Design and analysis of structures utilizing polymers and polymer composites.
Mechanics principles associated with design using orthotropic and anisotropic materials.
Large and microscale structures.
Experimental and theoretical studies of polymer degradation.
Nondestructive evaluation of layered materials.
Development of manufacturing process models for composite materials and design of MEMs devices for biomedical applications.
Susan Mantell's research focus is design and analysis of structures utilizing polymers, polymer composites, and anisotropic materials. Experimental, computational and analytic approaches are applied to solve problems related to energy efficiency (light weight composite structures, low cost solar systems, and energy efficient roof technology) and enhanced performance through structural health (sensors for health monitoring, stress corrosion cracking in polymers, and nondestructive evaluation of layered and bonded structures).
Ph.D. 1991, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University M.S. 1987, Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University B.S. 1981, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
James J. Ryan Professor and Head, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2019-Present Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2003-2019 Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1998-2003 Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1991-1998 Technical University Delft, the Netherlands; Aerospace Structures; 2014 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; Mechanical Engineering; 1996-1997 Design Engineer, CTI Cryogenics, Waltham, MA, 1982-1987 Mechanical Engineer, GTE Sylvania, Westboro, MA, 1981 - 1982
Scientific & Professional Societies
American society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
American society of Engineering Educators (ASEE)
Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)
ME 3221: Fundamentals of Design & Manufacturing
ME 4054W: Design Projects
ME 4053: Mechanical Engineering Modeling
Publications & Awards
Honors and Awards
Morse Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, University of Minnesota, 2011
George W. Taylor College of Science and Engineering Alumni Society Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2008
Best Professor Mechanical Engineering, 2007 (selected by College of Science and Engineering Student Board)
Quality Mentoring Award, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1994 (Nominated by students)
McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, 1995-1997
External Awards ASME Fellow, Elected 2016
Best Paper award: Society of Plastics Engineers, FAPSIG, Annual technical conference, 2018, 2020
Best Paper award: ASME Solar Energy Conference, 2009
Best Paper award: SPIE Conference on MEMs Reliability, 2006
Best Paper award: ASME Journal of System Dynamics and Control, 2005
Fellow, Academic Leadership Program, Committee on Institutional Cooperation Fellow, 2011-2012
National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, 1994-1999
ASME Young Engineer of the Year Award, Minnesota Chapter, 1992
Gladen, A., Davidson, J. and S. Mantell (2013), “A study of the optical properties of a scattering, non-absorbing media with application to thermotropic materials,” Solar Energy Journal: Solar Heating and Cooling Special Edition (under review).
Gladen, A., Mantell, S. and J. Davidson (2013), “A parametric numerical study of radiative transfer in thermotropic materials,” ASME Heat Transfer Conference (under review).
Briscoe, C.R., Mantell, S.C., and J.H. Davidson (2011). “Buckling of a Plate on a Pasternak Foundation under Uniform In-Plane Bending Loads,” accepted for publication the International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics.
Ali, S.M., Mantell, S.C., and E. Longmire (2012), “Experimental Technique for Fatigue Testing of MEMS in Liquids,” IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, 21 (3), pp. 520-522.
Gladen, Adam, Jane H. Davidson, Susan C. Mantell, Jihua Zhang, and Yuewen Xu. "A Model of the Optical Properties of a Non-absorbing Media with Application to Thermotropic Materials for Overheat Protection." Energy Procedia 30 (2012): 116-124.