Wendy Crone

Wendy Crone
Solid mechanics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology


BS, University of Illinois

MS, Brown University

PhD, University of Minnesota

Research Description

Wendy C. Crone is a Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics with affiliate appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. 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
  • 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:

  • A shape memory alloy-based thermomechanical data storage device at the nanoscale
  • Plasma surface modifications techniques to produce highly biocompatible shape memory alloys
  • Magnetic methods for control over the position and orientation of nanowires
  • A medical device for treating brain aneurysms
  • Engineered substrate systems to enhance maturation of stem cell derived cardiomyocytes