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Facts & Stats


Rigorous and flexible educational programs

Undergraduate, master's and doctoral (PhD) education that cultivates creative engineers equipped to solve complex problems

Leading engineering research

Designing the future of mechanical systems and materials

Duke Mems at a Glance

  • 31 tenured or tenure-track faculty
  • $12 million in new research awards, fiscal 2021
  • 133 master's and PhD students
  • 84 BSE graduates in the Class of 2021 (May graduates only, mechanical engineering as first major only)

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  • #4 STEM University for Women—Forbes
  • Top 20 in U.S. mechanical engineering research productivity—Academic Analytics, v.2021
  • Top 10 Graduate Engineering School Popular with Women—U.S.News & World Report
  • Top 10 Best School for Engineering Majors by Salary Potential—Payscale.com
  • Top 25 (tie) undergraduate program in mechanical engineering—U.S.News & World Report
  • Top 30 graduate programs in mechanical engineering and materials science—U.S.News & World Report


Areas of Research Focus

Major Research and Training Efforts

Duke MEMS Centers & Consortia


Undergraduate Program

  • 181 undergraduates, 2021 academic year
  • Certificates: Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and Energy & the Environment
  • Double majors: Computer Science, Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Economics
  • Fellowships: Duke, Pratt Research, and Chambers
  • Co-Curricular opportunities: Duke Smart Home, Duke Electric Vehicles, Duke Motorsports, Duke Robotics, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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Graduate Program

  • 94 PhD students
  • 19 Master of Science (MS) students
  • 20 Master of Engineering (MEng) students
  • Participation in Duke's University Program in Materials Science & Engineering
  • Funding: U.S. Department of Defense, National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), non-governmental, industry, and foundations

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