Certificates & Training Programs
The University Program in Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering is a multidisciplinary certificate program that integrates activities in engineering, the life sciences, and medicine. The participating faculty are from the departments of Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Medicine, Neurobiology, Ophthalmology, Radiation Oncology, and Surgery. The program emphasizes research, education (both undergraduate and graduate) and interactions with industry. The research focus of the program is upon the action of proteins, cells and tissues -- and the materials (both natural and synthetic) with which they interact -- in natural biological processes, and in the medical diagnosis and therapy. A NIGMS biotechnology training grant offers stipends, tuition and fees to a number of BTE pre-doctoral students.
In recognition of the growing importance of Photonics as an enabling multidisciplinary field, Duke Graduate School and the Pratt School of Engineering have created a Certificate in Photonics. The purpose of the certificate is to broaden the scope of the typical disciplinary graduate student-training program. Students are encouraged to develop interdisciplinary and transferable sets of skills in their course work and research activities. The program is designed to accommodate both Professional MS and PhD students who have been admitted to one of the participating departments.
The purpose of the WISeNet Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) program is to prepare Ph.D. students for interdisciplinary research in wireless sensor networks. Students in this program are supported for up to two years, and receive a WISeNet graduate certificate upon completion of a Ph.D. degree from one of the participating departments.
Through the Center for Biologically Inspired Materials and Material Systems (CBIMMS), Pratt offers a graduate admitting and certificate program in Biological and Biologically Inspired Materials. This program will teach students how to use engineering principles to explore nature's materials and processes, and will promote development of biologically-based products of societal benefit or to basic laboratory discoveries about living structures and systems. The curriculum, a blend of classroom and laboratory experiences as well as summer industrial internships, is open to students who will obtain doctorates in disciplines such as chemistry, physics or cell biology, as well as biomedical engineering or mechanical engineering and materials science. The program will incorporate fundamental chemistry, physical and biological topics into systems engineering courses emphasizing signal processing, modeling, dynamics, optimization and control.