons)

There are more routes than I’ve named, so make sure to look at the link above for a list of all the routes.

City Buses

While a student at Duke, you can request a free ‘GoPass’ at the Parking and Transportation Office. This pass allows you to ride unlimitedly on all of the Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh public buses for free. The two Durham city buses, the Bull City Connector and the Durham Area Transit Authority (DATA), have stops on or near campus.

-          GoPass - http://parking.duke.edu/buses_vans/gopass/

-          Durham’s Bull City Connector - http://www.bullcityconnector.org/

-          DATA - http://www.gotriangle.org/go-local/partners/durham-area-transit-authority/

You can track these buses through the TransLoc application.

Duke Safe Vans

Sometimes you might find yourself staying late on campus, and although the buses run until late at night, you might not feel comfortable walking from the bus stop to your apartment. The Duke Police manages the Van Rides, which will pick you up on campus and take you to the front of your apartment, as long as you live within about a mile from the edge of campus. You can call (919) 684-2020 to arrange a ride, and visit http://parking.duke.edu/buses_vans/saferides.php to see the map of exactly where they’ll go.

Enterprise CarShare – Duke’s Car Share System

Duke also offers the Enterprise CarShare – a Car Share system where, for a fee, you can borrow one of several cars right on campus any time you’d like, as long as you return it to where you got it. Most of these cars are electric, so you don’t have to fill them up. This is a pretty good option for the occasional trip to the mall or shopping centers, as it’s much cheaper than Durham’s taxi services or traditional car rentals. For more info, visit http://www.enterprisecarshare.com/car-sharing/program/duke.

Bikes and Scooters

Duke is a bike-friendly campus, with bicycle lanes to-and-from campus, and plenty of bike racks on campus. There are numerous resources for bike commuting, including bike sharing and places where students can earn bike at no cost. Check out http://parking.duke.edu/commuting/bicycling/index.php for all the information. However, the area is a little hilly, and it is hot and humid for half the year here, so keep that in mind. Scooters (aka Vespas or mopeds) are one of the fastest and most effective options if you live near campus, as you can park them right by your building!

Getting To-and-From RDU Airport and Taxis in Durham

Students frequently ask how they’ll get to Duke or their apartments when they first land in RDU. Unfortunately, there are a limited number of options available for you.

Your easiest option is to simply hail a taxi at the airport, or arrange for one to meet you there. There are a few cab companies in Durham, but they all basically charge the same rates – Durham Best Cab is one company (which offers a 15% student discount once you get your student ID card), and rides can be arranged at http://www.durhambestcab.com/or by calling 1-919-680-3330.

Taxis in the US are not cheap, so you can expect to spend $50-$70, and US etiquette recommends you tip a driver about 15% of the fare, even if they didn’t do anything extra for you. Taxis are occasionally unavoidable if you don’t have a car, so it’s probably a good idea to budget for about two taxi trips per semester.

A cheaper (and very trusted) option is Charlene’s Safe Ride, which takes students to-and-from Duke and RDU for a flat rate of $35 (before the tip!). Just make sure to book the ride in advance, as they don’t wait at the airport like other companies. Get more information or book a ride at http://www.charlenesaferide.com/ or by calling 919-309-SAFE.

If you have some time to plan your taxi trip in advance, there is a service that helps university students find other students who are going to or from the airport around the same time, so they can split the cost of a cab. Try http://sharedcab.com/ or https://www.cabmatch.com/

If, when you first arrive in Durham, your apartment is not ready yet, the Program recommends the Millennium Hotel, as it is a short walk from Duke University, and is pretty good quality for the price. See http://www.millenniumhotels.com/.

As always, thanks for reading! And don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have.

 

Thanks,

Swarali 

Pre-Arrival Assignment: Teach us how to Say your Name 

Greetings!  

One of the best things about our programs is the depth of our diversity. We have students from all over the world! This leads to some incredibly meaningful opportunities for cultural exchange and dialogue…none of which will be possible unless we can all say each other's names! 

