Ken Gall

Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Professor Gall’s 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 interests are 3D printed metals and polymers, soft synthetic biomaterials, and biopolymers with structured surface porous networks. 

In addition to his research he has consulted for industry, the US Military and the US Intelligence Community, and served as an expert witness in multiple patent and product litigations.  Finally, he is a passionate entrepreneur who uses fundamental scientific knowledge to hasten the commercialization of new materials and improve the effectiveness of existing materials.   He founded two medical device start-up companies, MedShape and Vertera who have commercialized university based technologies in the orthopedic medical device space.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 144 Hudson Hall, Box 90300, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5430
  • Email Address:
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  • B.S. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1995
  • M.S. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1996
  • Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1998

Research Interests

Materials science, mechanical properties, metals and polymers. Specialties: Shape memory materials, biomaterials, 3D printing.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • ASEE Curtis McGraw Award. ASEE. 2012
  • TMS Robert Lansing Hardy Award. The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. 2008
  • ASM Bradley Stoughton Award. ASM International. 2005
  • ASME Gold Medal. ASME. 2004
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineering (PECASE). Department of Energy - NNSA. 2002

Courses Taught

  • EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering
  • ME 392: Undergraduate Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 491: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 492: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Abar, Bijan, Elijah Vail, Elizabeth Mathey, Ella Park, Nicholas B. Allen, Samuel B. Adams, and Ken Gall. “A bending model for assessing relative stiffness and strength of orthopaedic fixation constructs.” Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon) 111 (January 2024): 106135.
  • Peloquin, J., Y. Han, and K. Gall. “Printability and mechanical behavior as a function of base material, structure, and a wide range of porosities for polymer lattice structures fabricated by vat-based 3D printing.” Additive Manufacturing 78 (September 25, 2023).
  • Johnson, James W., Ben Gadomski, Kevin Labus, Holly Stewart, Brad Nelson, Howie Seim, Dan Regan, et al. “Novel 3D printed lattice structure titanium cages evaluated in an ovine model of interbody fusion.” JOR Spine 6, no. 3 (September 2023): e1268.
  • Peloquin, J., A. Kirillova, C. Rudin, L. C. Brinson, and K. Gall. “Prediction of tensile performance for 3D printed photopolymer gyroid lattices using structural porosity, base material properties, and machine learning.” Materials and Design 232 (August 1, 2023).
  • Peloquin, Jacob, Alina Kirillova, Elizabeth Mathey, Cynthia Rudin, L Catherine Brinson, and Ken Gall. “Tensile performance data of 3D printed photopolymer gyroid lattices.” Data in Brief 49 (August 2023): 109396.