Major Gift Donors

We recognize alumni and friends who have made major gifts to the Pratt School of Engineering.

The Pratt Gift

Edmund T. Pratt Jr., who was retired chairman and chief executive officer of Pfizer Inc., gave $35 million to endow the Duke University School of Engineering, which was renamed in his honor. The gift was announced Oct. 3, 1999, by university president Nannerl O. Keohane. Pratt died of cancer Sept. 5, 2002, at the age of 75. 

"What better thing to do with the resources one has than to help a great university to become even greater," Pratt said from his home in Port Washington, N.Y., when the gift was announced.

The gift was the second largest in Duke's history, surpassed only by the original gift by James B. Duke that transformed Trinity College into the university that bears his family's name. Duke created The Duke Endowment with a $40 million gift in 1924. He then left $67 million to the Charlotte-based charitable trust when he died in 1925. A total of $17 million from those two gifts was used to construct Duke's West Campus.

"How wonderfully appropriate that on the very weekend the university celebrates the 75th anniversary of James B. Duke's extraordinary philanthropy, Ed Pratt has made a gift that promises to catapult the Edmund T. Pratt Jr. School of Engineering into the ranks of the leading centers of engineering education and research," Keohane said in announcing the gift following action by the Duke Board of Trustees. "We are deeply grateful for his vision." 

The board accepted the gift and the school's naming at its regular Fall meeting in 1999.

Johnson said at the time that the Pratt endowment would be used to attract high-quality faculty, to fund graduate fellowships and to provide a stronger financial base for undergraduate financial aid. She said the endowment would allow the school to enhance undergraduate education by improving the student-faculty ratio, expanding undergraduate research opportunities and augmenting the international honors program that enables engineering students to study abroad.

About Edmund T. Pratt

About Edmund T. Pratt

"As an early graduate of the engineering program, from nearly when it began, I have been proud to see the school continue to improve and rise to national leadership in critically important fields such as biomedical engineering," Pratt said when the gift was announced. "The rapidly changing pace of technology and innovation that fuel our global economy require that tomorrow's engineering students have access to the best faculty, facilities and equipment. I feel privileged that I am in a position to help ensure that this can happen at Duke.

"Leadership is an important factor when making decisions to invest in a venture," said Pratt. "In Nan Keohane, Duke has a leader of exceptional ability who understands the importance of always striving for excellence. And I am impressed not only by the leadership (former dean) Earl Dowell gave to the school but by the remarkable scholarly and research accomplishments of its able and dynamic new dean, Kristina Johnson. 

"I am also deeply honored to add my commitment to those of my friends J. B. Fuqua and Pete and Ginny Nicholas, who have been so generous in supporting Duke and whose gifts to the Fuqua School of Business and the Nicholas School of the Environment have helped them become among the best in the nation."

Johnson said Pratt "has always been a forward-looking leader, who unerringly supported investment in research as a cornerstone of his management philosophy and as the basis for bold new ventures.

"Equally important, Ed Pratt earned a well-deserved reputation not only as a talented and creative executive but as a humane leader whose concern for his employees made Pfizer among the most desirable corporations in which to work," Johnson said. "These are exactly the qualities our faculty seek to instill in our students and we believe Duke engineering students will be inspired by his example." 

Pratt graduated from Duke in 1947 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, magna cum laude. He immediately entered the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, receiving his MBA with honors in 1949.

He began his career as a salesman at IBM Corp. His career was interrupted for two years by the Korean War, when he served with the Navy in Charleston, S.C. He returned to IBM in 1954 and by 1962, he had risen to become controller of the IBM World Trade Corp., when he joined the Kennedy administration as assistant secretary of the Army for Financial Management. 

He left government in 1964 to join Pfizer as corporate controller, rising through the ranks to become president in 1971 and chairman and CEO in 1972.

During his 20 years in that position, before retiring in 1992, Pratt saw Pfizer's annual revenue increase sevenfold, from $1 billion to nearly $7 billion. He also significantly increased Pfizer's global reach to include operations in 140 countries.

He was also active in business, civic and charitable affairs, so much so that then-New York Gov. Mario Cuomo called him "a walking definition of civic responsibility."

Among Pratt's many awards was the 1986 Gantt Award by the American Management Association and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for his "distinguished achievement in management as a service to the community."

His charitable work included leadership positions in the United Way, the Boys Clubs of America, the Hugh O'Brien Youth Foundation and the Girl Scouts.

He also was an active contributor to higher education, his most recent major gift being $12 million in 1998 to Long Island University to fund new academic, computer and library facilities, increased recreational space and other improvements.

At Duke, Pratt served as a trustee from 1977 to 1988. He has also served on the board of the Fuqua School of Business, the Engineering Development Committee, the Capital Gifts Committee and the Leadership Gift Committee.

Upon his retirement from Pfizer, the company established in his honor at Duke the Pfizer Inc.-Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. University Professorship. In 1997, the university named the Pratt Commons of the Levine Science Research Center in his honor, following his $1 million gift to the center.

The Fitzpatrick Gift

In late 2000, High-tech entrepreneur Michael J. Fitzpatrick and his wife, Patty, donated $25 million to the Pratt school of engineering to establish an innovative center for advanced photonics and communications.

The generous gift brought the school of engineering significantly closer to completing a $100 million Center for Advanced Photonics and Communications Systems which aims to help turn North Carolina into a "photon forest" where research and development in photonics can create the kind of technological advance and economic growth found in California's Silicon Valley.

The Fitzpatricks are both alumni of Duke, where they met and later married. Michael received his bachelor's degree in Engineering in 1970. Michael Fitzpatrick played defensive back and linebacker for the 1968 and 1969 Blue Devils. Patty received her degree from the Women¹s college in 1969. 

