Principal Investigator

Postdoctoral Fellows

Graduate Researchers (scroll down for Ph.D./M.S. alumni)

  • Joe Shedleski (Ph.D. student, 8/23-present)
  • Kevin Dix (Ph.D. student, 5/22-present)
  • Michele Rosso* (Ph.D. student, 2/22-present)
  • Jacob Brody (Ph.D. student, 1/22-present)
  • Renan Thomes (Ph.D. student, 8/21-present)
  • Alan Luo (Ph.D. student, 8/21-present)
  • Ananya Bhardwaj** (Ph.D. student, 5/21-present)
  • Obaidullah Alfahmi (Ph.D. student, 12/20-present)
  • Mustafa Alshaqaq (Ph.D. student, 1/20-present)
  • Eetu Kohtanen (Ph.D. student, 8/19-present)
  • Allen Zhou (M.S. student, 5/22-present)
  • Matthew Irving (M.S. student, 8/21-present)

* co-advised with Prof. R. Ardito (POLIMI) ** co-advised with Prof. K. Sabra. *** co-advised with Prof. Cunefare.

*** USP (Brazil) graduates co-advised with Prof. Dr. Carlos De Marqui Jr. 

Postdoctoral Fellows & Visiting Scholars (Professors/Postdocs/Students)

Undergraduate Researchers

  • Brian Liang (senior student, 1/23-present)
  • Daniel Webber (sophomore student, 6/22-present)
  • Jingchu Chen (junior student, 5/22-12/22)
  • Jacob Brody (BS/MS student, 1/21-12/21)
  • Natasha Najmi (junior student, 1/21-5/21)
  • Michael Ibrahim (senior student, 1/20-5/20)
  • Mark Saad (BS/MS student, 1/20-5/20)
  • Young Ko (junior student, 8/19-12/19)
  • Mark Saad (senior student, 1/19-5/19)
  • Alex Kemenov (senior student, 1/18-12/18)
  • Nathaniel Stowe (senior student, 1/18-5/18)
  • Paul Yavarow (junior student, 1/17-8/17)
  • Yiwei Xia (senior student, 1/16-8/16)
  • Fahad Vora (senior student, 1/16-8/16)
  • Oliver Wellstein (senior student, 1/16-8/16)
  • Seung Yoon Lee (junior student, 1/15-12/15)
  • Jin Sol Kim (junior student, 8/14-12/14)
  • Brian Ferri (senior student, 5/14-12/14)
  • Matthew Fronk (senior student, 1/14-5/14)
  • Pratik Jain (senior student, 1/13-9/13)

K12 Teachers & Students

  • Kimberly Ford (6/22-7/22)
  • Simone Marshall (6/22-7/22)
  • Shameria Smith (6/22-7/22)
  • Nick Gong (5/18-6/18)
  • Karl Lee (5/17-6/17)
  • Karina Scott (6/16-7/16)
  • Dr. Nate Brady (5/16-6/16)
  • Liam Oweida (5/16-6/16)
  • Dr. Ken Gafford (6/15-7/15)

Alumni with Dissertation/Thesis

  • Dr. Ahmed Allam completed Ph.D. dissertation on “Acoustic Power Transfer Leveraging Piezoelectricity and Metamaterials”, 1/18-7/21, co-advised with Prof. K. Sabra). Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Yiwei Xia (completed Ph.D. dissertation on “Dynamics and Topology of Nonlinear and Aperiodic Metastructures“, 1/17-12/20, co-advised with Prof. M. Ruzzene). Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Adriane Moura (completed Ph.D. dissertation on “Size-Dependent Dynamics of Flexoelectric and Flexoelectric-Piezoelectric Structures“, 8/15-7/19). Current position: NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, Munitions Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)-Eglin
  • Dr. Christopher Sugino (completed Ph.D. dissertation on “Dynamics of Mechanical and Electromechanical Locally Resonant Metastructures“, 8/15-7/19, co-advised with Prof. M. Ruzzene). Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Serife Tol (completed Ph.D. dissertation on “Structure-borne Elastic Wave Energy Harvesting Enhanced by Metamaterial Concepts“, 8/12-5/17, co-advised with Prof. L. Degertekin). Current position: Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
  • Dr. Ellen Skow (completed Ph.D. dissertation on “Harvesting Energy from Acoustic Pressure Fluctuations within Hydraulic Systems via Excitation of Piezoelectric Stacks“, 8/11-5/17, co-advised with Prof. K. Cunefare). Current position: Noise and Vibration Engineer, Apple Inc.
  • Dr. Stephen Leadenham (completed Ph.D. dissertation on “Advanced Concepts in Nonlinear Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting: Intentionally Designed, Inherently Present, and Circuit Nonlinearities”, 8/12-8/15). Current position: Mechanical Engineer, Defense Technologies Engineering Division, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Dr. Shima Shahab (completed Ph.D. dissertation on “Vibration Energy Harvesting, Biomimetic Actuation, and Contactless Acoustic Energy Transfer in a Quiescent Fluid Domain”, 5/13-8/15). Current position: Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. Tarcisio Silva (non-GT, completed Ph.D. dissertation at Univesity of Sao Paulo on “Vibration Attenuation in Linear and Nonlinear Flexible Structures via Nonlinear Piezoelectric Shunt Circuits”, 5/13-4/18, internationally co-advised with Prof. C. De Marqui Jr.)
  • Dr. Jose Augusto C. Dias (non-GT, completed Ph.D. dissertation at Univesity of Sao Paulo on “Elastic and Aeroelastic Behavior of Electromechanically Coupled Structures with Piezoelectric Nonlinearities”, 5/14-4/19, internationally co-advised with Prof. C. De Marqui Jr.)
  • Herit Patel (completed M.S. with thesis on “Bandgap Formation and Tunning in Stimuli-Responsive Hydrogel-based Periodic Structures“, 1/20-5/21, co-advised with Prof. Yuhang Hu) Current position: Structures & Dynamics Engineer, Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Mohid Khattak (completed M.S. with thesis on “Multifunctional Piezoelectric Metastructures for Vibration Attenuation and Energy Harvesting“, 1/20-5/21)
  • Bharat Kathpalia (completed M.S. with thesis on “Methods of Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting from Human Body Motions“, 8/16-11/18, co-advised with Dr. I. Stern/GTRI). Current position: Accepted an offer to join Tesla Inc. as of 1/19
  • Sihong Zhao (completed M.S. with thesis on “Energy Harvesting from Random Vibration of Piezoelectric Cantilevers and Stacks”, 8/11-5/13). Current position: Structural Analyst, Multiphysics Simulation Group, FMC Technologies
  • Algan Samur (completed M.S. with thesis on “Flexible Piezoelectric Composites and Concepts for Bio-Inspired Dynamic Bending-Twisting Actuation”, 8/11-5/13). Current position: Design Engineer, TEI/General Electric Marmara Technology Center
  • Lejun Cen (completed M.S. with thesis on “Fish-like Locomotion Using Flexible Piezoelectric Composites for Untethered Aquatic Robotics”, 8/11-12/12). Current position: Automation Engineer, Schlumberger

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