Professor and Chair
Equity Coach for Engineering
Alison Flatau received her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and then taught Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Iowa State University for eight years prior to serving as the program director for the Dynamic Systems Modeling, Sensing, and Control Program at the National Science Foundation during 1998-2002. She joined the University Maryland’s Department of Aerospace Engineering in 2002. Here, she served as Director of Undergrad Program from 2004-2009, and Associate Dept. Chair and Director of Graduate Program from 2016-2021, and most recently as Acting Department Chair since July 2021. She was the Associate Dean of Research for the University of Maryland’s Clark School of Engineering during 2009-2015. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of smart materials and structures, with emphasis on magnetostrictive actuator and sensor technologies, which was the focus of an ONR MURI that she led from 2005-2010. Her experience includes four years at the National Small Wind Systems Test Center (now the National Renewable Energy Laboratory) in Golden, Colorado. Prof. Flatau received the Clark School of Engineering’s Faculty Service Award in 2009, the Women in Aerospace (WIA) Aerospace Engineering Educator of the Year Award in 2010, the SPIE Smart Structures and Materials Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Adaptive Structures and Materials Systems Prize in 2013. She was a University of Maryland ADVANCE Professor in 2011-2013 and was a Dresden Fellow while on sabbatical at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, in 2016. She became a Fellow of the ASME in 2006 and of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) in 2013.