Biomedical Engineering

The Department of Biomedical Engineering (Pratt School of Engineering) is known for its world-class faculty in biotechnology that prepares graduates for the challenging world of industry. The faculty seeks to train students in a laboratory environment to inculcate in them the confidence and skills required for solving real-world problems in the biotech industry. Focus areas are Modeling, Analysis, Design of Molecular and Cellular Systems.

The department lays greater focus on courses and research fields that are offering new challenges in the domain of biomedical engineering. The two-pronged approach of the department is the analysis of living systems on one hand and interdisciplinary study and development of technology for biomedical sciences on the other hand.

The graduate BME program was ranked 3 by U.S. News & World Report. Till now, 2 companies have been founded by Duke BME faculty. The university's BME department was awarded $32.7 million in new research awards in the fiscal year of 2018, and $535 million is granted in the follow-on funding for 44 Duke-Coulter partnership projects.

The available Programs are :

  • Master’s Certificate in Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering
  • BS, MS (thesis)
  • MS (non-thesis project)
  • MEng, PhD, MD-PhD in Biomedical Engineering.

Research areas include :

  • Bioelectric Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
  • 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
  • Regenerative Medicine

A third of the students from undergraduate programs attend graduate school and about a fifth attend a dental or medical school.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Genomics/Gene and Drug Delivery
  • Medical Imaging
  • Bioelectric Engr/Neuroengineering
  • Biophotonics/Bio-Optics
  • Biomolecular/Cell/Tissue Engr
  • Biomechanics/Biomaterials

List of Labs: MRSEC

Civil and Environmental

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has its roots going back to more than one and a half-century. Ever since its inception in 1927, the department has taken pride in contributing to the society by producing some of the finest, most creative and sensitive civil engineers and researchers. Today it lays focus on engineering sustainable designs and training young minds to provide solutions that do not harm the environment.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has focused on ascertaining and analyzing the minutest impacts of new technologies on the environment. Besides, it has also concentrated on making the prevailing technologies and engineering methods environment-friendly. The Interdisciplinary character of the programs and a wide variety of courses to choose from allow students to tailor their study according to their interests as well as industry needs.

The environmental graduate program was ranked among the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report and was ranked 17 in U.S. civil engineering scholarly productivity by Academic Analytics. Till now 2 companies have been founded by the Duke BME faculty. The department was awarded $6.8 million in new research awards in the fiscal year of 2018 and became Home to NSF Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology

The undergraduate programs offered are BS with majors in civil engineering (with study tracks in structural engineering or environmental engineering and water resources) and environmental engineering and BSE/MS (5 years).

The graduate programmes offered by the department are:

  • MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • MEng in Civil Engineering
  • MEng in Environmental Engineering
  • MEng in Risk Engineering
  • MEng in Computational Mechanics and Scientific Computing.

Specialization Tracks (MS and PhD) include :

  • Computational Mechanics and Scientific Computing
  • Systems, Risk and Decision
  • Hydrology and Fluid Dynamics.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Environmental Process Engineering
  • Geosystems
  • Structures, Dynamics, and Mechanics
  • Hydroclimatology
  • Ecohydrology
  • Environmental nanotechnology

List of Labs: Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology 

Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science (Trinity College of Arts and Sciences) offers the latest courses in its various CS programs that give an edge to its students over their competitors in the skill-market. Its faculty is dedicated towards providing the students with the best classroom and laboratory experience such that they ask new questions and imagine freely. Their engagement with a wide range of research areas enhances the quality of interaction, training and imparting skills at the department.

The programs available are :

  • BS with concentration in Computer Systems or Data Science
  • BA, MS and PhD in Computer Science
  • MS in Economics and Computation (5th in research by CS rankings)

Key Research Areas include :

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Science
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Systems and Computer Science Education.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Environmental Process Engineering
  • Geosystems
  • Structures, Dynamics, and Mechanics
  • Hydroclimatology
  • Ecohydrology
  • Environmental nanotechnology             

List of Labs: Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology

Electrical and Computer

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has earned the reputation of being a destination where the toughest challenges in the world of electrical engineering are taken head-on. The department takes pride in being the meeting point of talents from various applied sciences that enrich its interdisciplinary environment. The vast array of courses designed by the faculty has bolstered the prospects of industry engagement and employability, besides raising the bar for research.

There are 34 tenured or tenure-track faculty, of which 17 are IEEE fellows. The department was awarded $21.3 million by new research awards. There are 157 PhD students, 116 MS students, 29 MEng students and 76 BSE graduates in 2018 (May graduates, ECE first major only). The department was ranked 3rd in the U.S. faculty research productivity in computer engineering and 6th in electrical engineering. Some other noteworthy accolades are its rankings as the 6th university in U.S. and 8th worldwide in AI/machine learning research, 7th in the U.S. in electrical engineering.

Programs available are :

  • BS, MS, MEng and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • MEng in Photonics and Optical Sciences

Specialization Tracks (MS) are :

  • Robotics
  • Data analytics and Machine Learning
  • Signal and Information Processing
  • Engineering Physics
  • Microelectronics
  • Photonics
  • Nanotechnology

Concentrations provided in the (MEng) program are :

  • Micro-Nano Systems
  • Photonics
  • Robotics
  • Sensing and Waves
  • Signal Processing and Communications.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Photonics
  • Solid State Devices and Integrated Circuits
  • Electromagnetic Fields
  • Computer Engineering and Digital Systems
  • Signal Processing, Communications, and Controls

List of Labs:

  • Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics
  • Fitzpatrick Center for Advanced Photonics & Communication Systems

Mechanical and Materials Science

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science is the foremost destination for innovation and invention through imagination. The department aims at creating solutions with the use of the latest technologies and equipment. With a very wide range of research interests of an award-winning faculty, students have the opportunity to match their interests with the skill-demand in the industry for promising careers. The breadth of the courses offered is matched with the depth of the research work demanded at the master’s level to make the department one of the most rigorous across the US.

There are 25 tenured or tenure-track faculty. The department was awarded $9.6 million in new research awards, fiscal 2018. There are 90 PhD students, 53 MS students, 19 MEng students and 84 BSE graduates (May graduates only, mechanical engineering as first major only). The department was featured in the Top 15 universities for U.S. mechanical engineering research productivity and Top 25 for the mechanical engineering graduate program in the U.S. News & World Report. Some other noteworthy accolades are Top 25 U.S. engineering undergraduate programs and Top 10 Graduate Engineering School Popular with Women

The department receives funding from:

  • The U.S. Department of Defense
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Private industry, and foundations.

Programs available are :

  • BSE, BSE/MS (5-year integrated) and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering
  • MS and MEng in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.

Specialization tracks are :

  • Materials Science
  • Mechanics, Dynamics, and Controls
  • Robotics
  • Thermal Fluids.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Materials
  • Computational Mechanics & Heat Transfer
  • Aerodynamics, Acoustics & Aeroelasticity
  • Thermal Science & Engineering
  • Nonlinear Dynamics & Control
  • Cellular & Membrane mechanics

List of Labs:

  • Center for Materials Genomics
  • Guide 5 Consortium
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