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Carl P. Frick

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Department Head

Room 335A, EERB
University of Wyoming
College of Engineering and Applied Science
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dept. 3295
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071 
Phone: 307.766.4068
Fax: 307.766.2695

Carl Frick's Research page.


  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder (2005)
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder (2003)
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder (1999)

Professional Experience:

  • Assistant Professor at UW (2008-present)
  • Senior R&D Engineer, Abbott Vascular Inc., Santa Clara, California (2007-2008)
  • Postdoctoral Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart, Germany (2006-2007)


  • Undergraduate
    • Mechanics of Materials (ES 2410)
    • Design of Experiments Laboratory (ME 2020)
    • Properties of Engineering Materials (ME 3450)
    • Introduction to Composite Materials (ME 4210)
  • Graduate
    • Advanced Materials Science (ME 5432)
    • Failure of Engineering Materials (ME 5435)

Research Interests:

Research activities involve integration of materials science, bioengineering, and mechanical engineering to characterize new materials for use in emerging technologies. Current projects primarily focus on involves exploring the mechanical behavior of materials, with specific interests in metallic & polymer biomaterials, shape memory materials, and nanometer-scale materials.

Selected Publications:               

  1. E. Qin, N.J. Peter, M. Frensemeier, C.P. Frick, E. Arzt and A.S. Schneider (2014) “Vickers indentation induced one-way and two-way shape memory effect in austenitic NiTi”. Advanced Engineering Materials, In Press, DOI: 10.1002/adem.201300219.
  2. C.P. Frick, A.L. DiRienzo, A.J. Hoyt, D.L. Safranski, M. Saed, E. Losty, and C.M. Yakacki (2014) “On the use of High-Strength Poly(para-phenylene) as an Orthopedic Biomaterial”. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research A, In Press, DOI: 10.1002/jbm.a.34982.
  3. A.L. DiRienzo, C.M. Yakacki, M. Frensemeier, A.S. Schneider, D.L. Safranski, A.J. Hoyt and C.P. Frick (2014) “Porous Poly(para-phenylene) Scaffolds for Load-Bearing Orthopedic Applications”. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, vol. 30, pp. 347-357.
  4. A.C. Martin, N. Lakhera, A.L. DiRienzo, D.L. Safranski, A.S. Schneider, C.M. Yakacki, and C.P. Frick (2013) “Amorphous-to-Crystalline Transition of Polyetheretherketone-Carbon Nanotube Composites via Resistive Heating”.Composites Science and Technology, vol. 89, pp. 110-119.
  5. C.K. Hossfeld, A.S. Schneider, E. Arzt and C.P. Frick (2013) “Detachment Behavior of Mushroom-Shaped Fibrillar Adhesive Surfaces in Peel Testing”. Langmuir, vol. 29, pp. 15394-15404.
  6. Xiao, N. Lakhera, J. Choi, C.M. Yakacki, C.P. Frick, and T.D. Nguyen (2013) “Modeling the Glass Transition of Amorphous Networks for Shape-Memory Behavior”. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, vol. 61, pp. 1612-1635.
  7. A.S. Schneider, C.P. Frick, E. Arzt, W.J. Clegg, and S. Korte (2013) “Influence of test temperature on the size effect in molybdenum small-scale compression pillars”. Philosophical Magazine Letters, vol. 93, pp. 331-338.
  8. N. Lakhera, K.E. Smith, and C.P. Frick (2013) “Systematic tailoring of water absorption in photopolymerizable meth(acrylate) networks and its effect on mechanical properties”. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, vol. 128, pp. 1913-1921.
  9. N. Lakhera, A. Graucob, A.S. Schneider, E. Kroner, E. Arzt, and C.P. Frick (2013) “Effect of viscoelasticity on the spherical and flat adhesion characteristics of photopolymerizable acrylate polymer networks”. International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, vol. 44, pp. 184-194.
  10. N. Lakhera, A. Graucob, A.S. Schneider, E. Kroner, M. Micciche, E. Arzt, and C.P. Frick (2013) “Adhesion behavior of polymer networks with tailored mechanical properties using spherical and flat contacts”. MRS Communications, vol. 3, pp. 73-77.
