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Research efforts in Mechanical Engineering include unsteady aerodynamic and vortex dominated flows associated with aeroelasticity and aeroacoustics of aircraft and turbomachinery. Research in dynamics includes aeroelasticity, controls, acoustics, adaptive structures and systems, and chaos. Energy, heat transfer, and intelligent systems are also active areas of research in the department.

Duke's Mechanical Engineers are refining the design of helicopter rotor blades, developing models to help robot mine-sweepers navigate strange surroundings to find hidden explosives, and building a device that uses droplets of water to carry payloads such as proteins and drug capsules. This kind of real-world research is reflected in the courses we offer to our Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineeringstudents. In addition, many of our faculty consult with industry and bring that experience back to our students through classes and projects. The MEng program will help you become an expert at solving technical problems and prepare you to smoothly navigate corporate culture.

The Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering is a 30 credit degree distributed as follows:

  • Core Industry Preparation Courses (6 credits)
  • Departmental Core Requirements (18 credits)
  • Specialization Requirements (6 credits)
  • Internship, Applied Research Experience or Project (zero credits)
Courses:
  • Mechanics: Biomechanics
  • Mechanics: Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics: Dynamics
  • Mechanics: Vibrations
  • Controls
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Aerodynamics
  • Aeroelasticity
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics


Program requirements

Students seeking to do graduate work at Duke University for degree purposes must hold a U.S. bachelor’s degree or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.Required documents and information:TranscriptsLetters of recommendationStatement of purposeGRE scoresGPAWriting samples English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 TOEFL paper-based test score : 577 TOEFL iBT® test: 90
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