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Dean's Welcome

Welcome to Duke Engineering!

We appreciate your interest in the Pratt School of Engineering, a leading engineering school set in one of the world’s top research universities.  Here, faculty and students work collaboratively to solve global challenges and make the world a better place—whether by improving human health, working toward a more resilient and sustainable environment, discovering new materials or advancing data analytics, computing and intelligent systems.

Our award-winning faculty care not only about what they teach but also how they fuel student curiosity and open new horizons for our students to explore. Our signature First-Year Design Course challenges all Duke Engineering students to develop solutions for community clients, launching a focus on creative, needs-based design projects across our curriculum.  Nearly 70 percent of our undergraduate students conduct faculty-mentored research, while our graduate students routinely receive national awards for their work.

In the rich environment of Duke Engineering, students can also discover and develop their passions for entrepreneurship, global outreach, team leadership, societal impact and more. Students lead a wide range of clubs focused on everything from robotics to world health to international infrastructure development, and pursue study abroad, entrepreneurship training, medical device design, machine learning and more through co-curricular opportunities across the university--gaining experiences and skills that prepare them to become leaders in industry, academia, medicine, and other professional pursuits.

No matter what inspires you, you’ll find that Duke Engineering is a community vested in your success.  We value the different perspectives and backgrounds our faculty, staff, and students bring to our community, and strive to empower each individual on their journey of self-discovery, education and the application of engineering knowledge to positively impact the world.

In 1984, Duke President Terry Sanford famously described the “outrageous ambitions” propelling Duke University's rise and rapid advance along the path of excellence. Our goals for Duke Engineering are very much in this dynamic Duke spirit. In undergraduate and graduate education, in research, in entrepreneurship and in service, we’re committed to leading boldly to shape this technological era by creating an environment that enables our community to achieve great things.

You’ll find inspiring examples throughout our website of how our faculty, graduate students and undergraduates are dreaming big, acting boldly and making a difference in the world. I hope you’ll enjoy learning more about Duke Engineering and welcome you to contact us if you have any questions.

With best wishes,

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Jeff GlassJeffrey T. Glass
Interim Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering
Senior Associate Dean for Education and Learning Innovation
Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering