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Departments & Centers

Academic Departments

Biomedical Engineering (BME)

Duke BME is consistently ranked as one of the top biomedical engineering programs in the nation.

Areas of Interest

  • Bioelectric Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
  • Biomedical and Health Data Sciences
  • Biomedical Imaging and Biophotonics
  • Biosensors and Bioinstrumentation
  • Computational Modeling of Biological Systems
  • Drug and Gene Delivery
  • Immune Engineering
  • Neural Engineering
  • Synthetic and Systems Biology
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

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Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Duke CEE pursues diverse discovery in areas that improve the fundamental health, resilience and safety of society.

Areas of Interest

  • Computational Mechanics and Scientific Computing
  • Environmental Health Engineering
  • Geomechanics and Geophysics for Energy and the Environment
  • Hydrology and Fluid Dynamics
  • Risk & Resilient Systems

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Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)

Duke ECE faculty members are actively involved in advanced research and teaching in all major areas of electrical and computer engineering.

Areas of Interest

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning
  • Metamaterials
  • Quantum Computing
  • Nanoelectronic Materials and Devices
  • Sensing and Imaging
  • Trustworthy Computing

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Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science (MEMS)

Duke MEMS research is designing the future of mechanical systems and materials—including technologies related to clean and abundant energy, reliable autonomous technology, and biomechanical devices and biomaterials to improve human health.

Aligned with these efforts, our MEMS faculty employ advanced computational tools, such as AI, to accelerate the design of mechanical systems and the discovery of new materials.

Areas of Interest

  • Aerodynamics and Aeroelasticity
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Biomechanics and Biomaterials
  • Computation & Artificial Intelligence
  • Energy Systems and Materials
  • Soft Matter and Nanoscale Materials


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Duke MEMS also participates collaboratively in the Duke Materials Initiative and in Duke's University Program in Materials Science and Engineering. More at dmi.duke.edu »

Centers & Institutes

Accelerating Innovation & Improving Enterprises

Institute for Enterprise Engineering

Focused on creating graduate engineering educational programs, from one-week short courses to master's degrees.

Areas of Educational Expertise

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Blockchain
  • Computing fundamentals
  • Machine learning
  • Cybersecurity
  • Financial technology (FinTech)
  • Engineering management

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Medicine + Engineering at Duke (MEDx)

Duke MEDx logoA joint initiative of Duke's Pratt School of Engineering and School of Medicine, MEDx fosters research and educational collaboration to advance health care innovation.

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Duke Engineering Entrepreneurship (EngEn)

A bold initiative that integrates needs-driven design experiences, entrepreneurial education, startup resources, and a leadership team of successful entrepreneurs to deliver technological solutions to societal needs in health, defense, climate and beyond.

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Advanced Computing & Intelligent Systems

Agile Waveform Design for Communication Networks in Contested Environments

Air Force Research Laboratory/Air Force Office of Scientific Research University Center of Excellence: Agile Waveform Design for Communication Networks in Contested Environments

A five-year, $5 million program to develop methodologies for novel waveform design and optimization techniques that are both agile to changing network dynamics and robust to adversaries in contested environments, with provable bounds on performance.

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Error-corrected Universal Reconfigurable Ion-trap Quantum Archetype (EURIQA)

A five-year, $31.9 million advanced research project to address qubit degradation with ion technology for quantum information applications.

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Software-Tailored Architecture for Quantum Codesign (STAQ)

STAQ logoA Duke-led, seven-university, $15 million collaboration with the goal of building the world’s first practical quantum computer.

STAQ involves physicists, computer scientists and engineers from Duke, University of Maryland, University of Chicago, Tufts University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California-Berkeley and the University of New Mexico.

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Quantum Systems Accelerator (QSA)

Duke University one of 14 U.S. institutions in a five-year, $115 million effort to forge the technological solutions needed to harness quantum information science for discoveries that benefit the world.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, QSA is led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The center was one of five new Department of Energy Quantum Information Science (QIS) Research Centers announced on August 2020.

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Spectator Qubit Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)

This international team of researchers led by Duke received more than $9 million to investigate the potential advantages of using a “spectator qubit” to improve several approaches to quantum computing systems.

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Materials Discovery & Development

Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics (FIP)

FIP logoResearch and training efforts of FIP are focused on photonics as information science, including quantum optics, optoelectronics, information spaces and biophotonics.

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Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics (CMIP)

CMIP logoExplores the capabilities and limitations of electromagnetic metamaterials.

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X-Ray Diffraction Scanner

Designing and developing a new type of security scanner that can detect the 3D shape of an object and its molecular composition.

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Personal, Environmental & Population Health

Center for Advanced Genomic Technologies (CAGT)

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CAGT is a team of world-leading engineers, scientists, and physicians working to integrate advanced genomic technologies, adapt them to help unravel disease biology, and discover new drug targets to catalyze a more robust biotechnology enterprise.

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Center for Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering (CBTE)

CBTE logoCBTE coordinates interdisciplinary discovery and training across three areas: protein engineering, cellular engineering and tissue engineering.

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Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT)

CEINT logoA six-university collaboration headquartered at Duke exploring the effect of nanomaterials in the environment and biologically.

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Mapping Epigenetic Memory of Exposure to Observe (MEMENTO)

Led by co-principal investigators with expertise in biomedical engineering and infectious disease medicine, MEMENTO is working to developing a genetic test for exposure to weapons of mass destruction.

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Center for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infectious Disease (WaSH-AID)

WaSH-AID facilitates the development and sustainable deployment of novel technology-based health solutions for developing regions across the globe.Wash-AID logo

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Woo Center for Big Data & Precision Health

Woo Center logoLaunched with more than $3 million in funding over three years from philanthropists John and Sherry Woo, the center is working to foster global partnerships to advance research and education at the intersection of data and health care, with a focus on applying artificial intelligence to clinical trials and practices.

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GUIde Consortium for Aeroelasticity

Government, university and industry (GUI) consortium addressing challenges related to controlling the vibration of bladed disks.

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