Patty Fitzpatrick is president of the Fitzpatrick Foundation. The foundation supports in-school and after-school programs for economically disadvantaged Northern California youths in grades K-12. 

Michael Fitzpatrick, a former Duke University football player, is the former chairman, chief executive officer and president of E-TEK Dynamics Inc., a leading manufacturer of fiberoptic components, instruments and systems for the telecommunications and cable television industries. He has served as CEO of Network Systems Corp. and president and CEO of Pacific Telesis Enterprises. He joined E-TEK Dynamics in 1997 as president and CEO, and was named chairman in 1999.

The gift for the creation of the Center for Advanced photonics and Communication systems follows a long series of generous gifts from the couple. In September, the Fitzpatricks contributed $1 million to the construction of a new building for the University¹s football team.

The Fitzpatricks are residents of Hillsborough, Calif., and have three children.

Gifts to the Fitzpatrick Center

Special Areas
  • Michael J. and Patricia W. Fitzpatrick Building
  • Fitzpatrick Center for Photonics and Communications
  • Jeffrey N. Vinik Building
  • Kenneth T. Schiciano E'84 Auditorium
  • Lawrence D. Lenihan, Jr. E'87 Undergraduate Learning Center
  • Gary W. E'60 and Elizabeth D. Dickinson WC'61 Arcade
  • Anonymous - Twinnie's Cafe
  • Poses Family Laboratory
  • The Addy Family Laboratory
  • The Barry N. Bycoff Family Foundation Laboratory
  • Clarence and Beverley Chandran Laboratory
  • Stephen C. Coley E'67 Laboratory
  • Daniel M. Dickinson Laboratory
  • Theodore C. Kennedy E'52 Laboratory
  • Dr. Jack Lee and Family Laboratory
  • Martha Monserrate McDade E'81, G'82 Laboratory
  • Walter M. Mumma Faculty Commons
  • Amy and Donny Wilkinson Laboratory
  • Claude B. Williams, Jr. E'44 and David Hessee Laboratory
  • The Yoh Family Laboratory
  • William H. Younger Laboratory
Conference Rooms
  • Boswell Engineering Conference Room
  • Marie E. and Robert O. Dierks Conference Room
  • Thomas E. Harrington E'66 Conference Room
  • Alan L. Kaganov E'60 and Carol M. Kaganov Conference Room
  • The Lang Family Conference Room
  • The Meier Family Biomedical Engineering Conference Room
  • Howard M. Winterson T'39 Conference Room
  • The Yoh Family Conference Room
Administrative Suites
  • William J. Florence III E'83 Administrative Suite
  • William A. Hawkins III E'76 Administrative Suite
  • John L. E'45 and Lois Imhoff Administrative Suite
  • Robert W. Althaus E'71 Office
  • In Memory of The Honorable Terry Sanford
  • James N. Barton E'60 Office
  • Berghorst Foundation Office
  • Stephen Ray Bolze E'85 Office
  • Theodore Kleban E'38 Office, Given by Lewis C. Brewster E'86
  • Tom E'88 and Elizabeth Malone Burger T'88 Office
  • Marjorie B. D'92 and Robert W. "Judge" Carr, Jr. E'71 Office
  • Fredrick L. Thurstone Office
  • Norman A. Cocke III E'68 Office
  • Barbara C. and James H. Corrigan, Jr. E'47 Office
  • George H. Crowell E'67 Office
  • George C. Dannals E'49 Office
  • Peter J. Denker E'59 Office
  • John M. Derrick, Jr. E'61 and Linda D. Derrick Office
  • Robert E. Donaho E'76 and Stephanie E. Elbers-Donaho T'78
  • F. Reid Ervin E'42 Office
  • Fred M. Fehsenfeld, Jr. E'73 Office
  • James H. Frey E'60 Office
  • Robert L. Galloway, Jr. E'77, Ph.D.'83 and Karen E. Campbell Office
  • C. Gary Gerst E'61 Office
  • Carol J. and Charles D. Grove E'51
  • The Guerster Family
  • Marilyn and Keith Harrison
  • Grant T. Hollett, Jr. Office
  • Jeffrey D. Ix E'78 and Kathleen D. Ix E'79 Office
  • Joseph H. Jarboe E'69 Office
  • Vinay J. Jayaram E'96 Office
  • John and Maria Johnson Office
  • Kathleen B. and Robert G. Johnson Office
  • Edwin L. Jones, Jr. E'48 Office
  • Lee M. Kenna, Jr. E'68 Family Office
  • Dr. Nannerl O. Keohane, President of Duke University, 1993-2004
  • Edward L. Koffenberger E'47 Office
  • Dr. Jack Lee and Family Office
  • Marx-Love Office
  • James R. E'88 and Suzanne L. Lowry Office
  • Lydia and Harry McColloch Office
  • In Memory of John Bell McGaughy E'38
  • Jan L. Mize E'60 Office
  • David L. Pugh E'71 Office
  • Curt A. Rawley E'71 Office
  • Edward M. E'68 and Nora Lea WC'67 Reefe Office
  • Janis Jordan Rehlaender E'77 Office
  • Christopher M. E'80 and Sarah E. Relyea Office
  • Vernon H. and Helen R. Scarborough Office
  • J. Stephen Simon E'65 Office
  • SKANSKA Office
  • David P. Spearman E'77 Office
  • Jeff Spiritos E'76 Office: In memory of K.P. Arges and E. Elsevier
  • Stroy/Tanimoto Office
  • Dorothy J. and W. John Swartz E'56 Office
  • Joanne H. and Samuel A. Walker III E'66 Office
  • Seth A. Watkins E'92, MS'93, Ph.D.'96, JD'99 Office
  • Michael O. Wheeler E'65 Office
  • William B. Wilmer VI E'51 Office
  • Tom and Debbie Woodard Office
  • William C. Dackis E'44 Break Room
  • Gerald C. Hartman Break Room
Wall of Recognition
  • Mark E. Baldwin E'75
  • Frank Birinyi E'72, G'76
  • John J. Borgschulte E'73
  • Charles T. and Joanne Davidson
  • G. Trevor Davis Jr.
  • In Memory of Thomas D. Downey E'52
  • Sally J. Fong Family
  • Marla J. Franks, MD E'80
  • James H. E’60 and Jacqueline WC’64 Frey
  • Annie Lewis J. WC'61 and Robert A. Garda E'61
  • Guerry L. Grune E'78
  • Philip J. Hawk E'76
  • Donald M. Helfer E'71
  • In Memory of Ozey K. Horton, Sr. and Jeanne Heyward Lynah Horton
  • Joseph M. Hunt III E'61, G'67
  • Daniel V. Ingram E'96
  • John and Maria Johnson
  • Tom E. and Bettsy C. Leib
  • James C. Lordeman E'78
  • Irene Lilly WC'62 and William W. McCutchen, Jr. E'62
  • Douglas A. and Marianne McGraw
  • Capers W. E'74 and Marion K. WC'75 McDonald
  • Lionel W. Neptune E’82
  • In Memory of Donald Yeager Nicholas E'37
  • James B. Nicholas E'73
  • Richard B. Parran, Jr. E'79
  • Daniel A. Pitt T'71
  • Sky Polega
  • Clay E. E'76 and Karen W. N'78 Scarborough
  • Barry Schneirov E'85
  • Elizabeth Franklin Sechrest E'79
  • Frances S. & Gordon L. Smith, Jr. E'48
  • Robert J. Stets, Jr.
  • The Steve and Jay Sullivan Family
  • David J. Thacker T'97
  • Dr. and Mrs. Paul A. Vadnais E'73
  • Dr. Paul P. Wang
  • Art and Mickey Wheeler
  • Claude B. Williams, Jr. E'44 and David Hessee
  • Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership

