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Engineering Professor Creates Inspiring Artwork

Recently, a painting of an SR-71 Mach 3 jet was added to the stairwell in Duke Centennial. It is the latest creation by Peter Tkacik, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and engineering science in the William States Lee College of Engineering.

Tkacik’s artistic pursuits are a hobby, but he sees them as a source of inspiration for engineering students as they learn more about their future profession. "I sketched growing up, and I've found it to be a valuable skill as an engineer," said Tkacik. "I say that I do pencil CAD; I can draw a design in three-dimension so others can see it."

Tkacik's rendering of the SR-71 is based upon several photographs of the long-range Mach 3 reconnaissance aircraft. The plane is depicted high above the Earth with stars in the background and hangs 40 feet above the marble floor.

Music Department Schedules Piano Sale

During the past academic year, the Department of Music has had access to first-class standard and digital pianos through an association with the Rockley Family Foundation. To perpetuate this program, these instruments, along with those provided to other institutions, will be sold Friday through Sunday, Aug. 8 - 10, at the Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts.

Individuals can schedule appointments to attend a "pre-sale" on Friday and Saturday; a final day sale will be from noon to 5:00 PM, Sunday.

A large selection of grand, baby grand, digital player grand and digital pianos will be available from a number of manufacturers, including Steinway and Sons, Yamaha, Kawai, Cable Nelson, Story and Clark, Pearl River, Disklavier and Clavinova. Most instruments are less than a year old and are tuned and ready to go; they also include a full factory warranty. Click here for more information.