Welcome to the Vibration and Acoustics
Engineering Laboratory

We research how we can control and harness the flow of mechanical energy through the world around us.

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Research at VAEL solves engineering problems at the intersection of acoustics, smart structures, and structural dynamics.

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Dr. Christopher Sugino is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science at Stevens Institute of Technology. His research focuses on elastic and acoustic wave propagation in smart structures and metamaterials, with applications in noise/vibration control, aerospace engineering, and biomedical ultrasound. His recent work has considered metamaterials with digitally programmable material properties and wave propagation in the human skull. He is a recipient of the 2020 Sigma Xi Best Ph.D. Thesis Award from Georgia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2019 and his B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College in 2015.

Selected Publications

  1. Sugino, C., Ruzzene, M., and Erturk, A., 2021, "Experimental and Computational Investigation of Guided Waves in a Human Skull," Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, 47, pp. 787-798.
  2. Sugino, C., Ruzzene, M., and Erturk, A., 2020, "Nonreciprocal Piezoelectric Metamaterial Framework and Circuit Strategies," Physical Review B, 102, 014304.
  3. Sugino, C., Ruzzene, M., and Erturk, A., 2020, "Digitally Programmable Resonant Elastic Metamaterials," Physical Review Applied, 13, 061001.
  4. Sugino, C., Ruzzene, M., and Erturk, A., 2020, "An Analytical Framework for Bandgap Formation in Locally Resonant Piezoelectric Metamaterial Plates," International Journal of Solids and Structures, 182, pp. 281-294.
  5. Sugino, C., Xia, Y., Leadenham, S., Ruzzene, M., and Erturk, A., 2017, "A General Theory for Bandgap Estimation in Locally Resonant Metastructures," Journal of Sound and Vibration, 406, pp. 104-123.



Current Openings

We are looking for motivated students interested in vibration and acoustics research. Background in vibration, acoustics, mechatronics, control theory, or electrical engineering is a plus. If you are interested in joining our group, please email your resume/CV to Prof. Christopher Sugino at csugino@stevens.edu. Prospective graduate students should follow Stevens' application process, requirements, and deadlines at the graduate admission webpage.

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We are located in McLean Hall, Room B5 at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, USA.

  • Contact

    Prof. Christopher Sugino
    Room 202, Carnegie Laboratory
    507 River St
    Hoboken, NJ 07030, USA