  11. A.S. Schneider, D. Kiener, C.M. Yakacki, H.J. Maier, P.A. Gruber, N. Tamura, M. Kunz, A.M. Minor and C. P. Frick (2012) “Influence of bulk pre-straining on the size effect in nickel compression pillars”. Materials Science and Engineering A, vol. 559, pp. 147-158. 
  12. C.M. Yakacki, A.M. Ortega, C.P. Frick, N. Lakhera, R. Xiao, T.D. Nguyen (2012) “Unique Recovery Behavior in Amorphous Shape-Memory Polymer Networks”. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, vol. 297, pp. 1160-1166.
  13. N. Lakhera, C.M. Yakacki, T.D. Nguyen, and C.P. Frick (2012) “Partially constrained recovery of (meth)acrylate shape-memory polymer networks”. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, vol. 126, pp. 72-82.
  14. N. Lakhera, C.M. Laursen, D.L. Safranski, and C.P. Frick (2012) “Biodegradable thermoset shape-memory polymer developed from poly(β-amino ester) networks”. Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, vol. 50, pp. 777-789. 
  15. A.S. Schneider, C.P. Frick, B.G. Clark, P.A. Gruber, and E. Arzt (2011) "Influence of Orientation on the Size Effect in BCC pillars with Different Critical Temperatures". Materials Science and Engineering A, vol. 528, pp. 1540-1547.
  16. B.G. Clark, D.S. Gianola, O. Kraft, and C.P. Frick (2010) “Size Independent Shape Memory Behavior of Nickel-Titanium”. Advanced Engineering Materials, vol. 12, pp. 808-815.
  17. B. Girault, A.S. Schneider, C.P. Frick, E. Arzt (2010) "Strength Effects in Micropillars of a Dispersion Strengthened Superalloy".  Advanced Engineering Materials, vol. 12, pp. 385-388.
  18. C.P. Frick, B.G. Clark, A.S. Schneider, R. Maaß, S. Van Petegem, H. Van Swygenhoven (2010) "On the Plasticity of Small-Scale Nickel-Titanium Shape Memory Alloys". Scripta Materialia, vol. 62, pp. 492-495.
  19. A.S. Schneider, B.G. Clark, C.P. Frick, P.A. Gruber, and E. Arzt (2010) "Effect of Pre-Straining on the Size Effect for Molybdenum Pillars". Philosophical Magazine Letters, vol. 90, pp. 841-849.
  20. A.S. Schneider, D. Kaufmann, B.G. Clark, C.P. Frick, P.A. Gruber, R. Mönig, O. Kraft, and E. Arzt (2009) "Correlation between critical temperature and strength of small-scale bcc pillars".  Physical Review Letters, vol. 103, article number 105501.
  21. A.S. Schneider, B.G. Clark, C.P. Frick, P.A. Gruber, and E. Arzt (2009) “Effect of Orientation and Loading Rate on Compression Behavior of Small-Scale Mo Pillars”.  Materials Science and Engineering A, vol. 508, pp. 241-246.
  22. M. Zaiser, J. Schwerdtfeger, A.S. Schneider, C.P. Frick, B.G. Clark, P.A. Gruber and E. Arzt (2008) “Strain bursts in plastically deforming Molybdenum micro- and nanopillars”.  Philosophical Magazine, vol. 88, pp. 3861-3874.
  23. C.P. Frick, B.G. Clark, S. Orso, P. Sonnweber-Ribic and E. Arzt (2008) “Effect of Orientation on Small-Scale Nickel-Titanium Compression Pillars”.  Scripta Materialia, vol. 59, pp. 7-10.
  24. C.P. Frick, B.G. Clark, S. Orso, A.S. Schneider and E. Arzt (2008) “Size Effect on Strength and Strain Hardening of [111] Nickel Sub-Micron Compression Pillars”.  Materials Science and Engineering A, vol. 489, pp. 319-329.
  25. C.P. Frick, S. Orso and E. Arzt (2007) “Loss of Pseudoelasticity in Nickel-Titanium Sub-Micron Compression Pillars”. Acta Materialia, vol. 55, pp. 3845-3855.
  26. C.P. Frick, T.W. Lang, K. Spark and K. Gall (2006) “Stress-Induced Martensitic Transformations and Shape Memory at Nanometer Scales”.  Acta Materialia, vol. 54, pp. 2223-2234.
  27. K. Gall, J. Tyber, V. Brice, C. P. Frick, H. J. Maier, and N. Morgan (2005) “Tensile Deformation of NiTi Wires”.  Journal of Biomedical Materials Research A, vol. 75A, pp. 810-823.
  28. C.P. Frick, A.M. Ortega, J. Tyber, H.J. Maier, A.El.M. Maksound, Y. Liu, and K. Gall (2005) “Thermal Processing of Polycrystalline NiTi Shape-Memory Alloys”.  Materials Science and Engineering A, vol. 405, pp. 34-49.
  29. A.M. Ortega, J. Tyber, C.P. Frick, K. Gall, and H.J. Maier (2005) “Cast NiTi Shape Memory Alloys”.  Advanced Engineering Materials, vol. 7, pp. 492-507.
  30. C.P. Frick, A. M. Ortega, J. Tyber, K. Gall, and H. J. Maier (2004) “Multiscale Structure and Properties of Cast and Deformation Processed Polycrystalline NiTi Shape-Memory Alloys”. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, vol. 35A, pp. 2013-2025.

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