Ewoldt named to DuPont’s Class of Young Professors


Randy Ewoldt, assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering, was named one of 10 faculty members from around the world to the DuPont 2014 Class of Young Professors.

Over the next three years, DuPont will provide the 10 professors with $600,000 to support their work in advancing basic science to meet global challenges in food, energy, and protection. Additionally, each grant recipient is invited to present a seminar on his or her work to the DuPont research community.

Research interests among the class of 2014 Young Professors represent key components of DuPont science, and include promising research in the fields of plant biology and reproduction, biotechnology, microfluidics, nanoscience, materials science, and organic chemistry.

Ewoldt’s research focuses on fluid mechanics and rheology of complex fluids. His work often involves interdisciplinary collaborations and is a combination of experiment and theory. Because complex fluids are ubiquitous in nature and in man-made applications, his research extends from biomedicine to robotics.

“This award is a great honor that not only helps raise the visibility of my research program at Illinois, but also strengthens connections to DuPont scientists and scientific questions driven by industry-relevant applications. It will support my group’s research on design with rheologically complex materials,” said Ewoldt.

He said the grant will also aid in his continued collaboration with Dr. Florian Nettesheim at DuPont, who nominated him for the award.

DuPont has brought science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. By collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders the company aims to find solutions to a variety of global challenges.

DuPont’s prestigious Young Professor Program is designed to help promising young and untenured research faculty begin their research careers. The program dates back to 1918, and since 1968, has provided more than $50 million in grants to 700 young professors in nearly 140 institutions in 14 countries.