James B. Duke Society

The James B. Duke Society recognizes those individuals who have followed the example and generosity of Duke University's founder, James B. Duke, by continuing his vision through involvement and support, and by providing cumulative gifts exceeding $100,000 to all areas of Duke University.

To acknowledge membership in the James B. Duke Society, the University commissioned Tiffany & Company to create a limited edition porcelain box inspired by the original architect's drawings of the West Campus Union and dormitory buildings. Each member of the James B. Duke Society receives one of these "special" boxes and is invited to Duke's annual gala donor recognition weekend. When each member's commitment is fulfilled and the Campaign for Duke is concluded, all members' names will be permanently inscribed at a prominent campus location.

We recognize and thank the following Engineering alumni and friends that have given in excess of $100,000 to Duke University.

In the lobby of the Nello L. Teer building there is a "Wall of Recognition" listing the names of the alumni and friends of the Pratt School of Engineering who are members of the James B. Duke Society. The wall was given by the Pratt School of Engineering Alumni Association in 1995.

James B. Duke Society Members

  • Brian F. Addy E'86 2001
  • Donald Alstadt 2001
  • Mr and Mrs. Howard M. Anderson P'02 2003
  • Robert W. Anderson E'59 2001
  • Mr. and Mrs. John E. Akridge III P'00 2001
  • Eric F. Bam E'78 2005
  • P. J. Baugh T'54 1992
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Muse Bass P'97 2002
  • C. Leland Bassett 1997
  • Mary W. and Joe F. Berini E'39 2000
  • Brenda B. and H. Keith H. Brodie 1994
  • Dorcas M. and E. Ray Bucher E'45 1994
  • Bonnie L. and Barry N. Bycoff P'06, P'09 2005
  • Shawn S. and Brook H. Byers P'07 2005
  • Lewis B. Campbell E'68 2001
  • Marjorie B. D'92 and Robert W. "Judge" Carr, Jr. E'71 1998
  • John T. Chambers E'71 1997
  • Mr. and Mrs. Clarance J. Chandran P'07 2003
  • A. James Clark T'77 2002
  • Dr. and Mrs. Howard G. Clark III 2002
  • Peggy Cleveland 2003
  • John Cocke E'45, PhD'56 1992
  • Norman A. Cocke III E'68 2005
  • Shirley A. and Darryl W. Copeland E'58 1995
  • Barbara C. and James H. Corrigan, Jr. E'47 1992
  • Elle R. and William C. Dackis E'44 2003
  • Cortez T. and George C. Dannals E'49 2005
  • Peter J. Denker E'59 1999
  • Linda D. and John M. Derrick, Jr. E'61 1998
  • Gina and Daniel M. Dickinson E'83 2005
  • F. Reid Ervin E'42 1996
  • Gregory Amel Esses E'86 2012
  • Suzanne W. and Fred M. Fehsenfeld, Jr. E'73 2005
  • Michael J. T'70 and Patricia W. WC'69 Fitzpatrick 2001
  • Peter W. Flur E'86 2001
  • Jacqueline WC'64 and James H. E'60 Frey 2005
  • John R. Gabriel E'64 2001
  • Annie Lewis J. WC'61 and Robert A. Garda E'61 1992
  • Mary L. WC'49 and William H. Gardner, Jr. E'45 2002
  • Virginia and C. Gary Gerst E'61 1994
  • Annette H. WC'44 and Clair H. Gingher, Jr. E'43 1992
  • Susan and Thomas E. Harrington E'66 2002
  • Marilyn A. WC'71 and R. Keith Harrison, Jr. E'70 2003
  • Mr. and Mrs. James F. Heinz P'03, P'05 2002
  • David M. Hessee 2005
  • Susan W. and Fitzgerald S. Hudson E'46 1992
  • Lois WC'47 and John L. E'45 Imhoff 2005
  • Kathleen D. E'79 and Jeffrey D. E'78 Ix 2005
  • Maria and John Kent Johnson P'07 2005
