Major Gifts

Do something transformative.

There are few opportunities in life to leave a mark that stands the test of time. A major gift to Duke Engineering is that rare chance to make a lasting, positive impact.

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Curated Opportunities

Undergraduate Scholarships

Enable outstanding students to attend Duke.

Master’s & PhD Fellowships

Increase the impact of professional engineering education at Duke.

Endowed Professorships

Bring the best in research and innovation to Duke.

Experiential Education, Internships & Stipends

Form inspired and well-equipped Duke Engineers.

Landmark Donors

Edmund T. Pratt, Jr.

The Pratt Gift

In 1999, Edmund T. Pratt Jr., Class of 1947, gave $35 million to endow Duke’s School of Engineering.

Long active in national public affairs and business, Pratt served as an assistant secretary of the Army during the Kennedy administration, and rose to the position of chairman and CEO of Pfizer. The school was named in his honor.

Fall color brightens the grounds around the 322,000-square-foot Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences (FCIEMAS) on Duke University's campus.

The Fitzpatrick Gifts

Michael J. Fitzpatrick (Class of 1970) and Patricia W. Fitzpatrick (Class of 1969) made gifts in 2000 and 2004 totaling more than $50 million.

The Fitzpatrick Center and the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics were named in recognition of their leadership and philanthropy.

Hudson Hall at Duke University

LORD Corp. Distribution

A four-decade philanthropic relationship with the LORD Corporation culminated in 2019 with a distribution of $261 million.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science was named for the corporation’s chairman, Thomas Lord. The department chair was named for inventor and former LORD president Donald M. Alstadt.

Professorship Donors

A named professorship is the highest honor the university can bestow on a faculty member. Endowed professorships are created by donors through lifetime or estate gifts. Eponymous professorships are created by the university to honor individuals significant to Duke’s history.

    • The Hunter Dewees Adams, Jr. Professor
    • Addy Family Professor
    • Donald M. Alstadt Chair of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
    • Anderson-Rupp Teaching Professor
    • James N. and Elizabeth H. Barton Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
    • Bell-Rhodes Professor of the Practice
    • Robert W. Carr, Jr. Professor
    • Cue Family Professor
    • Dickinson Family Associate Professor
    • James B. Duke Professors
    • Michael J. Fitzpatrick Professors
    • Fitzpatrick Family University Professor
    • W.H. Gardner, Jr. Associate Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering
    • W.H. Gardner, Jr. Department Chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering
    • Gendell Family Assistant/Associate Professor of the Practice
    • Gendell Family Associate Professor of the Practice
    • Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Professors
    • Hawkins Family Associate Professor
    • Hogg Family Directorship of Engineering Management/Hogg Entrepreneurial Professor
    • Fitzgerald S. Hudson Professor
    • J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering
    • J.A. Jones Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
    • Alan L. Kaganov Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    • Theodore Kennedy Professor
    • Lord-Chandran Professor
    • Thomas Lord Chair in Engineering
    • Dennis and Virginia Matthias Engineering Professor
    • Mattson Family and Goldman Sachs Director of Entrepreneurial Ventures in Engineering
    • Alfred Winborne Mordecai and Victoria Stover Mordecai Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    • Nortel Networks Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
    • Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering Professors
    • Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School Professor of the Practice
    • Rehlaender Family Associate Professor
    • Randolph K. Repass and Sally-Christine Rodgers University Professor
    • Rhodes Family Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
    • Rooney Family Associate Professor
    • Paul Ruffin Scarborough Associate Professor
    • Schiciano Family Professor
    • Simon Family Professor
    • Sternberg Family Professor
    • Nello L. Teer, Jr. Professor
    • James L. and Elizabeth M. Vincent Professor
    • Jeffrey N. Vinik Professor
    • Jeff and Penny Vinik Dean
    • Williams-Hessee Professor
    • Sharon C. and Harold L. Yoh III Professor
    • The Yoh Family Professors
    • William H. Younger Professor
    • Julian Francis Abele Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
    • William Beven Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
    • William Holland Hall Professor of Mechanical Engineering
    • James L. Meriam Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
    • George Pearsall Distinguished Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
    • Theo Pilkington Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    • Robert Plonsey Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    • Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering

Scholarship and Fellowship Donors

Endowed scholarships and fellowships help attract outstanding scholars to Duke and support development of their potential.

