About Duke Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering offers broadly based undergraduate and graduate programs that cultivate the learning, thinking and problem-solving abilities needed to adapt, to develop and to exercise responsible leadership through times of rapid change. The department offers BSE, MEng, MS and PhD degree programs. Our research reflects a markedly cross-disciplinary focus and offers our students broad opportunities to match personal interests with career development.

Rankings

  • Top 15 in U.S. mechanical engineering faculty research productivity (Academic Analytics 2014)
  • #29 nationally among mechanical engineering graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report (2017)
  • Pratt is listed in the Top 10 Graduate Engineering Programs Popular with Women by U.S. News & World Report (2016)
  • Faculty Awards & Recognition

Department at a Glance

  • 25 tenure track faculty
  • $14.77 million in new research awards, FY 2015 (200% increase since FY 2010)
  • 92 graduate students (10 PhD graduates per year)
  • 79 BSE graduates in 2014-2015

Research Groups

  • Acoustics
  • Aerodynamics & Fluid Dynamics
  • Biomechanics & Biomaterials
  • Dynamics & Controls
  • Energy Tech & Thermodynamics
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanics & Material Science
  • Robotics

Research Centers

Students

Undergraduate Program

  • Double majors with Computer Science, Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Economics
  • Aerospace and Energy certificates
  • Duke, Pratt, Chambers Fellowship award winners
  • The Home Depot Smart Home, Electric Car, Duke Motorsports, Robotics competitions, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics chapter
  • Engage early in research

Graduate Program

  • 66 PhD students
  • 12 MS students
  • 14 MEng students
  • THRUST international master's program in aerodynamics
  • Funding sources are DOD, NSF, NIH, non-government & Industry, and other foundations
  • Students eligible for highly competitive Duke and Pratt fellowships