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Matt Panhans, P.E., Ph.D. - Milwaukee School of Engineering. Milwaukee, WI, US

Matt Panhans, P.E., Ph.D.

Professor | Milwaukee School of Engineering


Dr. Matt Panhans' expertise is in mechanical testing and failure analysis.

Education, Licensure and Certification (4)

Registered Professional Engineer: Wisconsin (#23307-006)

Ph.D.: Mechanical Engineering, Marquette University 1990

M.S.: Mechanical Engineering, Marquette University 1980

B.S.: Mechanical Engineering, Marquette University 1975


Dr. Matt Panhans is a professor and department chair in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MSOE. He earned his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from Marquette University. Prior to teaching at MSOE, Panhans was a research metallurgical engineer for Allied-Signal Research Center (known today as Honeywell) in Illinois and an instructor for materials science and metallurgy at Marquette University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Wisconsin and consults with several companies in the Milwaukee area. He received MSOE’s Karl O. Werwath Engineering Research Award in 1995 for his contributions to the university including rapid prototyping curriculum development and Federal Aviation Administration-funded research on blast-resistant aircraft cargo containers. In 2002 he was appointed the first John and Linda Mellowes Endowed Professorship at MSOE.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Mechanical Testing

Failure Analysis

Mechanical Engineering


Ferrous Metallurgy

Accomplishments (5)

John and Linda Mellows Endowed Professor

2002 - Present

Minard Fellowship

1997, 1998

Karl O. Werwath Engineering Research Award, MSOE


Marquette University Fellowship

1987 - 1988

Johnson Wax Fellowship

1985 - 1986

Affiliations (3)

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) : Member
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) : Member
  • American Foundry Society (AFS) : Member

Media Appearances (2)

Minority students write new chapter in city development through Real Estate

Urban Milwaukee  


The graduation speakers included: Founder Dr. Mark Eppli, Marquette University, Donsia Strong Hill, LISC, Dr. Matt Panhans, MSOE; City Common council President Ashanti Hamilton; Barry Mandel, The Mandel Group; ACRE alumni Kevin Newell, Royal Capital; graduate Lavelle Young, and program administrator Sakuri Fears, LISC.

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MSOE taps University of Kentucky dean as next president

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  


Milwaukee School of Engineering announced Tuesday it has selected the dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky as its fifth president following an 18-month national search. John Y. Walz will succeed Hermann Viets, who retired last June after 24 years as president. Viets was replaced on an interim basis by Matthew Panhans, former chair of MSOE's Mechanical Engineering Department. Panhams will continue as interim president until July 1, when Walz arrives, and then remain at MSOE as a professor and special adviser to the president.

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Event and Speaking Appearances (1)

Tips for Tenure and Promotion: A Symposium for New and Prospective Faculty

ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference  IMECE


Research Grants (6)

Engine Test Cell Development

Holz Family Foundation (with Dr. Viets) $105,000


Development of Fluidized Bed Reactor

(with W. Carnell Jr.) $30,000


B.S. Engineering Curriculum Development Grant

(with J. Musto) $15,000


Fuel Cell Technology Grant

(with M. Swedish) $15,000


Advanced Energy Technologies Laboratory Grant

(with C. Damm) $37,000


Blast Resistant Baggage Container, Phase 2A

(with D. Brandt) Federal Aviation Administration $902,124


Selected Publications (6)

Properties of Semi-Finished Products and Welded Joints of An Aluminum Alloy V92Zr After Prolonged Low-Temperature Heating

Heat Treating 2011: Proceedings of the 26th Heat Treating Society Conference

Sverdlin, A., Panhans, M. A.

2011 The high-strength aluminum alloy V92Zr system Al-Zn-Mg is self-quenched alloy. The major alloying elements are 4.2 wt % Mg, 3.2 wt % Zn, 0.6 wt % Mn, and 0.15 wt % Zr. The most acceptable filler wires to weld this alloy are V92W, alloys AMg6, AMg4Zr and No.11 (Al-Zn-Mg). This alloy can be used in the aircraft production.

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The Aerodynamic Furnaces for Heat Treatment

Heat Treating 2011: Proceedings of the 26th Heat Treating Society Conference

Sverdlin, A., Panhans, M. A., Sokolov, Y., Ness, A.

2011 AHTF (Aerodynamic Heat Treating Furnaces) furnaces, in which air or gas is heated to 600-700°C without electrical or other special heaters, have been developed and placed in operation in a number of plants for heat treating aluminum, magnesium, and titanium alloys, and also steels. The AHTF chamber furnace is thermally insulated without the use of firebricks. It has a centrifugal fan with vanes having a special contour. The fan, operating in a closed system, converts, into heat, almost all the energy used to turn it; the heat is transferred to the parts by convection. In most machine-building plants aluminum alloys are heat treated in ERF furnaces (electric resistance furnaces with forced air circulation) or in salt baths. This research deals with an investigation of the heating conditions for various semi-finished products of aluminum alloys in the AHTF-3 in comparison with the ERF-2 (Electrical Recirculation Furnace) furnace and a potassium nitrate bath of approximately the same working volume.

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Blast Resistant Baggage Container - Phase 2B

Final Report FAA Grant 95-G-009

Panhans, M.A.


Materials and Structural Properties Database: Explosion Mitigating Containers

Final Report and Software, FAA Grant 97-G-034

Panhans, M.A., Howard, W.E., Musto, J.


Blast Resistant Baggage Container - Phase 2

Final Report FAA Grant 95-G-009

Brandt, D.A., Panhans, M.A.


A Thermodynamic and Electrical Conductivity Study of Nonstoichiometric Cerium Dioxide

Solid State Ionics, Vol. 60; pp. 279-283

M.A. Panhans and R.N. Blumenthal