Jonathan Wickert

Senior Vice President and Provost
1550 Beardshear

Jonathan Wickert serves as Senior Vice President and Provost at Iowa State University, overseeing the university’s Division of Academic Affairs. Major reporting units include the university’s seven academic colleges, the Graduate College, the University Library, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Office of the Vice President for Extension and Outreach, Enrollment Management, and the Ames National Laboratory which is managed by Iowa State for the Department of Energy. 

Dr. Wickert has responsibility for the division’s allocation of resources, planning, and policy, all with a view to advance Iowa State as a student-centric major research university. The Senior Vice President and Provost works with a team of academic deans, associate provosts, vice presidents, senior staff, and faculty, staff, and student governance bodies. In that work, Dr. Wickert emphasizes student access and success, educational opportunities that prepare students to make a difference in the world, and collaborative partnerships. 

He is a Professor of mechanical engineering with research and teaching interests in the areas of vibration and noise control. He is the author of over one hundred technical papers, holds two U.S. 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 Korean, Chinese, and Portuguese. He is a fellow of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the National Academy of Inventors. 

Dr. Wickert serves on advisory councils and boards for non-profit organizations in Iowa, and he is active nationally in higher education organizations. 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 previously served as department chair and dean at Iowa State University, and he was a member of the engineering faculty at Carnegie Mellon University for 17 years.

Selected publications

J.A. Wickert and K. Lewis, An Introduction to Mechanical Engineering, fourth edition, Cengage Learning, 2017.

J. Genshaft, J.A. Wickert, B.  Gray-Little, K. Hanson, R. Marchase, P.E. Schiffer, R.M. Tanner, “Consideration of Technology Transfer in Tenure and Promotion,” Technology and Innovation, 17(4), pp 197-204, 2016.

J.C. Collinger, W.C. Messner, and J.A. Wickert, “An Investigation into Using Magnetically Attached Piezoelectric Elements for Vibration Control,” ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, 134(6), pp 061008:1-11, 2012.