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Fitzpatrick Center

The Fitzpatrick Center

By design, the 322,000-square-foot Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Allied Sciences (FCIEMAS) is a place that encourages creative interaction.

Highlights include a nanotechnology research and imaging facility (dubbed SMIF), the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics, extensive wet-bench laboratories, teaching labs, Twinnie's café, the 206-seat Kenneth T. Schiciano Auditorium.

It is also the administrative headquarters for the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The center is named in honor of philanthropists Michael J. Fitzpatrick E'70 and Patricia W. Fitzpatrick W'69.

Hudson Hall

Hudson HallHudson Hall, built in 1948, was for many years known as "Old Red."

Greatly expanded with modern annexes twice, it was named in honor of Fitzgerald S. "Jerry" Hudson, E'46 in 1992.

It 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 here.

It is also administrative headquarters for three academic departments: Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science.

Nello L. Teer Building

Nello L. Teer Engineering BuildingOpened in 1984, the Teer Building is Duke Engineering's administrative headquarters.

It houses offices of the Vinik Dean of Engineering, Undergraduate Student Services Center, Graduate Central Services Center (in the Vesic Student Learning 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 was named to honor of builder and philanthropist Nello Leguy Teer.

Wilkinson Building

Wilkinson Building at Duke UniversityOpened for classes in January 2021, the Wilkinson Building dramatically expands 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.

The building's name recognizes the lifetime philanthropic and service contributions of Beverly A. and Jerry C. Wilkinson BSEE'67 and their family.

Specialized Research Facilities

Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF)

SMIFThe Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF) provides researchers with high-quality and cost-effective access to nanotechnology-related technologies.

Its fabrication, characterization and imaging facilities are available to Duke researchers and to external university, government and industry users.

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


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 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 of our first-year design course and provides a home base 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 the 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 a lab preparator. They teach a mandatory shop safety course. The shop is located in the Telcom Building, off Research Drive.

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