People

Principal Investigator

Kathryn (Katie) Matlack

Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Office: 230 Mechanical Engineering Building
Address: 1206 W. Green St, Urbana, IL 61801

kmatlack (at) illinois (dot) edu

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Education

  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, January 2017 – present.
  • ETH Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, ETH Zürich, August 2014 – December 2016.

 

Postdoctoral Scholars

Itay Grinberg

Email:  itayg@illinois.edu
Postdoctoral Scholar
Mechanical Science and Engineering

 

 

I completed my Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in a direct doctoral track. My research at the Technion primarily focused on nonlinear dynamics, and included several topics from discrete breathers and energy transport in vibro-impact systems to passive targeted energy transfer. I have joined the WPM lab in 2018, where I study wave manipulation in nonlinear media. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking and baking, as well as indoors rock climbing as part of the lab’s climbing team.

Graduate Students

Changgong Kim

Email: ckim130@illinois.edu
Ph.D. Student
Mechanical Science and Engineering

 

 

After graduating from Korea University in 2012, I worked at Samsung Engineering for 3 years (2012-2015). I started my M.S. at UIUC in 2015 Fall and worked on the fatigue of materials. In July 2017, I joined the Wave Propagation and Metamaterials Lab as a 1st year Ph.D. student. My research focus is on the characterization of material properties and microstructure using linear and nonlinear ultrasound. I enjoy climbing with other lab mates.

 

Ignacio Arretche

Email: ia6@illinois.edu
M.S. Thesis Student
Mechanical Science and Engineering

 

 

I completed my bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (ITBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2015. As an undergraduate, I did research on the effects on internal combustion engine performance of additives for gasoline and diesel fuels. After graduating, I worked as a structural engineering for VENG S.A. I joined the WPML in Fall 2017. My work at the lab is mostly focused on the influences of geometry on band gap formation of structural metamaterials. In my spare time, I like to play soccer, rock climbing, and biking.

 

Ganesh Patil

Email: gupatil2@illinois.edu
M.S. Thesis Student
Mechanical Science and Engineering

 

 

I completed my B.Tech (2011-2014) and Licentiate Diploma (2007-2011) in Mechanical from VJTI, Mumbai, India. I worked as a CAE Engineer in Bajaj Auto Limited R&D division (2014-2017) before I joined WPML in Fall 2017. I am currently studying the wave propagation through lattice metamaterials and how they can be manipulated for better structural performance. On top of doing research, I enjoy teaching. I have been working as a Teaching Assistant for TAM 212 and TAM 251. My other interests are cooking and watching cricket! I am pretty much active on social media.

 

Connor Pierce

Email: cpierce3@illinois.edu
Ph.D. Student
Mechanical Science and Engineering

 

 

I joined the Wave Propagation and Metamaterials Lab in January 2018 after completing my B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in mechanical engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. During my undergraduate degree, I completed one co-op with Cummins Emissions Solutions (2014) and three co-ops with the Universal Instruments Corporation (2015, 2016, and 2017). My research focuses on developing structural metamaterials with band gaps for vibration mitigation and includes both computational and experimental components. In my spare time, I enjoy building and flying model rockets, hiking and camping, playing basketball, and reading Ganesh’s memes.

 

Dennis Scheglov

Email: denniss4@illinois.edu
Ph.D. Student
Mechanical Science and Engineering

 

 

 

I joined the Wave Propagation and Metamaterials Lab as a Ph.D. student in Fall 2018. I completed a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Connecticut, where I engaged in research in cooperative manufacturing processes in 3D printing and developing new approaches to print complex 3D structures. I enjoy casual gaming and aquarium keeping.

 

Elizabeth (Betsy) Smith

Email: esmith19@illinois.edu
M.S. Thesis Student
Mechanical Science and Engineering

 

 

I completed a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2015 at the University of Wyoming. In the Fall of 2018, I joined the Wave Propagation and Metamaterials Lab working on determining damage in materials using linear and nonlinear ultrasound. Before coming to Illinois, I worked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on Main Propulsion Systems. In addition to academics, I enjoy playing music, hiking, learning how to sail, and swing dancing.

 

Undergraduate Students

Zhong (Erick) Zhou

Email: zzhou60@illinois.edu
Mechanical Science and Engineering

Richard Li

Email: rgli2@illinois.edu
Mechanical Science and Engineering

Alumni

Chaitanya Nimmagadda (M.S. Thesis) – Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company

Han He (Masters Independent Study)

Yintao Ma (Undergraduate Research)

Carly Newman (Undergraduate Research)

Joel Wright (Undergraduate Research)

Gallery

Group Photos:

Group BBQ (hosted by Itay)

 

Lab Spring 2018 semester party! (at Pizzeria Antica)

 

Lab Fall 2017 semester party! (at Katie’s house)