Faculty Profile

Randy H Ewoldt

Mechanical Science and Engineering
Randy H Ewoldt
Randy H Ewoldt
Associate Professor
4411 Mechanical Engineering Lab
105 S. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 333-6532

Primary Research Area

  • Fluid Mechanics

Education

  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2004

Academic Positions

  • Associate Professor, UIUC, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, August 16, 2017-date
  • Guest Professor, ETH Zurich, Department of Materials, January - June 2018
  • Assistant Professor, UIUC, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, August 16, 2011-Aug 15, 2017
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota, Institute for Mathematics and its Applications & Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, 2009-2011

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Research Interests

  • Prof. Ewoldt conducts fundamental research in fluid mechanics and rheology of complex fluids motivated by both their unavoidable and opportunistic novel functionality. Work often involves interdisciplinary collaborations and is a combination of experiment and theory. Complex fluids are ubiquitous in nature and in man-made applications and therefore research extends from bioengineering to manufacturing and robotics.

Research Areas

  • Computation and Applied Math
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Health and Bio
  • Manufacturing
  • Security and Defense
  • Solid Mechanics and Materials
  • Thermo and Heat Transfer

Chapters in Books

Selected Articles in Journals

Invited Lectures

  • The 27th Nordic Rheology Conference, Trondheim, Norway, "Engineering yield-stress fluids for a better world," June 13-15, 2018 (invited plenary lecture)
  • TA Instruments Webinar, New Castle, DE, "Experimental challenges of shear rheology: how to avoid bad data," September 15, 2016.
  • The Society of Rheology 86th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, "Low-dimensional material functions for describing asymptotically-nonlinear viscoelasticity," October 9, 2014 (Plenary Lecture).
  • Brazilian Society of Rheology, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, "Low-dimensional amplitude-intrinsic material functions for nonlinear viscoelasticity," July 10, 2013 (Plenary Lecture).

Professional Societies

  • Member, The Society of Rheology
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Member, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Member, American Physical Society (APS)

Teaching Honors

  • Collins Award for Innovative Teaching, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018
  • MechSE Alumni Two-Year Effective Teaching Award, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017
  • Rose Award for Teaching Excellence, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015

Research Honors

  • Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering (PECASE), 2017
  • Dean's Award for Research Excellence, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016
  • Arthur B. Metzner Early Career Award, The Society of Rheology, 2014
  • NSF-CAREER Award, 2014
  • 3M Nontenured Faculty Award, 2014
  • DuPont Young Professor Award, 2014
  • ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal, 2013
  • Doctoral New Investigator Award, American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, 2013
  • Distinguished Young Rheologist Award, TA Instruments, 2013
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, 2009-2011 (2009-2011)
  • Luis de Florez Award for Outstanding Ingenuity and Creativity, M.I.T., 2009
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2004-2007

Other Honors

  • Campus Distinguished Promotion Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017
  • Cardinal Key Honor Society, Iowa State University, 2004
  • Robert C. Fellinger Prize in Thermal Science, Iowa State University, 2004
  • Top Graduate in the College of Engineering, Iowa State University, 2004
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Iowa State University, 2003
  • Pride@Boeing Award, employee recognition for exceptional performance, 2002
  • Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, 2002