Dr.  Ken Gall is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University. His 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 interest are 3D printed metals and polymers, soft synthetic biomaterials, and biopolymers with structured surfaced porous networks.

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Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1995

  • 2005 University of Colorado Mechanical Engineering Professor of the Year
  • 2005 ASM Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers
  • 2004 ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal
  • 2004 University of Colorado Teacher Recognition Award
  • 2004 SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Fellow
  • 2003 Subaru Educator Spotlight Award
  • 2002 Boulder Faculty Assembly (BFA) Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2001 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • 2001 DOE Early Career Scientist and Engineer Award
  • 2001 University of Colorado Junior Faculty Development Award (JFDA)
  • 2000 Sullivan-Carlson Innovation in Teaching Award
Research Keywords:
mechanical properties,fatigue and fracture,shape memory materials,translational biomaterials research
  • metallic and polymer biomaterials
  • mechanically active materials
  • nanometer scale materials and characterization
  1. C. M. Yakacki, R. Shandas, C. Lanning, B. Rech, A. Eckstein, and K. Gall (2007) Unconstrained Recovery Characterization of shape-memory polymer networks for cardiovascular applications. Biomaterials, vol. 28, pp. 2255-2263.
  2. K. Gall, J. Tyber, V. Brice, C. P. Frick, H. J. Maier, and N. Morgan (2005) Tensile Deformation of NiTi Wires. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, vol. 75A, pp. 810-823.
  3. J. Diao, K. Gall and M. L. Dunn (2003) Surface-Stress-Induced Phase Transformation in Metal Nanowires. Nature Materials, vol. 2, no. 10, pp. 656-660.