Student and Industry Opportunities

Student Opportunities

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

Undergraduate Student Opportunities

Graduate Student Opportunities

Duke Graduate Program

SOAR Certificate Program: The Studies and Opportunities in Aerospace Research (SOAR) certificate can enhance your Duke Degree. Work with esteemed faculty in rigorous coursework and on engaging projects through this program.

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

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  mail  the faculty members directly to inquire about collaboration and visiting opportunities

THRUST Program

Thrust Part of Explore Energy logoDuke's Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences is partnering with the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, and the University of Liège in Belgium to offer a new international masters program in turbomachinery aeromechanics dubbed THRUST. The program offers students the opportunity to earn degrees from multiple partner institutions; Duke participants will earn both a Masters degree from KTH (where they will spend the first program year in residence), and a Masters degree from Duke (where the secondyear will be spent)

For information regarding application process and deadlines please visit the THRUST website.

Goals of the Program
  1. Provide a broadly international learning experience through a suite of turbomachinery aeromechanics courses offered at the four world-class universities.
  2. Offer a master-level program directly focused on aeromechanics in turbomachines. 
  3. Offer a curriculum that also presents extended industrial contacts through internships and workshops where the students, teachers and industrial partners will meet in person.
  4. Enable expert faculty at all four universities will make use of remote teaching technology for “virtual” interactive workshops and project courses.
Study Options

Semesters 1 & 2:

Semesters 3 & 4 choose between:

Duke Program Coordinator: 

Robert Kielb, Ph.D. 
+1 919 660 5327

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 (2018-2021)