    • The 1968 Scholar
    • The Acorn Hill Scholar
    • Alfonsi/Utley Family Scholar
    • Donald M. and Judith C. Alstadt Scholar
    • Shrujal H. Amin Scholar
    • Anonymous Scholar
    • K. P. Arges Scholar
    • Mark and Sally Baldwin Family Scholar
    • Eric F. Bam Scholar
    • Barra Family Scholar
    • Barton Family Scholar
    • C. L. Bassett Scholar
    • BE&K Scholar
    • Bennett Family Scholar
    • Carolina B. Berini Scholar
    • Joe F. Berini Scholar
    • Bhumralkar Family Scholar
    • Bingle Family Scholar
    • Walter J. Bishop Family Scholar
    • Bee-Keng Boey Scholar
    • Bolno Family Scholar
    • Stephen and Alicia Bolze Scholar
    • Stephen T. and Karen A. L. Boswell Scholar
    • Jack Bowers ’74 and Karin Nelson Scholar
    • Brentjens Family Scholar
    • Tyler Ahern Brown Memorial Scholar
    • Dale and Catherine Buchanan Scholar
    • Dorcas Maynor and E. Ray Bucher, Jr. Scholar
    • Raul Salvador Buelvas III Scholar
    • Thomas A. Burger, Jr. Scholar
    • Bycoff & Sons Scholar
    • Bycoff Family Scholar
    • Marjorie B. and Robert W. Carr, Jr. Scholar
    • Sally and Ned Carter Scholar
    • John T. Chambers Scholar
    • Clark Foundation Scholar
    • Julia and Howard Clark Scholar
    • Class of 1981 Scholar
    • Class of 1985 Scholar
    • Peggie C. Cleveland Family Scholar
    • Cochran Family Scholar
    • John Cocke Scholar
    • Norman A. Cocke III Scholar
    • Dr. Gary I. and Charlene M. Cohen Scholar
    • Coley Family Scholar
    • Darryl W. and Shirley A. Copeland Scholar
    • George and Nancy Crowell Family Scholar
    • Curran Family Scholar
    • William C. and Elle R. Dackis Scholar
    • Daues Family Scholar
    • Linda Ruth Dean Scholar
    • The Denton Family Scholar
    • Linda D. and John M. Derrick, Jr. Scholar
    • Dickinson Family Scholar
    • Marie E. and Robert O. Dierks Scholars
    • Michael Doherty Memorial Scholar
    • Dyckerhoff Family Scholar
    • Frederick E. and Claire B. Ehrsam Scholar
    • Ernest Elsevier Scholar
    • David W. Erdman Scholar
    • F. Reid Ervin Scholar
    • W. M. Ervin and Mary Collins Ervin Scholar
    • Ferdinand Quasi Scholar
    • Fields Family Scholar
    • C. Neal Fleming Scholar
    • Florence Family Scholar
    • Freeman Family Undergraduate Scholar
    • Paul Freestone Family Scholar
    • James H. and Jacqueline Frey Scholar
    • Robert L. Galloway, Jr. and Karen E. Campbell Scholar
    • Garda Scholars
    • W.H. Gardner, Jr. Scholars
    • Nicholas And Amanda Gelber Scholar
    • Clair H. Gingher Scholar
    • Suzanne Gregory and Theodore Reiss Family Scholar
    • George M. and R. (Lee) Grills Scholar
    • Gulf Oil Scholar
    • Hamamatsu Ralph Eno Scholar
    • William J. and Patricia M. Hanenberg Scholar
    • Thomas E. and Susan C. Harrington Scholar
    • Marilyn A. and R. Keith Harrison, Jr. Scholar
    • Hawk Family Scholar
    • Sharon D. and William A. Hawkins III Scholar
    • Jake and Stephanie Henry Scholar
    • George R. Herbert Scholar
    • Hobbeheydar Family Scholar
    • Hogg Family Scholar
