Professor Randy Ewoldt

Randy H. Ewoldt

Photograph Professor Randy Ewoldt
Title Associate Professor
Department Mechanical Science and Engineering
Office 4411 MEL // 3261 Beckman

Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) (2-page)

Ph.D. MIT (2009)
M.S. MIT (2006)
B.S. Iowa State (2004)

Recognized by young investigator awards from the NSF (CAREER), ASME, 3M, DuPont, and The Society of Rheology, and in 2017 the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering (PECASE).


Randy H. Ewoldt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has Ph.D. and S.M. degrees from MIT, and a B.S. degree from Iowa State, all in Mechanical Engineering. Before joining Illinois, he held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota. At Illinois, his research group studies rheology, fluid mechanics, and design of complex fluids; in particular, this includes yield stress fluids, polymer gels, biological materials, and large- and medium-amplitude oscillatory shear (LAOS/MAOS).  He serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics and Physics of Fluids, and regularly lectures at rheology short courses in the USA and Europe.

January – June 2018: visiting ETH-Zürich (Switzerland) as a Guest Professor in the Department of Materials.

July 2018: visiting KU Leuven (Belgium) as Visiting Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Full profile @ MechSE department webpage

Courses taught @ University of Illinois

TAM 251 Introductory Solid Mechanics
ME 310 Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics
ME 470 Senior Design Project (project team advisor) (Spring 2020)
TAM 435 Intermediate Fluid Dynamics  (Fall 2019)
TAM 532 Viscous Flow (Spring 2019)
TAM 598-RE Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics and Rheology (Spring 2020)
Art+Design 301 Industrial Design III (collaborative/guest instructor)

Other instruction

Next short course (registration open!): June 7-12, 2020 in Minnesota

Webinar: How to avoid bad data in rheology (recorded) (2016)
Rheology Short Courses, hosted @ University of Minnesota (2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018)
Rheology Short Courses, various locations, USA (2011 CA, 2013 MA, 2015 TX, 2017 CA, 2019 CA)
European School on Rheology (short course), hosted @ KU Leuven in Belgium (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019)
Using Large-Amplitude Oscillatory Shear (LAOS), short course in Montreal, Canada, in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of The Society of Rheology (2013)