  • Lucille F. and Edwin L. Jones, Jr. E'48 1992
  • Kenneth D. Kennedy, Jr. E'64 1999
  • Carol R. N'64 and Cleveland C. Kern, Jr. E'62 1992
  • Stacy Stansell Klein E'91 2005
  • Clara T. and Kenneth T. Knight E'33 1998
  • Winifred M. and Edward L. Koffenberger E'47 1997
  • Ruth M. WC'49 and Harold H. Hogg T'48 2002
  • Kristina M. Johnson 2002
  • Carol and Alan L. Kaganov E'60 2002
  • Theodore C. Kennedy E'52 2002
  • Dr. and Mrs. Jack Lee P'02 2001
  • Bettsy C. N'62 and Tom E. Leib E'61 2002
  • Marion and Lawrence D. Lenihan, Jr. E'87 2003
  • George W. Lipscomb E'49 1999
  • Jean G. WC'41 and William M. MacLachlan, Jr. E'42 2002
  • John A. McChensey E'63 1999
  • Edward R. McCracken 1992
  • Irene Lilly WC'62 and William W. McCutchen, Jr. E'62 1994
  • Martha M. E'81, G'82 and Herbert H. McDade III T'81 2003
  • J. Thomas McMurray E'76 2001
  • Jan F. Mize E'60 2002
  • William C. Moore E'61 2002
  • Susan R. and Robert M. Mumma II E'68 2005
  • Charles H. Nickerson E'39 1992
  • Sidney J. Nurkin E'63 2001
  • Patricia O'Connor G'80 2002
  • Larry E. Parsons E'60 1998
  • Mr. and Mrs. Frederic M. Poses P'06 2002
  • Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. E'47 1992
  • Barbara S. and David L. Pugh E'71 2005
  • James F. Rabenhorst E'64 1992
  • Jane H. WC'39 and Charles W. Ramsey, Jr. E'39 1998
  • Nora Lea WC'67 and Edward M. Reefe E'68 1998
  • Donald M. Ross E'47 1999
  • Kenneth T. Schiciano E'84 1998
  • William A. Simpson E'65 2001
  • F. Colton Somers III E'36 1999
  • Robert E. Stroupe E'44 1992
  • Catherine and James L. Stuart E'71 2003
  • Dorothy P. and W. John Swartz E'56 1992
  • Ethel and Nello L. Teer, Jr. 1992
  • Mildred R. and R. Dillard Teer 1992
  • Jim J. Temple E'59 2001
  • Elizabeth M. and James L. Vincent E'61 1992
  • Jeffrey N. Vinik E'81 1998
  • James Hudgins Vogeley E'80 1993
  • Nancy C. and William H. Wannamaker T'29 2003
  • J. K. Christopher Warren E'87 1992
  • Lydia Webb 1992
  • Richard B. Wells, Jr. E'42 1998
  • Beverly M. and Jerry C. Wilkinson E'67 1998
  • Claude B. Williams, Jr. E'44 2005
  • Lena S. WC'51 and William B. Wilmer VI E'51 1998
  • Debra S. and Thomas M. Woodard E'69 1998
  • Mary M. WC'59 and Harold L. Yoh, Jr. E'58 1992
  • Sharon C. T'83 and Harold L. Yoh III E'83 2003
  • Michael H. Yoh E'85 2003
  • Mr. and Mrs. William H. Younger P'03, P'06 2002
  • Mary M. WC'59 and Harold L. Yoh, Jr. E'58 1992

Founders Society

The Founders Society, active from 1980 through 2004, honors those whose gifts of $25,000 or more established permanent endowments.

To acknowledge membership in the Founders Society during those years, the University presented its new members with a bronze replica of The Sower at the annual donor recognition weekend. The Sower was a gift to the University from James B. Duke and stands on East Campus, symbolizing the far sighted individual who sows seeds today for tomorrow.

In the lobby of the Nello L. Teer building there is a "Wall of Recognition" listing the names of the alumni and friends of the Pratt School of Engineering who are members of the Founders Society. The wall was given by the Pratt School of Engineering Alumni Association in 1995.

We recognize and thank the following Engineering alumni and friends that have provided a permanent endowment for the Pratt School of Engineering.

