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
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.
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At Duke, we are one of two undergraduate schools, and one of seven graduate and professional schools.
Our degree programs include:
- Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE)
- Master of Engineering (MEng)
- Master of Engineering Management (MEM)
- Master of Science (MS)
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Our degree programs are offered through four academic departments:
- Biomedical Engineering
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
And with Duke's Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, through the Duke University Program in Materials Science & Engineering.
We are leaders in multidisciplinary education and research.
Duke Engineering's research expenditures exceed $85 million per year. Research funding from external sources has more than doubled 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.
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Undergraduate and Graduate Study
- #3 in the U.S. in graduate biomedical engineering—U.S. News & World Report
- #3 in the U.S. in undergraduate biomedical engineering—U.S. News & World Report
- #7 in the U.S. in electrical engineering—College Factual
- #10 in the U.S. in graduate environmental engineering—U.S. News & World Report
Research and Faculty
- Faculty Scholarly Productivity—Academic Analytics 2017, published July 2019:
- #1 in computer engineering
- #5 in electrical engineering
- #10 overall among U.S. Engineering schools
- #3 in the world in biomedical engineering—Academic Ranking of World Universities (ShanghaiRanking)
- #6 in the U.S./#11 in the world in environmental science & engineering—Academic Ranking of World Universities (ShanghaiRanking)
- #13 among all U.S. engineering schools in per-faculty research funding—data from U.S. News & World Report
Student Life and Community
- Bronze Award and Exemplar, American Society for Engineering Education Diversity Recognition Program
- Top 10 Graduate Engineering Program Popular with Women—U.S. News & World Report
- #20 on Business Insider's 50 Best Engineering Schools
- #20 School for Undergraduate Engineering—U.S. News & World Report
- #26 School for Graduate Engineering—U.S. News & World Report
- Top 25 Best Online Engineering Program, the Distributed Master of Engineering Management—U.S. News & World Report
- 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
- #10 National University—U.S. News & World Report
- #5 University—Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education
- #4 STEM University for Women—Forbes
- 35 percent are women—U.S. engineering school average is 27 percent
- 85 percent have jobs or job offers at the time of graduation
- 86 percent participate in an internship, either in the U.S. or abroad
- 62 percent have an intensive research experience with a faculty member
- 54 percent study or intern abroad
- Nearly a fifth publish or present a research paper off-campus
PhD and Master's Students
- 547 PhD students—greater than 20 percent enrollment growth in the last five years
- 229 Master of Engineering Management (MEM)
- 55 distributed Master of Engineering Management (d-MEM)
- 337 Master of Science (MS)
- 113 Master of Engineering (MEng)
- 16 percent of eligible current PhD students have received NSF or major fellowship awards
- 156 faculty—124 are tenure-track
- 25 percent growth in the past five years
- Rank 10th overall in research productivity among U.S. engineering schools (Academic Analytics 2017—published July 2019)
- 46 spin-off companies started by Pratt faculty—4 in the past year
- 23 patents issued in fiscal 2019
- 9 members of the National Academy of Engineering
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- More than 15,000
- Noted for achievements in engineering, finance, entrepreneurship, corporate leadership, teaching, medicine and other fields
- 25 members of the National Academy of Engineering
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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 New Engineering Building, now under construction, will add 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 Park—the country's largest research park and home to 200+ tech companies.
Duke's regional advantages include:
- Energetic mid-sized city economy—Ranked #1 in the nation for jobs (Forbes)
- Comfortable climate—220 sunny days a year, average daily high temp 70.2°F (21.2°C)
- Affordability—Cost of living far less than New York, Boston or California's Bay Area
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