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Flatau, Alison

3148 Martin Hall

Research Interests 

Magnetostrictive materials and transduction; nanotechnology sensors; synthetic jet actuators; active flow control; and biosensors and bioactuation.


Dr. Flatau holds a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah. She joined the Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Maryland in 2002 after serving as Program Director for the Dynamic Systems Modeling, Sensing and Control Program at the National Science Foundation from 1998-2002. Prior to that, she was on the Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics faculty at Iowa State University (1990-1998). Her experience also includes four years at the National Small Wind Systems Test Center in Golden, CO. Since joining the University of Maryland, she has joined an active team of researchers in projects on the design and development of unmanned air vehicles with morphing capabilities using smart and multifunctional material actuation schemes.

Honors and Awards 

American Society of Mechanical Engineers
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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Van Order conducted a semester abroad/internship at TU Dresden last summer, and shares his experience here. December 18, 2017

John Baras named AIAA Associate Fellow
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UMD Hosts 3D Maryland Expert Group Meeting
Event Highlights 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing Technologies at UMD February 6, 2015

Flatau Promoted to AIAA Fellow
Professor Alison Flatau promoted to Fellow for years of AIAA service and academic and research excellence. January 15, 2015

Aerospace Students Excel at 14th AIAA YPSE Conference
UMD students placed in both presentations and paper categories at the 14th AIAA YPSE Conference. November 10, 2014

Aerospace Faculty Recognized at 15th Annual Research Leaders Luncheon
15 Department of Aerospace Engineering's faculty honored for successful research funding efforts. January 23, 2014

Flatau is PI for NSF grant on rare-earth-free auxetic and magnetostrictive materials
Research will further performance capabilities of costly single-crystal alloys in low-cost polycrystalline alloys. August 15, 2013

Flatau is PI for NSF EAGER grant for glaucoma research
Research will provide data for whether glaucoma patients who do not sleep lying down are at a greater risk for vision loss. July 15, 2013

Alison Flatau wins ASME prize
Award honors her contributions to adaptive structures and material systems. February 18, 2013

Faculty Members Take On New Responsibilities
Flatau, Martins, Kofinas to serve Clark School in new roles; Gupta to lead NSF initiative. September 6, 2012

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