The Pratt School of Engineering is located on Duke's west campus.
The Fitzpatrick Center
The Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences (FCIEMAS) is designed to position the Pratt School and its partners to make major advancements in the fields of bioengineering, photonics, materials science and environmental engineering. The facility supports specialized initiatives that drive interdisciplinary activities, and encourage the creative interactions essential for making significant progress in these fields. Students working in the Fitzpatrick Center learn first hand that major advances occur at the boundaries between disciplines.
This comprehensive facility provides extensive wet bench laboratories, departmental offices, teaching labs, and other lab support spaces, and provide direct access to the café. A highlight is the state-of-the-art cleanroom for nanotechnology research, dubbed SMIF, and the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics. The center’s carefully designed interaction spaces and proximity to the Duke Medical Center and colleagues in photonics and materials engineering foster highly productive collaborative projects. The center is also the home of engineering computational resources.
Hudson Hall is the oldest of the buildings in the engineering complex. It was built in 1948 when the Engineering School moved to Duke's West Campus and was known as "Old Red." An annex was built onto the back of the building in 1972, and in 1992 the building was expanded again and renamed Hudson Hall to honor Fitzgerald S. "Jerry" Hudson (E'46).
Hudson Hall is home to all four departments in the Pratt School of Engineering: biomedical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering and materials science. In addition, Hudson is home to some of the school's laboratories, offices, and classrooms. It is also the home office for the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT) and the Gendell Center for Energy and the Environment.
Teer Engineering Building
The Nello L. Teer Building opened in 1984, and housed the Vesic Library for Engineering, Mathematics and Physics until 2008. Separated from Hudson Hall by an azalea-filled courtyard and a walkway, Teer serves as the administrative seat of the Dean's Office, which includes our Undergraduate Student Services Center, the school's Development Office, Communications, Finance & Operations, the Pratt Information Technology Help Desk, two auditoriums and multiple hands-on teaching laboratories.
Duke Immersive Virtual Environment (DiVE)
The Duke Immersive Virtual Environment (DiVE) is the ideal system for fully immersive simulation and cognitive studies, and for verifying 3D structure between data models and experimental data. Projects currently planned for this Visroom include research in cognitive neuroscience, exploration of 3D structures, and education.
As the datasets scientists collect increase in size and complexity, so increases the need for ever more powerful tools to support data analysis and scientific communication. The tools that in the past have proved most useful in this regard have been those that take advantage of the remarkable information-processing ability built into human perceptual systems, particularly vision and audition. Thus, investigators in many of the most innovative fields of research, e.g., proteomics, genomics, seismology, neuroscience and astrophysics, rely heavily on computationally-intensive visualization tools to explore their data and test models. Technologies such as the DiVE are used not only to explore data collected through other means, but also as experimental tools in and of themselves.
Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF)
The Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF) provides researchers with high quality and cost-effective access to advanced materials characterization and fabrication capabilities. The facility is operated as a multidisciplinary shared use resource, and is available to Duke University researchers from the various schools and departments as well as to external users from other universities, government laboratories, and industry. SMIF is an official Duke University recharge center open to all trained students, staff, and faculty, and is used for both research and educational purposes.
The facility is located on the first floor of The Fitzpatrick Center and includes class 1000 and class 100 clean room space and various characterization labs for electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, optical characterization equipment and X-ray analysis equipment.
The Home Depot Smart Home at Duke
The Home Depot Smart Home at Duke University is a 6,000 square foot live-in research laboratory operated by Duke's Pratt School of Engineering. The Home Depot Smart Home, part of a Duke Smart Home Program, creates a dynamic "living laboratory" environment that contributes to the innovation and demonstration of future residential building technology. The central concept of this project is our belief that smart homes can improve that quality of life for people of all ages and incomes.
The Duke Smart Home Program encompasses formal research and design courses for credit, a thriving student club that creates new technology for applications across campus, and 10 residents of the smart home dorm who serve as ambassadors during tours and programs. The program and dorm are available for Duke students from all disciplines and majors.
DUHatch Student Business Incubator
The DUHatch Student Business Incubator, located on the second floor of the Teer building, connects enterprising students with mentors from faculty and industry, giving them office space, and facilitating business development to help solve the myriad problems a fledgling venture faces. The goal of DUhatch is education. Entrepreneurship is an area where classroom learning is made relevant through doing. Duhatch will provide this experiential component to make entrepreneurship a more integral part of the Duke undergraduate student experience. Our focus on all Duke students and on education as a mission is what sets DUhatch apart from most commercial business incubators and technology accelerators.
DUhatch has private office space allocated to six early stage ventures. Space is granted from one to four years (renewable yearly), provided at least one team member is a Duke student at all times. Additional ventures will be granted access to Duhatch facilities as space allows. DUhatch residents work together to promote the success of each others ventures. Residents are expected to demonstrate leadership in actively engaging and supporting entrepreneurial activities across the campus.