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Duke Engineering is headquartered on Duke's West Campus.

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Fitzpatrick Center

The Fitzpatrick Center

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.

Hudson Hall

Hudson HallHistoric 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, 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 building is home to administrative headquarters for three departments: Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science.

Teer Building

Nello L. Teer Engineering BuildingThe 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, Graduate Central 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

New Engineering Building architect's renderingOpening in late 2020, the new Engineering Building will dramatically expand education and research space for the Pratt School of Engineering.

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

Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF)

SMIFThe Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF) provides researchers with high quality and cost-effective access to advanced materials characterization and fabrication capabilities. It is available to Duke researchers and to external university, government and industry users.

  • First floor of the Fitzpatrick Center
  • Class 1000 and class 100 clean room space
  • Characterization labs for: electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, optical characterization and X-ray analysis

 

Duke Immersive Virtual Environment (DiVE)

DiVEThe Duke Immersive Virtual Environment (DiVE) is a fully immersive experience for the user, who literally walks into the virtual world.

  • First Floor of the Fitzpatrick Center
  • 3m x 3m x 3m stereoscopic rear-projected room, with head and hand tracking and real-time computer graphics
  • Stereo glasses provide depth perception and a handheld wand controls navigation and virtual object manipulation

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Duke Robotics

Duke Robotics in the North BuildingThe 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

Duke Engineering Design Pod

Students working in the Duke Engineering Design PodThe 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

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.

Duke Smart Home

The Home Depot Smart Home at DukeThe Duke Smart Home 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.

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