Welcome to the webpage of my research group at the University of Minnesota. Our research interests revolve around the modeling, simulation and testing of complex dynamic phenomena in unconventional structures and materials, with emphasis on architected solids, phononic crystals and elastic metamaterials. In our work, we strive to blend theoretical, computational and experimental work to develop ideas holistically from initial theoretical considerations to proof of concept. Some of our most recent efforts have been directed towards the investigation of nonlinear waves in periodic media, topological mechanical and dynamical phenomena, and soft mechanical metamaterials. In parallel, we are also interested in techniques for material diagnostics and structural health monitoring based on the structural mechanics adaptation of selected ideas originated in the fields of machine learning and computer vision.
- Email: sgonella(at)umn.edu
- CEGE webpage: https://cse.umn.edu/cege
- Office: CivE Building, Room 154
- Phone: (612) 625-0866