University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering

Research centers



Research consortia



Research facilities

The University of Wisconsin-Madison encourages faculty members to work together on common research problems in cooperative research programs. Faculty members work together securing outside funds for research projects, advising graduate students, reporting on their work to the profession, and developing courses and textbooks based on their activities. Several such programs in the Department of Mechanical Engineering have received worldwide acclaim.



Research areas


Thermal science


State-of-the-art computational and experimental facilities are used in fundamental studies and applications of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Professors Bonazza, Corradini, Ghandhi, KleinMoskwa, Nellis, Pfefferkorn, Pfotenhauer, Reindl, Reitz, Sanders, Shedd.



Dynamics, vibrations and acoustics


Analytical, numerical and experimental methods applied to the characterization of mechanical components, structures, systems and materials. These activities intimately support product development, safety, weight minimization and component optimization for aerospace, automotive, electronics and general manufacturing. Current areas of emphasis include stress, strain and deformation analysis; modeling, testing and verification of kinematics and dynamic systems; applied finite elements; plate, shell, and pressure vessel characterization; composites; micromechanical design and analysis; photomechanics and optical techniques, and multi body problems. Professors EngelstadNegrut, Rowlands.



Mechatronics, robotics and automation


Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation research is conducted in a variety of areas by Professors Lorenz and Zinn



Design and manufacturing


Design and Manufacturing activities include the design and manufacturing of machines, systems, products, mechanisms and process. Professors Kou, Li, Min, Moskwa, Pfefferkorn, Qian, Shapiro, Straub, Suresh, Veeramani.



Polymer engineering and composites


The Polymer Engineering Center focuses on advancing technologies for a wide range of polymer and polymeric composite manufacturing processes. Professors Osswald, Rowlands, Turng, Rudolph.



Biomechanical engineering


Development of fundamental and applied engineering knowledge related to biomechanical systems, and the application of engineering expertise towards the design and development of leading-edge rehabilitative, assistive, and adaptive technologies that allow those with disabilities to achieve greater independence. Professors Adamczyk, Beebe, Chesler, Gruben, Henak, Ploeg, Roldan, Thelen.



Computer-aided engineering


The primary thrust of computer-aided engineering research is to develop mathematically sound theories, computationally efficient algorithms, and next generation tools for modeling, design, and simulation of a wide range of engineering artifacts and processes. Focus areas include mechanical, micro/nano-mechanical, electro-mechanical, thermal, fluid, and other multi-disciplinary and multi-scale systems. Professors Engelstad, Negrut, Qian, Shapiro, Suresh, Turng.