The Aerospace Certificate Program at Duke offers a rigorous and in depth exposure to scientific and engineering fundamentals in the broad set of core disciplines required in the aerospace field. The program provides undergraduate students with an understanding of fundamental principles in the several disciplines including fluid mechanics and aerodynamics, dynamics and control, structures and materials, thermodynamics and propulsion, plus specific courses that address specific aerospace technologies for flight and space vehicles. A number of graduates of Duke's Pratt School of Engineering have gone onto aerospace careers, either directly entering the aerospace industry and government workforce, or after attaining advanced graduate degrees in the field.
The Certificate in Energy and the Environment is designed to provide Duke undergraduates with an understanding of the breadth of issues that confront our society related to its need for clean, affordable and reliable energy. Expertise in energy will expand career options in the private, nonprofit, government and academic sectors. The goal of the certificate is to develop innovative thinkers and leaders who understand the energy system as a whole and the important interconnections among policy, markets, technology and the environment. The program is offered through The Gendell Center for Engineering, Energy and the Environment, and is co-sponsored by Pratt and the Nicholas School for the Environment and Earth Sciences.
The Materials Science & Engineering Certificate gives undergraduates at Duke an opportunity to learn the scientific and engineering principles related to the fundamental structures, properties and technological applications of materials. This expertise gained from faculty teaching from multiple disciplines will open pathways to a range of challenging careers in sustainable energy, medical device development and other applications that require materials with specific or novel properties. Our future depends upon scientists and engineers with this knowledge to help us find solutions to critical needs.