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Midwest Student Symposium

Each year, the Midwest Student Symposium draws students from universities across the Midwest. Through student and faculty presentations, it highlights some of the amazing research underway in the field of mechanics. The Society of Experimental Mechanics sponsors the symposium.

Learn more about the 2020 Midwest Mechanics Student Symposium, March 7-8, 2020, at Iowa State University.

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2019 symposium

March 9-10, 2019

The Midwest Mechanics Graduate Student Symposium is a forum for graduate students to present their research in a relaxed and friendly environment. UW-Madison will provide the venue and meals for the duration of the conference. An informal gathering will occur at the student union Saturday evening. We encourage graduate and undergraduate students engaged in research to present their work. Last year’s meeting was held at the Purdue University. We’re proud to continue the long-standing tradition of these symposia in the Midwest.


When: Registration begins at 12 pm on Saturday, March 9. The symposium ends at 11:35 am on Sunday, March 10.

Where: Mechanical Engineering Building Room 1163, University of Wisconsin-Madison; 1513 University Ave, Madison, WI 53706. Enter the building from the south side; the north side entrance will be locked.

Parking: Parking is available at Lot 17, located at 1525 Engineering Drive. This parking garage is just to the south of the Mechanical Engineering Building.

Who: Graduate and undergraduate students interested in research in mechanics in the Midwest.

Why: Provide a forum for graduate students to present their research, meet, interact, and exchange ideas with other students pursing mechanics research in the Midwest, and socialize in a relaxed setting. You will also have the opportunity to interact with some of the mechanics faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Schedule: A schedule of the presentations is available at this link.

Abstracts: Abstracts for the the presentations are available at this link.

Cost: Registration is free. Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast will be provided to registered attendees.

Lodging: A room block is reserved at a rate of $129.99/night at the Best Western Plus InnTowner, 2424 University Ave, Madison, WI 53726, 608.233.8778. Please reference Group ID # 832-4 or Confirmation #416614.

Contact: Dr. John Considine (, Prof. Christian Franck (, Prof. Jacob Notbohm (, Prof. Ramathasan Thevamaran (

Conference sponsors include the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering and the Society for Experimental Mechanics