Randy H Ewoldt

Professor; Kritzer Faculty Scholar
(217) 333-6532
4411 Mechanical Engineering Lab

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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

  • Professor, UIUC, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, August 16, 2021-date
  • Kritzer Faculty Scholar, UIUC, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, August 16, 2020-date
  • Associate Professor, UIUC, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, August 16, 2017-August 15, 2021
  • Guest Professor, ETH Zurich (Switzerland), Department of Materials, January - June 2018
  • Assistant Professor, UIUC, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, August 16, 2011-August 15, 2017
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota, Institute for Mathematics and its Applications & Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, 2009-2011

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

  • 73rd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, "Designing complex fluids," Chicago, IL (virtual), November 22, 2020 (Invited Talk)
  • 8th International Symposium on Food Rheology and Structure, Zurich, Switzerland, "Design of yield-stress fluids," June 18, 2019 (invited plenary lecture)
  • 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

  • Two-Year Alumni Effective Teaching Award, MechSE Alumni, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2021
  • Two-Year Alumni Effective Teaching Award, MechSE Alumni, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020
  • Five-Year Alumni Effective Teaching Award, MechSE Alumni, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019
  • Collins Award for Innovative Teaching, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018
  • Two-Year Alumni Effective Teaching Award, MechSE Alumni, 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

  • Journal of Rheology Publication Award 2021: for the best paper published in the Journal of Rheology during the preceding two years
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Research for Associate Professor, Grainger College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2021
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering (PECASE), 2017
  • Dean's Award for Research Excellence, Grainger 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, University of Minnesota, 2009-2011 (2009-2011)
  • Luis de Florez Award for Outstanding Ingenuity and Creativity, M.I.T., 2009

Other Honors

  • Campus Distinguished Promotion Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2021
  • Outstanding Advising Award, Engineering Council, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019
  • Campus Distinguished Promotion Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017

Recent Courses Taught

  • ME 310 - Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics
  • TAM 251 - Introductory Solid Mechanics
  • TAM 335 - Introductory Fluid Mechanics
  • TAM 435 - Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
  • TAM 498 RE - Rheology
  • TAM 532 - Viscous Flow
  • TAM 539 - Fluid Mechanics Seminar
  • TAM 598 251 (TAM 598 ONL, TAM 598 RE) - Rheology