Student Groups

Student Government

Engineering Student Government
Student government at Duke is a longstanding and important tradition. Pratt's Engineering Student Government provides support to engineering students, takes part in community building, fundraising for the school, and forms a cohesive voice for engineering students in communicating with Pratt and Duke administration.

Engineering to Help Others

  • Duke Engineers for International Development
    Duke Engineers for International Development (DEID), a Duke Engage program, is an organization that supports high-impact engineering projects around the world by combining community-driven ideas with student design. DEID provides under-served communities with cost-efficient and sustainable projects aimed at improving the standard of living of numerous individuals. Students gain real-world experience working on projects in a wide range of engineering disciplines that promote a sense of international responsibility.
  • Engineering World Health
    One-month technical training program in the operation and repair of medical equipment, followed by placement in developing world hospitals. For one month students repair medical equipment, calibrate instruments, take equipment inventory, do hospital hardware mapping, deal with equipment emergencies. Students apply both their language and technical skills. Open to Engineering, Chemistry and Physics majors. Faculty Adviser: Robert Malkin
  • InnoWorks
    InnoWorks is an innovative science and engineering initiative “By Students, For Students,” designed and implemented by college volunteers for middle-school students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Special Interest Engineering Clubs

  • DukEngineer Magazine
    In keeping with a tradition started in 1940, the DukEngineer team creates the annual student engineering magazine called the DukEngineer. The team includes freshmen through seniors from each engineering disciplines. Students write science features, faculty and alumni profiles, engineering jokes, commentary on the profession, and updates on student groups. Adviser: Minnie Glymph
  • Duke Robotics Team
    The central goal of the Duke Robotics Team is to build an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to compete in the annual Office of Naval Research and Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (ONR/AUVSI) Underwater Robotics Competition. The Team is also heavily focused on community outreach. Faculty Adviser: Robert Kielb
  • Duke Smart Home
    The Duke Smart Home Program, is a multidisciplinary endeavor in engineering education designed to give students practical, hands-on interaction with developing technology for a sustainable future. Duke engineers are taking off-the-shelf components and integrating them into their own designs, and taking part in the design and development of an actual residential living laboratory on the Duke campus. Faculty Adviser: Jim Gaston
  • E-Team
    The E-Team assists first year engineering students in their transition to Duke by creating an immediate network of support from upperclass engineering students who can answer questions, share experiences, and offer advice. Adviser: Lupita Temiquel-McMillian
  • Formula SAE Duke Motorsports
    Duke University Motorsports is a student group that designs and builds open wheel, single seat race cars to compete in the Formula SAE competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The team consists of Duke students from both Pratt and Trinity, in all classes. The purpose of the team is to provide students with a way to gain practical design and manufacturing experience in a fun and challenging setting. Faculty Advisers: Neal Simmons

Professional Societies

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Duke Chapter
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
    Visit http://www.asce.org for the national ASCE website.
    The ASCE, founded more than 150 years ago, is dedicated to setting a course for both the Society and the profession that will ready civil engineers for the challenges of the 21st century. The Duke Chapter of ASCE is an active group that takes part in the yearly concrete canoe competition (among others) at the annual Carolina Conference. Faculty Adviser: Joe Nadeau
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
    Visit http://www.asme.org for the national ASME website.
    Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, today's ASME is a 120,000-member professional organization focused on technical, educational and research issues of the engineering and technology community. Faculty Adviser: Nico Hotz
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
    Visit http://www.bmes.org for the national BMES website.
    The BMES, founded in 1968, is dedicated to promoting the increase of biomedical engineering knowledge and its utilization. The BMES chapter at Duke will help you understand and stay abreast of major advances in biomedical engineering. Faculty Adviser: Lori Setton
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    Visit http://www.ieee.org for the national IEEE website.
    The IEEE and its predecessors, the AIEE (American Institute of Electrical Engineers) and the IRE(Institute of Radio Engineers), date to 1884. IEEE is dedicated to pursuing scientific and educational activities to advance the theory and practice of electrical engineering, electronics, radio and the allied branches of engineering and the related arts and sciences. Duke's IEEE Student Branch is open to any student with a genuine interest in electrical engineering and/or its related fields (e.g. computer science, biomedical engineering, physics, applied mathematics, etc.). Faculty Adviser: Gary Ybarra
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
    Visit http://www.nsbe.org for the national NSBE website.
    Founded in 1971, NSBE's mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. The Duke Society of Black Engineers focuses on not only increasing the number of successful minority engineers at Duke University, but on growing a network among students, alumni, and other undergraduate engineers within the Triangle area. Faculty Adviser: Jeff Forbes
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
    Visit http://oneshpe.shpe.org/wps/portal/national for the national SHPE website.
    The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1974 by a group of engineers employed by the city of Los Angeles. Their objective was to form a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community. Networking was the key basis for the organization. SHPE quickly established two student chapters to begin the network that would grow to encompass the nation as well as reach countries outside the United States. Today, SHPE enjoys a strong but independent network of professional and student chapters throughout the nation. Faculty Adviser: Ana Barros
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
    Visit http://www.swe.org for the national SWE website.
    The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization promoting engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. The Duke Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers has three primary objectives: 1) To serve as a center of information on women in engineering at Duke University. 2) To encourage women engineers to attain high levels of education and professional achievement. 3)To inform young women, their parents, counselors, and the general public of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers and the opportunities open to them. Faculty Adviser: Lori Setton
  • Chi Epsilon (civil engineering)
    Visit www.chi-epsilon.org for the national Chi Epsilon website.
    Chi Epsilon is dedicated to the purpose of maintaining and promoting the status of civil engineering as an ideal profession. It is organized to recognize the characteristics of the individual civil engineer deemed to be fundamental to the successful pursuit of an engineering career, to aid in the development of those characteristics in the civil engineering student... To contribute to the improvement of the profession, Chi Epsilon fosters the development and exercise of sound traits of character and technical ability among civil engineers, and its members, by precept and example, toward an ever higher standard of professional service. Faculty contact: Joseph Nadeau
  • Eta Kappa Nu (electrical engineering)
    Visit www.hkn.org for the national Eta Kappa Nu website.
    Eta Kappa Nu is the national electrical engineering honorary society. As is the case with the other honor societies, membership is by invitation only. Eligibility for consideration is based on unimpeachable character and on outstanding scholarship which places the student in the upper quarter of the Junior class or the upper third of the Senior class. Faculty contact: Rhett George
  • Phi Beta Kappa (national honor society)
    Visit www.pbk.org for the national Phi Beta Kappa website.
    Phi Beta Kappa is the national honorary society. Consideration is given to those engineering students of high moral character who are in a program of breadth comparable to that of Trinity College, with a minimum of 6 course credits in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and who are in the upper 10 percent of the Senior class. Faculty contact: Michael Gustafson
  • Pi Tau Sigma (mechanical engineering)
    Visit www.pitausigma.net for the national Pi Tau Sigma website.
    Pi Tau Sigma is a Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, instituted in order to establish a closer bond of fellowship among its members which will result in mutual benefit to those men and women in the study and in the profession of mechanical engineering. Pi Tau Sigma's core values are: Integrity (soundness of character and moral conduct), Service (serving the mechanical engineering profession and the community), and Leadership (being foremost and fostering initiative through example in a professional manner). Faculty contact: Ed Shaughnessy
  • Tau Beta Pi (all of engineering)
    Visit www.tbp.org for the national Tau Beta Pi website.
    Tau Beta Pi is the national engineering honorary society. Consideration is based on exemplary character and an academic standing in the upper eighth of the Junior class, the upper fifth of the Senior class. Faculty contact: Michael Gustafson

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