Prospective Graduate Students

Mechanics/Mechanical properties research at UW

Relevant graduate programs
Materials Science vs. Materials Engineering Qualifications for working in my group
Mechanics/Mechanical Properties Researech at UW
A number of Wisconsin researchers work in mechanics and mechanical properties-related areas. Many are affiliated with the Materials Science Program and the Mechanics and Materials (M+M) group.
Relevant graduate programs

If you are interested in working in my research group, please apply to the Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program or the MS&E department Materials Engineering Program and list me as a potential advisor. It is best not to contact me directly until after you have been accepted into one of these programs. 
Materials Science vs. Materials Engineering

The Materials Science Program (MSP) and Materials Engineering Program (MEP) are independent graduate programs and serve different roles. The MSP program is interdisciplinary and draws its membership from faculty throughout the university. Materials Engineering involves faculty and faculty affiliates of the Materials Science and Engineering deparment. Not surprisingly, there is a big overlap between the two programs: for one thing, MS&E faculty typically advise 50%-60% of the graduate students in the MSP. The administrative offices of both are in the MS&E building. The course requirements the two programs are about the same (10-11 lecture courses). In MEP students are able, if they choose, to take courses that go more toward a professional component. However, graduate research in the two programs is the same. The exam structure is slightly different but meant to be comparable in difficulty so there isn't an exodus of students from one degree program into the other. Unlike MSP the MS&E department also provides undergraduate degrees.

Qualifications for applying for graduate study in my group
I accept students with undergraduate degrees from a variety of backgrounds. Prospective students should have strong backgrounds in math (beyond ordinary differential equations) and science (beyond sophmore-level physics or chemistry).  Experience working in specific experimental techniques does not confer an advantage.