May 8-11, 2017 | David L. Lawrence Convention Center | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Exhibits May 9-11
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Natalie Rudolph is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is Associate Director of the Polymer Engineering Center (PEC). Rudolph received her diploma (2004) in Textile Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Hof, Germany, and her doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in Polymer Engineering, from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Her dissertation on “Compression Induced Solidification (CIS) of Amorphous Thermoplastics” was awarded with the Brose Award, as the best PhD Thesis from the German Scientific Alliance of Polymer Technology. Her two-year Post-Doc was spent at the PEC in Madison, followed by a position as Division Head at the Fraunhofer Institute of Chemical Technology in Augsburg, and lecturer at the Technical University Munich, Germany. Rudolph’s research focuses on additive manufacturing with functionalized polymers for improved mechanical and thermal properties as well as manufacturing of continuous fiber reinforced composites for high volume/high precision applications. Her work has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed proceedings and journals, and she recently co-authored two Hanser Publishers Books: “German Plastics Handbook” (2013) and “Polymer Rheology” (2015). She is one of the recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers award.