Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

the lab of Shyni Varghese, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, and Orthopaedic Surgery PhD student Vardhman Kumar

Designing the Future

Tomorrow’s technologies will be built on foundations laid today in mechanical engineering and materials science. Duke’s Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science 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, Duke MEMS is 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

Our 300 undergraduate and graduate students are 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

Christopher Barrett Ames Profile Photo
Christopher Barrett Ames Profile Photo

Christopher Barrett Ames

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

Wilkins  Aquino Profile Photo
Wilkins Aquino Profile Photo

Wilkins Aquino

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

Gaurav  Arya Profile Photo
Gaurav Arya Profile Photo

Gaurav Arya

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

Matthew L Becker Profile Photo
Matthew L Becker Profile Photo

Matthew L 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

Donald B. Bliss Profile Photo
Donald B. Bliss Profile Photo

Donald B. Bliss

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

Volker  Blum Profile Photo
Volker Blum Profile Photo

Volker Blum

Rooney Family Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Leila  Bridgeman Profile Photo
Leila Bridgeman Profile Photo

Leila Bridgeman

Assistant Professor in the Thomas Lord Department 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

Daniel  Buckland Profile Photo
Daniel Buckland Profile Photo

Daniel Buckland

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

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

Chuan-Hua Chen

Associate Professor 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

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

Acting Chair of Biomedical Engineering

F. Hadley Cocks Profile Photo
F. Hadley Cocks Profile Photo

F. Hadley Cocks

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

Patrick James Codd Profile Photo
Patrick James Codd Profile Photo

Patrick James 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 Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Olivier  Delaire Profile Photo
Olivier Delaire Profile Photo

Olivier Delaire

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

John Everett Dolbow Profile Photo
John Everett Dolbow Profile Photo

John Everett 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 H. Dowell Profile Photo
Earl H. Dowell Profile Photo

Earl H. Dowell

William Holland Hall Distinguished Professor

Liang  Feng Profile Photo
Liang Feng Profile Photo

Liang Feng

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 P. Garg Profile Photo
Devendra P. Garg Profile Photo

Devendra P. Garg

Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Henri P. Gavin Profile Photo
Henri P. Gavin Profile Photo

Henri P. Gavin

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

Michela  Geri Profile Photo
Michela Geri Profile Photo

Michela Geri

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

Leanne  Gilbertson Profile Photo
Leanne Gilbertson Profile Photo

Leanne Gilbertson

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jeffrey  Glass Profile Photo
Jeffrey Glass Profile Photo

Jeffrey Glass

Hogg Family Director of Engineering Management & Entrepreneurship

Johann  Guilleminot Profile Photo
Johann Guilleminot Profile Photo

Johann Guilleminot

Paul Ruffin Scarborough Associate Professor of Engineering

Michael Richard Gustafson Profile Photo
Michael Richard Gustafson Profile Photo

Michael Richard Gustafson

Associate Professor of the Practice of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Kenneth C. Hall Profile Photo
Kenneth C. Hall Profile Photo

Kenneth C. Hall

Julian Francis Abele Distinguished Professor

Sara  Haravifard Profile Photo
Sara Haravifard Profile Photo

Sara Haravifard

William M. Fairbank Assistant Professor of Physics

Jonathan Riggs Holt Profile Photo
Jonathan Riggs Holt Profile Photo

Jonathan Riggs 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 Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Laurens E. Howle Profile Photo
Laurens E. Howle Profile Photo

Laurens E. 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 Dhafir Jones Profile Photo
Akhenaton-Andrew Dhafir Jones Profile Photo

Akhenaton-Andrew Dhafir Jones

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Bavand  Keshavarz Profile Photo
Bavand Keshavarz Profile Photo

Bavand Keshavarz

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 D. Knight Profile Photo
Josiah D. Knight Profile Photo

Josiah D. Knight

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

Genevieve  Lipp Profile Photo
Genevieve Lipp Profile Photo

Genevieve Lipp

Director, First-Year Computing Program

Natalia  Litchinitser Profile Photo
Natalia Litchinitser Profile Photo

Natalia Litchinitser

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Sylvie  Lorente Profile Photo
Sylvie Lorente Profile Photo

Sylvie Lorente

Adjunct Professor in the Thomas Lord 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 E. Marszalek Profile Photo
Piotr E. Marszalek Profile Photo

Piotr E. Marszalek

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

Shana L. McAlexander Profile Photo
Shana L. McAlexander Profile Photo

Shana L. McAlexander

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

Michael J Mehl Profile Photo
Michael J Mehl Profile Photo

Michael J 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 the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Siobhan Rigby Oca Profile Photo
Siobhan Rigby Oca Profile Photo

Siobhan Rigby 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 K. Payne Profile Photo
Christine K. Payne Profile Photo

Christine K. 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

Hossein  Salahshoor Profile Photo
Hossein Salahshoor Profile Photo

Hossein Salahshoor

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

Christoph F. Schmidt Profile Photo
Christoph F. Schmidt Profile Photo

Christoph F. Schmidt

Hertha Sponer Distinguished Professor of Physics

Guglielmo  Scovazzi Profile Photo
Guglielmo Scovazzi Profile Photo

Guglielmo Scovazzi

Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Edward J. Shaughnessy Profile Photo
Edward J. Shaughnessy Profile Photo

Edward J. Shaughnessy

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

Rebecca  Simmons Profile Photo
Rebecca Simmons Profile Photo

Rebecca Simmons

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

Walter Neal Simmons Profile Photo
Walter Neal Simmons Profile Photo

Walter Neal 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 Yu Tan Profile Photo
Teh Yu Tan Profile Photo

Teh Yu Tan

Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Jeffrey P. Thomas Profile Photo
Jeffrey P. Thomas Profile Photo

Jeffrey P. Thomas

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

Robert  Twiss Profile Photo
Robert Twiss Profile Photo

Robert Twiss

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

Manolis  Veveakis Profile Photo
Manolis Veveakis Profile Photo

Manolis Veveakis

Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lawrence N. Virgin Profile Photo
Lawrence N. Virgin Profile Photo

Lawrence N. 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 P. Witelski Profile Photo
Thomas P. Witelski Profile Photo

Thomas P. Witelski

Professor in the Department of Mathematics

Donald  Wright Profile Photo
Donald Wright Profile Photo

Donald Wright

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

Shujie  Yang Profile Photo
Shujie Yang Profile Photo

Shujie Yang

Visiting Scholar in the Thomas Lord Department 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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