Aerospace Master of Engineering (MEng) Program
Train for an aerospace career with world-class expert faculty
Within our Masters of Engineering (MEng) in Mechanical Engineering program is Studies and Opportunities in Aerospace Research, also known as SOAR – which trains engineers to develop tomorrow’s ultra-efficient aircraft, including drones and UAV's, and to find solutions to problems surrounding fuel consumption, noise, and emissions.
Duke's three-semester, 30-credit Master of Engineering (MEng) in Mechanical Engineering program with concentration in aerospace – SOAR – includes:
- Flexibility – You have the opportunity to focus on aerospace and turbomachinery topics relevant to your aerospace industry career choice
- Business and management fundamentals
- An applied engineering experience
Meet Our Graduates
Application and Consultant Engineer at NUMECA-USA Inc.
MEng, 2012; PhD, 2015
Our aero faculty group, led by Earl H. Dowell, has over 250 years combined of academic and industrial experience in aircraft and propulsions system design, and includes many AIAA and ASME fellows and recipients of the highest awards for research excellence in aerospace engineering.
Duke MEng in Mechanical Engineering aerospace concentration students work under faculty in the world's premier research group focused on aeroacoustics, aerodynamics (steady and unsteady), aeroelasticity and aeromechanics.
In addition, Duke research groups work with leaders in the aerospace industry. Duke is home to the GUIde Consortium of government, university and industry experts in turbomachinery aeroelasticity. The consortium includes members from nearly every major worldwide turbomachinery manufacturer.
Meet Our Faculty
Research conducted by our MEMS faculty touches on topics including turbomachinery, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and drones, fixed wing aircraft, rotary wing aircraft, solar sail spacecraft, and more. Our aerospace research facilities include:
- Humans and Autonomy Lab (HAL)
- Subsonic wind tunnel
- Professional and student machine shops
- 3D printers (polymers, metals and composites)
- Controls laboratory
- Computational facilities
How to Apply
Applications for the Duke MEng in Mechanical Engineering are accepted for admission in the spring or fall.
- For fall admission: January 15 (Round 1), March 15 (Round 2) and June 1 (Round 3–US citizens and permanent residents only)
- For spring admission: September 1 (Round 1) and November 1 (Round 2–US citizens and permanent residents only)
Sample Degree Plan
- MENG 570: Business Fundamentals for Engineers
- ME 544: Advanced Mechanical Vibrations
- ME 473: Aerospace Structures*
- MENG 540: Management in High Tech Industries
- ME 775: Aeroelasticity
- Mathematics Course
- Computational Course
- ME 672: Unsteady Aerodynamics
- Core Elective
- ME 555: Mini-Thesis
*Note: No more than one 400-level undergraduate course can be applied to the MEng degree, and a minimum of a B must be earned for it to count. Undergraduate courses at the 200 level and lower may be taken, but cannot be used to fulfill MEng degree requirements.