Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Designing the Future

Tomorrow’s technologies will be built on foundations laid today in mechanical engineering and materials science. Duke MEMS works to enable a better tomorrow by transcending the traditional definitions of these fields. By harnessing AI to develop complex computational modeling abilities, next-generation automation controllers and materials with comic-book-like properties, we’re helping tackle the world’s grandest challenges. Our vibrant community encourages students to work on these projects with esteemed faculty, engaging in critical projects from day one.

3

NSF and NIH funded training grants

Programs in AI for Materials Design, Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering, and Surgical Technology

#25

mechanical engineering graduate program in the US

US News & World Report

$12M

in new research awards

FY2023

83%

of Duke MEMS undergrads have jobs or offers at graduation

Duke MEMS is home to more than 300 undergraduate and graduate students, studying exciting areas of mechanical engineering and materials science, including energy, aerospace, soft matter, biomedical applications, scientific modeling and computing, and reliable autonomous technology.

MEMS Faculty

Wilkins Aquino Profile Photo
Wilkins Aquino Profile Photo

Wilkins Aquino

Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

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Gaurav Arya Profile Photo

Gaurav Arya

Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Matthew Becker Profile Photo
Matthew Becker Profile Photo

Matthew Becker

Hugo L. Blomquist Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

Adrian Bejan Profile Photo
Adrian Bejan Profile Photo

Adrian Bejan

J.A. Jones Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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Donald Bliss Profile Photo

Donald Bliss

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Volker Blum Profile Photo
Volker Blum Profile Photo

Volker Blum

Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Leila Bridgeman Profile Photo
Leila Bridgeman Profile Photo

Leila Bridgeman

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

L. Catherine Brinson Profile Photo
L. Catherine Brinson Profile Photo

L. Catherine Brinson

Donald M. Alstadt Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Boyuan Chen Profile Photo
Boyuan Chen Profile Photo

Boyuan Chen

Assistant Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Chuan-Hua Chen Profile Photo
Chuan-Hua Chen Profile Photo

Chuan-Hua Chen

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Miaofang Chi Profile Photo
Miaofang Chi Profile Photo

Miaofang Chi

Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Ashutosh Chilkoti Profile Photo
Ashutosh Chilkoti Profile Photo

Ashutosh Chilkoti

Senior Associate Dean

F. Cocks Profile Photo
F. Cocks Profile Photo

F. Cocks

Professor Emeritus in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Patrick Codd Profile Photo
Patrick Codd Profile Photo

Patrick Codd

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Stefano Curtarolo Profile Photo
Stefano Curtarolo Profile Photo

Stefano Curtarolo

Edmund T. Pratt Jr. School Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

George Delagrammatikas Profile Photo
George Delagrammatikas Profile Photo

George Delagrammatikas

Professor of the Practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Olivier Delaire Profile Photo
Olivier Delaire Profile Photo

Olivier Delaire

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

John Dolbow Profile Photo
John Dolbow Profile Photo

John Dolbow

Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Christopher Douglas Profile Photo
Christopher Douglas Profile Photo

Christopher Douglas

Visiting Assistant Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Earl Dowell Profile Photo
Earl Dowell Profile Photo

Earl Dowell

William Holland Hall Distinguished Professor

Liang Feng Profile Photo
Liang Feng Profile Photo

Liang Feng

Visiting Assistant Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Linda Franzoni Profile Photo
Linda Franzoni Profile Photo

Linda Franzoni

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education

Ken Gall Profile Photo
Ken Gall Profile Photo

Ken Gall

Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Alec Gallimore Profile Photo
Alec Gallimore Profile Photo

Alec Gallimore

Provost of Duke University

Devendra Garg Profile Photo
Devendra Garg Profile Photo

Devendra Garg

Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Henri Gavin Profile Photo
Henri Gavin Profile Photo

Henri Gavin

W. H. Gardner, Jr. Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Michela Geri Profile Photo
Michela Geri Profile Photo

Michela Geri

Visiting Assistant Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Jeffrey Glass Profile Photo
Jeffrey Glass Profile Photo

Jeffrey Glass

Hogg Family Director of Engineering Management & Entrepreneurship

Michael Gustafson Profile Photo
Michael Gustafson Profile Photo

Michael Gustafson

Associate Professor of the Practice of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Kenneth Hall Profile Photo
Kenneth Hall Profile Photo

Kenneth Hall

Julian Francis Abele Distinguished Professor

Sara Haravifard Profile Photo
Sara Haravifard Profile Photo

Sara Haravifard

William M. Fairbank Assistant Professor of Physics

Jonathan Holt Profile Photo
Jonathan Holt Profile Photo

Jonathan Holt

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Nico Hotz Profile Photo
Nico Hotz Profile Photo

