Ewoldt named recipient of 3M award


MechSE assistant professor Randy Ewoldt has been selected to receive a 3M Nontenured Faculty Award.

Ewoldt and his group study rheology with a combination of experiment and theory, with an eye toward design based on rheological behavior. Specific materials of interest include polymer gels, yield stress fluids, and suspensions of actively swimming particles. The research includes development of new rheometry methods that are material-agnostic and therefore applicable to all rheologically complex materials. Ewoldt has been an early leader in the fast-growing field of Large Amplitude Oscillatory Shear (LAOS) experiments and has contributed greatly to the understanding of these new measurements.

Ewoldt joined the MechSE Department in 2011 after a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He received PhD and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT after earning a BS degree in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University.

The 3M Nontenured Faculty Award was created more than 25 years ago by 3M’s Technical Community in partnership with 3Mgives Program to invest in individuals who will lead university teaching and research programs in the future. The intent is to provide unrestricted financial support to help promising faculty receive tenure and contribute to their academic field.