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.


  • Top 10 Best School for Engineering Majors by Salary Potential – $78,400 median pay for mechanical engineers with 0-5 years of work experience (Payscale.com)
  • Top 15 ranking in U.S. mechanical engineering faculty research productivity (Academic Analytics 2015 – published Dec. 2016)
  • #31 nationally among mechanical engineering graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report (2018)
  • #46 nationally among materials science graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report (2018)
  • Pratt is among the Top 10 Graduate Engineering Programs Popular with Women by U.S. News & World Report (2016)
  • Duke is #15 on Reuter's list of the 100 Most Innovative Universities in the World (Reuters.com)

Department at a Glance

  • 25 tenure track faculty
  • $14.77 million in new research awards, FY 2015 (200% increase since FY 2010)
  • 96 graduate students (10 PhD graduates per year)
  • 83 BSE graduates in 2015-2016 (May graduates, first major only)
  • MEMS Faculty Awards & Recognition

Research Groups

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

Research Centers


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

  • 92 PhD students
  • 56 MS students
  • 16 MEng students
  • THRUST international Master of Engineering program in aerodynamics
  • Funding sources are DOD, NSF, NIH, non-government & Industry, and other foundations
  • Students eligible for highly competitive Duke and Pratt fellowships