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Duke CEE's research efforts focus on complex earth, water and built systems. With collaborators around the globe, we apply engineering methods to find solutions to significant challenges—with the goal of a healthier, safer and more sustainable world.

Duke CEE Research Areas

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Computational Mechanics & Scientific Computing

Developing precise algorithms to study and solve complex problems governed by the laws of mechanics.

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Environmental Health Engineering

Studying connections between human health and ecosystem health, to understand risks and to build resilience in both.

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Geomechanics & Geophysics for Energy and the Environment

Exploring issues in underground engineering, resource use and environmental hazards.

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Hydrology & Fluid Dynamics

Focused on critical problems in water resources.

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Risk & Resilient Systems

Seeking new and better ways to estimate and quantify the dynamics and uncertainty in engineered and natural systems

Duke CEE Research Facts

  • #19 faculty scholarly productivity—civil engineering, U.S.
  • #20 faculty scholarly productivity—environmental engineering, U.S.
  • $11 million in new research awards, fiscal 2023
  • 62% of Duke engineering undergraduates engage in hands-on research with faculty

Sources: Duke University, Academic Analytics, v.2021

Major Centers & Initiatives

Duke CEE faculty lead or participate in these Duke-based, externally funded research centers:

  • Center for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infectious Disease (WaSH-AID)
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  • Duke Superfund Research Center