Career Outcomes for Duke CEE PhD Graduates

A PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Duke opens opportunities for success

Duke CEE has an excellent track record of PhD graduates establishing careers as faculty at other prestigious universities and at leading engineering firms.

  • About 50 percent of Duke CEE PhD grads go on to positions in academia

Recent academic career examples: Kunshan University (China), University of New South Wales (Australia), University of Oklahoma, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Rice University

  • About 40 percent of Duke CEE PhD grads go on to careers in the public or private sector

Recent industry and public sector career examples: COMSOL, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Australia), Dassault Systemes, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, USDA Agricultural Research Service

"Duke CEE PhD's are very comfortable with data-heavy cases."gerhard


Billy Gerhard '19 | Boston Consulting Group
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Megan O'Connor"Duke prepared me well for pursuing a startup."

Megan O'Connor '17 | Founder of Nth Cycle and a Forbes "30 Under 30"
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Yingjie Liu"I like solving important, difficult problems."

Yingjie Liu '18 | Quantitative Analytics, Barclays Investment Bank
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Data reflect current positions for PhD alumni who graduated fall 2005-spring 2021.