Duke Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science | Facts and Stats

Facts & Stats

The Duke Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science offers rigorous and flexible undergraduate, master's and doctoral (PhD) degree programs that cultivate creative engineers who are inspired and equipped to solve complex societal problems.

Duke MEMS research reflects a distinctive multidisciplinary focus, and offers each of our students extensive opportunities to pursue personal interests that lead to high-impact career development.

Duke Mems at a Glance

  • 30 tenured or tenure-track faculty
  • $10.1 million in new research awards, fiscal 2019
  • 162 graduate students
  • 68 BSE graduates, 2019 (May graduates only, mechanical engineering as first major only)
  • MEMS faculty awards & recognition


  • Top 20 U.S. undergraduate engineering program—U.S.News & World Report
  • Top 10 Best School for Engineering Majors by Salary Potential—Payscale.com
  • #4 STEM University for Women—Forbes
  • Top 10 Graduate Engineering School Popular with Women—U.S.News & World Report
  • Top 15 U.S. college that pays off the most for engineering students—CNBC
  • Top 20 in U.S. mechanical engineering research productivity—Academic Analytics 2017 (published June 2019)
  • Top 40 materials science graduate program—U.S.News & World Report


Undergraduate Program

  • 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, Duke chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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Graduate Program

  • 95 PhD students
  • 47 Master of Science (MS) students
  • 20 Master of Engineering (MEng) students
  • International THRUST MEng program in turbomachinery aeromechanics
  • Funding: U.S. Department of Defense, National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), nongovernmental, industry, and foundations

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Updated March 17, 2020