Energy & Environment Initiative

Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering is launching a research and education initiative focused on energy and the environment. The engineering initiative will support a broader university effort that will engage six schools at Duke: the Nicholas School for the Environment, Law, Fuqua School of Business, Trinity Arts & Sciences and the Sanford School of Public Policy.

Hiring Plans

The school is immediately hiring three endowed faculty lines to support its Energy and Environment Initiative effort, and to augment existing faculty. The successful candidates for these positions will be appointed to one of our four engineering departments-- biomedical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, or mechanical engineering and materials science--depending upon research and teaching interests. Joint and secondary appointments within the Pratt School, and with other schools or departments at Duke are encouraged and are based on qualifications. The initiative will encompass both research and education, particularly at the undergraduate level—and will be highly interdisciplinary, bringing expertise from many disciplines to bear on energy and environmental problems.

Edmund T. Pratt Professor – Tenure track position

We are looking for an extraordinarily exceptional candidate to lead the Pratt Energy & Environment Initiative. The successful candidate will have a track record of leadership in areas that involve energy and its impact on the environment, a strong academic record of research and publication, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and be able to lead the Pratt School’s Energy and Environment Initiative to develop and implement a compelling vision for its research, education, and service programs. Key responsibilities will include strategic planning, development of emerging areas of energy research with a focus on large-scale centers, and coordination of interdisciplinary activities across the school. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent in engineering, or a closely related field, and must qualify as a full professor able to continue a productive research program of international stature.

Gendell Associate Professor of the Practice – Non-tenure track

Gendell Professor of the Practice – Non-tenure track

Our vision is to fill the two endowed Gendell professors of the practice (POP) positions with truly outstanding practicing engineers who can bring their real-world experience in the energy and environment industry sectors to bear in the classroom. This is the first time Duke has offered endowed POP positions, and each is a unique mentorship and scholarship opportunity supported by the Gendell Center for Engineering, Energy and the Environment (  

The Gendell Professors of the Practice will broadly support both undergraduate and graduate education at Duke. These faculty will develop elective courses in energy technology and/or environmental aspects of energy production, thus contributing both to the undergraduate Certificate in Energy & Environment and to a common, Duke-wide energy and environment curriculum available to interested students from all majors. In this certificate, offered jointly by the Pratt School of Engineering and the Nicholas School of the Environment, engineers and non-engineers participate together in a program of study that includes environmental science and engineering, energy technology, and markets and policy, culminating in a team-based capstone design project addressing a real-world energy need.  Key responsibilities will be to engage industry with our students and courses, and to teach laboratory and studio-based design courses where physical project prototypes will be designed and built.

Minimum qualifications include training in engineering at least at the bachelor’s level, with masters’ or PhD level training in fields of engineering related directly to energy and the environment seen as highly desirable. Industrial experience dealing directly with energy and the environment will be another very strong plus for these positions.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a cover letter including the following: a statement of teaching interests, a research statement (for the full Pratt Professor position), a vision for the position, a curriculum vitae, and the names and addresses of three references at The cover letter should take particular care to describe how the qualifications of the applicant uniquely position him or her to bring real-world energy production design problems into the classroom, with an approach that will emphasize environmental sustainability of real-world solutions. Applications received by 1 September 2011 will receive full consideration; however, evaluation of applicants will continue until the positions are filled. The projected start date for the two Professor of the Practice positions is January 1, 2012. We hope for a start date of July 1, 2012 for the tenure track Edmund Pratt Professor position. Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.