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Mechanical engineers design and develop machines to perform work, from bicycles to jetliners to space shuttles. Anything that involves the design and manufacturing of mechanical, thermal or electronic devices is encompassed by mechanical engineering. Such engineers work in the fields that support the entire spectrum of consumer products, including robotics, automotives, and packaging and transportation. They are playing a key role in efforts to develop nano-sized machines and ultimately, to enable industrial-scale nanomanufacturing. Mechanical engineers frequently work in areas that cross over into other disciplines, particularly biology and medicine. For example, mechanical engineers at Duke are helping to develop artificial tissue and organs, and novel treatments for cancer and biomedical imaging.

Today our graduates are working in every level of government, industry and academe. Alumni from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science are pursuing their careers at Boeing in St. Louis and Seattle; Duke University; Harvard University; McGill University in Montreal; NASA Ames in California; NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia; the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC; Pratt and Whitney Corporation in Hartford, Connecticut; the Science Magnet School in Birmingham, Alabama; Sun Microsystems in Palo Alto; Technology Modeling in Boston; University of Connecticut; University of Michigan; University of Pittsburgh; Washington State University; and Washington University in St. Louis, just to name a few of the many organizations where Duke graduates have found exciting opportunities for their life after Duke.

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Stories About Our Alumni

August 17, 2010
Having a father as a welder and farmer as well as several uncles in construction as superintendents, contractors, brick masons and carpenters, math and science were made practical to Howard Conyers. Even as a small child who didn’t know what an engineer was, he experienced both fields with his...
May 05, 2010
After graduating from Duke in May 2007 with a triple major in Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Economics, Andrew Longenecker joined McKinsey & Company in their New York City office. As a management consulting firm, McKinsey offers strategic business consulting to companies...
April 23, 2010
By Lyndsey MorganAdvice to Duke Students from Pratt alumnus Herbie Bohnet: Work hard, have fun.  This is apropos advice coming from Bohnet, who graduated in 2000 with a double major in biomedical and mechanical engineering. A major highlight of his college career was watching the goalposts...
January 26, 2010
By Lyndsey MorganSince graduating in 2005 with a degree in mechanical engineering, Noel Bakhtian has been living the life of an academic. She is currently in the middle of her PhD program in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford.Although her program has a heavy workload, Bakhtian admitted, “It’s...
July 09, 2009
What Philip Bayly laughingly calls a “character flaw” in his own personality has inspired him to pursue challenges in many different areas, from high-speed machining to measuring abnormal heart beats to understanding the tiny hair-like structures lining human lungs.What do these disparate...
July 06, 2009
Just like her mother, Ilinca Stanciulescu (Ph.D. ’05) has always excelled at math and science, and also like her mother, she became a civil engineer. A native of Romania, Stanciulescu earned a B.S. and an M.A.Sc. in civil engineering from the Technical University of Civil Engineering in Bucharest,...