PhD Career Outcomes

A graduate degree in civil and environmental engineering from Duke Engineering helps open opportunities for future success

We have an excellent track record of graduates establishing careers as faculty at other prestigious universities and at engineering firms.

  • More than half 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

  • Over 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

Megan O'Connor"Duke prepared me well for pursuing a startup."

Megan O'Connor, PhD '17, founder of Nth Cycle; a Forbes "30 Under 30" in Energy for 2019
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Yingjie Liu"I like solving important, difficult problems."

Yingjie Liu, PhD '18, quantitative researcher at Barclays investment bank
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Data reflect current positions for PhD alumni who graduated summer 2009-spring 2019.