• Duke Aeroelasticity Student Welcomes Chinese President

    Zhiping Mao, a PhD student in Bob Kielb’s MEMS lab, was invited to Washington as the representative of Duke Chinese students at a recent ceremony for Chinese President Xi Jinping.

  • Meet the Women of Turbomachinery!

    Jing Li and Fanny Besem represent Duke by making history with the first all-female session at the 2015 ASME Turbo Expo Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

  • Aeroelasticity Group Successful at MEMS Retreat

    The aeroelasticity group put on a great showing at the 2013 Duke Mechanical Engineering and Material Science Annual Retreat winning multiple awards.

  • Aeroelasticity Group Volunteers with Durham Habitat for Humanity

    Graduate students in the Aeroelasticity Research Group joined other engineering graduate students for a morning volunteering with Durham Habitat for Humanity.

  • Flow visualization

    Chad Gibbs (Duke B.A. '10, Duke M.S. '12) traveled to Milan, Italy, to conduct collaborative research with researchers at the Politechnico di Milano.


Acoustics, Aerodynamics, Aeroelasticity and Aeromechanics are the 4 A's or Four Aces of the aerospace engineering program at Duke University. For many years an active research and graduate program has focused on the 4 A's. In the following you will meet those who have contributed to these programs, some of our most prominent graduates and of course the current faculty, staff and student team.

Student Opportunities

The Duke Aeroelasticity group provides great opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Undergraduate Opportunities

Aerospace Engineering Certificate Program: The Aerospace Certificate Program at Duke offers a rigorous and in depth exposure to scientific and engineering fundamentals in the broad set of core disciplines required in the aerospace field

Undergraduate Independent Study: Duke undergraduates are encouraged to contact faculty and/or graduate students within the research group to discuss possible research opportunities

Research Experience for Undergraduate Students: This is a great opportunity for undergraduates from around the country to explore conducting research at Duke.

Graduate Student at a Conference in ScotlandGraduate Student Opportunities

The Duke Aeroelasticity group is a great place to conduct groundbreaking research and is able to support students pursuing M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The group's extensive contacts in academia and industry make a degree a great launching point for a career. Our graduate students are funded through NASA, DoD, and NSF grants and fellowship. For more information on the application process vist http://www.mems.duke.edu/grad/how-apply.

Learn more about the current graduate students by visiting the Graduate Students page. Information on current graduate student research is found by visitng the Research Focus page.

The group is also interested in hosting graduate students from universities around the world on a visiting basis. Please direct mail directly to the faculty members to inquire about collaboration and visiting opportunities

Industry Opportunities


The acronym “GUIde” stands for Government Agencies, Universities, and Industry working together on a common goal. Through cooperation, the organizations within the Consortium develop an enhanced view of how to achieve their objective. Consequently, the Consortium serves as “guides” for one another in solving challenges in controlling the vibration of bladed disks.

Benefits: Over $3M worth of software, test data and knowledge

Membership: $50k per year for 5 years (2013-2017) 


For additional information or to ask a question please contact joshua.waite@duke.edu