Tim A. Osswald

Kuo K. and Cindy F. Wang Professor

1059 Mechanical Engineering Building
1513 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 263-9538
Fax: (608) 265-2316
osswald@engr.wisc.edu


Profile Summary

Professor Osswald teaches polymer processing, designing with polymers and polymer composites processing. Professor Osswald's research in polymer engineering includes modeling and simulation in polymer processing, engineering design with plastics, sustainability and biopolymers. Professor Osswald is co-Director of the Polymer Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is Honorary Professor of Plastics Technology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany an the National University of Colombia.  Professor Osswald has published over 100 papers, the books Materials Science of Polymers for Engineers (Hanser, 1996, 2003), Polymer Processing Fundamentals (Hanser 1998), Injection Molding Handbook (Hanser, 2001, 2007) Compression Molding (Hanser, 2003), Polymer Processing Modeling and Simulation (Hanser 2006), International Plastics Handbook (Hanser 2006), and Kunststoff Taschenbuch (Hanser 2007). Professor Osswald is also the series editor of Plastics Pocket Power (Hanser, 2001), which currently includes 6 books.  He serves as faculty advisor to SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) and Theta Tau. Osswald serves as the English Language Editor of The Journal of Plastics Technology, and as an Editor for the Americas of the Journal of Polymer Engineering. Osswald is the 2001 recipient of the VDI-K Dr.-Richard-Escales-Prize. Professor Osswald has served as a consultant to several industries, is one of the co-founders of The Madison Group, and is the Director of the Technical Advisory Board of SIMTEC Silicone Parts. Professor Osswald has also served as an expert witness in polymer engineering litigation, including product failure, as well as patents and intellectual property.

Education

  • BS, 1981, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • MS, 1982, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • PhD, 1987, University of Illinois-Urbana

Research Interests

  • Plastics Design
  • Extrusion
  • Injection Molding
  • Blow Molding
  • Film Blowing
  • Compression Molding
  • Composites
  • Modeling and Simulation in Polymer Processing and Composites
  • Biopolymers
  • Intellectual Property
  • Ethics

Awards, Honors and Societies

  • Editor for the Americas, Journal of Polymer Engineering
  • Editor, Journal of Plastics Technology
  • Honorary Professor of Plastics Technology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany
  • 2001 VDI-K Dr.-Richard-Escales-Prize
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellow

Courses

Fall 2014-2015

  • ME 291 - Ungergraduate Mechanical Engineering Projects
  • ME 417 - Introduction to Polymer Processing
  • ME 418 - Engineering Design with Polymers
  • ME 491 - Mechanical Engineering Projects I
  • ME 492 - Mechanical Engineering Projects II
  • ME 699 - Advanced Independent Study
  • ME 790 - Master\'s Research and Thesis
  • ME 890 - PhD Research and Thesis
  • ME 990 - Dissertator Research and Thesis
  • ME 420 - Introduction to Polymer Composites Processing
  • ME 489 - Honors in Research
  • ME 291 - Ungergraduate Mechanical Engineering Projects
  • ME 299 - Independent Study
  • ME 313 - Manufacturing Processes
  • ME 417 - Introduction to Polymer Processing
  • ME 418 - Engineering Design with Polymers
  • ME 491 - Mechanical Engineering Projects I
  • ME 492 - Mechanical Engineering Projects II
  • ME 699 - Advanced Independent Study
  • ME 717 - Advanced Polymer Processing
  • ME 718 - Modeling and Simulation in Polymer Processing
  • ME 790 - Master\'s Research and Thesis
  • ME 890 - PhD Research and Thesis
  • ME 990 - Dissertator Research and Thesis
  • ME 999 - Advanced Independent Study
  • Profile Summary

    Professor Osswald teaches polymer processing, designing with polymers and polymer composites processing. Professor Osswald\'s research in polymer engineering includes modeling and simulation in polymer processing, engineering design with plastics, sustainability and biopolymers. Professor Osswald is co-Director of the Polymer Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is Honorary Professor of Plastics Technology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany an the National University of Colombia.  Professor Osswald has published over 100 papers, the books Materials Science of Polymers for Engineers (Hanser, 1996, 2003), Polymer Processing Fundamentals (Hanser 1998), Injection Molding Handbook (Hanser, 2001, 2007) Compression Molding (Hanser, 2003), Polymer Processing Modeling and Simulation (Hanser 2006), International Plastics Handbook (Hanser 2006), and Kunststoff Taschenbuch (Hanser 2007). Professor Osswald is also the series editor of Plastics Pocket Power (Hanser, 2001), which currently includes 6 books.  He serves as faculty advisor to SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) and Theta Tau. Osswald serves as the English Language Editor of The Journal of Plastics Technology, and as an Editor for the Americas of the Journal of Polymer Engineering. Osswald is the 2001 recipient of the VDI-K Dr.-Richard-Escales-Prize. Professor Osswald has served as a consultant to several industries, is one of the co-founders of The Madison Group, and is the Director of the Technical Advisory Board of SIMTEC Silicone Parts. Professor Osswald has also served as an expert witness in polymer engineering litigation, including product failure, as well as patents and intellectual property.


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