Jonathan A Wickert

  • Senior Vice President and Provost
  • Professor
  • Mechanical Engineering

Main Office

1550 Beardshear
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-0070
Fax: 515-294-8844


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of California-Berkeley, 1989
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of California-Berkeley, 1987
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of California-Berkeley, 1985

Interest Areas

  • Mechanical vibration and noise control
  • Continuous and multibody systems dynamics
  • Applied mechanics
  • Applications in computer data storage, flexible web material manufacturing, and friction-vibration interaction

Brief Biography

Jonathan Wickert serves as Senior Vice President and Provost at Iowa State University, overseeing all of the university’s academic programs. With its first degree conferred in 1872, ISU today is a premier land grant university and strives to be a model for value and commitment to the missions of education, research, and extension. Dr. Wickert’s research addresses vibration and noise control problems in high-speed, precision machinery. He is the author of over one hundred technical papers, holds two patents, and has served as a consultant to the computer, automotive, aerospace, and materials industries. Dr. Wickert is the author of the textbook An Introduction to Mechanical Engineering, which has been translated into the Korean, Chinese, and Portuguese languages. As Senior Vice President and Provost, Dr. Wickert emphasizes student success, educational opportunities that prepare students to make a difference in the world, and public-private partnerships. He also teaches in the classroom every semester. Dr. Wickert is active professionally with the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, the Iowa Business Council, and national higher education organizations. He has received awards from the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Information Storage Industry Consortium, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He earned B.S., M.S, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley; was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK; and was a visiting professor at the Helsinki University of Technology. He has served Iowa State University as Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and as Dean of Engineering, and previously Carnegie Mellon University as a member of the engineering faculty.

Selected Publications

  • J.A. Wickert and K. Lewis, An Introduction to Mechanical Engineering, third edition, Cengage Learning, 2012.
  • M.R. Brake and J. A. Wickert, 'Modal Analysis of a Continuous Gyroscopic Second-Order System with Nonlinear Constraints,' Journal of Sound and Vibration, 329(7), pp. 893-911, 2010.
  • J.C. Collinger, J.A. Wickert, and L.R. Corr, 'Adaptive Piezoelectric Vibration Control with Synchronized Switching,' ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, 131, 041006, 2009.
  • X.W. Tangpong, J.A. Wickert, and A. Akay, 'Distributed Friction Damping of Traveling Wave Vibration in Rods,' Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Series A, 366, pp 811-827, 2008.
  • E. Ervin and J.A. Wickert, 'Repetitive Impact Response of a Beam Structure Subjected to Harmonic Base Excitation,' Journal of Sound and Vibration, 307, pp 2-19, 2007.