We’ll Leave the Maker Space Open For You
Duke Engineering packs all of the amenities and experiences of a big land-grant institution into a fun-sized package you’ll love to call home. Stroll through our Gothic wonderland on your way to modern classrooms and laboratories, refreshing gardens and a fun place we call the design pod. Come see it for yourself.
Take the Undergraduate Engineering Tour
Prospective students: Explore Duke with our knowledgeable guides—in-person or virtually. Be sure to ask about the fancy new espresso machine in Twinnies Café.
Our engineering campus is adjacent to Duke University Medical Center—proximity that facilitates collaboration with world-leading clinicians.
This 150,000-square-foot structure embodies a bold vision for transformational collaboration with intentional neighborhoods focused on health, computing and the environment. Build in the garage labs, study in the Learning Commons and browse the Duke Engineering Art Collection. Grab a drink at Bseisu Coffee Bar. The building’s name recognizes the philanthropy and service of Beverly A. and Jerry C. Wilkinson, Class of 1967, and their family.
By design, the 322,000-square-foot Fitzpatrick Center encourages creative interaction. Have a research experience in the wet labs, attend a seminar in Kenneth T. Schiciano Auditorium and fabricate nanotech materials in the cleanroom. Meet for lunch at Twinnies Café. The center’s name honors philanthropists Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Class of 1970, and Patricia W. Fitzpatrick, Class of 1969.
This elegant brick building opened in 1948. Greatly expanded and modernized several times since, it is named for Fitzgerald S. “Jerry” Hudson, Class of 1946. Catch a multimedia presentation by a visiting scholar in James E. Vincent Lecture Hall, check in at your department’s office and run an experiment in Duke’s subsonic wind tunnel.
Nello L. Teer Building
The Teer Building is the school’s headquarters, home to the offices of the Vinik Dean of Engineering and student service centers. The building was the gift of builder Nello Leguy Teer. Check out Victor Salomanes’s “Search for Identity” sculpture on the first floor terrace and the Engineering Alumni Mural on the second floor. Student-led tours for prospective undergraduates begin in the lobby.
Research & Development Facilities
Duke Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMiF)
This Duke-based National Science Foundation affiliate provides university and industry access to technologies vital to the development of new nanoscale materials—including 4,000 square feet of class 100 and class 1000 cleanroom, and suites for electron and atomic force microscopy and X-ray analysis. Located in the Fitzpatrick Center.
Duke Robotics Lab
This collaborative workspace in the North Building gives multidisciplinary robotics faculty room to thrive. There are simulation and robotics platforms, two rooms for private human-in-the-loop experiments, a central observation room and large open lab space for experiments and demonstrations.
Duke BRiDGE is an incubator for Duke spin-out companies working in biotechnology and related industries. The center, located in a former cigarette factory near downtown Durham (renovated and repurposed for life sciences research) includes well-appointed laboratories and corporate amenities. Seasoned executives-in-residence provide advice and coaching to startups.
Hands-On Learning Spaces
Duke Engineering Design Pod
This 5,000-square-foot learning lab is integral to Duke Engineering’s First-Year Design course. Located in the Jinny and Ed Pratt Commons at the Levine Science Research Center (LSRC), it is home to a flexible work and design area perfect for student teams. The walls are lined with racks of hand, power and rapid prototyping tools.
In this 7,600-square-foot collaborative maker space, students build ideas from the ground up. This part of Gross Hall houses a variety of tools and a 3D Systems ProX DMP320 direct metal printing machine.
Duke Smart Home
The Smart Home is a student residence and a living laboratory of sustainable and automated technologies. Its 10 residents live in the home (not far from the heart of campus, on a quiet street), conduct research and serve as ambassadors during public tours.
Pratt Student Shop
Our undergraduate students have access to a modern machine shop to complete course work that requires turning, milling, grinding, shaping, cutting or drilling. The shop is overseen by professional machinists who teach a mandatory safety course.