Jennifer Kadlowec

Jennifer Kadlowec

Jennifer Kadlowec

Jennifer A. Kadlowec, PhD

Professor and Undergraduate Program Chair

Rowan Hall 229

Phone: 856-256-5344; Email:



  • Ph.D. - Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1999
  • M.S. - Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1995
  • B.S. - Physics, Minor – Mathematics, summa cum laude, Baldwin-Wallace University, 1993


  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Rowan University, 2012-Present
  • Department Chair/Head, Mechanical Engineering, Rowan University, 2014-2017
  • Professor (Joint appt.), Biomedical Engineering, Rowan University, 2013-present
  • Professor (Joint appt.), Biomedical Sciences, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, 2013-present
  • Affiliate Faculty, Cooper University Hospital, Dept. of Orthopaedics, 2013-present
  • Associate Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering, Rowan University, 2008-2014
  • Visiting Scholar, McKay Orthopaedic Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania, 2006-2007, sabbatical
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Rowan University, 2005-2012
  • Faculty Fellow, Materials Branch, NASA Glenn Research Center, 2000 and 2001
  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Rowan University, 1999-2005

Research Areas:

  • Experimental mechanical testing, Constitutive modeling, Polymers and Biomaterials, Orthopaedic biomechanics, Movement biomechanics, Engineering education

Principal Research Sponsors:

  • NSF, NIH, NAVAIR-Lakehurst, various industries

Select Research / Collaboration Activities:

  • Bioengineering Team-Based Projects and Summer Immersion to Improve Design Expertise – NIH NIBIB
  • Self-assembling Biomimetic Hydrogels with Bioadhesive Properties for Intervertebral Disc – NIH/NIAMS
  • Redesign of Residual Seal Force Tester – Genesis Packaging
  • Making the Connection - Using a Long-Term Sustainable Design Project to Integrate the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum – NSF DUE

Professional Activities / Membership:

  • ASME; ASEE; PIC III Chair ASEE (2007-2009)

Select Publications (Published >100 Journal and Conference Papers):

  • 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, Vernengo AJ. (2016) “Modeling stress relaxation of crosslinked polymer networks for biomaterials applications: A distance learning module.”  Education for Chemical Engineers, (Oct) 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.” J. of Matl Sci: 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
  • 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