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Engineering in Service to Society

Duke Engineering is dedicated to creating high-impact solutions to grand challenges facing society and the environment. Through local and global partnerships, our faculty and students reach out to share our research discoveries, engineer practical solutions to community needs and encourage the next generation of students to pursue careers in engineering and other STEM fields. Explore our service activities below, and contact us to learn more.

By the Numbers

100+ community events led each year by Duke Engineering

2,000+ K-12 students engaged in STEM programs

11,640 DukeEngage service hours volunteered by engineering students

25% of Duke Engineering students participate in service-learning courses

>50% of Duke Engineering students volunteer in the US, and 25% serve abroad

5 engineering courses with service-learning components

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Numbers above for Academic Year 2018

Explore Our Outreach

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Engineering in Service to Society Fellowships

Duke MEMS doctoral students receive tuition and stipends to support internships with public policy or nonprofit organizations.

Joshua Hartzog, science teacher at East Chapel Hill High School, presents research at Duke

Research Experiences for Teachers

A five-week, National Science Foundation-supported program that brings teachers into Duke laboratories.

Bull City Community Garden in Durham, NC USA

Bull City Community Garden

We're a partner in transforming a downtown parking deck roof into a source of fresh produce for local at-risk seniors.

Duke REP

Duke Research in Engineering Program

A seven-week summer experience for Durham Public Schools juniors and seniors interested in engineering and science.

Duke Design Health team members

Duke Design Health

Assembles teams from across engineering, business and medicine at Duke to create solutions to unmet needs in health care.



A student-led program that offers a free STEM camp for middle school students, with Duke student mentors.

Project Tadpole student volunteers

Project Tadpole

Student members modify and fix toys for physically challenged children.

Student teams work on a prototype in the Duke Engineering Design Pod.

First-Year Design: Impact Map

Browse a map of real-world clients and projects associated with the Duke Engineering First-Year Design Program.


Spatial Reasoning and Problem-based Learning to Improve Girls' Math Identity

Aimed at inspiring girls to change their relationship with math by building confidence in problem-solving.

Facilitated art engagement for children with cerebral palsy, by Duke Engineering students Amy Cheng and Alex Guevara.

Devices for People With Disabilities

Taught by an instructor recognized by Duke for service-learning innovation, students create custom assistive devices for individuals.

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Bull City Classrooms

Connecting volunteers with public schools in Durham, NC. Founded by engineering PhD student Anish Simhal.

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Duke Smart Home

A live-in laboratory and community demonstration project of energy efficiency and sustainable technology.

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Boeing Grand Challenges K-12 Outreach Fellows

Bringing hands-on activities into classrooms in Durham and Orange counties.

bridge opening in Rwanda

Certificate in Global Development Engineering

Students study culture and ethics before completing a hands-on project.

baby receiving HIV medicine with Pratt Pouch

Developing World Healthcare Technologies

A research lab creating health care technology for the world's neediest.

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Doing Good in the Neighborhood

Through coordinated giving, faculty and staff donors support 60+ organizations in four NC counties.

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Duke Blueprint

A student-led conference that develops actionable ideas to address critical environmental challenges.

Students at Makarere University in Uganda

Duke BME-Makerere University Partnership

Addressing health care in Uganda through a biomedical engineering collaboration.

students work on a motorized device for a client with sensory defensiveness

Duke Engineering Service-Learning Courses

Students explore ethics and culture while creating custom solutions for neighbors in need.

DEID students in Honduras

Duke Engineers for International Development

Partnering with communities to engineer solutions that improve living standards.

DukeEngage student teaching young people about technology in India


Students address human needs through a summer of service in the U.S. and abroad.

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Using 3D printing technology, students create adaptive devices for amputees.

graduate students help build a home in Durham

Engineering Graduate Student Community Service

Student leaders organize community service opportunities with community partners, including Habitat for Humanity and the regional food bank.

The Duke chapter supporting a regional hospital in Xela, Guatemala.

Engineering World Health

The Duke EWH chapter has built a close relationship with a hospital in Xela, Guatemala.

Duke FEMMES students

Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science

FEMMES is student-led, with a mission to engage young girls in STEM fields through hands-on activities and mentorship.

Girls Scouts participant using microscope

Girls STEM Day @ Duke

Duke Engineering and Triangle Women in STEM work together to show 140+ girls the exciting career possibilities in STEM fields.

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Global Activities Map

Duke Engineering students and faculty are engaged in service, learning and research on five continents. 

students with mobile health clinic in Peru

Global Women’s Health Technologies

Creating solutions to address challenges in women’s health, and inspire the next generation of health leaders.

Student coders at HackDuke


An annual 24-hour coding sprint focused on solutions to societal challenges.

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Hands-On High Tech Experiences for K-12

Our Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility hosts more than 700 young visitors each year, sparking interest in careers in STEM fields.

Duke Engineering professor Fred Boadu at Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana.

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Fred Boadu of Duke CEE returns to Ghana to help develop KNUST's physics and engineering curriculums.

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Nanotechnology-themed lesson plans for K-12

Provided free of charge, through Duke's participation in the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network.

Professor Lee Ferguson at whiteboard with sketches

NC Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substance Testing Network

Detecting contaminants in drinking water, with partners UNC-Chapel Hill and state government.

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Reinventing the Toilet

Duke is home to two efforts funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation aiming to improve the health of billions.

SENSOR participants at Eno River State Park

Student Engineers Network-Strengthening Opportunities in Research

SENSOR engages underrepresented eighth grade students in science.

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The Chesterfield in Downtown Durham, NC

An empty cigarette factory was reborn as a hub for scientific discovery and entrepreneurship.

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Triangle Health Innovation Challenge

THInC brings students and professionals to Duke to solve challenges in US health care delivery.

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Triangle Women in STEM

Promoting inclusion in STEM, with partner tech firms, NC State University, UNC-Chapel Hill and Campbell University.

First-year students in EGR 101L work in the Duke Engineering Design Pod.

First-Year Design: Community Clients

Students design solutions to authentic problems posed by clients such as the Museum of Life + Science in Durham.