Looking to Beyonce for inspiration, I had an idea to help us learn to pronounce everyone's name correctly. Follow the attached directions and join the Say My Name Campaign! 

Please submit your photo & recording to our MEMP/MEng Resources Sakai site by July 15th

Here’s a reminder for how to access Sakai:

You will need to go to sakai.duke.edu and login.  You will then need to click on Membership on the left hand side, then click on Joinable Sites at the top of the page under “My Workspace: Membership”. Then search for MEMP/MEng Resources.  You will then click join and have access to the site. To access the site, click on My Current Sites and MEMP/MEng Resources should be listed there.

Pop culture note – The Say My Name campaign was named for a Destiny's Child song from the year 2000. Check it out here!  

Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Best,

Lorelle

 

Meet Your Staff  - Part 3 - Career Services 

Good afternoon,

I’m writing today to introduce some very important people. Jenny, Christina, and Leah make up our career services team and are about to become your new best friends as you navigate the often challenging realms of job searching, networking, interviewing, negotiating, and self-branding. Learn more about each of them and the specific ways they might work with you below. 

Youtube Videos

Jenny: http://youtu.be/_V1U_jav6Sc

Leah: http://youtu.be/94SWTcGbivs

Christina: http://youtu.be/s9olpVYIYyI

Youku Videos (China)

Jenny: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTI1OTc4Njk2NA==.html

Christina: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTI1OTc4MzMzMg==.html

Leah: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTI1OTc4Nzc0MA==.html

Our office will be closed tomorrow in anticipation of the July 4th holiday (read more about that here), but we’ll be back Monday to answer any question you have. 

Have a great weekend! 

Bridget 

Life at Duke 

Hello fellow MEMers,

Today I want to give a quick insight into the life at Duke. I can assure you that the time you spend at Duke is going to be one of the most enriching and memorable times of your life. The one thing that is central to Duke’s spirit and culture is that every race, religion, and sexual orientation is welcomed and accepted with wide open arms.

Now no discussion about the life at Duke should start without talking about…

Sports

If you don’t already know, THE sport at Duke is basketball. There are other sports, some of them are also successful, but the overwhelming spirit for Duke Basketball drowns out all of the other fans. Duke has had amazing success in their Men’s basketball program (the women are awesome, too), earning the title “National Champions” five times since 1991. The head of Duke Basketball (and sometimes you’ll think all of Durham) is Coach Mike Kzhew…  Kryzyr…  Krzyzes...  Krzyzewski (pronounced shah-SHEF-skee), but everyone just calls him Coach K.

Graduate students can get in to every home Duke Basketball game for free, which means more students show up than there are seats. To make sure you get in, you can arrive 1 hour early (or more, for important games), or secure yourself a spot by participating in Graduate Campout. You’ll hear more about Campout once you get to Duke, and it’s sort of hard to explain on paper. Basically you camp out and party in tents or RVs for a weekend, and those who make it the whole weekend are entered into a lottery for a chance to purchase season tickets. For more information about basketball specifically for graduate students and about Campout go to https://sites.google.com/site/gpscbasketball/Home

Staying Active

If you like to occasionally get active rather than always watching, Duke offers a number of intramural and club sports as well as physical education courses. More about recreation at Duke can be found at http://recreation.duke.edu/. You can sign up for the physical education courses in ACES, and if you chose to pay per-term, would be at no extra cost.

Every student is invited to use the gyms on campus at no cost. The biggest, Wilson Gym, is on West Campus, and the Brodie Gym is located at East Campus. Duke also has many facilities for swimming, basketball, tennis, and running at your leisure.  Finally, Duke has its own golf course at the Washington Duke Inn, which offers a discount for students.

Apart from activities in and around Duke, you can also go kayaking or canoeing in the Eno River State Park or simply enjoy a pleasant evening, fishing by the Jordan lake.

Culture, Events, and Shows

Duke has long been a worldly university, with its own great cultural opportunities and programs, and that spirit spreads to the surrounding area as well.

