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Facilities

The Pratt School of Engineering occupies nearly 400,000 net square feet in 18 buildings on and near the Duke campus

Buildings

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, and the 206-seat Kenneth T. Schiciano Auditorium.

It is also home to the headquarters of 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 HallElegant red-brick Hudson Hall, which opened in 1948, was for many years known as "Old Red."

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

It is home to offices, laboratories and classrooms—including the James L. Vincent Lecture Hall, a modern active learning space.

Hudson is also home to the headquarters of three academic departments: Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science.

Nello L. Teer Engineering Building

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

It houses the offices of the Vinik Dean of Engineering, the 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 and a 50-seat classroom.

The building's name honors builder and philanthropist Nello Leguy Teer.

Wilkinson Building

Wilkinson Building at Duke UniversityWhen it opened for classes in January 2021, the Wilkinson Building dramatically expanded the education and research space of the Pratt School of Engineering.

Interdisciplinary in form and function, the building is strategically sited off Research Drive at the nexus of Duke's medicine and engineering campuses

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 instruments to fabricate, characterize and image at the nano-scale.

The facility is 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 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 Design 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 the Pratt School of Engineering's first-year design course. In their first semester of college, students engage to discover solutions to authentic design problems posed by community clients—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 near the Duke campus. 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, table saws, benders, welders and laser cutters. The shop is overseen by an experienced professional staff who teach the mandatory shop safety course. The shop is located in the Telcom Building, off Research Drive.