Before Xing Su applied to Duke, he was drawn to the Duke immersive Virtual Environment (DiVE). The facility is a six-sided structure that uses virtual reality to enhance teaching and research. Interactive projection screens surround a subject, promoting unique kinds of inquiry into topics ranging from human cognition to artistic expression. Housed at the Pratt School of Engineering, DiVE is the only room of its kind on the East Coast.
Su, a civil and environmental engineering and economics double major, knew he wanted to take advantage of DiVE. As a sophomore, Su completed a faculty-mentored research project in which he provided technical expertise to Visualizing Venice, a project that brings together students interested in art, history, technology and diverse other subjects. He helped everyone’s work come alive in 3D within DiVE, integrating resources that ranged from archived documents to architectural plans of Venice.