If you like movies, Lilly Library on East Campus has an extensive DVD collection including recently-released blockbusters and your favorite obscure or international flick. On-campus organization Freewater Films host either free or cheap movie screenings in Griffith Auditorium located in the Bryan Center (Duke's student center). Check out their website here http://duuke.org/movies/

How about theater and the performing arts? Page Auditorium often hosts internationally renowned performers for very reasonable student prices: http://dukeperformances.duke.edu/

In addition, Duke's theater club Hoof 'n’ Horn puts on their renditions of Broadway musicals –A schedule can be found here: http://www.hoofnhorn.org/

The Durham Performing Arts Center (or DPAC) hosts the actual Broadway shows in Durham, as well as international performances, stand-up comedians, and more. Some tickets are discounted for students, as well, http://www.dpacnc.com/

Like indie (independent, or unsigned) bands? The Cat's Cradle Theater is the place for you and it's only half an hour away. http://www.catscradle.com/

Duke also has a variety of student-run cultural groups that you can participate in, or just enjoy the events and performances they put on. Some organizations are for fellowships amongst cultural groups, and others are interest-specific, such as certain styles of dance or theater. The full list of Duke Student organizations can be found at: http://duke.collegiatelink.net/

Finally, the best way to keep up with the hundreds of events every semester at Duke is at http://calendar.duke.edu/events/ Hint: a lot of events have free food and drink!

The best event/party/show on campus every year is on the Last Day of Classes (or LDOC). Eating contests, free massages, food and drink demos, and more all end in a massive concert on the quad. Past performances include Kanye West, Jason Mraz, Steve Aoki and Third Eye Blind.

Food and Drink

Durham is known as the "Foodiest Small Town in America" and the downtown has over 40 restaurants, offering fine dining and local favorites. Most of the restaurant, bars and cafes are concentrated on Main Street and Ninth Street, both of which are just off the East Campus. Everyone has their own preference, I usually like going to Shooters on Wednesday nights, or East End (all the way in Chapel Hill) on Tuesdays for $0.25 beers. Mind you, lines at these places on these days are long and it’s better to get their early(ish).

Localvore Bridget Fletcher will give you a comprehensive guide to Durham’s food during orientation, but to whet your appetite, a few of my favorites:

  • Bull City Burger (http://bullcityburgerandbrewery.com/): This has to be one of the best burgers I’ve ever had in my life! And I’ve had some really good burgers in my lifetime. My favorite is the Green Monster, make sure you get the Chimmichuri sauce on the side. Their soda fountain serves Jones’ drinks which need to be tried to really find out how amazing they are. Each year, Bull City also has an Exotic Meat Month, where you can try all sorts of exotic meats. I ran into Bridget at Bull City once, so it’s safe to say that Bull City is Bridget Approved!
  • Dain’s Place (http://dainsplace.chopshack.com/): I’m still debating if Dain’s is better than Bull City. It is much more filling for sure, for the same if not lesser price. It’s on Ninth Street, so walking distance from campus. Dian’s also has a good beers on tap, which go well with your burger and wallet.
  • Foster’s Food Truck (http://studentaffairs.duke.edu/dining/merchants-pointsfood-trucks): Foster’s Food truck is on campus some days of the week. I always get the Spicy Chicken Biscuit and a Monster Walnut Chocolate Cookie.
  • Gussy’s Food Truck (http://studentaffairs.duke.edu/dining/merchants-pointsfood-trucks): Another food truck on campus. Gussy makes a mean pita sandwich, I personally like the lamb shawarma the best.
  • Parlor (https://theparlourdurham.com/): Another gem in downtown Durham. My favorite flavor is the Vietnamese Tea Ice Cream. (Osama approved date spot!)
  • Monuts (http://www.monutsdonuts.com/): This is one of my favorite places to go for brunch or breakfast. They have really interesting donut flavors, my favorite is the Mango Chilli Donut. They have good bagel sandwiches as well. I always get a donut and a bagel sandwich; Osama approved combo!
  • Q Shack (http://www.theqshackoriginal.com/): This place gives a huge portion for the amount of money you pay. Their beef brisket is to die for. Although I wouldn’t recommend eating Q Shack when you need to get a lot done afterward, it always puts me off to sleep; the best sleep of my life.
  • Francesca’s Caffe: (http://www.francescascaffe.com/) Another favorite of mine, it’s on Ninth Street, a nice walk from campus. They have good ice cream. (Osama approved date spot!)
  • Cosmic Cantina (http://cosmiccantina.com/): The Cosmic Cantina website claims “The best mexican food in the world.” I think that pretty much sums up Cosmic Cantina experience – especially if you are drunk.
  • Guglhupf (http://www.guglhupf.com/): Osama approved date spot!
  • Cook Out (http://www.cookoutnc.com/): Last and the most important place on the list. You have to go to Cook Out. You have to experience the Cook Out Tray. You have to experience the Cook Out Milk Shake. My favorite Cook Out milkshakes are Chocolate Malt and Strawberry Cheesecake, my roommate always ordered Peanut Butter and Snickers. Whatever you order at Cook Out, you won’t be disappointed. (Make sure you get the fries with Cajun and cheese)

