THRUST Masters of Engineering (MEng) Program

The Duke Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences has partnered with the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, and the University of Liège in Belgium to offer an international master's program in turbomachinery aeromechanics dubbed THRUST. The program offers students the opportunity to earn degrees from multiple partner institutions; Duke participants will earn both a master's degree from KTH (where they will spend the first program year in residence), and a master's degree from Duke (where the second year will be spent).


The application process is open September to November for the following year's program.

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Goals of the Program

  1. Provide a broadly international learning experience through a suite of turbomachinery aeromechanics courses offered at the four world-class universities.
  2. Offer a master-level program directly focused on aeromechanics in turbomachines. 
  3. Offer a curriculum that also presents extended industrial contacts through internships and workshops where the students, teachers and industrial partners will meet in person.
  4. Enable expert faculty at all four universities will make use of remote teaching technology for “virtual” interactive workshops and project courses.

Study Options

Semesters 1 & 2:

Semesters 3 & 4 choose between:

The THRUST program is supported by a $2.5 million Euros (~ $3.6 million U.S. dollars), five year grant from the European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus program and is one of 50 new masters and 13 doctorate programs selected in 2009.

The Erasmus Mundus program aims to enhance the quality of European higher education and promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through cooperation with countries outside the European Union. More information.

The name of the program comes from Desiderius Erasmus Rotterdamus, a 15th-century Dutch humanist and theologian who studied in the best monastic schools throughout Europe. In his days, he was known as one of the most brilliant students of the time. “Mundus” is the Latin word for “world” and stands for the program’s global outreach.

Duke Program Coordinator

Robert Kielb, Ph.D. 
+1 919 660 5327