Carol Handwerker

Reinhardt Schuhmann Jr. Distinguished Professor of Materials Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering
(765) 494-0147


  • Sc.D., Ceramics,
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1983
  • S.M., Ceramics,
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978
  • S.B., Materials Science and Engineering,
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978
  • B.A., Art History,
    Wellesley College, 1973

Research Summary

Dr. Handwerker's research program at Purdue is focused on Pb-free interconnects, particularly for high reliability server, military, and aerospace electronic systems, on innovative strategies for next-generation electronic packaging, and on including sustainability in the design of new electronic materials, processes, and products. Dr. Handwerker is also director of the NSF IGERT focused on sustainable electronics.

Selected Publications

  • Integrated Sustainable Life Cycle Design: A Review, K. Ramani, D. Ramanujan, W.Z. Bernstein, F. Zhao, J. Sutherland, C. Handwerker, J.K. Choi, H. Kim, D. Thurston, Journal of Mechanical Design, 132 (9) 091004, Sept. 2010.
  • GreenTV: A Project-based Learning Module on Sustainable Electronics, Proceedings of IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST) Chicago, IL May 16-18, 2011.
  • Utilizing the thermodynamic nanoparticle size effects for low temperature Pb-free solder J. P. Koppes, K.A. Grossklaus, A.R. Muza, R.R. Revur, S. Sengupta, A. Rae, E.A. Stach, C.A. Handwerker, Materials Science and Engineering B Advanced Functional Solid-State Materials, 177 (2)197-204 2012.

Awards and Honors

  • John Bardeen Award, 2017