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About Duke Engineering

Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering is a vibrant teaching and research institution dedicated to educating the next generation of 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 the 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 PhD study in engineering. We also offer graduate certificates and online learning designed for working professionals.

Degree Programs

Graduate Certificates, Online Learning & Short Courses

Topics include:

  • AI and machine learning
  • Blockchain
  • Business fundamentals for engineers
  • Computing fundamentals
  • Design fundamentals

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Academic Departments

Our 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

We are leaders in multidisciplinary education and research. 

Duke Engineering's research expenditures exceed $88 million per year. Research funding from external sources has grown by 98 percent during the last decade.

We maintain extensive collaborations with researchers in each of Duke's graduate and professional schools—especially the highly regarded Duke University School of Medicine.

Signature Research Themes

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

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Rankings

1257 Undergrad Students - 1281 Grad Students - 156 Faculty - 15,000 Alumni

Academics

U.S. News & World Report:

  • #2 in the U.S. Online Master's in Engineering Management
  • #3 in the U.S. in graduate biomedical engineering
  • #4 in the U.S. in undergraduate biomedical engineering
  • #13 in the U.S. in undergraduate environmental engineering
  • #14 in the U.S. in graduate environmental engineering
  • Top 25 Best Engineering Graduate School in the U.S.
  • Top 25 School for Undergraduate Engineering

Research and Faculty

Academic Analytics (v.2020) Faculty Scholarly Productivity:

  • #1 in Computer Engineering
  • #6 in Electrical Engineering
  • #10 in Mechanical Engineering
  • #11 in Biomedical Engineering
  • #13 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

U.S. News & World Report data:

  • #9 in per-faculty research funding among the Top 25 U.S. engineering schools

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

Duke University

  • #12 National University—U.S. News & World Report
  • #5 University—Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education
  • #4 STEM University for Women—Forbes

Students

Undergraduates

  • 1,257 undergraduate students (August 2020)
  • 37 percent are women (National average: 24 percent)
  • 91 percent have jobs or job offers at the time of graduation
  • 87 percent participate in an internship in the U.S.
  • 15 percent participate in an internship abroad
  • 62 percent have an intensive research experience with a faculty member
  • 39 percent participate in a study-abroad program
  • 16 percent publish or present a research paper off-campus
  • 277 undergraduates in the Class of 2021

Source: Senior exit survey (Response rate: 52 percent)

Master's Students

  • 221 Master of Engineering Management (MEM) On-Campus
  • 58 Master of Engineering Management (MEM) Online 
  • 365 Master of Science (MS)
  • 126 Master of Engineering (MEng)
  • 406 master's graduates in the Class of 2021
  • Nearly 9 in 10 recent master's graduates started work or further education within six months of graduation

PhD Students

  • 578 PhD students
  • Greater than 20 percent PhD student enrollment growth in the last five years
  • 16 percent of eligible current PhD students received NSF or major fellowship awards
  • 88 PhD graduates in the Class of 2021

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 304,021 net square feet of educational, administrative and research space on and near the Duke campus in Durham, North Carolina.

The Wilkinson Building, opened for classes in 2021, added about 85,000 nsf for engineering education, research and entrepreneurship.

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

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

Regional Advantages

  • Energetic regional economy—Top-ranked for STEM jobs (2020 STEM Job Growth Index)
  • Comfortable climate—220 sunny days a year; average daily high temp 70.2°F (21.2°C)
  • Affordability—Cost of living is 61% lower than New York City, 50% lower than California's Bay Area, and 39% lower than Boston (Bankrate.com)

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Updated: June 14, 2021