The goal of the Wave Propagation and Metamaterials Laboratory is to understand how waves propagate in complex materials over several length scales. We then use this knowledge of how waves propagate in materials, to design efficient and multi-functional materials, structures, and devices. Much of our research is facilitated by 3D printing techniques, which allow us to design and test complex geometries and multi-material structures. Applications include developing advanced imaging techniques (e.g. ultrasonic interrogation of materials and structures to determine material properties) and in engineering materials/structures that can manipulate mechanical energy (e.g. sensor design, structural vibration mitigation, damage-tolerant structures).
We are always looking for motivated and bright graduate and undergraduate students to join our team!
WPM Lab in the News:
- Prof. Matlack honored with the Grainger College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research (Article from the UIUC MechSE department.)
- MechSE article on Prof. Matlack after winning ARO Young Investigator Program Award.
- MechSE article on Prof. Matlack after winning AFOSR Young Investigator Program Award.
- MechSE graduate blog on Ph.D. student Connor Pierce after receiving NDSEG Fellowship.
- MechSE news brief on Ph.D. student Ganesh Patil’s ASA Student Paper Award recognition.
- MechSE article on Prof. Matlack after winning NSF Career Award.
- MechSE news brief on WPML research featured as PRE Spotlight
- MechSE news brief on Ph.D. student Ganesh Patil’s Best Student Paper Award from ASA