Faculty

Dan Thoma headshot

DAN THOMA | Director

Dr. Thoma joined the Grainger Institute for Engineering as Director in June 2015. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Division Leader for the Materials Science and Technology Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). From 2005 to 2013, he was the Director of LANL’s Materials Design Institute, a collaborative educational research program with the UC Davis College of Engineering, where he is an adjunct professor. He received all of his degrees in Metallurgical Engineering—his BS from the University of Cincinnati and his MS and PhD from UW-Madison. Dr. Thoma’s research and technical efforts have been devoted to alloying theory, the thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations, and property response as a function of microstructural evolution. In varying capacities, he has served within The Minerals, Metals, Materials Society (TMS), the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), the Federation of Materials Societies (FMS), and the United Engineering Foundation (UEF). He received Distinguished Service Awards from both TMS (2007) and AIME (2011), LANL’s 2007 Fellow’s Prize for Leadership, and was US Chair for a Joint Working Group on Nuclear Materials with the UK. In recognition of his materials expertise, he was elected as a Fellow of ASM International (2008), Fellow of TMS (2018), and also received the UW-Madison College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award (2010).

Contact Dan: (608) 265-7953, dthoma@wisc.edu

Lab Website

Research Leads

Kip Ludwig

Credentials: Neuroengineering Lead, Grainger Institute for Engineering Associate Professor

Position title: Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Zhenqiang Ma

Credentials: Quantum Manufacturing Lead

Position title: Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Bill Murphy

Credentials: Biomanufacturing Lead

Position title: Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Dan Thoma

Credentials: Director

Position title: Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Xudong Wang

Credentials: Energy and Sustainability Lead

Position title: Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Faculty Fellows

Joseph Andrews

Credentials: Sensors and Sensing

Position title: Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Lianyi Chen

Credentials: Advanced Manufacturing

Position title: Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Jennifer Choy

Credentials: Grainger Institute for Engineering Assistant Professor, Sensors and Sensing

Position title: Assistant Professor, Engineering Physics

Dominic Gross

Credentials: Energy and Sustainability

Position title: Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Aviad Hai

Credentials: Neuroengineering, Sensors and Sensing

Position title: Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Jiamian Hu

Credentials: Machine Learning and Optimization

Position title: Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Varun Jog

Credentials: Machine Learning and Optimization

Position title: Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Kangwook Lee

Credentials: Machine Learning and Optimization

Position title: Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Chu Ma

Credentials: Sensors and Sensing

Position title: Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Sangkee Min

Credentials: Grainger Institute for Engineering Assistant Professor, Advanced Manufacturing

Position title: Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Dimitris Papailiopoulos

Credentials: Machine Learning and Optimization

Position title: Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Line Roald

Credentials: Energy and Sustainability

Position title: Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Shiva Rudraraju

Credentials: Grainger Institute for Engineering Assistant Professor, Machine Learning and Optimization

Position title: Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Eric Severson

Credentials: Energy and Sustainability

Position title: Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dakotah Thompson

Credentials: Sensors and Sensing

Position title: Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Bu Wang

Credentials: Grainger Institute for Engineering Assistant Professor, Energy and Sustainability

Position title: Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Xin Wang

Credentials: Advanced Manufacturing

Position title: Assistant Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Named Faculty

Jennifer Choy

Credentials: Grainger Institute for Engineering Assistant Professor, Sensors and Sensing

Position title: Assistant Professor, Engineering Physics

Adrien Couet

Credentials: Grainger Institute for Engineering Assistant Professor

Position title: Assistant Professor, Engineering Physics

Christian Franck

Credentials: Grainger Institute for Engineering Associate Professor

Position title: Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Andrea Hicks

Credentials: Grainger Institute for Engineering Assistant Professor

Position title: Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Younghyun Kim

Credentials: Grainger Institute for Engineering Assistant Professor

Position title: Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Kip Ludwig

Credentials: Neuroengineering Lead, Grainger Institute for Engineering Associate Professor

Position title: Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Sangkee Min

Credentials: Grainger Institute for Engineering Assistant Professor, Advanced Manufacturing

Position title: Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Shiva Rudraraju

Credentials: Grainger Institute for Engineering Assistant Professor, Machine Learning and Optimization

Position title: Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Stephan Rudykh

Credentials: Grainger Institute for Engineering Assistant Professor

Position title: Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Bu Wang

Credentials: Grainger Institute for Engineering Assistant Professor, Energy and Sustainability

Position title: Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Xudong Wang

Credentials: Energy and Sustainability Lead

Position title: Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Postdoctoral Fellows

James Trevathan

Credentials: Neuroengineering

Position title: Postdoctoral Fellow, Grainger Institute for Engineering

Alumni

Pascale Carayon

Credentials: Smart & Connected Healthcare Lead

Position title: Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Rob Nowak

Credentials: Machine Learning and Optimization Lead

Position title: Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering