Hi! My name is Jasmine Lu.
These four descriptors are all very important parts of my identity.
Click on each word
to learn a little more about why it is special to me.
I am in my last year of undergraduate studies at Duke University double majoring in
Electrical and Computer Engineering AND Computer Science with a minor in Visual Media Studies. On campus,
I am in a variety of organizations.
I lead a group called Wiring With Women that fosters an inclusive
environment for women interested in technology. I am the tech lead and president for a group
called AKIN which aims to provide a better platform for campus discussions of social identity issues. I am also a Duke technology scholar and was previously active in our campus' IEEE
and Design For America organizations.
Being a student to me means developing a discipline
to break down and master methods of understanding how the world works.
This includes the physical world, the human world, and everything in between.
If money and time were no object, I might not stop taking classes. This rings
more true when I'm not feeling stressed about exams/projects, but I always
look back after a semester amazed at how much I've learned.
I really want to build tools that are useful and impactful. I have always been this way - always driven to
invest my time into building something that would 'make a difference'. How I define impact and what type of
impact is more deserving of my focus has changed and evolved over the years. Honestly, I am still trying to answer
that question. But at the root of trying to figure that out, I know I wish to make a contribution by building tools
that might help guarantee a brighter future. I am also very fond of calling myself a 'critical engineer'(manifesto below).
As an engineer, I think a lot about how I wish to grow my technical skills. While my coursework helps me build up
fundamentals, I also try to push myself to advance technically with various projects, research, and internships. Currently, I am a doing research under Professor Regis Kopper Ph.D. in XR (Virtual and Augmented Reality... and
beyond!). The various engineering projects I'm involved in for my research require me to apply my technical skills to provide solutions for various other fields (Medicine and Archaeology, currently).
Some other engineering experiences I've had involve work with Duke's Developing Healthcare Technologies Lab, Engineering
World Health Summer Institute, and Google's Engineering Practicum Internship working with Daydream Labs and EarthVR.
I don't imagine I will ever be able to stop thinking of my life as my art, and with that, I don't imagine I will
ever stop wanting to create for the sake of creating. I find that there is so much power in the act of creating - it
allows for a sense of dignity, uniqueness, and meaning that I haven't easily found elsewhere.
Often times, I'm an admirer
more than I am a creator - I love watching films, reading all mediums, and absorbing audio and visuals.
When I am creating, it is usually in the form of doodles, painting, visual graphics, and writing (which I do on a daily basis). I have a blog that I have
kept for over five years which I cherish, but don't wish to link on my public website. I'd love to talk about it though and share
what I've learned in keeping it.
I recently started an instagram with some of the things I've created on my iPad Pro which is linked below.
I have always had multiple interests. I love exploring history, art, philosophy, politics, etc. along with engineering and technology. Being
a constant explorer is something I define myself by. I am known for always asking questions to try to push conversation to explore new and/or
often undiscussed aspects of a topic. I always want to be finding myself fascinated by new ways of understanding the world. Exploring keeps me
excited about my life and the endless possibilities, but it also helps me feel grounded in my humanity as I have new ways of connecting to people
or understanding them better.
Exploring is something I hope I'm engaged in my whole life. I hope to never be static in that aspect and push myself to always explore even if
it is not necessarily the safe or conventional thing to do.
I plan to create an interactive visualization that shows how and what I explore, but I'm afraid that's unavailable right now.