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The Fitzpatrick Center
The unique design of the Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences (FCIEMAS) allows the Pratt School of Engineering and its partners to make major advancements in the fields of bioengineering, photonics, materials science and environmental engineering.
The facility supports specialized initiatives that drive interdisciplinary activity, and encourage the creative interaction. The center is named in honor of philanthropists Michael J. and Patricia W. Fitzpatrick.
This comprehensive facility provides extensive wet-bench laboratories, teaching labs, and a café. Research highlights include a state-of-the-science nanotechnology research facility, dubbed SMIF, the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics and the Duke Immersive Virtual Environment or "DiVE."
The Fitzpatrick Center is also home to the offices of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
The first, brick-clad part of Hudson Hall was built in 1948, and for many years was known as "Old Red." It has been expanded with modern annexes twice. In 1992, it was named in honor of Fitzgerald S. "Jerry" Hudson, E'46.
Hudson Hall is home to faculty offices, laboratories and classrooms, including the James L. Vincent Lecture Hall, which has been remade into an active learning classroom with movable furniture and modern audio-visual technology.
The building is also home to three departments in the Pratt School of Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and to the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT) and the Gendell Center for Energy and the Environment.
Teer Engineering Building
The Nello L. Teer Building opened in 1984. Until 2008, it housed the Vesic Library for Engineering, Mathematics and Physics. Connected to Hudson Hall by an azalea-filled courtyard and a walkway, Teer serves as a meeting place for students and the headquarters of Pratt school administration. The building houses the offices of the Vinik Dean of Engineering, our Undergraduate Student Services Center, the Pratt IT Help Desk and meeting rooms. The building also features a student lounge with work tables and living-room style furniture, two auditorium-style lecture halls, a 50-seat classroom, and teaching laboratories.
The building is named in honor of builder and philanthropist Nello Leguy Teer.
New Engineering Building
Duke University is constructing a 150,000-square-foot building to house new education, research and entrepreneurship initiatives at the Pratt School of Engineering. The building is scheduled to open in late 2020.
The building, which is yet to be named, will feature three floors dedicated to interdisciplinary research "neighborhoods." Designed to promote collaboration, these spaces will intermingle faculty and students from different departments who work toward shared goals, including improving human health, advancing computing and intelligent systems, and paving the way toward a more sustainable future.
Specialized Research Facilities
The Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF) provides researchers with high quality and cost-effective access to advanced materials characterization and fabrication capabilities. The facility is operated as a multidisciplinary shared-use resource available to Duke researchers across schools and departments as well as to external users from other universities, government laboratories, and industry. SMIF is an official Duke University recharge center open to all trained students, staff, and faculty, and is used for both research and educational purposes.
The facility is located on the first floor of The Fitzpatrick Center and includes class 1000 and class 100 clean room space and various characterization labs for electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, optical characterization equipment and X-ray analysis equipment.
The Duke Immersive Virtual Environment (DiVE) in the Fitzpatrick Center is an ideal system for fully immersive simulation and cognitive studies, and for verifying 3D structure between data models and experimental data. Projects currently planned for this Visroom include research in cognitive neuroscience, exploration of 3D structures, and education. Technologies such as the DiVE are used not only to explore data collected through other means, but also as experimental tools in and of themselves.
The collaborative workspace for Duke Robotics in the North Building gives Duke Engineering's multidisciplinary robotics faculty room to thrive. The space includes multiple simulation and robotics platforms, two experiment rooms for private human-in-the-loop experiments, a centrally-located observation room with space for researchers to oversee experiments, and a large, open lab space for experiments and demonstrations. Adjacent office space includes faculty offices, two large graduate student rooms, an office for postdoctoral associates and a conference room.
Experiential Learning Spaces
The Pod is a 5,000-square-foot design and learning lab for Pratt’s innovative first-year hands-on engineering design course. It is located in a unique, 360-degree space in The Jinny and Ed Pratt Commons at the Levine Science Research Center (LSRC). The space includes workbenches, hand and power tools, and rapid prototyping machines. Student teams use the tools to construct physical prototypes and/or digital artifacts as they engage in the engineering design process to solve an engineering challenge posed by a community client.
The Foundry is a 7,600-square-foot student-focused, project-centered, collaborative "maker space" in Gross Hall where students from across Duke can build ideas from the ground up. It serves student teams and clubs working on both long-term and short-term projects, as well as providing space for workshops and program modules. Users have access to a variety of project and prototyping supplies – including a 3D Systems ProX DMP320 direct metal printing machine.
DUHatch Student Business Incubator
The DUHatch Student Business Incubator, located in The Foundry in Gross Hall, connects enterprising students with mentors from faculty and industry, giving them office space, and facilitating business development to help solve the myriad problems a fledgling venture faces. The goal of DUhatch is education — classroom learning is made relevant through doing. Duhatch provides this experiential component has made entrepreneurship an integral part of the Duke Engineering student experience.
The Home Depot Smart Home at Duke
The Home Depot Smart Home at Duke University is a 6,000 square foot live-in research laboratory operated by Duke's Pratt School of Engineering. The Home Depot Smart Home, part of a Duke Smart Home Program, creates a dynamic "living laboratory" environment that contributes to the innovation and demonstration of future residential building technology. The central concept of this project is our belief that smart homes can improve that quality of life for people of all ages and incomes.
The Duke Smart Home Program encompasses formal research and design courses for credit, a thriving student club that creates new technology for applications across campus, and 10 residents of the smart home dorm who serve as ambassadors during tours and programs. The program and dorm are available for Duke students from all disciplines and majors.
Pratt Student Shop
Duke Engineering students have access to a modern machine shop to complete course work that requires the use of a milling machine, lathe, drill press, tablesaw, bender, welder or laser cutter. The shop is overseen by an experienced shop manager and lab preparator, who teach a mandatory shop safety course. The Pratt Student Shop is located in the Telcom Building, off Research Drive.