Duke Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science | Master's Aerospace Certificate

Aerospace Graduate Certificate

Enhance Your Duke Degree with a Focus on Aerospace Research and Technology

Students in Duke Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science master's and PhD programs can expand their learning experience through the Studies and Opportunities in Aerospace Research (SOAR) Aerospace Graduate Certificate.

In our research groups and courses we educate future leaders in engineering to enable the development of high performance and ultra-efficient aircraft, including drones and UAVs. Reduced emissions, noise and vibration are also important goals for our team.

The globally recognized faculty within the SOAR certificate program are experts in structures and dynamics, aerodynamics, acoustics, and mathematical and computational methods.

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"I chose Duke because its aeroelasticity faculty are some of the most renowned in this field in the world."

Jing Li, PhD

Jing Li
Duke Master's and PhD Graduate
Turbo Machine Research Engineer, General Electric
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Program Features

In-Depth and Hands-On

  • Advanced training in focused courses
  • Compelling aerospace seminars, featuring academic and industry experts
  • Create a research presentation to deliver to faculty
  • Receive a transcript designation to share with potential employer or doctoral program

Certificate Requirements

Aligned with Duke Graduate Degree Requirements

  • Four technical courses (click below to browse course lists)
  • Attend four aerospace seminars
  • Aerospace research presentation delivered to program faculty

Structures & Dynamics Courses

  • ME 544 Advanced Mechanical Vibrations (Fall)—Core Course
  • ME 524/CE 530 Introduction to Finite Element Methods (Spring)—Core Course
  • ME 527 Buckling of Engineering Structures (Every other Spring)
  • CEE 541 Structural Dynamics (Occasionally)
  • ME 541 Intermediate Dynamics (Fall)
  • ME 742 Nonlinear Mechanical Vibrations (Spring)
  • CEE 629 System Identification (Every other Spring, even years)

Aerodynamics & Acoustics Courses

  • ME 581 Aerodynamics (Fall)—Core Course
  • ME 572 Engineering Acoustics (Spring)—Core Course
  • ME 672 Unsteady Aerodynamics (Fall)
  • ME 671 Advanced Aerodynamics (Occasionally)
  • ME 555 Advanced Acoustics (Occasionally)
  • ME 775 Aeroelasticity (Spring)

Mathematical and Computational Methods Courses

  • MATH 551 Applied Partial Differential Equations & Complex Variables (Fall)
  • MATH 577 Mathematical Modeling (Spring)
  • ME 639 Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer (Fall)
  • ME 524/CE 530 Finite Element Method (Fall)
  • MATH 561 Numerical Linear Algebra, Optimization & Monte Carlo Simulation (Fall)
  • COMPSCI 520 Numerical Analysis (Spring)
  • MATH 563 Applied Computational Analysis (Spring)

Important Notes

  • The certificate is only available to graduate students in the Duke Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
  • Students must declare enrollment in this certificate program within their first semester
  • Participants must select a focus area, either Structures & Dynamics or Aerodynamics & Acoustics
  • Each focus area has two (2) required core courses (in bold)—at least one (1) must be in another area
  • Only one (1) Mathematical and Computational Methods course can be counted toward the four required courses
  • Course lists are subject to change

Duke Aero Research Group


Meet Our Faculty

Top-Flight Aerospace and Engineering Experts

With over 250 years combined of academic and industrial experience, our faculty includes many AIAA and ASME fellows—as well as recipients of the highest awards for research excellence in aerospace engineering.

Also, Duke is home to the GUIde Consortium of government, university and industry experts in turbomachinery aeroelasticity.

Wilkins Aquino

Wilkins Aquino

Anderson-Rupp Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Computational mechanics, finite element methods, computational inverse problems

Donald B Bliss

Donald Bliss

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, acoustics, and structural dynamics

Mary "Missy" Cummings

Mary "Missy" Cummings

Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Human-unmanned vehicle interaction, human-autonomous system collaboration, human-systems engineering

John E Dolbow

John E. Dolbow

Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Computational mechanics, finite element methods, computational inverse problems

Earl H Dowell

Earl H. Dowell

William Holland Hall Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: Aeroelasticity, acoustics, nonlinear dynamics, structural dynamics, and unsteady aerodynamics

Henri P. Gavin

Henri P. Gavin

Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Structural dynamics, nonlinear dynamics, system identification, optimal control with application to systems with controllable damping.

Kenneth C Hall

Kenneth C. Hall

Julian Francis Abele Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Unsteady aerodynamics, structural dynamics, and aeroelasticity of turbomachinery and aerospace vehicles

Laurens E Howle

Laurens E. Howle

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Hydroelastic modeling of deformable structures, transport in thermal and chemical systems, experimental and computational fluid dynamics, mechanical design, manufacturing engineering, wind power

Robert Kielb

Robert Kielb

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Research Interests: Unsteady aerodynamics, aeroelasticity, mistuning, damping, and probabilistic methods.

Josiah D. Knight

Josiah D. Knight

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and dynamics

Brian Mann

Brian Mann

Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Nonlinear dynamics and vibration utilizing analytical, numerical, and experimental techniques

Lawrie N. Virgin

Lawrie N. Virgin

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Research Interests: Fundamental nature of nonlinear systems and the application of nonlinear dynamical systems theory to problems of practical engineering importance.

Thomas P. Witelski

Thomas P. Witelski

Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Research Interests: The solution of nonlinear ordinary and partial differential equations via perturbation methods.


Research Facilities


Aerospace Testing, Robotics, Fabrication & More


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Contacts

Faculty Leader

Robert Kielb

Robert Kielb

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
rkielb@duke.edu

Program Coordinators

Julia Orlidge-Diehl

Julia Orlidge-Diehl

PhD Contact
julia.orlidge@duke.edu

Brandy Oldham

Brandy Oldham

Master's Contact
brandy.oldham@duke.edu