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About Duke Engineering

Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering is a vibrant teaching and research institution dedicated to educating engineering leaders and pursuing research in high-impact fields to address the world's grand challenges

Mission

Our mission is to provide a rigorous engineering education for both undergraduate and graduate students, enabling them to lead productive, rewarding and ethical lives for the betterment of society.

It is our vision that Duke Engineering students and faculty will be catalysts for generating and integrating knowledge across the disciplines required to address complex issues facing a global society.

We are committed to upholding the mission of Duke University and its guiding principles of trustworthiness, respect, diversity, learning and teamwork.

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Facts & Stats


Educational Programs

At Duke, we are one of two undergraduate schools, and one of seven graduate and professional schools.

Duke Engineering offers undergraduate, master's and doctoral study in engineering.

For working professionals, we also offer graduate certificates in high-demand topics and online learning opportunities.

Degree Programs

Graduate Certificates, Online Learning & Short Courses

Topics for working professionals and others include:

  • AI and machine learning
  • Blockchain and cryptocurrency
  • Business fundamentals for engineers
  • Computing fundamentals
  • Design thinking & technological innovation

Browse the certificate programs, online credentials and short courses we offer »


Academic Departments

Duke's engineering degree programs are offered through four academic departments and the school-wide Institute for Enterprise Engineering:

With Duke's Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, we participate in the degree-granting Duke University Program in Materials Science & Engineering.


Research

External Research Funding

Duke Engineering's research expenditures exceed $85 million per year, with faculty winning more than $105 million in new awards in FY 2021. Research funding from external sources has grown by 91 percent during the last decade.

Our enterprise includes:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported centers and research training programs
  • Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives (MURI)

Browse details of Duke Engineering research centers and institutes »

Research Themes

  • Data Science, Advanced Computing & Intelligent Systems
  • Materials Discovery & Development
  • Personal, Environmental & Population Health
  • Resilient Systems & the Environment

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Collaborations

We maintain extensive research collaborations with Duke's graduate and professional schools of arts & sciences, business, law, public policy— and especially the Duke University School of Medicine, with which we have the collaboration initiative known as MEDx.


Rankings

Academics

U.S. News & World Report

  • #5 online master's degree in Engineering Management
  • #16 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (tie), including:
    • #3 undergraduate program in Biomedical Engineering
    • #12 undergraduate program in Environmental Engineering
  • #24 Best Graduate Engineering School (tie)—including Top 25 graduate degree programs in:
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering (7-way tie)
    • Environmental Engineering (5-way tie)

Gizmodo/Statista

Research and Faculty

Academic Analytics Faculty Scholarly Productivity

(v.2021)

  • #3 in Computer Engineering
  • #11 in Electrical Engineering
  • #12 in Biomedical Engineering
  • #16 in Mechanical Engineering
  • #19 overall among U.S. engineering schools

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ShanghaiRanking)

  • #6 in the U.S./#11 in the world in environmental science & engineering

Per Faculty Research Funding

  • #9 in per-faculty research funding among Top 25 U.S. engineering schools (U.S. News; greater than $900,000/faculty member avg.)

Student Life

  • Bronze Award and Exemplar—American Society for Engineering Education Diversity Recognition Program
  • Bronze Badge - ASEE Diversity Recognition ProgramTop 10 Graduate Engineering Program Popular with Women—U.S. News & World Report

Student Outcomes

  • Top 10 Best School for Engineering Majors by Salary Potential ($78,400 median pay with 0-5 years of work experience)—Payscale.com
  • Top 15 US college that pays off the most for engineering students—CNBC

The Duke Engineering Community

  • 1,212
    undergraduate students
  • 590
    master’s students
  • 581
    PhD students
  • 395
    staff & postdocs
  • 171
    faculty
  • 16,000
    alumni

Students

Undergraduates

  • 1,212 undergraduate students
  • 36 percent are women (National avg.: 24 percent)
  • 289 members of the undergraduate Class of 2022

Senior Survey:

  • 91 percent had jobs or job offers at the time of graduation
  • 87 percent participated in an internship in the U.S.
  • 15 percent participated in an internship abroad
  • 62 percent had an intensive research experience with a faculty member
  • 39 percent participated in a study-abroad program
  • 16 percent published or presented a research paper off-campus

Source: Class of 2020 Survey (Response rate: 52 percent); Class of 2021 survey was delayed.

Master's Students

  • 122 Master of Engineering Management (MEM) On-Campus
  • 70 Master of Engineering Management (MEM) Online 
  • 234 Master of Science (MS)
  • 164 Master of Engineering (MEng)
  • 339 master's degree graduates in the Class of 2022
  • 8 in 10 recent master's graduates started work or further education within six months of graduation

PhD Students


Faculty

Research and Entrepreneurship

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Alumni

  • More than 16,000
  • Noted for achievements in engineering, finance, entrepreneurship, corporate leadership, teaching, medicine and other fields
  • Through the Duke Engineering Alumni Council, our graduates make direct impacts on current students through mentorship, student project and organization funding, intern sponsorship and more
  • 25 Duke Alumni are members of the National Academy of Engineering

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Facilities and Location

Duke Engineering occupies nearly 400,000 net square feet of educational, research and administrative space in 18 buildings on and near the Duke campus in Durham, North Carolina.

The innovative Wilkinson Building contributes 81,000 net square feet of state-of-the-science laboratory and learning spaces for advanced research, design education and entrepreneurship.

Our engineering campus adjacent to Duke University Medical Center gives Duke's engineering researchers and students uncommon collaborative opportunities with world-leading clinicians.

We are only miles from Research Triangle Parkthe country's largest research park and home to 200-plus tech companies.

Regional Advantages

  • Energetic economy and community—The #2 Best Place to Live in the United States and a top-ranked region for STEM jobs (U.S. News & World Report; STEM Job Growth Index)
  • Sunny climate—220 sunny days a year; average daily high temp is 70.2°F (21.2°C)
  • Affordability—Living costs in Duke's region are 61% lower than in New York City, half that of California's Bay Area, and 39% lower than in Boston (Bankrate.com)

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Updated May 9, 2022