Research

Duke's research in mechanical engineering and materials science addresses fundamental and applied engineering problems in the areas noted below. We are particularly strong in unsteady aerodynamics, controls, thermodynamics, and soft materials and interfaces. Our faculty maintain strong connections with industry, and lead multi-university research efforts--providing ample opportunities for graduate students to pursue research at the forefront of their field, and develop career-relevant experience. A defining characteristics of our research is an interdisciplinary approach that leverages the strengths of Duke's many departments and schools as a top research institution.

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Research at Duke

Opportunities for Graduate Study

Doctoral and Master of Science study in mechanical engineering and materials science at Duke is highly interdisciplinary, drawing on a broad slate of faculty from across the Pratt School of Engineering. Students have considerable flexibility in crafting a graduate program that suits individual interests, with core courses that reflect faculty research strengths.

The department also offers a program of study towards the Masters of Engineering (M.Eng) in either mechanical engineering or materials science. This 30-credit degree program includes course work towards departmental requirements, an area of specialization, business and management fundamentals, and an internship or applied research experience.

August 20, 2014
It’s not every day that a researcher has to worry about securing pieces of equipment to keep them from floating off during an experiment. But for a group of Duke undergraduate students this summer, it was a major concern. “During one of our trials I saw a washer from another team’s experiment float...
August 18, 2014
David Mitzi, an expert in developing new materials for solar cell and other energy applications, has joined the mechanical engineering and materials science department in Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. His research will focus on making emerging photovoltaic materials more effective...
August 14, 2014
Pratt’s Eco-Marathon team participated in the Shell Eco-Marathon in Texas this past April and performed better than they ever have. They placed second in the prototype-battery electric car competition, beating out nearly 30 competitors with their ultra energy-efficient vehicle and achieving a...
July 11, 2014
Two degrees plus two scan energies and one heavy metal equals a new way to detect dangerous plaques in the coronary arteries. Potentially. Jeffrey Ashton, a biomedical engineering graduate student in Duke University’s  MD-PhD program, has won an American Heart Association Fellowship to develop...
May 14, 2014
A U.S. and Korean research team has developed a chip-like device that could be scaled up to sort and store hundreds of thousands of individual living cells in a matter of minutes. The system is similar to a random access memory chip, but it moves cells rather than electrons. Researchers at Duke...
April 29, 2014
The MicroCT scanner at Duke University is available for use by anyone, whether it be a Duke researcher, a scientists from another university or someone from the private sector. The machine uses x-rays to create 3D models of objects and even lets researchers look through their interiors slice-by-...