BME at a Glance

Facts & Stats


Duke BME provides an outstanding educational and research environment to train engineers who go on to profoundly impact industry and medicine.


  • #2 in the U.S. in biomedical engineering (College Factual)
  • #3 in world in ShanghaiRankings's global ranking of biomedical engineering programs (Academic Ranking of World Universities)
  • #3 among doctoral biomedical engineering programs by the National Research Council
  • #4 in the United States for undergraduate BME major in U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings
  • #4 in the country in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Graduate School Rankings
  • #3 in the country for highest median starting salary for biomedical engineers – $70,000 (Medical Product Manufacturing News)
  • Top 10 Best School for Engineering Majors by Salary Potential – $78,400 median pay with 0-5 years of work experience (
  • Top 10 faculty scholarly productivity ranking among U.S. engineering schools (Academic Analytics 2015 – published Dec. 2016)
  • Pratt is listed in Top 10 Graduate Engineering Programs Popular with Women (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Duke is #5 on Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education's College Rankings 2018
  • Duke is #15 on Reuter's 100 Most Innovative Universities in the World (


BME is the second largest graduate program at Duke, the seventh-largest undergraduate major, and the largest undergraduate major in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke.

Department at a Glance

  • 38 tenured or tenure-track faculty — including 21 AIMBE fellows, 7 BMES fellows, 4 SPIE and OSA fellows, 4 Society for Biomaterials Clemson Award winners (since 2010), 2 members of the National Academy of Inventors and 2 members of the National Academy of Engineering
  • $30 million in new research awards in fiscal year 2017
  • 263 undergraduate students
  • 178 PhD students
  • 52 MS students
  • 41 MEng students
  • 101 BSE graduates in 2015-2016 (May graduates, BME first major only)
  • 2 NIH pre-doctoral training grants: Medical Imaging (Nightingale, PI) and Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering (Gersbach, PI)
  • 18 companies launched by Duke BME faculty