Kenneth A Gall


Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Professor Gall’s research aims to develop a fundamental understanding of the relationship between the processing, structure, and mechanical properties of materials.  His scientific contributions range from the creation and understanding of shape memory metals and polymers to the discovery of a new phase transformation in metal nanowires.  His current research interests are 3D printed metals and polymers, soft synthetic biomaterials, and biopolymers with structured surface porous networks. 

In addition to his research he has consulted for industry, the US Military and the US Intelligence Community, and served as an expert witness in multiple patent and product litigations.  Finally, he is a passionate entrepreneur who uses fundamental scientific knowledge to hasten the commercialization of new materials and improve the effectiveness of existing materials.   He founded two medical device start-up companies, MedShape and Vertera who have commercialized university based technologies in the orthopedic medical device space.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Associate Director in the Pratt School of Engineering, MEDx Inititative
  • Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship in the Pratt School of Engineering
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Core Faculty in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 144 Hudson Hall, Box 90300, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5430
  • Email Address:
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  • Ph.D. University of Illinois -- Urbana-Champaign, 1998
  • M.S. University of Illinois -- Urbana-Champaign, 1996
  • B.S. University of Illinois -- Urbana-Champaign, 1995

Research Interests

Materials science, mechanical properties, metals and polymers. Specialties: Shape memory materials, biomaterials, 3D printing.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • ASEE Curtis McGraw Award. ASEE. 2012
  • TMS Robert Lansing Hardy Award. The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. 2008
  • ASM Bradley Stoughton Award. ASM International. 2005
  • ASME Gold Medal. ASME. 2004
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineering (PECASE). Department of Energy - NNSA. 2002

Courses Taught

  • BME 394: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 791: Graduate Independent Study
  • BME 792: Continuation of Graduate Independent Study
  • COMPSCI 391: Independent Study
  • EGR 101L: Engineering Design and Communication
  • EGR 391: Projects in Engineering
  • EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering
  • EGRMGMT 590: Advanced Topics in Engineering Management
  • ME 391: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 392: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 421L: Mechanical Design
  • ME 491: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 492: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 591: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
  • ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Torstrick, FB; Klosterhoff, BS; Lee, CSD; Gall, K; Safranski, DL, Authors' reply to Letter to the Editor regarding: Impaction durability of porous PEEK and titanium-coated PEEK interbody fusion devices., The Spine Journal : Official Journal of the North American Spine Society, vol 19 no. 12 (2019), pp. 2042-2043 [10.1016/j.spinee.2019.06.015] [abs].
  • Kelly, CN; Francovich, J; Julmi, S; Safranski, D; Guldberg, RE; Maier, HJ; Gall, K, Fatigue behavior of As-built selective laser melted titanium scaffolds with sheet-based gyroid microarchitecture for bone tissue engineering., Acta Biomaterialia, vol 94 (2019), pp. 610-626 [10.1016/j.actbio.2019.05.046] [abs].
  • Green, JL; Ruppert, D; Glisson, R; Ibrahim, M; Gall, K; Levinson, H, Application of a novel suture anchor to abdominal wall closure., Am J Surg, vol 218 no. 1 (2019), pp. 1-6 [10.1016/j.amjsurg.2019.04.016] [abs].
  • Kelly, CN; Evans, NT; Irvin, CW; Chapman, SC; Gall, K; Safranski, DL, The effect of surface topography and porosity on the tensile fatigue of 3D printed Ti-6Al-4V fabricated by selective laser melting., Materials Science and Engineering: C, vol 98 (2019), pp. 726-736 [10.1016/j.msec.2019.01.024] [abs].
  • Warder, HH; Fairley, JK; Coutts, J; Glisson, RR; Gall, K, Examining the viability of carbon fiber reinforced three-dimensionally printed prosthetic feet created by composite filament fabrication., Prosthetics and Orthotics International, vol 42 no. 6 (2018), pp. 644-651 [10.1177/0309364618785726] [abs].