Departments & Centers


Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME)

Consistently ranked as one of the top biomedical engineering programs in the nation, Duke BME provides a superior interdisciplinary research and education environment that prepares graduates to be leaders harnessing engineering technologies to detect, treat and prevent detection and treatment of human disease. Over two-thirds of the undergraduates are involved in independent study research projects.

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Duke's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering pursues diverse research and educational activities to improve the fundamental health and safety of society. These activities occur across these faculty research interest areas:

  • Computational Mechanics and Scientific Computing
  • Engineering Environmental Geomechanics and Geophysics
  • Systems, Risk and Decision
  • Hydrology and Fluid Dynamics
  • Environmental Process Engineering.

Students develop skills in engineering analysis, design, technical communication, and teamwork. In addition to conducting innovative research, CEE students apply their knowledge to assist in improving the constructed and natural environments in which we live.

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)

Electrical and Computer Engineering is a broad engineering discipline dealing with the processing, control, and transmission of information and energy by making extensive use of electrical and electromagnetic phenomena, systems theory, and computational hardware and software. The department also encourages students and faculty to develop synergies with disciplines outside of engineering, such as medicine and the life sciences. ECE faculty members are actively involved in advanced research and teaching in all major areas of electrical and computer engineering. The Department houses several research centers, and promotes graduate and undergraduate curriculum innovation.

Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science (MEMS)

Faculty are engaged in education and research over a wide range of topics which include:

  • Acoustics, Aerodynamics and Aeroelasticity
  • Controls
  • Dynamics, Fluid and Thermodynamics
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Biological, Electronic and Mechanical Materials

Both computational modeling and experimental studies are being pursued in longstanding, world-class programs such as aeroelasticity, dynamics and thermodynamics (constructal laws) as well as relatively new and exciting programs in acoustics (lithotripsy and drug delivery and engine and airframe noise reduction), controls (robotics and wireless communication) and computational modeling of materials. A flexible curriculum allows students to double major in MEMS and other fields in engineering, humanities, sciences and social sciences.


Master of Engineering Management Program (MEMP)

The Master of Engineering Management Program is an interdisciplinary professional program offered with the support of Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and the School of Law. It integrates management, technology, and a practical internship to produce tomorrow's technology leaders. Offered through a one-year campus program or two-year distance program, MEMP is ideal for people with up to five years experience in industry.

Master of Engineering (MEng)

The Master of Engineering degree program gives students in-depth study in a technology field paired with a business leadership and management education. This non-thesis, graduate program helps students thrive in corporate, high tech environments. MEng is ideal for people with up to five years experience in industry.

Minor in Energy Engineering

The Minor in Energy Engineering offers Pratt BSE candidates rigorous exposure to fundamentals of energy engineering—and an opportunity to make a difference in some of the defining challenges of our time. Graduates will be well-prepared for careers engineering solutions to energy-related issues, including energy generation, delivery, conversion and efficiency. Students can mold their educational program to their professional specialty by selecting courses from a number of electives.