The important problems of the contemporary world exceed the scope of any single discipline. Health challenges require the understanding of medical diagnosis, management economics, cultural differences and ethical values. Dealing with global climate issues requires a mix of expertise including physical and biological sciences, engineering, business, policy and law.

One of the primary goals of Duke's strategic plan is to deepen engagement in education by undergraduate and graduate students--in part through outreach and service learning. Duke's plan seeks to empower students at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels to integrate knowledge across their classes and into their own lives, and then make a difference in the lives of others. This Knowledge in the Service of Society movement encompasses investment in innovative approaches to how we teach students and how they learn in classrooms, laboratories and other settings, both on and off campus. Simultaneously, the plan recognizes Duke’s responsibility to apply the knowledge and creativity of its faculty and students to major public challenges such as improving health care, fighting poverty and protecting the environment. 

Duke's Pratt School of Engineering sponsors a wide range of service learning opportunities for Duke students, and educational outreach programs for students from K-12 through the undergraduate level in collaboration with local/regional involvement and national programs. For undergraduate non-Duke student opportunities, explore our summer REU programs.

At the college level, these programs offer challenging opportunities for intensive civic engagement experiences that combine engineering with service to society. Research oriented opportunities allow undergraduates from colleges and universities across the nation to spend the summer researching at Duke. 

Many of our outreach efforts include programs aimed at helping populations underrepresented in engineering and the sciences--women, students with disabilities, and minority students--build confidence that they can succeed and fulfill their career dreams by providing role models and enriching educational and research experiences.

Helpful Contacts

Want to get started? If you are interested in participating in a service learning or outreach program, access the web site for that particular program. You can also contact our faculty members: 

Fred Boadu, Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Duke Engage

Laurence Bohs, Lecturer
Department of Biomedical Engineering
BME courses

Kevin Caves, Clinical Associate
Duke Surgery-Speech & Hearing
BME courses

Rachel Cogburn, Affiliate Director
Project Lead the Way

Linda Franzoni, Professor of Practice, Associate Dean
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Richard Goldberg, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
BME courses

Eric Mlyn, Director
Duke Engage Program

Bob Malkin, Professor of Practice
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Engineering World Health, BME Courses

David Malone, Associate Prof of the Practice
Duke Education Program
Service Learning Tutoring, Outreach

Jan Riggsbee, Associate Prof of the Practice 
Duke Education Program
Service Learning Tutoring, Outreach 

David Schaad, Ph.D.
Departmental of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Duke Engineers for International Development, Duke Engage