Master's Career Outcomes

A master's degree in mechanical engineering and materials science from Duke Engineering helps open opportunities for future success. Graduates of our MEMS program have gone on to careers at elite academic institutions and at leading aerospace, manufacturing and electonics firms.

In recent years about 60 percent of Duke MEMS master's students have gone directly into industry careers, while 40 percent of our Master of Science (MS) graduates and 10 percent of our Master of Engineering (MEng) graduates have gone on to PhD programs.

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Where Our Grads Are

Recent Academic Examples:

  • Duke University
  • Rice University
  • University of Liege (Belgium)
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Southampton (UK)
  • And more

Recent Industry Examples:

  • Raytheon
  • Lord Corporation
  • Blue Origin
  • Lutron Electronics
  • Honeywell
  • General Electric
  • Honda Aircraft Company
  • Lucid Motors
  • VMware
  • Capital One Labs
  • And more

Employment Data

Duke’s Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science master's programs prepare graduates for a variety of careers in industry. The programs' Career Services team supports students within each degree in both internship and job search, including major-specific resources, career management skills, building professional relationships, and exploring opportunities with top organizations. 

2017 Employment Outcomes

88% of master's graduates from May 2018, September 2018, and December 2018 who actively pursued employment or pursued further education found employment or were admitted to higher degree programs within six months of graduation.


  • Number of Graduates: 41
  • Average: $79,635
  • 25th Percentile: $68,000
  • 75th Percentile: $88,750

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Meet our Graduates

Fanny BesemFanny Besem

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

David BrittonDavid Britton

JD, Duke University School of Law, 2017
MS, Mechanical Engineering, 2017

Andrew BurtonAndrew Burton

Project Mechanical Engineer at Lutron Electronics
MEng in Mechanical Engineering (thermal fluids core, 4+1 program), 2017

Zekun CaoZekun Cao

PhD Student in Mechanical Engineering, Duke University
MS in Mechanical Engineering, 2017

Carlos ChavezCarlos Chávez

Product Development Engineer at Honeywell
THRUST Masters of Engineering Program (Aeroelasticity core), 2013

Yaying FengYaying Feng

PhD Student in Material Science, Duke University
MS in Materials Science, 2015

Emily Lim

Emily Lim

Aerospace Engineer at Blue Origin
MS in Mechanical Engineering (4+1 program), 2016

Shagun MaheshwariShagun Maheshwari

Mechanical Engineer at Applied Materials
MS in Mechanical Engineering, 2016

Yan ZhangYan Zhang

PhD student in Mechanical Engineering-Robotics at Duke University
MS in Mechanical Engineering, 2016