Published: Oct. 2, 2019

 Massimo Ruzzene Massimo Ruzzene
Professor, Mechanical Engineering &
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, CU Boulder
Wednesday, Oct. 9 | 2:30 P.M. | AERO N240

Abstract: The presentation will provide an overview of research activities in the broad areas of structural dynamics and wave propagation, with emphasis on applications related to structural health monitoring, vibration and noise control, and wave steering and guiding. Novel concepts related to the theme of metastructures will be specifically described in relation to fundamental principles inspired by solid state physics analogues and their potential engineering applications. These novel structural assemblies feature unprecedented performance in terms of stress wave mitigation, wave guiding for information transport, acoustic absorption, and vibration isolation, and generally rely on complex arrangements of materials and geometrical features. Beyond structural dynamics, the geometric complexity of these components has inspired novel transducers for non-destructive evaluation and strain sensing, and is currently being investigated in the context of aerodynamic flow control where interactions between lifting surfaces and actively controlled air bleed are exploited to affect the aerodynamic and aeroelastic performance of wing structures.

Bio: Massimo Ruzzene is the Slade Professor of Mechanical Engineering at CU Boulder. He joined CU in the summer of 2019, after serving as the Pratt and Whitney Professor in the Schools of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. M. Ruzzene received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino (Italy) in 1999. He is author of 2 books, more than 180 journal papers and 240 conference papers. He has participated as a PI or co-PI in various research projects funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Army Research Office (ARO), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), NASA, the US Army, US Navy, DARPA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), as well as companies such as Boeing, Eurocopter, Raytheon, Corning and TRW. Most of his current and past research work has focused on solid mechanics, structural dynamics and wave propagation with application to structural health monitoring, metamaterials, and vibration and noise control. M. Ruzzene is a Fellow of ASME, an Associate Fellow of AIAA, and a member of AHS, and ASA. He served as Program Director for the Dynamics, Control and System Diagnostics Program of CMMI at the National Science Foundation between 2014 and 2016.