Founders Society Members

Name, Graduation Year, and Year of Induction

  • Jean S. and Brian F. Addy E'86 2004
  • Donald Alstadt 2001
  • Fred C. Aldridge, Jr. E'55 1987
  • Mr. and Mrs. Howard M. Anderson P'02 2003
  • Robert W. Anderson E'59 1993
  • Margaretta and Norman Augustine 1987
  • Janice L. and William M. Bartlett E'54 1987
  • James N. Barton E'60 1993
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Muse Bass P'97 2002
  • Rebecca B. and C. Leland Bassett E'59 1986
  • P. J. Baugh T'54 1987
  • George N. Beer E'44 2003
  • Carolina B. Berini 1998
  • Mary W. and Joe F. Berini E'39 2003
  • Jane and Vinson Bidlingmeyer 1984
  • Barbara C. and Robert M. Borst E'51 1987
  • R. Wiley Bourne, Jr. E'59 1992
  • Brenda B. and H. Keith H. Brodie 1987
  • Jean B. WC'49 and Richard A. Bugg, Jr. E'49 1990
  • Dorcas M. and E. Ray Bucher, Jr. E'45 2002
  • Virginia and James B. Carson 1986
  • John T. Chambers E'71 1997
  • Mr. and Mrs. Clarence J. Chandran P'07 2004
  • A. James Clark T'77 2002
  • Peggy Cleveland 2003
  • John Cocke E'45, PhD'56 1987
  • Norman A. Cocke III E'68 2002
  • Darryl Wade Copeland, Jr. E'81 1987
  • Shirley A. and Darryl W. Copeland E'58 1986
  • Barbara C. and James H. Corrigan, Jr. E'47 1987
  • Elle and William C. Dackis E'44 1988
  • Judith and Martin J. DeMatteo 1990
  • Charron R. and Peter J. Denker E'59 1995
  • Linda D. and John M. Derrick, Jr. E'61 1987
  • Elizabeth D. WC'61 and Gary W. Dickinson E'60 1989
  • 2004
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Owen Dierks P'85, P'90 2002
  • Elizabeth L. N'45 and Ray B. Duggins E'44 1990
  • Frederick E. Ehrsam, Jr. E'77 2004
  • F. Reid Ervin E'42 1997
  • Ann T. and Robert R. Everett E'42 1991
  • Patricia W. WC'69 and Michael J. Fitzpatrick T'70 2002
  • J. Peyton Fuller IV T'54 1987
  • John R. Gabriel E'64 1991
  • Annie Lewis J. WC'61 and Robert A. Garda E'61 1987
  • Mary L. WC'49 and William H. Gardner, Jr. E'45 2002
  • Virginia and C. Gary Gerst E'61 1986
  • Annette H. WC'44 and Clair H. Gingher, Jr. E'43 1986
  • George M. Grills E'63 1992
  • Susan E. G'62 and R. Eugene Goodson T'57 1989
  • Marie C. T'63 and Charles L. E'63 Grossman 2004
  • Robert A. Hamilton T'38 1990
  • Thomas E. Harrington E'66 2000
  • Marilyn A. WC'71 and R. Keith Harrison, Jr. E'70 2000
  • Ruth M. WC'49 and Harold H. Hogg T'48 2000
  • Susan W. and Fitzgerald S. Hudson E'46 1986
  • Dr. and Mrs. Richard M. Hunt P'84 1987, 2004
  • Lois J. WC'47 and John L. Imhoff E'45 1996
  • Kathleen D. E'79 and Jeffrey D. Ix E'78 2002
  • Audrey A. and Owen C. Johnson T'44 2003
  • Lucille F. and Edwin L. Jones, Jr. E'48 1986
  • J. A. Jones 1951
  • Carol M. and Alan L. Kaganov E'60 1998
  • Carol R. N'64 and Cleveland C. Kern, Jr. E'62 1989
  • Nedra R. WC'63 and Ronald G. Kalish E'61 2002
  • Clara T. and Kenneth T. Knight, Jr. E'33 1991
  • Winifred M. and Edward L. Koffenberger E'47 1990
  • Lawrence Joseph Lang E'86 2004
  • C. B. Lee E'78 2002
  • Kelly Link 1991
  • Valeries M. E'94 and David M. E'94 Love 2004
  • Irene Lilly WC'62 and William W. McCutchen, Jr. E'62 1989
  • Jean G. WC'41 and William M. MacLachlan, Jr. E'42 2000
  • Roderick A. MacLeod E'66 1987
  • Richard Maxwell E'55 1987
  • Kimberly Jenkins T'75 and J. Thomas McMurray E'76 1991
  • Robert J. Melosh 1988
  • Jan L. Mize E'60 1992
  • Linda L. WC'62, G'63 and E. Towson Moore PhD '63 1991
  • Sandra Myerson 1992
  • Harriet G. WC'56 and Thomas R. Nesbitt, Jr. E'59 1994
  • Charles H. Nickerson E'39 1992
  • Sidney Joseph Nurkin E'63 1993
  • Kenneth H. Olsen 1986
  • Larry E. Parsons E'60 1992
  • Dr. and Mrs. George W. Pearsall 2002
  • Jennie M. and Robert H. Pinnix T'24 1984
  • Mr. and Mrs. Stanley A. Polega P'99 2004
  • Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. E'47 2002
  • James F. Rabenhorst E'64 2002
  • Jane H. WC'39 and Charles W. Ramsey E'39 1998
  • Nora Lea WC'67 and Edward M. Reefe E'68 2002
  • James E. and Janis J. Rehlaender E'77 2004
  • Sally-Christine Rodgers and Randolph K. Repass E'66 2004
  • John D. Roberts E'59 2004
  • Frances B. WC'44 and Joe E. Robnett, Jr. E'49 1992
  • Ann H. WC'48 and Donald M. Ross E'47 1999
  • Lynne F. WC'61 and Joseph A. Saldutti 2004
  • Mary K. and Paul Ruffin Scarborough E'72 2004
  • Kenneth T. Schiciano E'84 1998
  • Ralph F. Spinnler E'61 1988
  • Dorothy R. and Clifton G. Stoneburner E'35 1986
  • John William Stauffer E'81 1988
  • Robert E. Stroupe E'44 1986
  • Lorine S. Tanimoto and Gary H. Stroy P'01, P'06 2004
  • Dorothy P. and W. John Swartz E'56 1986
  • Ethel and Nello L. Teer, Jr. 1987
  • Dorothy H. and Miles H. Thompson G'66 1983
  • Frances B. and T. Edward Torgerson E'49 2002
  • George A. Truskey 2000
  • Elizabeth M. and James L. Vincent E'61 1989
  • Jeffrey N. Vinik E'81 1999
  • James Hudgins Vogeley E'80 1994
  • Samuel A. Walker III E'66 1995
  • 2004
  • Nancy C. and William H. Wannamaker T'29 2003
  • J. K. Christopher Warren E'87 1987
  • Anne and Richard D. Webb T'51 1987
  • Lydia Webb 1990
  • Jane S. and Richard B. Wells, Jr. E'42 1988
  • Susan J. WC'68 and Michael O. Wheeler E'65 2002
  • Mary C. Whitton WC'70 1991
  • Myrtle Coker Wilkinson 1998
  • Thomas M. Woodard E'69 1993
  • Suzanne L. and Jeffrey M. Yoh E'88 1989
  • 2004
  • Karen Bogart Yoh T'87 1989
  • Mary M. WC'59 and Harold L. Yoh, Jr. E'58 1986
  • Michael H. Yoh E'85 1987
  • Sharon C. T'82 and Harold L. Yoh III E'83 1987
  • William C. Yoh T'93 1989
  • Mr. and Mrs. William H. Younger P'03, P'06 2002

Endowed Professorships

The Pratt School of Engineering is honored to recognize the generous support of alumni and friends through endowed professorships.