Nico Hotz

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Laurens Howle Profile Photo
Laurens Howle Profile Photo

Laurens Howle

Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Po-Chun Hsu Profile Photo
Po-Chun Hsu Profile Photo

Po-Chun Hsu

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Tony Jun Huang Profile Photo
Tony Jun Huang Profile Photo

Tony Jun Huang

William Bevan Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Akhenaton-Andrew Jones Profile Photo
Akhenaton-Andrew Jones Profile Photo

Akhenaton-Andrew Jones

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Bavand Keshavarz Profile Photo
Bavand Keshavarz Profile Photo

Bavand Keshavarz

Visiting Assistant Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Robert Kielb Profile Photo
Robert Kielb Profile Photo

Robert Kielb

Professor of the Practice Emeritus in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Josiah Knight Profile Photo
Josiah Knight Profile Photo

Josiah Knight

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Genevieve Lipp Profile Photo
Genevieve Lipp Profile Photo

Genevieve Lipp

Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Sylvie Lorente Profile Photo
Sylvie Lorente Profile Photo

Sylvie Lorente

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Brian Mann Profile Photo
Brian Mann Profile Photo

Brian Mann

Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Piotr Marszalek Profile Photo
Piotr Marszalek Profile Photo

Piotr Marszalek

Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

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Shana McAlexander Profile Photo

Shana McAlexander

Assistant Research Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Michael Mehl Profile Photo
Michael Mehl Profile Photo

Michael Mehl

Assistant Research Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

David Mitzi Profile Photo
David Mitzi Profile Photo

David Mitzi

Simon Family Distinguished Professor

David Needham Profile Photo
David Needham Profile Photo

David Needham

Professor Emeritus in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Xiaoyue Ni Profile Photo
Xiaoyue Ni Profile Photo

Xiaoyue Ni

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Siobhan Oca Profile Photo
Siobhan Oca Profile Photo

Siobhan Oca

Assistant Professor of The Practice in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Miroslav Pajic Profile Photo
Miroslav Pajic Profile Photo

Miroslav Pajic

Dickinson Family Associate Professor

Christine Payne Profile Photo
Christine Payne Profile Photo

Christine Payne

Yoh Family Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Amanda Randles Profile Photo
Amanda Randles Profile Photo

Amanda Randles

Alfred Winborne and Victoria Stover Mordecai Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Michael Rubinstein Profile Photo
Michael Rubinstein Profile Photo

Michael Rubinstein

Aleksandar S. Vesic Distinguished Professor

Sophia Santillan Profile Photo
Sophia Santillan Profile Photo

Sophia Santillan

Associate Professor of the Practice in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Guglielmo Scovazzi Profile Photo
Guglielmo Scovazzi Profile Photo

Guglielmo Scovazzi

Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Edward Shaughnessy Profile Photo
Edward Shaughnessy Profile Photo

Edward Shaughnessy

Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Rebecca Simmons Profile Photo
Rebecca Simmons Profile Photo

Rebecca Simmons

Professor of the Practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sci

Walter Simmons Profile Photo
Walter Simmons Profile Photo

Walter Simmons

Gendell Family Professor of the Practice

Adrienne Stiff-Roberts Profile Photo
Adrienne Stiff-Roberts Profile Photo

Adrienne Stiff-Roberts

Associate Dean for Community-Based Innovation

Teh Tan Profile Photo
Teh Tan Profile Photo

Teh Tan

Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Jeffrey Thomas Profile Photo
Jeffrey Thomas Profile Photo

Jeffrey Thomas

Assistant Research Professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Robert Twiss Profile Photo
Robert Twiss Profile Photo

Robert Twiss

Adjunct Professor in the Engineering Graduate and Professional Programs

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Manolis Veveakis Profile Photo

Manolis Veveakis

Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Lawrence Virgin Profile Photo

Lawrence Virgin

Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Benjamin Wiley Profile Photo
Benjamin Wiley Profile Photo

Benjamin Wiley

Professor of Chemistry

Thomas Witelski Profile Photo
Thomas Witelski Profile Photo

Thomas Witelski

Professor in the Department of Mathematics

Donald Wright Profile Photo
Donald Wright Profile Photo

Donald Wright

Associate Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Sabino Zani Profile Photo
Sabino Zani Profile Photo

Sabino Zani

Associate Professor of Surgery

Stefan Zauscher Profile Photo
Stefan Zauscher Profile Photo

Stefan Zauscher

Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Michael Zavlanos Profile Photo
Michael Zavlanos Profile Photo

Michael Zavlanos

Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Pei Zhong Profile Photo
Pei Zhong Profile Photo

Pei Zhong

Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

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