BME at a Glance

Facts and Stats About Duke BME


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


  • #1 in the country for undergraduate BME majors in the 2014 College Factual rankings (USA Today)
  • #3 in the country for undergraduate BME major in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings
  • #3 among doctoral biomedical engineering programs by the National Research Council
  • #6 in the country in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Graduate School Rankings
  • Pratt is listed in Top 10 Graduate Engineering Programs Popular with Women (U.S. News & World Report)


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

  • 33 tenured/tenure-track faculty
  • $27M in new research awards in fiscal year 2016
  • 298 undergraduate students
  • 181 PhD students
  • 30 MS students
  • 33 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)
  • 8 companies launched by Duke BME faculty