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Facts & Stats

Duke's Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science:

  • 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

  • 30 tenured or tenure-track faculty
  • $10 million in new research awards, fiscal 2020
  • 163 master's and PhD students
  • 90 BSE graduates in the Class of 2020 (May graduates only, mechanical engineering as first major only)

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  • #4 STEM University for Women—Forbes
  • Top 10 in U.S. mechanical engineering research productivity—Academic Analytics (v.2020)
  • 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 15 U.S. college that pays off the most for engineering students—CNBC
  • Top 30 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 Initiatives

Duke MEMS Centers & Consortia


Undergraduate Program

  • 181 undergraduates, 2020 academic year
  • Double majors: Computer Science, Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Economics
  • Certificates: Aerospace Engineering, and Energy & the Environment
  • 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

  • 103 PhD students
  • 36 Master of Science (MS) students
  • 24 Master of Engineering (MEng) students
  • THRUST: an international Master of Engineering (MEng) in turbomachinery aeromechanics
  • 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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Updated March 30, 2021