Excellent research earns Ewoldt Dean's Award

04/04/2016
 
Assistant Professor Randy Ewoldt won the 2016 College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research. The distinction recognizes assistant professors like Ewoldt who have seen exceptional research accomplishments in the previous academic year. The award is presented at the College of Engineering Faculty Awards Ceremony on April 26.
 
Ewoldt and his research 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. His 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 MechSE 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.