Christian Nigel Pile


Georgetown, Guyana

Academic Interests

Engineering, Life sciences, Entrepreneurship. (I am interested in studying Biomedical Engineering and possibly pursuing a certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.)

Fun Fact

As a child, I wanted to become an astronomer.

After high school, I took a gap year. During this gap year, I volunteered as a Math and Science tutor for several students ranging from 5th grade all the way to 11th. As a tutor, I was able to help these students understand particularly difficult concepts and adequately prepare them for their standardized exams. Additionally, through tutoring I was able to further deepen my love for the sciences. It was truly fulfilling to transfer this passion to my students, who ultimately developed an appreciation for these subjects as well. During this year, I also engaged in an internship with an organization in my hometown called STEMGuyana. This company serves to aid in the promotion of STEM in Guyana by making STEM education available to a wider range of students, especially those from underprivileged backgrounds. As an intern, I worked on a team responsible for the review of the Math and Science curriculums from 1st grade to 10th grade. As a team, we worked collaboratively to create digital, interactive lesson plans, curriculum guides and worksheets which were then integrated into an app which could be used by students, parents and teachers. This idea became especially crucial during the height of the pandemic where schools were shut down and many students across the country did not have access to learning materials. Seeing this project through from its infancy to its ultimate implementation is an experience I will never forget.

Why Engineering? Well, growing up, I have always had an affinity for problem solving. This trait defined my childhood as I often found myself fixing 1000-piece puzzles, conducting science experiments, and even disassembling gadgets to determine their inner workings. As I matured, my inquisitive and analytical nature inevitably sparked the desire to discover solutions to issues which even transcended the classroom. Consequently, this mindset has shaped my decision to pursue a degree in Engineering since this discipline seeks to resolve global challenges by translating unique scientific ideas into real-life applications. I am especially intrigued by the integration of Science and Technology with medicine; thus, Biomedical Engineering particularly piqued my interest since it forms the interface between these disciplines. This multi-faceted and interdisciplinary field has the potential to revolutionize the world by tackling some of society’s toughest challenges, through life-altering research and innovative solutions. I find this truly captivating. Moreover, living in a third world country has highlighted the great disparity which exists between developing countries and their developed counterparts, especially in the fields of Science and Technology. This situation has served to solidify my desire of making a measurable impact in these domains. In the future, not only will I be able to achieve my goal of making an impact on society through innovative ideas but upon completion of my studies I will also be able to help launch the Biomedical Engineering industry in my home country, Guyana. Aside from my interest in Engineering, I also hope to explore my interests in Entrepreneurship while at Duke, since I believe that an Entrepreneurial mindset plays an integral role in today’s society.

My interests, outside of academics, are quite varied but there are two hobbies which have always been a part of my life. These are: sports and cooking! I enjoy both watching and participating in sports. But by far, my favorite has to be track, because I have been sprinting since the 2nd grade. Another one of my most notable hobbies is cooking. I’ve even been told that my pasta deserves to be the feature dish on a restaurant menu, so I guess I’m pretty good.

What do you like about being a SPIRE Fellow?

One aspect of Duke, which has greatly appealed to me is the collaborative atmosphere which exists on campus. Everyone is willing to help each other in any way they possibly can. This has personally made my transition into college life seem less daunting and difficult. This atmosphere has effectively fostered a sense of community and belonging among my peers. Additionally, I like the fact that there are readily available opportunities to explore a wide range of interests while pursuing my studies. Of course, I cannot forget to mention the extravagant display of school spirit which makes me feel absolutely excited to be a Duke Student.

Christian Nigel Pile
Christian Nigel Pile