    • Dr. Henry Kent Holland Scholar
    • Hollett Family Scholar
    • Jeffrey D. and Kathleen D. Ix Scholar
    • Jagannath Family Scholar
    • Joseph H. Jarboe Engineering Scholar
    • Vinay J. Jayaram Scholar
    • Kristina M. Johnson Scholar
    • Owen C. Johnson Scholar
    • Edwin L. and Lucille Finch Jones, Jr. Scholar
    • J.A. Jones Scholar
    • Alan L. and Carol M. Kaganov Scholar
    • Ronald G. and Nedra A. Kalish Scholar
    • Lee and Caridad Kenna Family Scholar
    • Bennett D. Klein Scholar
    • Edward L. and Winifred M. Koffenberger Scholar
    • Kumar Family Scholar
    • Chun H. and Edith Lam Scholar
    • Lang Family Scholar
    • Ralph S. Larsen Memorial Scholar
    • Eugene M. Levin Scholar
    • Lilly Scholar
    • Lorenzini Family Scholar
    • MacLeod Stewardship Foundation, Inc. Scholar
    • Valecia D. Maclin Scholar
    • Matthews Family Scholar
    • Mattson Family Scholar
    • Richard Maxwell Engineering Scholar
    • Thomas & Kelly Mazzucco Scholar
    • David P. McCallie, Jr. Scholars
    • McChesney Family Foundation Scholar
    • McChesney Family Foundation #2 Scholar
    • Irene Lilly and William W. McCutchen, Jr. Scholar
    • McDade Family Scholar
    • Dawn R. and John M. McDonald III Family Scholar
    • John B. McGaughy Scholar
    • J. Bradford McIlvain Scholar
    • McJunkin Family Scholar
    • The McKnight Family Scholar
    • McNerney Family Scholar
    • Miller-Jones Family Scholar
    • Jan L. Mize Scholar
    • Robert T. and Suellen G. Monk Family Foundation Scholar
    • Thomas R. Mullen, Jr. Scholars
    • Joan P. and Alvin R. Murphy, Jr. Scholar
    • Natelli Engineering Scholar
    • NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Program:
      • J. Stephen and Susan G. Simon
      • Stavros Niarchos Foundation
      • Steven and Elizabeth McClelland
      • Jason and Tanya Nizialek
      • Stanton-Hoyle Family
    • Abraham Paul Zunzu Ng’hwani Scholar
    • Michael Frances Nolan Scholar
    • Norton Family Scholar
    • Ray M. “Mort” Olds Scholar
    • John G. Ordway Family Scholar
    • Osheroff and Pilevsky Family Scholar
    • Jenna and Jayden Park Scholar
    • Daniel S. and Katerina D. Pergola Scholar
    • Perrone Family Scholar
    • J. Elaine and Joseph C. Peterson, Jr. Scholar
    • Pietrewicz Family Scholar
    • Pine Tree Scholar
    • Robert H. Pinnix Scholar
    • Sky Polega Scholar
    • James F. Rabenhorst Scholar
    • Sheila Campbell Raney Scholar
    • Judith N. and Richard C. Ranson Engineering Scholar
    • Lindsay Ann Rawot Memorial Scholar
    • Nora Lea and Edward M. Reefe Scholar
    • Marie Foote Reel Scholar
    • James E. and Janis J. Rehlaender Scholar
    • Rhodes Family Scholar
    • William I. Riker, Jr. Scholar
    • Robertson Family Scholar
    • Mary M. and Timothy P. Rooney Scholar
    • Chuck and Jeanne Rudiger Scholar
    • Helen R. and Vernon H. Scarborough Scholar
    • Leary and Ruffin Scarborough Scholar
    • Mary Kay and Paul Ruffin Scarborough Scholar
    • Kenneth Thomas Schiciano Scholar
    • Schneirov Family Scholar