Endowed Professorships

  • The Hunter Dewees Adams, Jr. Professor: To be named
  • Addy Family Professor: Warren Grill
  • Anderson-Rupp Teaching Professor: Pei Zhong
  • Robert W. Carr, Jr. Professor: Nimmi Ramanujam
  • Dickinson Family Associate Professor: To be named
  • James B. Duke Professors: Kam Leong, David Smith
  • Michael J. Fitzpatrick Professors: David Brady, Joseph Izatt
  • Fitzpatrick Family University Professor: Jennifer West
  • W.H. Gardner, Jr. Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering: Dan Sorin
  • W.H. Gardner, Jr. Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering: John Albertson
  • Gendell Family Assistant/Associate Professor of the Practice: To be named
  • Gendell Family Associate Professor of the Practice: W. Neal Simmons
  • R. Eugene And Susie E. Goodson Professors: George Truskey, Tuan Vo-Dinh
  • Hawkins Family Associate Professor: To be named
  • Hogg Family Directorship of Engineering Management/Hogg Entrepreneurial Professor: Jeff Glass
  • Fitzgerald S. Hudson Professor: Kishor Trivedi
  • J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering: Adrian Bejan
  • J.A. Jones Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering: Nan Marie Jokerst
  • Alan L. Kaganov Professor of Biomedical Engineering: William “Monty” Reichert
  • Theodore Kennedy Professor: Adam Wax
  • Lord-Chandran Professor: Richard Fair
  • Thomas Lord Professor: Olaf Von Ramm
  • Nortel Networks Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering: Maiken Mikkelsen
  • Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering Professors: Guillermo Sapiro, To Be Named
  • Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School Professor of the Practice: Bob Malkin
  • Rehlaender Family Associate Professor: To be named
  • Randolph K. Repass and Sally- Christine Rodgers University Professor: Doug Nowacek
  • Rhodes Family Professor: To be named
  • Rooney Family Associate Professor: To be named
  • Paul Ruffin Scarborough Associate Professor: Lingchong You
  • Schiciano Family Professorship: To be named
  • Simon Family Professor: To be named
  • Sternberg Family Professor: Stefan Zauscher
  • Nello L. Teer, Jr. Professor: David Katz
  • James L. And Elizabeth M. Vincent Professor: Kathy Nightingale
  • Jeffrey N. Vinik Professors: Brian Mann, Wanda Neu
  • Jeff And Penny Vinik Dean: Tom Katsouleas
  • Williams-Hessee Professor: To be named
  • The Yoh Family Professors: Henri Gavin, Heileen Hsu-Kim
  • William H. Younger Professor: Krish Chakrabarty
Eponymous Professorships
  • Julian Francis Abele Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science - Named after Julian Francis Abele, the first African-American to graduate from the Pennsylvania School of Fine Arts and Architecture in 1904. Upon graduation, he joined the firm of Horace Trumbauer, who sent Abele to Paris to study at L'Ecole des Beaux Arts, from which he graduated in 1906. By 1909, Abele was the chief designer in the firm of Horace Trumbauer & Associates, the architectural firm that designed many of the buildings on Duke University's West Campus, including the chapel and the Allen Administration Building. Along with many houses for the elite of Northern society, the Trumbauer firm designed the residences of James B. Duke in New York City, and Somerville, NJ. Presumably that is why the firm received the commission to design the new university bearing the Duke name. Additionally, Abele is credited with designing the Widener Library at Harvard University, and Philadelphia's Free Library and Museum of Art. He is considered the first major African-American architect in the United States. Pratt professor: Kenneth C. Hall
  • John Cocke Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering - John Cocke (May 30, 1925 – July 16, 2002) was an American computer scientist recognized for his large contribution to computer architecture and optimizing compiler design. He is considered by many to be "the father of RISC architecture." He attended Duke University, where he received his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1946 and his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1953. Cocke spent his entire career as an industrial researcher for IBM, from 1956 to 1992. Perhaps the project where his innovations were most noted was in the IBM 801 minicomputer, where his realization that matching the design of the architecture's instruction set to the relatively simple instructions actually emitted by compilers could allow high performance at a low cost. Cocke won the ACM Turing Award in 1987, the National Medal of Technology in 1991 and the National Medal of Science in 1994. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and died in Valhalla, New York. - April Brown
  • William Holland Hall Professor of Mechanical Engineering - Named after William Holland Hall, Dean of the College of Engineering at Duke from 1939-1953. Hall was an early champion of engineering education at Trinity College (Trinity was later renamed as Duke University). He joined the faculty of the Department of Engineering in 1914 and became the first dean of the College of Engineering in 1939. At one point during his early tenure at Duke, he comprised the entire staff of the engineering department. For many years, Hall battled against the perception among the administration that engineering education was not worthy of the same level of support as that given to law, business, medicine, religion and forestry. Despite his protests to the contrary, the University administration did not give credence to the technical advances and progression of the profession of engineering during the years after World War I, resulting in engineering education at Duke falling well below the national standard. With perseverance and dedication, Hall consistently championed the merits of engineering education, resulting in the formation of the Division of Engineering in 1937 and the College of Engineering in 1939. In the wake of World War II, Dean Hall led the College through a period of major growth and continued to do so until his retirement in 1954. - Earl H. Dowell
