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Duke Engineering is headquartered on Duke's West Campus.
Upon its opening in 2004, the 322,000-square-foot Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences (FCIEMAS) expanded Duke Engineering's partnership with the School of Medicine.
By design, FCIEMAS is a place that encourages creative interaction through its web-bench laboratories, teaching labs, specialized research facilities, a café (“Twinnie's”)—and the 206-seat Kenneth T. Schiciano Auditorium.
Highlights include a state-of-the-science nanotechnology research facility (dubbed SMIF), the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics, and the Duke Immersive Virtual Environment (DiVE).
The Fitzpatrick Center home to the administrative headquarters of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and was named in honor of philanthropists Michael J. Fitzpatrick E'70 and Patricia W. Fitzpatrick W'69.
Historic Hudson Hall was built in 1948, and for many years the distinctive brick building was known as "Old Red." Greatly expanded with modern annexes twice, it was was named in honor of Fitzgerald S. "Jerry" Hudson, E'46 in 1992.
Hudson Hall is home to offices, laboratories and classrooms – including the James L. Vincent Lecture Hall, recently renovated into a modern active learning space. The Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT) and the Gendell Center for Energy and the Environment are located in Hudson.
The Nello L. Teer Building opened in 1984. Until 2008, it housed the Vesic Library for Engineering, Mathematics and Physics.
Today, Teer is Duke Engineering's administrative headquarters, housing the offices of the Vinik Dean of Engineering, Undergraduate Student Services Center and Pratt IT Help Desk. Building features include a student lounge, two large lecture halls, a 50-seat classroom and teaching laboratories.
The building is named in honor of builder and philanthropist Nello Leguy Teer.
New Engineering Building
Interdisciplinary in form and function, the building is strategically sited off Research Drive at the nexus of Duke's schools of Medicine and Engineering and Trinity College of Arts & Sciences.
Specialized Research Facilities
The Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF) provides researchers with high quality and cost-effective access to advanced materials characterization and fabrication capabilities. The facility is operated as a multidisciplinary shared-use resource available to Duke researchers across schools and departments as well as to external users from other universities, government laboratories, and industry. SMIF is an official Duke University recharge center open to all trained students, staff, and faculty, and is used for both research and educational purposes.
The facility is located on the first floor of The Fitzpatrick Center and includes class 1000 and class 100 clean room space and various characterization labs for electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, optical characterization equipment and X-ray analysis equipment.
The Duke Immersive Virtual Environment (DiVE) in the Fitzpatrick Center is an ideal system for fully immersive simulation and cognitive studies, and for verifying 3D structure between data models and experimental data. Projects currently planned for this Visroom include research in cognitive neuroscience, exploration of 3D structures, and education. Technologies such as the DiVE are used not only to explore data collected through other means, but also as experimental tools in and of themselves.
The collaborative workspace for Duke Robotics in the North Building gives Duke Engineering's multidisciplinary robotics faculty room to thrive. The space includes multiple simulation and robotics platforms, two experiment rooms for private human-in-the-loop experiments, a centrally-located observation room with space for researchers to oversee experiments, and a large, open lab space for experiments and demonstrations. Adjacent office space includes faculty offices, two large graduate student rooms, an office for postdoctoral associates and a conference room.
Experiential Learning Spaces
The Pod is a 5,000-square-foot learning lab integral to Duke Engineering's signature undergraduate experience. Located in the Jinny and Ed Pratt Commons at the Levine Science Research Center (LSRC), the space includes a flexible work and design area and an array of hand, power and rapid prototyping tools. It is home to our first-year design course, in which students engage in the engineering design process to solve a challenge posed by a community client—creating plans, models and prototypes along the way.
The Foundry is a 7,600-square-foot student-focused, project-centered, collaborative "maker space" in Gross Hall where students build ideas from the ground up. It is home to sections our first-year design course, and provides a homebase for student teams, clubs and startups. Users have access to a variety of hand and power tools, and to the latest rapid-prototyping machines—including a 3D Systems ProX DMP320 direct metal printing machine.
DUHatch Student Business Incubator
The DUHatch Student Business Incubator, located in The Foundry in Gross Hall, connects enterprising students with mentors from faculty and industry—giving them office space, and facilitating business development— and making entrepreneurship an integral part of our signature undergraduate experience.
The Home Depot Smart Home at Duke
The Home Depot Smart Home at Duke University is a 6,000 square foot live-in research laboratory operated by Duke Engineering. It is a dynamic "living laboratory" environment that contributes to innovation of residential building technology.
The Duke Smart Home Program encompasses formal research and design courses for credit, a thriving student club that creates new technology for applications across campus, and 10 residents of the smart home dorm who serve as ambassadors during tours and programs. The program and dorm are available to Duke students from all disciplines and majors.
Pratt Student Shop
Duke Engineering students have access to a modern machine shop to complete course work that requires the use of machine tools, such as milling machines, lathes, drill presses, tablesaws, benders, welders and laser cutters. The shop is overseen by an experienced shop manager and lab preparator, who teach a mandatory shop safety course. The shop is located in the Telcom Building, off Research Drive.