About our Lab
Welcome to the website of the Dynamic Structures Lab. Our expertise is in experimental and computational aspects of solid/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 the environment around them; (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.
2019/10: We have openings for PhD students to join our team at Stony Brook University (Link to flyer). Please email Paolo for additional information.
Recursive: We are always looking for motivated undergraduate students that want to gain research experience in our group. Also, we are open to hosting Master’s Thesis students from Europe or any other country. Just contact Paolo if interested: we always have ideas for self-contained projects.