Smart Materials and Systems Laboratory
Welcome to the Smart Materials and Systems Laboratory!
Our vision is to integrate the multifunctionality offered by smart materials with advanced manufacturing techniques and multiphysics modeling tools to tackle challenging engineering problems. Smart materials have much to offer over other “dumb” materials, since their material properties vary controllably and reversibly as a result of stress, temperature, electrical or magnetic field, light, moisture, or other external stimuli. Our group focuses on magnetostrictive, piezoelectric, and shape memory materials in particular. Our research outcomes have stimulated innovations in energy harvesting, harsh environment sensing, morphing structures, and structural/human health monitoring.