Duke and Durham are amazing, but there’s also Cary, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill very nearby. You will not run out of things to do while at Duke. In fact the amount you can and will try to do might seem overwhelming. Achieving the right balance, and prioritizing will go a long way; the MEMtors and other Duke students are here to help you out. Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Swarali

 

Meet Your Staff - Part 4 - Directors 

Hello! 

Today I’d like to introduce you to some serious VIPs, our Dean and Executive Director, Dr. Brad Fox and our Director, Dr. La Tondra Murray. These are some very important people to know! Take a look at their videos below and learn about some of the many ways they make Pratt Professional Masters Programs awesome. 

Youtube Videos

Dr. Fox: http://youtu.be/hoj1ZDVEB3Y

Dr. Murray: http://youtu.be/HytH_R5hSKk

 

Youku Videos (China)

Dr. Fox: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTI1OTc4MDE4MA==.html

Dr. Murray: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTI1OTc4MzcxNg==.html

 

Have a great week! 

Bridget 

 

Reminder- MBTI, resume submission 

Hello Everyone,

 

This a reminder about completing the MBTI assessment and submiting you resume. The deadline for the submissions is July 24, 2015. Please ignore this email if you have already completed both the tasks. 

 

  • Upload your resume in pdf format on Sakai under MEMP/MEng Resources. Under this section you will see Assignments and the requirement to upload your resume. 

 

 

  • Use the following steps to submit the MBTI assessment. When answering the questions in the assessment, respond with your preference making sure to answer all questions. This means that you should choose the answer that is most natural to you.  DO NOT answer the questions as “this is how I would respond if I were at work, this is how I would respond if I were at home.”

 

A. Using a web browser access the CPP Web Administration Site at: http://online.cpp.com

B. Enter the following information on the home screen:

Login (Case Sensitive) DukeEngineering

Password (Case Sensitive) MBTI2015

“User ID” Leave blank

C. Select “Log In”

D. Select “Begin” next to MBTI Step 1 (Form M)

E. On the next page, select “MEMP MBTI” or "MEng MBTI" from the pull-down menu for Batch Name, choosing the one that reflects your academic program.

F. Complete the rest of the Background Information on this page, then select “Continue”

G. Follow the instructions for completing the MBTI®.  Please allow enough time to complete the assessment in one sitting, as you will not be able to start the assessment and finish it later. When completing the assessment, choose the response that comes naturally to you and is your first inclination. This assessment is not timed, but we ask that you do not spend a lot of time on each question as your first response is typically the most natural response.

®Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and MBTI are registered trademarks of Consulting Psychologists Press, Inc. TMFIRO-B, CPI, TKI, SkillsOne and Careerhub.com are trademarks of Consulting Psychologists Press, Inc. ® Strong and Strong Interest Inventory are registered trademarks of Stanford University Press.

