Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology


Andres Tovar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering 
Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI
723 W Michigan St, SL 260 N
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5132
Phone: (317) 278-7090
Fax: (317) 274-9744 
Research site: Engineering Design Research Laboratory

Curriculum vitae: Andres.Tovar.CV.pdf


Dr. Andrés Tovar is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He also served as a Research Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame and as an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at the National University of Colombia. During his tenure at the National University, Prof. Tovar served as the Director of his department and the university’s Academic Director. 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, Andrés lived in Spain and worked for Tekniker R&D, 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. 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 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 optimization
  • Design under uncertainty
  • Multiscale analysis and design
  • Vehicle crashworthiness and blast mitigation
  • Composite material design
  • Energy harvesting
  • Biomechatronics

Teaching Interests

  • Machine design
  • Kinematics, Dynamics and Vibrations
  • Design optimization methods
  • Structural optimization
  • Finite element analysis
  • Numerical methods
  • Biomechanics




Andres Tovar, Ph.D.

Andres Tovar, Ph.D.