FliBe molten salt reaction with AM 316SS. Image courtesy of Gabriel Meric de Bellefon

Meet Professor Dan Thoma

Professor Thoma is the Director of the Grainger Institute for Engineering (GIE) and a Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, with affiliate appointments in Engineering Physics and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) .  Prior to UW, he was the Deputy Division Leader for the Materials Science and Technology (MST) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).  This division focused on manufacturing and novel materials research. His technical efforts have been devoted to new manufacturing methods and materials by design, with a particular focus on property response as a function of microstructural evolution during phase transformations.  Dr. Thoma has been active within materials professional societies, where he was the president of The Minerals, Metals, Materials Society (TMS) in 2003, the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) in 2008, and the Federation of Materials Societies (FMS) in 2009-2010. His expertise in materials and manufacturing was recognized in 2008 by being elected as a Fellow of ASM International.  In 2018, he was elected Fellow of TMS.

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Engineering Centers Building
1550 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

(608) 265-7953

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Engineering Centers Building

This interactive engineering complex serves as a communication hub for hundreds of students and faculty and is a crucial link between the Engineering College and the campus. The myriad of activities happening within the facility are visually united by the building’s dramatic public space, a three-story atrium backed by a translucent screen system.

A hands-on discovery lab and auto shop provide design and fabrication space for undergraduate students competing in national engineering competitions. An innovation center offers woodworking, metal, and welding shops. Class-1,000 through Class-10 cleanrooms provide the controlled environments required for ongoing research in biomedical engineering, nano- and micro-technology, and plasma manufacturing. Also included are research labs, offices, and presentation spaces for graduate and undergraduate students.

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