Student Groups

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There are several student groups for Pratt students. These include governance, professional, honorary, and other groups.



  • Duke Student Government - student-elected and led group whose mission "o execute the will of the student body and to serve as a stable support and foundation for student organizations, activities, views and information, as well as to represent the student body in University decision-making."[1]
  • Engineering Student Government - student-elected and led group whose mission "is to represent the engineering student body in all matters related to the Pratt School of Engineering."[2]


The groups below are national or international professional organizations dedicated to specific fields of engineering. There are links to both the main site as well as a local Duke site, if one exists.

  • Biomedical Engineering - Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES): HQ, Duke Chapter
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering - American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE): HQ, Duke Chapter
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) - HQ, Duke Chapter
  • Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) - HQ, Duke Chapter

There are also professional societies with missions that cross disciplines:

  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE): HQ, Duke Chapter
    • Mission: "To increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community."[3]
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE): HQ, Duke Chapter
    • Mission: "To advance Hispanic scientists and engineers in employment, education, and economic and social welfare; to improve the quality of education and training programs preparing Hispanic students to become professional engineers and scientists; to implement programs benefiting Hispanics seeking to become engineers and scientists; and to increase the number of Hispanics entering the field of engineering and science."[4]
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE): HQ, Duke Chapter
    • Mission: "The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders. Founded in 1950, SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career for women through an exciting array of training and development programs, networking opportunities, scholarships, outreach and advocacy activities, and much more."[5]


There are several different honorary societies recognized by Duke University and the Pratt School of Engineering. The first two are not discipline-specific, and are listed in order of founding:

  • Phi Beta Kappa (\Phi\Beta\Kappa): HQ, Duke Chapter
    • Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest honor society, and has as a motto, "Love of learning is the guide of life."[6] At Duke, Pratt students who have taken at least six graded courses in the Social Sciences and Humanities are eligible. No more than 10% of any class is elected to membership.
  • Tau Beta Pi (\Tau\Beta\Pi): HQ, Duke Chapter
    • Tau Beta Pi is the national engineering honor society. Its public creed is, "Integrity and excellence in engineering."[7] Approximately 1/8th of students with Junior standing and 1/5th of students with Senior standing are eligible for membership.

The remaining honor societies are department-specific. Generally, students completing dual or double majors are eligible for election to multiple societies.

  • Biomedical Engineering - Alpha Eta Mu Beta (\Alpha\Eta\Mu\Beta): HQ, No Duke chapter
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering - Chi Epsilon (\Chi\Epsilon): HQ, Duke Chapter
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering - Eta Kappa Nu (\Eta\Kappa\Nu): HQ, No site for Duke chapter
  • Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science - Pi Tau Sigma (\Pi\Tau\Sigma): HQ, No site for Duke chapter


The groups listed above and more can be found at Pratt's Student Groups site. This page will continue to be updated with links and descriptions in parallel with that page.


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External Links


  1. Duke Student Government
  2. ESG Mission
  3. The Mission
  4. Bylaws, Section 1 Subsection 1.2 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  5. About the Society of Women Engineers
  6. About Phi Beta Kappa
  7. Tau Beta Pi Mission