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Ken Gall


Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Professor Gall’s research aims to develop a fundamental understanding of the relationship between the processing, structure, and mechanical properties of materials.  His scientific contributions range from the creation and understanding of shape memory metals and polymers to the discovery of a new phase transformation in metal nanowires.  His current research interests are 3D printed metals and polymers, soft synthetic biomaterials, and biopolymers with structured surface porous networks. 

In addition to his research he has consulted for industry, the US Military and the US Intelligence Community, and served as an expert witness in multiple patent and product litigations.  Finally, he is a passionate entrepreneur who uses fundamental scientific knowledge to hasten the commercialization of new materials and improve the effectiveness of existing materials.   He founded two medical device start-up companies, MedShape and Vertera who have commercialized university based technologies in the orthopedic medical device space.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship in the Pratt School of Engineering
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 144 Hudson Hall, Box 90300, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5430
  • Email Address:
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  • Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1998
  • M.S. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1996
  • B.S. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1995

Research Interests

Materials science, mechanical properties, metals and polymers. Specialties: Shape memory materials, biomaterials, 3D printing.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • ASEE Curtis McGraw Award. ASEE. 2012
  • TMS Robert Lansing Hardy Award. The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. 2008
  • ASM Bradley Stoughton Award. ASM International. 2005
  • ASME Gold Medal. ASME. 2004
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineering (PECASE). Department of Energy - NNSA. 2002

Courses Taught

  • BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering
  • EGRMGMT 590: Advanced Topics in Engineering Management
  • ME 391: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 392: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 491: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 492: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 591: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
  • ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
  • ME 758S: Curricular Practical Training

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Chu, S; Guilleminot, J; Kelly, C; Abar, B; Gall, K, Stochastic Modeling and identification of material parameters on structures produced by additive manufacturing, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, vol 387 (2021) [10.1016/j.cma.2021.114166] [abs].
  • Kelly, CN; Wang, T; Crowley, J; Wills, D; Pelletier, MH; Westrick, ER; Adams, SB; Gall, K; Walsh, WR, High-strength, porous additively manufactured implants with optimized mechanical osseointegration., Biomaterials, vol 279 (2021) [10.1016/j.biomaterials.2021.121206] [abs].
  • Ruppert, DS; Mohammed, MM; Ibrahim, MM; Bachtiar, EO; Erning, K; Ansari, K; Everitt, JI; Brown, D; Klitzman, B; Koshut, W; Gall, K; Levinson, H, Poly(lactide-co-ε-caprolactone) scaffold promotes equivalent tissue integration and supports skin grafts compared to a predicate collagen scaffold., Wound Repair Regen, vol 29 no. 6 (2021), pp. 1035-1050 [10.1111/wrr.12951] [abs].
  • Abar, B; Kelly, C; Pham, A; Allen, N; Barber, H; Kelly, A; Mirando, AJ; Hilton, MJ; Gall, K; Adams, SB, Effect of surface topography on in vitro osteoblast function and mechanical performance of 3D printed titanium., J Biomed Mater Res A, vol 109 no. 10 (2021), pp. 1792-1802 [10.1002/jbm.a.37172] [abs].
  • Kirillova, A; Yeazel, TR; Asheghali, D; Petersen, SR; Dort, S; Gall, K; Becker, ML, Fabrication of Biomedical Scaffolds Using Biodegradable Polymers., Chemical Reviews, vol 121 no. 18 (2021), pp. 11238-11304 [10.1021/acs.chemrev.0c01200] [abs].