Dynamic Structures Lab

Welcome to  the website of the Dynamic Structures Lab. Our home is the Department of Civil Engineering at Stony Brook University. Our expertise is in experimental and computational aspects of solid and structural mechanics. The group’s name reflects: (1) our interest in structures that are designed to be “dynamic” and capable of morphing shape, re-configuring their properties or adapting to their environment; (2) our dedication to truly-dynamic phenomena such as vibrations and mechanical waves.

Our goal is to design structures characterized by unprecedented functionalities, and to understand their mechanics. Our approach is holistic and encompasses idea generation, fabrication, analysis and testing of proof-of-concept models, and (when possible) actual-scale realization. What applications are we targeting? We strongly believe that the principles of structural engineering and mechanics can be applied to all sorts of structures, from large-scale civil infrastructure to MEMS and medical devices. Currently, our research ideas have potential applications as deployable space structures, pop-up shelters and seismic wave filters. Some of our research is curiosity-driven; when this is the case, we still strive to explore potential applications of our ideas.

Check out the Research tab or Paolo’s Google Scholar page for more information on our work, and don’t hesitate to contact us for additional information or if you are interested in what we do.



We are always looking for motivated and creative individuals to join our team as PhD students (Link to flyer), Visiting scholars, Master’s thesis students or Undergraduate researchers. Please email Paolo for additional information.