From the Chair

David R SmithWelcome to the Duke ECE website. Our department is the home of world-class teaching and research, with a focus on the broad areas characteristic of a leading electrical and computer engineering department.

Our undergraduate students are among the most talented anywhere; they receive an ECE degree characterized by a firm engineering foundation, grounded by the classes and experience of Duke’s exceptional liberal arts program. This environment yields students with engineering breadth and depth, buttressed by superior communication skills, and an appreciation for how engineering fits within broader society.

The Duke ECE degree serves as a launching point from which our graduates often achieve leadership roles in a wide array of fields; in addition to working in traditional engineering firms, many Duke ECE graduates pursue careers in business, law, and medicine.

Concerning the graduate program and research being performed within our department, a unifying theme of Duke ECE is its interdisciplinary nature, characterized by significant funded research programs that actively engage Duke faculty from across the Pratt School of Engineering, the applied sciences and medicine.

Many of our faculty have joint and secondary appointments in other departments within Pratt, and within the School of Arts and Sciences, including mathematics, statistics, physics, and computer science. Duke ECE serves as an important meeting places for the applied sciences at Duke.

Major research institutions and corporations eagerly seek graduates of the Duke ECE Masters and PhD programs. Additionally, like our undergraduates, many of our graduate students pursue careers in business and law, with a significant recent trend toward entrepreneurship. 

I hope that you find this website informative, and that it captures the excitement embodied in our growing department. 

David Smith
Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering
James B. Duke Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering