Faculty

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), and also received the UW-Madison College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award (2010). Lab Website

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

Research Leads

Pascale Carayon

Smart & Connected Healthcare Lead

Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Kip Ludwig

Neuroengineering Lead, Grainger Institute for Engineering Associate Professor

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Bill Murphy

Biomanufacturing Lead

Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Rob Nowak

Machine Learning and Optimization Lead

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dan Thoma

Director

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Xudong Wang

Energy and Sustainability Lead

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Faculty

Jennifer Choy

Sensors and Sensing

Assistant Professor, Engineering Physics

Robert Farrell

Accelerated Materials Discovery

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Christian Franck

Grainger Institute for Engineering Associate Professor

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Aviad Hai

Neuroengineering, Sensors and Sensing

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Jiamian Hu

Machine Learning and Optimization

Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Varun Jog

Machine Learning and Optimization

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Sangkee Min

Advanced Manufacturing

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Dimitris Papailiopoulos

Machine Learning and Optimization

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Line Roald

Energy and Sustainability

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Shiva Rudraraju

Machine Learning and Optimization

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Eric Severson

Energy and Sustainability

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Bu Wang

Energy and Sustainability

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Xin Wang

Advanced Manufacturing

Assistant Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering