Fanny Besem, MEMS Aeroelasticity group

Aerospace Masters of Engineering (MEng) Program

Train for an aerospace career with world-class expert faculty

Within our Masters of Engineering (MEng) in Mechanical Engineering program is Studies and Opportunities in Aerospace Research, also known as SOAR – which trains engineers to develop tomorrow’s ultra-efficient aircraft, including drones and UAV's, and to find solutions to problems surrounding fuel consumption, noise, and emissions.


Duke's three-semester, 30-credit Master of Engineering (MEng) in Mechanical Engineering program with concentration in aerospace – SOAR – includes:

  • Flexibility – You have the opportunity to focus on aerospace and turbomachinery topics relevant to your aerospace industry career choice
  • Business and management fundamentals
  • An applied engineering experience

Meet Our Graduates

Fanny BesemFanny Besem

Application and Consultant Engineer at NUMECA-USA Inc.
MEng, 2012; PhD, 2015

Carlos ChavezCarlos Chávez

Product Development Engineer at Honeywell
THRUST Masters of Engineering Program, 2013

Jing LiJing Li

R&D Mechanical Engineer, GE Global Research Center
THRUST Masters of Engineering Program, 2013; PhD in Mechanical Engineering, 2016


Earl H. DowellOur aero faculty group, led by Earl H. Dowell, has over 250 years combined of academic and industrial experience in aircraft and propulsions system design, and includes many AIAA and ASME fellows and recipients of the highest awards for research excellence in aerospace engineering.

Duke MEng in Mechanical Engineering aerospace concentration students work under faculty in the world's premier research group focused on aeroacoustics, aerodynamics (steady and unsteady), aeroelasticity and aeromechanics.

In addition, Duke research groups work with leaders in the aerospace industry. Duke is home to the GUIde Consortium of government, university and industry experts in turbomachinery aeroelasticity. The consortium includes members from nearly every major worldwide turbomachinery manufacturer.


Research conducted by our MEMS faculty touches on topics including turbomachinery, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and drones, fixed wing aircraft, rotary wing aircraft, solar sail spacecraft, and more. Our aerospace research facilities include:

How to Apply

Applications for the Duke MEng in Mechanical Engineering are accepted for admission in the spring or fall.

Application deadlines:

  • For fall admission: January 15 (Round 1), March 15 (Round 2) and June 1 (Round 3–US citizens and permanent residents only)
  • For spring admission: September 1 (Round 1) and November 1 (Round 2–US citizens and permanent residents only)


How to Apply


Sample Degree Plan

Semester 1

  • MENG 570: Business Fundamentals for Engineers
  • ME 544: Advanced Mechanical Vibrations
  • ME 581: Aerodynamics

Semester 2

  • MENG 540: Management in High Tech Industries
  • ME 775: Aeroelasticity
  • Mathematics Course
  • Computational Course

Semester 3

  • ME 672: Unsteady Aerodynamics
  • Core Elective
  • ME 555: Mini-Thesis