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.

 

Graduate Students

Changgong Kim

Email: ckim130@illinois.edu
Ph.D. Candidate
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
Ph.D. Candidate
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 engineer 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 bandgap formation of structural metamaterials. In my spare time, I like to play soccer, rock climbing, and biking.

Ganesh U. Patil

Email: gupatil2@illinois.edu
Ph.D. Candidate
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 the 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. Know more about my research work here on my personal research website.

Connor Pierce

Email: cpierce3@illinois.edu
Ph.D. Candidate
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.

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

Nick O’Brien

Email: nobrien3@illinois.edu
Undergraduate Student
Mechanical Science and Engineering

 

 

I am studying for a B.S. in Mechanical Science and Engineering. I completed a co-operative education with Mercury Marine’s CAE team in Wisconsin, learning how limited our simulations are by the availability of real-world data. Now, I work in the WPM Lab with Ph.D. student Elizabeth Smith on a project to characterize the material properties of 3D printed material. In my free time, I enjoy playing music with friends, watching movies, and hiking.

Tommy Block

Email: tblock2@illinois.edu
Undergraduate Student
Mechanical Science and Engineering

 

 

I am an undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering and will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in May 2020. During my undergraduate career, I completed an internship at Xylem Inc., where I worked on various projects dealing with design and failure analysis. I work with Ph.D. student Ganesh Patil and my work with the lab involves characterizing the surface roughness topology of 3D printed materials. I am enthusiastic about movies, music, and cooking.

Ian Li

Email: ianli2@illinois.edu
Undergraduate Student
Civil Engineering

 

I will be completing my bachelor of science in Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Spring of 2020. Prior to joining the Wave Propagation and Metamaterial Lab, I had participated in the Research Experience for Undergraduate Program working with Professor Roman Makhnenko on linking waste production to energy usage in the United States. Currently, I am working with Ph.D. Student Changgong Kim on wave attenuation measurements for acoustic nonlinearity correction. In my spare time, I enjoy trying out new recipes, watching football (Go Niners!), and playing puzzle games (Current: Baba is you).

Songyuan (Mark) Cui

Email: cui20@illinois.edu
Undergraduate Student
Mechanical Science and Engineering

 

I am an undergraduate student of class 2022 majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Computer Science. Prior to joining WPM Lab, I had an internship at a ZF Friedrichshafen branch in China with a focus on industrial assembly line design and optimization. Since joining WPML in January 2020, I’ve been working with Ph.D. student Ganesh Patil on the analysis of transient wave propagation. I enjoy watching movies and soccer games in my free time (fan of FC Barcelona).

Alumni

Postdoctoral scholars :

Itay Grinberg

 

Graduate Students:

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

Han He (Masters Independent Study)

Dennis Scheglov

 

Undergraduate Students:

Aditya Shedge – Semiconductor Packaging Engineer, Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX

Yintao Ma

Carly Newman

Joel Wright

Richard Li

Zhong (Erick) Zhou

Yamini Yedetore