Wendy Crone

Wendy Crone

Wendy Crone

Professor of Engineering Physics, Discovery Fellow, BIONATES

Years Active



  • B.S., University of Illinois
  • M.S., Brown University
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Research Description

Wendy C. Crone is the Karen Thompson Medhi Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics with affiliate faculty appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering and she holds the honor of Discovery Fellow with the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery 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, and developing new material applications and medical devices. She has also served in numerous leadership roles at UW-Madison, including 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 Dean and Associate Dean of the Graduate School (2011-2015).


  • Karen Thompson Medhi Professor, College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Discovery Fellow, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, 2016-2018
  • Fellow, Society for Experimental Mechanics, 2015
  • M.M. Frocht Award, Society for Experimental Mechanics, 2013
  • Fellow, Academic Leadership Program, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, 2012-2013
  • Doris Slesinger Award for Excellence in Mentoring, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2011
  • WEPAN Educator Award, Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network, 2011
  • Career Enhancement Award for Stem Cell Research, National Institutes of Health, 2011-2013