Wendy C. Crone, Ph.D.

Professor of Engineering Physics

Professor Wendy C. Crone

Biography and Research

Professor Wendy C. Crone is Interim Dean of the Graduate School and a Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As Interim Dean of the Graduate School, she provides campus-wide leadership for all aspects of the graduate student experience, from recruitment through graduation. She is responsible for approximately 9,000 graduate students in over 140 master’s and 100 doctoral fields of study. As a Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics, her research is in the area of solid mechanics and many of the topics she has investigated are connected with nanotechnology and biotechnology. She holds affiliate appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, and 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
  • Developing new material applications and medical devices

Professor Crone has worked in the medical device industry and has publications and patents pending on medical devices and biomaterials. As a sample of prior accomplishments, her research group has demonstrated:

  • The capability of shape memory alloy-based thermomechanical data storage device at the nanoscale
  • Adapted plasma surface modifications techniques to produce highly biocompatible shape memory alloys
  • Developed magnetic methods for control over the position and orientation of nanowires
  • Conducted foundational experiments on the mechanical behavior of responsive hydrogels.

Additional Accomplishments

Professor Crone was granted a CAREER Award by the National Science Foundation in 2002, received the top Hot Talk/Cool Paper Award from the Materials Research Society in 2007, was honored with the WEPAN Educator Award and the Doris Slesinger Award for Excellence in Mentoring in 2011, and received a Career Enhancement Award for Stem Cell Research (K18) from the National Institutes of Health in 2011.

In addition to more than 50 peer reviewed journal publications, Professor Crone is the author of the book Survive and Thrive: A Guide for Untenured Faculty (Morgan & Claypool Publishers, 2010). Professor Crone served as Faculty Co-Director of the Women in Science and Women in Science and Engineering Residential Program (1999-2001); Director of Education and Outreach for the Materials Science Research and Engineering Center (MRSEC) on Nanostructured Materials and Interfaces (2001-2007); the Director of the Women Faculty Mentoring Program (2007-2011); and Interim Associate Dean for Physical Sciences in the Graduate School (2011-2012) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Professional Highlights

  • Professor in the Dept. of Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009-present
  • Interim Dean, Graduate School, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014-2015
  • Associate Dean of Graduate Education, Graduate School, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012-2014
  • Associate Professor 2004-2009, Assistant Professor 1998-2004
  • Interim Associate Dean of Physical Sciences, Graduate School, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2011-2012
  • Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the Materials Science Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Director, Women Faculty Mentoring Program, 2007-2011
  • Director of the Interdisciplinary Education Group of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) on Nanostructured Materials and Interfaces, 2002 - 2007
  • Vice-Chair, MEMS and Nanotechnology Technical Division, Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM), 2001 - 2006
  • Advanced Materials Exemplar Faculty Committee, Worldwide University Network, 2002 - 2005
  • Faculty Co-Director, Women in Science and Engineering Residential Program, 1999 - 2001