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February 26, 2019

Crone elected president of the Society for Experimental Mechanics

Written By: Adam Malecek

 Wendy Crone
Wendy Crone

Wendy Crone, the Karen Thompson Medhi Professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics, was elected president of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) for the 2018-2019 term.

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.

In addition to more than 60 peer-reviewed journal publications, dozens of explanatory education products, and four patents, she is the author of the book Survive and Thrive: A Guide for Untenured Faculty. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Whitaker Foundation.

Crone has garnered awards for research, teaching and mentoring, including WEPAN Educator Award and the Doris Slesinger Award for Excellence in Mentoring (2011); WEPAN Educator Award from the Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network (2011); as well as fellow (2015) and M.M. Frocht Award (2013) from SEM. She has also served in several leadership roles at UW-Madison, including interim dean and associate dean of the Graduate School (2011-2015).