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, and thermodynamics, as well as biological and electronic 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 characteristic 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.

October 25, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. – Just as a corset improves the appearance of its wearer by keeping everything tightly together, rigidly constraining insulating materials in electrical components can increase their energy density and decrease their rates of failure.
September 08, 2011
Recognizing that some of the leading scientists and engineers involved in the field of soft matter research are located in the Research Triangle Park area, the National Science Foundation has provided a six-year, $13.6 million grant to establish a multi-university center to investigate aspects of...
August 09, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. – While roofs across the world sport photovoltaic solar panels to convert sunlight into electricity, a Duke University engineer believes a novel hybrid system can wring even more useful energy out of the sun's rays.
July 20, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. – Esses are everywhere.From economic trends, population growth, the spread of cancer, or the adoption of new technology, certain patterns inevitably seem to emerge. A new technology, for example, begins with slow acceptance, followed by explosive growth, only to level off before “...
March 30, 2011
Mechanical engineering Associate Professor Stefano Curtarolo has been elected to Fellow of the Institute of Physics in recognition of his personal contribution to the advancement of physics as a discipline and a profession.Curtarolo, who joined the Duke faculty in 2003, is an associate professor in...
March 07, 2011
DURHAM, N.C.—A Duke University team has seen for the first time how soft polymers, such as wire insulation, can break down under exposure to electrical current.Researchers have known for decades that polymers, such those insulating wires, may break down due to deformation of the polymers. But the...