  • James L. Meriam Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering - Dr. James L. Meriam was appointed dean of engineering at Duke in 1963 until 1969. There were many changes during that time for the betterment of the Engineering College, in which he was a significant factor. The college was named the School of Engineering in 1966 and the school's first black students graduated two years later. The Division of Biomedical Engineering was established in 1967 and in 1971 it became the first biomedical engineering department at a U.S. university. Dr. Meriam was well known for his long association with the Mechanics Division of ASEE. He was a past Division chair and recipient of the Division Outstanding Educator Award. In 1992, ASEE bestowed upon him the Benjamin Garver Lamme Award. Dr. Meriam received his three degrees from Yale University, served in the U. S. Coast Guard during World War II, and had early industrial experience with both Pratt and Whitney Aircraft and General Electric. During his long career, he served at the University of California – Berkeley where he was Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, at Duke University where he was Dean of Engineering, at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, and at the University of California – Santa Barbara. Recognition of his superb teaching abilities followed him wherever he went. He began his Engineering Mechanics textbook series in 1950. The Statics and Dynamics texts reconstructed undergraduate mechanics and became the definitive textbooks in the field for the next five decades and several are still used today. In addition to the U.S. versions, the books have appeared in SI versions and have been translated into several foreign languages. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Meriam will long be remembered for his friendliness, gentlemanly demeanor, mature judgment and leadership, generosity, and absolute commitment to high educational standards. Dr. Meriam passed away July 18, 2000. - Mark Wiesner
  • Theo Pilkington Professor of Biomedical Engineering - Theo Pilkington is the founder of Duke's biomedical engineering department. Pilkington received his engineering Ph.D. from Duke and used computers and mathematics to study the heart's electrical activity. By the end of the 1960's, he was heading a biomedical engineering program in Duke's electrical engineering department. Then in 1971, biomedical engineering became its own department, with Pilkington as its first chairman. Pilkington went on to found and lead another pioneering Duke-based program: an Engineering Research Center for Emerging Cardiovascular Technologies, funded by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, as well as by industrial affiliates. He died in 1993 at the age of 57. - Ashutosh Chilkoti
  • Robert Plonsey Professorship of Biomedical Engineering - Robert Plonsey is Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering at the Pratt School of Engineering. He joined the faculty in 1983. Even after his retirement in 1996 as the Pfizer Inc./Edmund T. Pratt Jr. University Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering, he continues to be involved in the BME department and still available for faculty and students. He is well respected in the biomedical engineering field. Most recently, he received a distinguished service award from the BME Society at the 2004 annual meeting in Philadelphia. Also, in 2004 he was the recipient of the prestigious Ragnar Granit Prize for his contributions to promoting bioelectromagnetism and biomedical engineering at an international level. He was cited for his work as honorary president of the International Society of Bioelectromagnetism, his book on the subject, and his many preconference and graduate courses. His continuing research interests are in modeling applied to electrocardiology, electrophysiology and functional electrical stimulation. He is author or co-author of several books on electromagnetic theory and bioelectromagnetism. Dr. Plonsey has served on committees and been a consultant to the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Research Council and the Whitaker Foundation. From 1970 to 1972 he was President of IEEE/EMBS and from 1990 to 1991 Vice President for Technical and Conference Activities. In 1992 he was co-program chair for the IEEE/EMBS annual conference (Paris, France). Dr. Plonsey was president of the BME society in 1981 and 1982, and has served as a board member for the society. He is a Fellow of AAAS and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In 1997 he was presented the Merit Award by the IUPESM and is a Founding Member of the AIMBE and the International Academy for Medical and Biological Engineering of the IFMBE. He received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1956. From 1957 to 1983, he was with Case Institute of Technology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, where he was first a member of the Electrical Engineering Faculty and then one of the founders of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. From 1976 to 1980, he served as Department Chairman. - Vacant
  • Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering - Named after Aleksandar S. Vesic, Dean of the College of Engineering from 1974 to 1982. Vesic was a professor of civil engineering at Duke prior to becoming dean. In honor of his efforts to expand the engineering school, Duke named the Vesic Library for Engineering, Mathematics and Physics after Aleksandar, who died in 1982. Pratt professor: Henry Petroski

