Research Fellowships. More than 60 percent of Duke Engineering undergraduates participate in research experiences with a Duke faculty member. NAE Grand Challenge Scholars Three semesters of independent undergraduate engineering study, plus summer research. As a Duke Engineering undergraduate you will gain: The ability to generate creative solutions to complex, open-ended problems.
Comfort with design, data and computational tools.

Excellent communication skills.

Rigorous skills in research, analytical, quantitative and critical-thinking.

The school is currently home to 10 major externally funded research centers. Experience working in diverse teams. Independent study research projects are an integral and immensely popular component of undergraduate engineering education at Duke. Duke's research in mechanical engineering and materials science addresses fundamental and applied engineering problems in the areas noted below. Ranked #13 in per-faculty research funding among U.S. engineering schools (U.S.News & World Report), Duke Engineering has doubled our external research funding in the past decade, reaching $96 million in new awards in FY19.
We are particularly strong in unsteady aerodynamics, controls, and thermodynamics, as well as biological and electronic materials and interfaces. Independent study can be done by self-guided readings, developing and/or running computer simulations, and/or laboratory experiments. These programs offer undergrads research opportunities while earning credit: Pratt Research Fellows.