Welcome from the Dean
Welcome to Duke Engineering!
We appreciate your interest in the Pratt School of Engineering and look forward to sharing our ‘outrageously ambitious’ vision for defining the future of engineering at Duke.
We are a leading engineering school set in one of the world’s top research universities. Here, faculty and students work collaboratively to solve global challenges and make the world a better place—whether by improving human health, working toward a more resilient and sustainable environment, discovering new materials or advancing data analytics, computing and intelligent systems.
Our award-winning faculty care not only about what they teach, but also how they teach and what they teach to fuel student curiosity and open new horizons. Nearly 60 percent of our undergraduate students conduct faculty-mentored research, while our graduate students are routinely recognized at a national level for their collaborative and original work. In the rich environment of Duke Engineering, students can also discover and develop their passions for entrepreneurship, global outreach, team leadership and more—and go on to become leaders in industry, academia, medicine and other professional pursuits.
No matter what inspires you here, you’ll find that Duke Engineering is a community vested in your success. We value the different perspectives and backgrounds our faculty, staff and students bring to our community, and our secret to success is in empowering our talented students and faculty to discover themselves, learn, and to express themselves fully to positively impact the world.
In 1984, Duke President Terry Sanford famously described the “outrageous ambitions” propelling Duke University's rise and rapid advance along the path of excellence. Our goals for Duke Engineering are very much in this dynamic Duke spirit. In undergraduate and graduate education, in research, in entrepreneurship and in service, we’re committed to leading boldly to shape this technological era by creating an environment that enables our community to achieve great things, and yes – be outrageously ambitious!
You’ll find inspiring examples throughout our website of how our faculty, graduate students and undergraduates are dreaming big, acting boldly and making a difference in the world. I hope you’ll enjoy learning more about Duke Engineering, and welcome you to contact us if you have any questions.
With best wishes,
Prof. Ravi V. Bellamkonda
Vinik Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering