PhD Career Outcomes

A graduate degree in mechanical engineering and materials science from Duke helps to open opportunities for future success.

Duke MEMS has an excellent track record of our doctoral graduates establishing careers in both industry roles and academic and research positions at prestigious universities—and empowering a growing number to start their own companies.



About 45 percent of MEMS PhD grads go onto positions in academia. Recent examples include:

  • Denmark Technological University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Max Planck Institute
  • Northwestern University
  • U.S. Naval Academy
  • University of Maryland at College Park
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Virginia Tech
  • And more

Industry & Public Sector

About 55 percent of MEMS PhD grads go onto careers in the public and private sectors. Recent examples include:

  • Amazon
  • Corning
  • Dynamo Micropower (co-founder)
  • Krylobyte (co-founder)
  • McKinsey & Company
  • NASA
  • Nest
  • Rolls-Royce
  • SpaceX
  • Aeronautical Development Agency (India)
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
  • And more



Data reflect current positions for PhD alumni who graduated summer 2008-spring 2018.