Rebecca Schmitt


Atlanta, GA

Academic Interests

I am very passionate about environmentalism.

My name is Rebecca Schmitt.  I'm a sophomore studying mechanical engineering. I am from Atlanta, Georgia; however, I grew up in sunny South Florida.

I am very passionate about environmentalism. Not long ago, I volunteered at Zoo Atlanta, where I bridged the public with animals and their respective habitats. As a freshman, I was a part of Green Devils East and enacted projects to raise awareness of food-waste habits on campus. I am also involved in the Duke Smart Home community, where I will be on their executive team as the communications director.

I was fortunate enough to be able to research air quality and water quality in Kunshan, China and Durham under Dr. Mike Bergin last spring. The projects that I led aimed to discover a correlation between respiratory health and air-quality, as well as, the difference in particulate matter concentration between Durham, North Carolina and the Shanghai suburb, Kunshan.

This summer, I was able to study abroad in two summer programs: Duke in Italy and Duke in Australia. I can say that both were fantastic learning experiences. My other interests include viewing memes, playing tennis, reading WebToons, and cooking.


What do you like about being a SPIRE Fellow?

I'm looking forward to making this school year great with SPIRE. I am definitely excited to continue participation in this amazing program with a group of like-minded individuals.

Rebecca Schmitt.
Rebecca Schmitt