Departments & Centers



Department of Biomedical Engineering

Consistently ranked as one of the top biomedical engineering programs in the nation, the Biomedical Engineering Department at Duke University provides a superior interdisciplinary research and education environment that prepares graduates to be leaders in the integration of engineering and biology for the detection and treatment of human disease. A unique aspect of the program is the integration of research and education. Over two-thirds of the undergraduates are involved in independent study research projects.


Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is pursuing diverse research and educational activities to improve the fundamental health and safety of society. These activities occur across three focus areas: Materials, Structures and Geo-systems; Hydrology and Fluid Dynamics; and Environmental Process Engineering. Students develop skills in engineering analysis, design, technical communication, and teamwork. In addition to conducting innovative research, students in the department also have the ability to apply that academic preparation to assist in improving the constructed and natural environments in which we live.


Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Electrical and computer engineering is a broadly based 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

Faculty are engaged in education and research over a wide range of topics which include acoustics, aerodynamics and aeroelasticity, control, dynamics, fluid and thermodynamics, solid mechanics and 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

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.Learn more.


Master of Engineering

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. Learn more.

Energy Engineering

Minor Program for Pratt Majors

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. Learn more.


Pratt is home to research centers including:


Coded Aperture Miniature Mass Spectrometer for Environmental Sensing

Part of the U.S. Department of Energy's MONITOR program, Duke's CAMMS-ES project is developing a next-generation methane detector to detect natural gas leaks.


Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology

Headquartered at Duke, CEINT is a six university collaboration that researches nanomaterials from the natural to the manufactured exploring their effect in the environment and biologically.


Center for Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering

CBTE is one of Duke University's most comprehensive efforts in biotechnology. The mandate of CBTE is to nucleate interdisciplinary research and educational activities that link three broad areas of biotechnology: protein engineering, cellular engineering, and tissue engineering.


Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics

CMIP advances the basic understanding of electromagnetic metamaterials, exploring their capabilities and limitations across the electromagnetic spectrum. It holds major federal grants in the areas of optical and acoustic metamaterials.


Center for Materials Genomics

The Duke Center for Materials Genomics provides a multidisciplinary setting, implementing the most advanced theoretical and computational methods for materials research. It is a hub of education and research activities with collaborations throughout Duke and other institutions in the U.S. and around the world.


Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics

The goals of the Institute are to: train the commercial, technical and academic leaders of next generation broadband technologies; pioneer the establishment of photonics as an information science; and pioneer new approaches to industrial, governmental and interacademy collaboration. Research themes include quantum optics, opto-electronics, information spaces, and biophotonics.

Triangle MRSEC

Triangle Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

The mission of the Triangle MRSEC is to have a major national and international impact in soft matter materials science through generation of new fundamental insights and theoretical understanding, new design principles, and new applications and uses for colloidal and macromolecular materials and their higher order assemblies.


GUIde 5 Consortium

Center for Aeromechanics

The GUIde 5 Consortium Center for Aeromechanics sponsors interdisciplinary research to understand and control turbomachinery blade response, decrease engine development time, and increase engine reliability, and provides a national focus for forced response research to enhance technology transfer to industry.