Max Gardner

Max is a 4+1 graduate student in the Mechanical Engineering and Material Science department at Duke University. After completing three graduate courses in his senior undergraduate year, he is now finishing his master’s degree after his second graduate semester.  Max graduated Cum Laude from Duke University in 2020 with a B.S.E in Mechanical Engineering, a Certificate in Aerospace Engineering, and a Minor in German. For his final senior design group project, he modeled and conducted finite element analysis of newly designed medical skull clamps. After his undergraduate studies finished, he interned as a Manufacturing Engineering Intern at Kearfott Corporation working on rate resolvers and mechanical gyroscopes. 

Research Interests

Max is currently assisting Dr. Donald Bliss in developing an improved analysis of 2-D unsteady supersonic flow. Linearized unsteady supersonic flow is analyzed with the intention of improving on the “piston theory” model while retaining functional simplicity and accuracy appropriate for use in aeroelastic analysis, over a wide Mach number range.