University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering


Susan C. Mantell

Professor and Associate Department Head
Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor

Office: ME 1100A
Phone: 612-625-1324

Ph.D. 1991, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
M.S. 1987, Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University
B.S. 1981, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University



Dr. Mantell’s research focuses on the design and analysis of structures utilizing polymers and polymer composites. Mechanics principles associated with design using orthotropic and anisotropic materials are also developed. Recent research topics span both large scale structures (such as residential roofs and filament wound rocket motor cases), and microscale structures (such as MEMS).  Additional published research includes experimental and theoretical studies of polymer degradation, nondestructive evaluation of layered materials, development of manufacturing process models for composite materials and design of MEMs devices for biomedical applications.


Polymer Materials and Mechanics Laboratory

Solar Energy Laboratory