• Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1998
  • M.S., University of Michigan, 1995
  • B.S., Clarkson University, 1993

Research Areas and Descriptors

  • Acoustics and Dynamics and Mechanics of Materials; Computational and nonlinear dynamics of reduced-dimensional structures and materials, multiscale modeling of nanostructured materials, and nonlinear behavior in automotive accessory drives.


Dr. Leamy joined Georgia Tech in 2007 as an Assistant Professor. Prior, he was a Research Scientist in the Emerging Technology Office at the MITRE Corporation, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center, and an Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Dr. Leamy has also been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Technion, Israel's Institute of Technology, and a Research Associate at the NASA Langley Research Center.


Dr. Leamy's research interests are in emerging and multidisciplinary areas of engineering science, with an emphasis on simulating nonlinear dynamical behavior present in structures and materials. His research interests and activities center on developing analytical and computational models capable of capturing linear and nonlinear response in systems ranging in scale from the macro- to the nano-scale.  Modeling techniques required in this research often cross traditional domains and include elements of nonlinear continuum mechanics and dynamics, electromagnetics, hydraulics, atomistic mechanics, and nonlinear dynamics. Systems of interest include dry-friction damped vehicle accessory drives, hybrid-electric and hydraulic hybrid vehicles, nanoscale materials, and periodic metamaterials. His research has been supported by the Ford Motor Corporation, General Motors, Ferrari S.p.A., the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, Électricité de France, and ThyssenKrupp Elevator America.


  • Woodruff Faculty Fellow, 2017-2022
  • Lloyd Hamilton Donnell Best Paper Award from Applied Mechanics Reviews, 2016
  • ASME Fellow, 2014
  • Lockheed Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010
  • West Point Superior Civilian Service Award for teaching, scholarship, and student mentoring, 2003
  • University of Michigan Distinguished Achievement Award, 1998
  • Technion/Israel Institute of Technology Koret Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, 1998
  • Member Tau Beta Pi

Representative Publications

  • Kulpe, J.A., Sabra, K.G., Leamy, M.J., 2015, “A Three-Dimensional Bloch Wave Expansion to Determine External Scattering from Finite Phononic Crystals,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 137 (6): 3299-3313.
  • Manktelow, K., Leamy, M.J., Ruzzene, M., 2014, “Analysis and Experimental Estimation of Nonlinear Dispersion in a Periodic String,” Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, 136 (3): 031016, pp. 1-8.
  • Hussein, M.I., Leamy, M.J., Ruzzene, M., 2014, “Dynamics of Phononic Materials and Structures: Historical Origins, Recent Progress and Future Outlook,” invited paper, Applied Mechanics Reviews, 66 (4): 040802, pp. 1-38.
  • Karlson, K.N., Leamy, M.J., 2013, “Three-Dimensional Equilibria of Nonlinear Pre-Curved Beams Using an Intrinsic Formulation and Shooting,” International Journal of Solids and Structures, 50 (22-23): 3491-3504.
  • Pei, D., Leamy, M.J., 2013, “Forward-Looking Simulation of the GM Front-Wheel Drive Two-Mode Power-Split HEV Using a Dynamic Programming-Informed Equivalent Cost Minimization Strategy,” SAE International Journal of Alternative Powertrains, 2 (2): 379-390.