Duke Senior Receives Rhodes Scholarship

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Duke University senior Jared Dunnmon of Cincinnati was among the 32 recipients selected this weekend for prestigious Rhodes Scholarships.

Dunnmon, an A.B. Duke Scholar and past recipient of Goldwater Scholarships in Science, Mathematics and Engineering, was chosen from among 837 applicants at 309 colleges and universities throughout the country. He is the 43rd student in Duke's history to receive a Rhodes Scholarship.

Rhodes Scholarships, created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes, provide two or three years of study at Oxford University in England. Recipients are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor, among other attributes.

"Jared Dunmon has been a model Duke student in the breadth of his engagements, his pursuit of excellence, and his use of academic learning to solve real-world problems," said Duke University President Richard H. Brodhead. "I'm delighted that he has been recognized with the Rhodes Scholarship."

Dunnmon is a mechanical engineering and economics major whose research has focused on novel and renewable energy sources. Working with Duke engineering professors Earl Dowell and Jonathan Protz, Dunnmon designed and tested clusters of micro-turbine devices in a wind tunnel to determine how much power they could produce from unusual wind flows, such as those between tall urban buildings.

While at Duke, Dunnmon served on a committee that helped develop an academic certificate program in energy and the environment, and he is pursuing that course of study along with his two majors. He also worked as an environmental policy intern for the mayor of San Francisco through the DukeEngage program, sang with the Duke Chapel Choir, and served with student organizations related to sustainability and social entrepreneurship at Duke.

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