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For prospective students

Graduate study in association with Mechanics and Materials faculty can lead to Masters or Doctoral degrees in departments including Engineering Physics (Engineering Mechanics program), Biomedical Engineering, or Physics, or in the interdisciplinary Materials Science Program.

Research topics for graduate study include nanotechnology, solid mechanics including theory of fracture, viscoelasticity, generalized continuum mechanics applied to advanced composites and biological materials, and analysis of friction; materials characterization including creep testing, atomic force microscopy, nanoindentation, resonant ultrasound spectroscopy, nanoscale tribology, holography, moire, and viscoelastic spectroscopy; materials synthesis including nanostructured shape memory alloys, biomaterials, nanograined materials, advanced composites, novel materials with extreme properties, solder alloys, and cellular solids. Feel free to explore the faculty web pages or to contact individual faculty about current research activities and opportunities.

Graduate applications are passed through a graduate committee which decides on admission and assistantships and fellowships. Individual faculty participate in the process at a later time. A research assistantship provides financial support for thesis work, targeted to a particular research project. A teaching assistantship provides financial support based on work done as a problem grader or a recitation section leader. With a teaching assistantship, one can pursue a thesis project mutually agreed upon by yourself and a faculty advisor. Fellowships are merit based, and restricted to doctoral work; they also provide freedom for you to choose a research project.

Information for Engineering Physics graduate program; application request.
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Information for Materials Science and Engineering graduate program; application request.
Information for Biomedical Engineering graduate program; application request.

The department contacts for graduate school applications are
Dennis Manthey at manthey@engr.wisc.edu, for Engineering Mechanics,
Joan Weiss at joan@bme.wisc.edu for Biomedical Engineering,
Diana Rhoads at rhoads@engr.wisc.edu for Materials Science.

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