Wendy Crone

Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

SEM Awards: SEM Fellow, M.M. Frocht, SEM President 2018-19

Wendy C. Crone is the Karen Thompson Medhi Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics with affiliate faculty appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering and she holds the title of Discovery Fellow with the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research is in the area of solid mechanics, and many of the topics she has investigated are connected with nanotechnology and biotechnology. She has applied her technical expertise to improving fundamental understanding of mechanical response of materials, enhancing material behavior through surface modification and nanostructuring, exploring the interplay between cells and the mechanics of their surroundings, and developing new material applications and medical devices. Prof. Crone’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and Whitaker Foundation.

In addition to seventy journal publications, dozens of explanatory education products, and four patents, she is author of Survive and Thrive: A Guide for Untenured Faculty. Prof. Crone has garnered numerous awards for research, teaching and mentoring, including the M.M. Frocht Award (2013) from the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM). She has been a member of SEM since 1988, Fellow since 2015, and has served as President (2018-2019); President Elect (2017-2018); Vice President (2016-2017); Executive Board Member-at-Large (2010-2012); National Meetings Council Member (2010-2012); Vice-Chair, MEMS and Nanotechnology Technical Division (2001-2006); society representative to the US National Committee on Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, National Academy of Science (2015-2018), and delegate to the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (2016,2018). She has also served in several leadership roles at UW-Madison, including Interim Dean and Associate Dean of the Graduate School (2011-2015).


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Last Updated: 10/20/2020