Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Meet the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s
Ramathasan Thevamaran
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering


Research area Advancing the fundamental knowledge of process-structure-property-function relations in structured materials and creating innovative structured materials with extreme mechanical properties.

What excites you about your work? 

“We are excited about the potential to make fundamental discoveries in our work on the process-structure-property-function relations in advanced structured materials, such as hierarchical carbon nanotube foams, nanofibrous mats, nanostructured metals and polymers and non-Hermitian metamaterials. These discoveries enable us to innovate new material systems to tackle some of the most challenging problems we face; for example, preventing traumatic brain injury from collisions and creating strong and tough lightweight composites for the next generation of aerospace applications.”

What do you hope to achieve? 

“Our mission is to advance the fundamental science of structured materials and engineer innovative material systems that can have translational impact on future technologies and infrastructures. We hope to achieve this by understanding the behavior of structured materials at multiple lengthscales, from atomistic to several millimeter scales, and their response timescales from a few picoseconds to several minutes through an integrated experimental and computational research approach.

Ramathasan is a passionate researcher and inventor with innovations that will impact the world of engineered materials. His approach to innovating keeps industry in mind with scalable technologies that solve real world problems. We are excited to partner with industry to commercialize these materials into a variety of markets.

– Michael Carey, WARF, Licensing Manager

Want to learn more?

Michael Carey, [email protected], 608.960.9867