If you are confused by what we are requiring, please email Jenny at jenny.johnson@duke.edu with your question. 

Thanks,

Swarali

Life in the MEMP 

Hello fellow MEMers, 

This email is about what you can expect from your time in the MEMP, some opportunities to stay involved on campus, and a word or two about the work-life balance. 

Today’s topic is 

Life in the MEMP 

One question that comes up a lot before starting anything new is, ‘Will I be busier, or less busy, than I was?’ It’s a tough question to answer, and rather than saying “You will be busier” or “less busy” I would explain it by saying “You will be busy in a different way.” 

In the MEMP, you’ll be taking at most four classes per semester, so your weekly schedule will be a typical three hours - four days a week. Fridays will comprise of Seminars followed by student presentations from a particular country. This will be a fun 30-45 minute talk about their culture, language, and etiquette from their homeland, followed by a meal in the style of their native cuisine. You’ll get to try excellent foods, exchange differences amongst cultures, network with visiting alumni, oh, and grab a free beer from Twinnie’s to get every weekend started. 

As for the coursework, the MEMP puts a heavy focus on teamwork and group assignments, you will be busy scheduling the meetings, working with your team on assignments, preparing presentations and solving cases. You will spend most of your team meetings in Fitzpatrick Center (or we call it - CIEMAS) and Perkins & Bostock Libraries or held a video meeting. You will also likely be conducting a job/internship search, and there are plenty of ways to keep busy socially, as well. Make sure you use these resources sufficiently, because you will never know how they will benefit your future career. 

Apart from all this, there will be a series of team building workshops spread over two semesters. You will have the opportunity to choose the workshops which interests you and let me tell you, they all are just amazing! These workshops are designed to help you transition from an individual contributor to a team player, to help you be creative in stressful situations, and to improve your work ethics, writing, communication and leadership skills. They are also a great way to know your fellow MEMers better! 

 “Work hard, play hard” is a mantra you’ll hear from the rest of your new cohort, and they mean it. There will be both organized and impromptu social events throughout the year, from bowling and ice skating nights, to Super Bowl parties, fall & spring formal to karaoke, and more. Being social in the MEMP means getting to know students literally from all over the world, as we host one of the most culturally diverse groups on campus.  

Getting Involved 

The reason the MEMP has those organized events listed above is due entirely to the hard-working men and women of the MEM Program Development Committee, or PDC. The PDC is like the MEMP Student Council, who gets to know both their fellow students and the MEM staff and faculty better than anyone. The PDC is split into four subcommittees you can join. The Student Activities Committee (SAC) is the social face of the PDC. They’re the ones who spend weeks planning the amazing events you’ll enjoy. The Communications Committee puts together the MEM newsletter, the PDC website, and the annual MEM Yearbook. The Career Development and Alumni Relations Committee (CDAR) works for helping students network with alumni in the workforce. Finally, the Student Recruiting Committee (SRC) helps assist the MEM admin in getting the word out about the Duke MEMP and communicating to prospective students. 

If you’re looking for a more interest-specific club, MEM students also form the Consulting Club, the Finance Club, and the Marketing and Sales Club all of which look at networking, job searching, and developing skills relating to those industries. Check out the introduction video by the president of the PDC, Madhav Shekhar at https://duke.app.box.com/s/rv0ilzkvmjo3umjug6lt46r4m8x185h2 . If you have any questions about PDC feel free to email Madhav at madhav.shekhar@duke.edu .

I also strongly encourage you to check out activities and clubs outside MEMP. Based on my personal experience and the ones of my fellow classmates’, I can assure, you’ll meet amazing people and have a great experience. 

Most of all, being a MEMer means getting to know, and working with, some of the coolest group of students you’ll meet. Over the years, MEM students have recognized the importance of diversifying their technical backgrounds with business and leadership skills, so they understand professionalism, cultural diversity, socializing, and the importance of a proper work/life balance better than anyone else on campus.  

As always, I’m available for any questions you might have about life at MEMP.  

Thanks,

Swarali