Research

Duke's research in mechanical engineering and materials science addresses fundamental and applied engineering problems in the areas noted below. We are particularly strong in unsteady aerodynamics, controls, and thermodynamics, as well as biological and electronic materials and interfaces. Our faculty maintain strong connections with industry, and lead multi-university research efforts--providing ample opportunities for graduate students to pursue research at the forefront of their field, and develop career-relevant experience. A defining characteristic of our research is an interdisciplinary approach that leverages the strengths of Duke's many departments and schools as a top research institution.

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Research at Duke

Opportunities for Graduate Study

Doctoral and Master of Science study in mechanical engineering and materials science at Duke is highly interdisciplinary, drawing on a broad slate of faculty from across the Pratt School of Engineering. Students have considerable flexibility in crafting a graduate program that suits individual interests, with core courses that reflect faculty research strengths.

The department also offers a program of study towards the Masters of Engineering (M.Eng) in either mechanical engineering or materials science. This 30-credit degree program includes course work towards departmental requirements, an area of specialization, business and management fundamentals, and an internship or applied research experience.

April 28, 2016
Tony Jun Huang has joined the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science in Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. A leader in the fields of microfluidics, acoustofluidics and lab-on-a-chip technologies, Huang explores ways of using sound waves to precisely...
March 29, 2016
It's a corner stone of science: independent yet identical experiments should produce identical results. Only in this way can science identify ‘laws’, which lead to new insight and new technologies. However, several recent studies have pointed out that such reproducibility does not always come...
March 25, 2016
Stefano Curtarolo, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and director of the Center for Materials Genomics at Duke, has been named one of this year’s recipients of the Bessel Prize given by the Humboldt Foundation.
March 04, 2016
Materials scientist David Mitzi has been named the Simon Family Professor of Engineering at Duke University. Support for the new professorship comes from Susie Simon in honor of her late husband J. Stephen Simon (E’65), who was chair of the Board of Visitors for the Pratt School of Engineering and...
January 25, 2016
Earl Dowell, the William Holland Hall Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Duke University, has been named this year’s recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Reed Aeronautics Award. The award is the highest honor an individual can receive for notable...
December 07, 2015
Duke researchers have devised a way to take an in-depth look at a poorly understood phenomenon that commonly occurs in medical procedures using therapeutic ultrasound, such as shattering kidney stones, delivering drugs to cells, and, most recently, breaking the blood-brain barrier.