Scholarships and Fellowships

Scholarships and Fellowships

  • Donald M. & Judith C. Alstadt Scholarship
  • Anonymous Scholarship
  • K. P. Arges Scholarship
  • Eric F. Bam Scholarship
  • C. L. Bassett Scholarship
  • B. E. & K. Scholarship
  • Bennett Family Scholarship
  • Carolina B. Berini Scholarship
  • Joe F. Berini Scholarship
  • Bee-Keng Boey Scholarship
  • Stephen T. & Karen A.L. Boswell Scholarship
  • Tyler Ahern Brown Memorial Scholarship
  • Dale & Catherine Buchanan Scholarship
  • Dorcas Maynor & E. Ray Bucher, Jr. Scholarship
  • Bycoff Family Scholarship
  • Marjorie B. & Robert W. Carr, Jr. Scholarship
  • John T. Chambers Scholarship
  • Class Of 1981 Scholarship
  • Class Of 1985 Scholarship
  • Peggie C. Cleveland Family Scholarship
  • Cochran Family Scholarship
  • John Cocke Scholarship
  • Norman A. Cocke Iii Scholarship
  • Darryl W. And Shirley A. Copeland Scholarship
  • Linda D. & John M. Derrick, Jr. Scholarship
  • Dickinson Family Scholarship
  • Marie E. & Robert O. Dierks Scholarship
  • Frederick E. & Claire B. Ehrsam Scholarship
  • Ernest Elsevier Scholarship
  • F. Reid Ervin Scholarship
  • W. M. Ervin & Mary Collins Ervin Scholarship
  • C. Neal Fleming Scholarship
  • Florence Family Scholarship
  • Garda Scholarship
  • W.H. Gardner, Jr. Scholarship
  • General Motors Scholarship
  • Clair H. Gingher Scholarship
  • George M. & R. (Lee) Grills Scholarship
  • Gulf Oil Scholarship
  • Hamamatsu Ralph Eno Scholarship
  • William J. & Patricia M. Hanenberg Scholarship
  • Thomas E. & Susan C. Harrington Scholarship
  • Marilyn A. & R. Keith Harrison, Jr. Scholarship
  • Hawk Family Scholarship
  • Sharon D. And William A. Hawkins Iii Scholarship
  • George R. Herbert Scholarship
  • Hollett Family Scholarship
  • Jeffrey D. & Kathleen D. Ix Scholarship
  • Joseph H. Jarboe Engineering Scholarship
  • Vinay J. Jayaram Scholarship
  • Kristina M. Johnson Scholarship
  • Owen C. Johnson Scholarship
  • Edwin L. & Lucille Finch Jones, Jr. Scholarship
  • J.A. Jones Scholarship
  • Alan L. & Carol M. Kaganov Scholarship
  • Ronald G. & Nedra A. Kalish Scholarship
  • Bennett D. Klein Scholarship
  • Edward L. & Winifred M. Koffenberger Scholarship
  • Eugene M. Levin Scholarship
  • Mccleod Stewardship Foundation, Inc. Scholarship
  • Mattson Family Scholarship
  • Richard Maxwell Engineering Scholarship
  • Mcclendon Work-Study Scholarship
  • Irene Lilly & William W. Mccutchen, Jr. Scholarship
  • Mcdade Family Scholarship
  • John B. Mcgaughy Scholarship
  • Jan L. Mize Scholarship
  • Thomas R. Mullen, Jr. Scholarship
  • Natelli Engineering Scholarship
  • Michael Frances Nolan Scholarship
  • Robert H. Pinnix Scholarship
  • Sky Polega Scholarship
  • James F. Rabenhorst Scholarship
  • Lindsay Ann Rawot Memorial Scholarship
  • Nora Lea & Edward M. Reefe Scholarship
  • Marie Foote Reel Scholarship
  • James E. & Janis J. Rehlaender Scholarship
  • Rhodes Family Scholarship
  • Friends Of Bill Riker Scholarship
  • Helen R. & Vernon H. Scarborough Scholarship
  • Kenneth T. Schiciano Scholarship
  • Sechrest Family Scholarship
  • Marion L. Shepard Scholarship
  • Carrie Downey Shoemaker Memorial Scholarship
  • J. Stephen Simon Scholarship
  • Spearman Family Scholarship
  • Clifton G. & Dorothy Reichman Stoneburner Scholarship
  • Catherine And James L. Stuart Scholarship
  • Sullivan Family Scholarship
  • Sutherland Family Engineering Scholarship
  • W. John & Dorothy J. Swartz Scholarship
  • Richard Miles Thompson Scholarship
  • George J. And Ujjwala S. Titus Scholarship
  • T. Edward Torgerson Scholarship
  • Horace Trumbauer Memorial Fund Scholarship
  • Charles R. Vail Scholarship
  • Aleksandar Sedmak Vesic And Milena Sedmak Vesic Scholarship
  • Jeffrey N. And Penny Vinik Scholarship
  • James V. Walsh Engineering Scholarship
  • Richard D. Webb And R. Davis Webb, Jr. Scholarship
  • Michael O. & Susan J. Wheeler Scholarship
  • Beverly A. & Jerry C. Wilkinson Scholarship
  • Myrtle Coker Wilkinson Scholarship
  • Thomas M. & Debra S. Woodard Scholarship
  • Vernon O. & Bernice M. Woodard Scholarship
  • Brian Glenn Wright Memorial Scholarship
  • Sharon C. & Harold L. Yoh Iii Scholarship
  • William H. Younger Scholarship
The John T. Chambers Program For Excellence In Undergraduate Education
  • Stephen And Alicia Bolze Scholarship
  • Thomas A. Burger, Jr. Scholarship
  • Julia And Howard Clark Scholarship
  • Coley Family Scholarship
  • Daues Family Scholarship
  • Nicholas And Amanda Gelber Scholarship
  • Hogg Family Scholarship
  • Lee And Caridad Kenna Family Scholarship
  • Lang Family Scholarship
  • Susan Edith Lown And Benjamin Franklin Kaiser Scholarship
  • Mcchesney Family Foundation Scholarship
  • Mcchesney Family Foundation #2 Scholarship
  • Joan P. And Alvin R. Murphy, Jr. Scholarship
  • Norton Family Scholarship
  • Robertson Family Scholarship
  • Mary M. And Timothy P. Rooney Scholarship
  • Chuck And Jeanne Rudiger Scholarship
  • Mary Kay And Paul Ruffin Scarborough Scholarship
  • Mike Walsh Scholarship
  • Christopher H. And Josefine Young Scholarship 
Planned Gift Scholarshiphips
  • Anonymous Scholarship
  • Walter J. Bishop Family Scholarship
  • William C. And Elle R. Dackis Scholarship
  • Eric R. Meier Family Scholarship
  • Capers And Marion Mcdonald Scholarship
  • Barry Schneirov Scholarship
  • John T. Chambers Engineering Fellowship
  • Sam Y. & Rose S. Feng Fellowship
  • Michael J. And Patricia W. Fitzpatrick Fellowship
  • Garda Graduate Engineering Fellowship
  • W.H. Gardner, Jr. Society Of Engineering Fellowship
  • Kristina M. Johnson Fellowship
  • Phillip L. Jones Fellowship
  • Abhijit Mahato Memorial Fellowship
  • Teinlie "Danny" & Victoria H. Tai Fellowship
  • Thurstone Medical Imaging Fellowship
  • Wilkinson Family Fellowship