Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering is a leading engineering school and an integral part of one of the world’s top research universities. Our faculty and students are known for their collaborative spirit, cross-disciplinary perspectives and “outrageous ambitions” to solve global challenges and make the world a better place.
Ranked #8 among top engineering schools in per-faculty research expenditures by U.S.News & World Report, Duke Engineering faculty are internationally recognized for their work to improve human health, create a more resilient and sustainable environment, design new materials and advance data analytics, computing and intelligent systems.
A Duke Engineering education engages student teams in real-world, open-ended problem-solving through signature courses in design, data science and computing, as well as extensive research and entrepreneurship opportunities. With degree programs in fields including biomedical engineering, civil & environmental engineering, electrical & computer engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering management, Duke Engineering produces graduates with both disciplinary depth and broad perspectives to lead the way toward creative solutions for complex societal challenges.
At Duke Engineering, we have an exciting vision for undergraduate education rooted in the belief that foundational experiences in client-inspired, team-based design thinking, combined with opportunities to develop entrepreneurial confidence, delivered within the context of purpose and meaning inspired by society’s grand challenges, will lead to fulfilling our mission of knowledge in service to society. As a member of KEEN, Duke Engineering is proud to join with like-minded engineering education partners to develop a new generation of engineers who are inspired and equipped to make a positive difference in the world.
The dedicated Entrepreneurship @ Duke Engineering program coordinates many of our programs and opportunities for undergraduate engineers--including seminars, workshops, one-on-one advising, the A. James Clark Scholarship program and a Founders’ Workshop course that guides student teams in developing startups. Led by successful alumni entrepreneurs, the program is part of the wider Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship initiative that offers additional resources from certificate and fellowship programs to startup competitions and venture capital connections. In 2018, Duke ranked among the top 20 schools in the nation in producing startup founders (Pitchbook/Business Insider).
Duke Engineering is proud to be a founder of the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenge Scholars program, which integrates hands-on research projects, interdisciplinary curriculum, global perspectives, service-learning experience and an innovation and entrepreneurship experience to empower students to tackle grand challenges facing our global society. Launched in 2008, the program is now operational or in development at more than 150 engineering schools worldwide.
Through these opportunities, our goal is to help all engineering students gain knowledge and confidence to turn their ideas into impact--whether it’s within a company, as part of a nonprofit organization, through a research lab or through their own entrepreneurial endeavor.
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At Duke Engineering we encourage students to envision a better state, a better way, a better future--and then help them develop the confidence and skills to bring that vision to fruition. That’s what the entrepreneurial mindset is all about, and it’s why we see Duke Engineering and KEEN as natural partners.
--Ravi V. Bellamkonda, Vinik Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering