Engineering at Duke

“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, and yes – be outrageously ambitious!”

Dean Ravi V. Bellamkonda

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Aerial view of the Duke University campus, showing the Harrington Engineering Quad

A Vibrant Teaching and Research Institution

Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering is dedicated to training the next generation of leaders and exploring the frontiers of engineering to develop solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. Equipped to combine technical expertise with broad perspectives, our graduates go on to become leaders and innovators who make a significant impact in their chosen careers.

A School on the Rise
  • Graduate student enrollment has grown by nearly 30% in the past five years
  • Duke now has 118 tenure-track faculty members in engineering—up nearly 20% in the past decade
  • Our faculty rank among the top 15 in their fields in scholarly productivity and #8 among top U.S. engineering schools in per-faculty research expenditures
  • External research funding has nearly doubled over the past decade to $76+ million in FY2018
  • Duke ranks #11 among the world’s most innovative universities, #18 for undergraduate engineering and #26 for graduate engineering—and has been among the fastest-rising schools in the nation
Highly Ranked Programs
  • #2 in the U.S. in biomedical engineering (College Faculty)
  • #3 in the world in biomedical engineering in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ShanghaiRanking)
  • #4 in the U.S. in undergraduate Biomedical Engineering (U.S. News & World Report) #4 in the U.S. in graduate Biomedical Engineering (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #6 in the U.S./#11 in the world in environmental science & engineering in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ShanghaiRanking)
  • #7 in the U.S. in electrical engineering (College Factual)
  • #9 among top-ranked U.S. engineering schools in per-faculty research expenditures (U.S. News & World Report data)
  • Top 10 Best School for Engineering Majors by Salary Potential – $78,400 median pay with 0-5 years of work experience (Payscale.com)
  • Top 10 Graduate Engineering Program Popular with Women (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #11 in the U.S. in graduate Environmental Engineering (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #15 in the U.S. in undergraduate Environmental Engineering (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #20 on Business Insider's 50 Best Engineering Schools (BusinessInsider.com)
  • #20 School for Undergraduate Engineering (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #26 School for Graduate Engineering (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Top 25 Best Online Engineering Programs – Distributed Master of Engineering Management (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #5 on Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education's College Rankings 2018
  • #9 National University (U.S. News & World Report)
  • #11 on Reuter's 100 Most Innovative Universities in the World (Reuters.com)
Our Undergrads
  • 33 percent women (national average: 22 percent)
  • More than 70 percent participate in an industry internship
  • Nearly 60 percent have an intensive research experience with a faculty member
  • 35 percent study abroad
Our Graduate Students
  • 468 PhD students
  • 229 Master of Engineering Management (MEM)
  • 70 distributed Master of Engineering Management (d-MEM)
  • 157 Master of Science (MS)
  • 77 Master of Engineering (MEng)
  • 7 Receiving Major External Fellowships during 2017-2018 — 4 NSF Fellows, 2 NSDEG Fellows, 1 SMART Scholar
Our Faculty
  • 15 percent growth over the past five years
  • Rank among the top 15 in their fields in research productivity among U.S. engineering schools. Source: Academic Analytics 2015 (published December 2016)
  • 35 spin-off companies started by Pratt faculty—7 in the past year
  • 7 members of the National Academy of Engineering
Our Alumni
  • Noted for achievements in fields including engineering, finance, entrepreneurship, corporate leadership, teaching, medicine and more
  • 25 members of the National Academy of Engineering

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