    • Sechrest Family Scholar
    • Gerard T. Shannon Scholar
    • Marion L. Shepard Scholar
    • Carrie Downey Shoemaker Memorial Scholar
    • Connie Simmons Scholar
    • J. Stephen Simon Scholar
    • J. Stephen and Susan G. Simon Scholar
    • Sisavaddy-Fadel Family Scholar
    • Spearman Family Scholar
    • Sternberg Family Scholar
    • Clifton G. and Dorothy Reichman Stoneburner Scholar
    • Catherine and James L. Stuart Scholar
    • Sullivan Family Scholars
    • George P. and Carole W. Summers Scholar
    • Sutherland Family Engineering Scholar
    • W. John and Dorothy J. Swartz Scholar
    • Tabernilla Family Scholar
    • Scott E. Telesz Scholar
    • Richard Miles Thompson Scholar
    • Tiedrich/Simmons Family Scholar
    • George J. and Ujjwala S. Titus Scholar
    • T. Edward Torgerson Scholar
    • Horace Trumbauer Memorial Fund Scholar
    • Ubben Family Scholar
    • Charles R. Vail Scholar
    • Valdes Family Scholar
    • Alyssa and Ashok Varadhan Goldman Sachs Scholar
    • Aleksandar Sedmak Vesic and Milena Sedmak Vesic Scholar
    • Jeffrey N. and Penny Vinik Scholar
    • Wahl Family Scholar
    • James V. Walsh Engineering Scholar
    • Mike Walsh Scholar
    • Watkins Family Scholar
    • Watts Family Scholar
    • Richard D. Webb and R. Davis Webb, Jr. Scholar
    • Michael O. and Susan J. Wheeler Scholar
    • Whitney Family Scholar
    • Beverly A. and Jerry C. Wilkinson Scholar
    • Myrtle Coker Wilkinson Scholar
    • William B. and Lena S. Wilmer Scholar
    • Thomas M. and Debra S. Woodard Scholar
    • Vernon O. and Bernice M. Woodard Scholar
    • Brian Glenn Wright Memorial Scholar
    • Yin Yin and Shane Zhang Scholar
    • Mike and Gayle Yoh Scholar
    • Sharon C. and Harold L. Yoh III Scholar
    • Christopher H. and Josefine Young Scholar
    • John J. Young Engineering Scholar
    • William H. Younger Scholar
    • John T. Chambers Engineering Fellow
    • Sam Y. and Rose S. Feng Fellow
    • Michael J. and Patricia W. Fitzpatrick Fellow
    • Garda Graduate Engineering Fellow
    • W.H. Gardner, Jr. Society of Engineering Fellow
    • Kristina M. Johnson Fellow
    • Ram and Nalini Krishnan Fellow
    • Michael Rhodes Fellow
    • Teinlie “Danny” and Victoria H. Tai Fellow
    • Thurstone Medical Imaging Fellow
    • Wilkinson Family Fellow
    • Anonymous Scholar
    • William M. Boyer Scholar
    • Jack B. and Mallary M. Chaddock Fellow
    • Holly and Thomas Espy Scholar
    • William G. Gardner Family Scholar
    • E. Michelle Gipson and Randall L. Corn Scholar
    • Coy M. Glass Fellow
    • Al and Jeannette Gore Scholar
    • Quincy and Ina Hocutt Scholar
    • Ellen E. Mack Scholar
    • Capers and Marion McDonald Scholar
    • Eric R. Meier Family Scholar
    • Stephen M. and Tracy A. Nickelsburg Scholar
    • Elizabeth N. and George S. Plattenburg, Jr. Scholar
    • Ernest D. and Gloria H. Taylor Scholar
    • Trutna Family Scholar
    • Eric V.  and Carolyn J. Witt Scholar
    • Frederick P. and Thalia H. Witt Scholar

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