Leamy and Ruzzene Awarded for Phononics Paper

A paper co-authored by ME Associate Professor Michael J. Leamy and AE Professor Massimo Ruzzene has been chosen to receive the 2016 Lloyd Hamilton Donnell Applied Mechanics Reviews Paper Award by the editorial board of Applied Mechanics Reviews.

The article, “Dynamics of Phononic Materials and Structures: Historical Origins, Recent Progress, and Future Outlook” has garnered 110 citations since it was first published in 2014. Leamy and Ruzzene’s co-author is University of Colorado professor Mahmoud I. Hussein.

A phononic medium is a material or structural system that usually exhibits some form of periodicity, --  in the constituent material phases,  the internal geometry, or even the boundary conditions. The study of phononic materials and structures explores the intersection of vibration and acoustics engineering and condensed matter physics. The overall dynamical characteristics of phononic materials are compactly described by a frequency band structure, in analogy to an electronic band diagram.

The trio’s work was selected from among 36 papers published in the journal over the last two years by a committee consisting of the journal’s editorial board and the ASME Applied Mechanics Division vice chair, Pradeep Sharma.

Leamy, Ruzzene, and Mahmoud have been invited to formally receive their honor at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE) which will be held in Phoenix this November.