Jennifer Kadlowec headshot

Chair, Engineering Department
Professor of Engineering
Ph.D., University of Michigan

Jennifer Kadlowec

Jennifer Kadlowec headshotChair, Engineering Department
Professor of Engineering

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
B.S., Physics with minor in Mathematics, Baldwin-Wallace College


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Dr. Jennifer Kadlowec's primary teaching interests are in mechanics, materials and design, and her scholarly interests include the experimental study and modeling of the mechanical behavior of materials such as elastomeric (rubberlike) materials and biotissues, orthopaedic biomechanics, and research on assessment and student learning in engineering education and design. 

Prior to joining BW, she spent 20 years at Rowan University, where she was one of eight founding faculty. She started as assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and held various positions there including department head, a joint appointment in biomedical engineering, and affiliate faculty at Cooper University Hospital Department of Orthopaedics. She has prior research and industry experience at NASA Glenn Research Center; Erico, Inc. (now nvent); and BFGoodrich Landing Gear. She is currently a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Kadlowec is a native of Northeast Ohio and an alumna of Baldwin Wallace. She is a passionate educator and scholar who values collaboration with students, staff and faculty and enjoys helping students and peers succeed.


Benmassaoud MM, Kohoma C, Kim TWB, Kadlowec J, Foltiny B, Mercurio T, Ranganathan SI. (2019) “Efficacy of Eluted Antibiotics through 3D Printed Femoral Implants.” Biomedical Microdevices, 21:51

Bodnar, C* and Kadlowec J* (2018) “Initial Validation of a Technical Writing Rubric for Engineering Design.” International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy, 8(1):81-91 *equal contributors

Sclarsky, E., Kadlowec, J. and Vernengo, A.J. (2016) "Modeling stress relaxation of crosslinked polymer networks for biomaterials applications: A distance learning module." Education for Chemical Engineers 17:14-20

Wiltsey C, Christiani T, Jesse W, Scaramazza J, Van Sciver C, Toomer K, Sheehan J, Branda A, Nitzl A, England E, Kadlowec J, Iftode C, and Vernengo AJ. (2015) “Thermogelling Bioadhesive Scaffolds for Intervertebral Disc Tissue Engineering: In Vitro Comparison of Aldehyde-Based Versus Alginate Microparticle-Mediated Adhesion.” Acta Biomaterialia, 16, 71-80

Kadlowec J, Everett J, Zhang H, Purdue T, Dmitruck K, Ketcho K, Pillion K. (2013) “Rope Pump Modifications to Achieve Greater Depths: A Service Project in The Gambia”, Intl J. of Service Learning in Engineering, 8(2):8-23

Wiltsey C, Kubinski P, Christiani T, Toomer, K, Sheehan J, Branda A, Kadlowec J, Iftode C, Vernengo AJ. (2013) “Characterization of Injectable Hydrogels Based on Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-g-Chondroitin Sulfate with Adhesive Properties for Nucleus Pulposus Tissue Engineering.” Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine, 24(4):837-47

Kadlowec J and Navvab A. (2012) “Using Sports in Engineering to Teach Mechanics of Materials.” Global Journal of Engineering Education, 14(1): 34-39

Szczeny, SE, Peloquin, J, Cortes, D, Kadlowec, JA, Soslowsky, LJ, Elliott, DM. (2012) “Constitutive Modeling of Biaxial Tensile Testing of Human Supraspinatus Tendon Incorporating Experimentally-Measured Collagen Fiber Distributions.” ASME J. of Biomech. Engineering, Feb, 134(2)

Seacrist T., Saffioti, J., Balasubramanian, S., Kadlowec, J., Garcia-Espana, J.F., Sterner, R., Arbogast. K.B., Maltese, M.R. (2012) “Passive Cervical Spine Flexion: Effect of Age and Gender.” Clinical Biomechanics, May, 27(4): 326-33

Jennifer Kadlowec, Ph.D.

Dr. Kadlowec has over 20 years of experience in engineering education, with BW being the second new engineering program she has been a part of developing and growing. Her expertise in engineering education has been in design, assessment, recruitment and retention, particularly of underrepresented students. Mechanics of rubber-like materials and biomechanics are her primary technical expertise.