People

NickWebPhotoNicholas Boechler

Principle Investigator

Email: boechler(at)uw(dot)edu

Nicholas Boechler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington. He received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and his Ph.D. in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology. He worked as a Postdoctoral Associate with Prof. Nicholas Fang in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from Autumn 2011 to Spring 2013. He joined the University of Washington faculty in September of 2013. Prof. Boechler received the Army Research Office Young Investigator Program award in 2015 and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program award in 2016.

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MarounMaroun Abi Ghanem

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Email: mag45(at)uw(dot)edu

Maroun received his Ph.D. in Mechanics and Optics from the University of Bordeaux, France under the supervision of Prof. Bertrand Audoin. His thesis was on: imaging mechanical properties and adhesion of biological cells with laser ultrasonics. He will be working on GHz-THz phonon scattering in structured materials.


Amey_Khanolkar_PicAmey Khanolkar

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant

Email: ameyk(at)uw(dot)edu

Amey received his BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering in June 2013 from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. His master’s thesis investigated the use of acoustic emission as a non-destructive inspection technique to detect and locate the initiation and progression of damage in a full-scale composite PRSEUS fuselage panel subjected to combined loading.


Sam Website PictureSam Wallen

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant

Email: walles(at)uw(dot)edu

Sam Wallen is interested in system dynamics, vibrations, and acoustics, particularly in applications where nonlinear effects can give rise to new and interesting phenomena. He is currently investigating the effects of nonlinearity on acoustic metamaterials. Sam received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2013.


Morgan Website PictureMorgan Hiraiwa

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant

Email: hiraiwm(at)gmail(dot)com

Morgan is interested in the mechanics of granular materials under shock loading. He is investigating the behavior of micron scale granular systems under shock loading, which could have applications in new materials for blast wave mitigation. Morgan obtained a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2012.


dsc_0875Ariana Mendible

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant

Email: mendible(at)uw(dot)edu

Ariana received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Seattle University in 2016 and is pursuing her PhD at University of Washington. She will be applying her background in nonlinear water waves to study lattice structures with designed nonlinearities.


Morgan_headshot_cropMorgan Bassford

Masters student

Email: bassford(at)uw(dot)edu

Morgan is interested in developing mechanical metamaterials and is presently exploring lattice structures containing designed geometric nonlinearities. She received her BSME from the Olin College of Engineering in 2015.


tim-picTim Brummer

Masters student

Email: timbrummer(at)uw(dot)edu>

Tim received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2016. He is currently pursuing a MSME from the same institution. Tim is conducting research into non-linear engineered micro-structures.