Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology

Andres Tovar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Purdue School of Engineering and Technology
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
723 W. Michigan St., SL 260N
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5132
Phone: (317) 278-7090
Fax: (317) 274-9744

Engineering Design Research Laboratory (EDRL)


    Andres Tovar, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Prof. Tovar received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Industrial Automation from the National University in 1995 and 2000, respectively. As part of his early career development, he started a company designing machines for the Colombian food industry. In 1999, Prof. Tovar worked for the Spanish R&D Center Tekniker designing ultraprecision machines. In 2001, he was selected for the prestigious Fulbright fellowship program and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 2004 and 2005, respectively. Prof. Tovar served as a Research Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame (2008-2011) and as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at the National University of Colombia (2000-2012). During his tenure at the National University, Prof. Tovar was Department Chair of and Academic Provost. At IUPUI, he has been selected Department of Athletics Favorite Professor in 2013, 2014 and 2015, Best Faculty in 2014, and the recipient of the Wisner-Stoelk Outstanding Faculty Award in 2015. He also received the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award in 2014. Prof. Tovar was awarded by DOE/ARPA-E and Local Motors with the First Place in the 2015 LITECAR Challenge. Currently, Prof. Tovar is the director of the Engineering Design Research Laboratory at IUPUI. His main research areas include biologically inspired optimization and multiscale design methods for materials, structures, and mechanical components.


  • Ph.D. in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Univ of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 2005
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Univ of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 2004
  • M.S. in Industrial Automation, National University of Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia, 2000
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, National University of Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia, 1995

Research Interests

  • Design of ultra-lightweight structures and materials
  • Design for crashworthiness and blast mitigation
  • Design of materials for energy storage
  • Structural optimizaiton and design under uncertainty
  • Design of biomechatronic systems

Courses Taught

  • EEN 24000 Basic Engineering Mechanics (Statis and Dynamics)
  • ME 27400 Basic Mechanics II (Dynamics)
  • ME 37200 Design of Mechanisms
  • ME 49700 Machine Design
  • ME 56200 Advanced Dynamics
  • ME 59700 Topology Optimization
  • ME 59700 Optimum Design of Complex Mechanical Systems
  • ME 59700 Additive Manufacturing

Awards and Recognition

  • Wisner-Stoelk Outstanding Faculty Award 2015
  • DOE/ARPA-E-Local Motors LITECAR Challenge Winner 2015
  • IUPUI Athletics Favorite Professor 2013, 2014, and 2015
  • SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award 2014
  • IUPUI Purdue School of Engineering and Technology Best Faculty Advisor 2014



Andres Tovar, Ph.D.

Andres Tovar, Ph.D.
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