Christopher Sugino (csugino)

Christopher Sugino

Assistant Professor

Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science

Department of Mechanical Engineering


  • PhD (2019) Georgia Institute of Technology (Mechanical Engineering)
  • BS (2015) Harvey Mudd College (Engineering)


Structural dynamics and acoustics

Metamaterials and metastructures

Smart structures

Wave propagation control

Institutional Service

  • Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Committee Member

Professional Service

  • ASME Member of the ASME Technical Committee on Vibration and Sound
  • ASME IDETC 2024 Symposium Organizer
  • U.S. National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Mini-symposium co-organizer

Professional Societies

  • SPIE – Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers Member
  • ASME – American Society of Mechanical Engineers Member

Selected Publications

Conference Proceeding

  1. Ozmen, G. C.; Nichols, C. J.; Lan, L.; Moise, E.; Sugino, C.; Erturk, A.; Inan, O. T. (2023). Wearable Active Vibration Sensing for Mid-Activity Knee Health Assessment. 2023 IEEE 19th International Conference on Body Sensor Networks. IEEE.

Journal Article

  1. Allam, A.; Patel, H.; Sugino, C.; St. John, C.; Steinfeldt, J.; Reinke, C.; Erturk, A.; El-kady, I. (2024). Portable through-metal ultrasonic power transfer using a dry-coupled detachable transmitter. Ultrasonics (vol. 141, pp. 107339). Elsevier.
  2. Alshaqaq, M.; Sugino, C.; Erturk, A. (2023). Digital programming of reciprocity breaking in resonant piezoelectric metamaterials. Physical Review Research (4 ed., vol. 5, pp. 043003). American Physical Society.
  3. Thomes, R.; Beli, D.; Sugino, C.; Erturk, A.; de Marqui Junior, C. (2023). Programmable Moving Defect for Spatiotemporal Wave Localization in Piezoelectric Metamaterials. Physical Review Applied (vol. 19, pp. 064031).
  4. Sugino, C. N.; Alshaqaq, M.; Erturk, A. (2022). Spatially programmable wave compression and signal enhancement in a piezoelectric metamaterial waveguide. Physical Review B (17 ed., vol. 106, pp. 174304). APS.
  5. Alfahmi, O.; Sugino, C.; Erturk, A. (2022). Duffing-type Digitally Programmable Nonlinear Synthetic Inductance for Piezoelectric Structures. Smart Materials and Structures (vol. 31, pp. 095044).
  6. Santini, J.; Sugino, C.; Riva, E.; Erturk, A. (2022). Harnessing Rainbow Trapping via Hybrid Electromechanical Metastructures for Enhanced Energy Harvesting and Vibration Attenuation. Journal of Applied Physics (vol. 132, pp. 064903).
  7. Allam, A.; Alfahmi, O.; Patel, H.; Sugino, C.; Harding, M.; Ruzzene, M.; Erturk, A. (2022). Ultrasonic Testing of Thick and Thin Inconel 625 of Thick and Thin Inconel 625 Alloys Manufactured by Laser Powder Bed Fusion. Ultrasonics (vol. 125, pp. 106780).
  8. Sugino, C.; Gerbe, R.; Baca, E.; Reinke, C.; Ruzzene, M.; Erturk, A.; El-kady, I. (2022). Machined Phononic Crystals to Block High-Order Lamb Waves and Crosstalk in Through-Metal Ultrasonic Communication Systems. Applied Physics Letters (191705 ed., vol. 120). AIP Publishing.
  9. Alshaqaq, M.; Sugino, C.; Erturk, A. (2022). Programmable Rainbow Trapping and Bandgap Enhancement via Spatial Group Velocity Tailoring in Elastic Metamaterials. Physical Review Applied (L021003 ed., vol. 17). American Physical Society.
  10. Khattak, M. M.; Sugino, C.; Erturk, A. (2022). Concurrent Vibration Attenuation and Low-power Electricity Generation in a Locally Resonant Metastructure. Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures. SAGE Journals.
  11. Sugino, C.; Ruzzene, M.; Erturk, A. (2021). Experimental and computational investigation of guided waves in a human skull. Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology (3 ed., vol. 47, pp. 787--798). Elsevier.
  12. Mazzotti, M.; Sugino, C.; Kohtanen, E.; Erturk, A.; Ruzzene, M. (2021). Experimental identification of high order Lamb waves and estimation of the mechanical properties of a dry human skull. Ultrasonics (vol. 113, pp. 106343). Elsevier.
  13. Allam, A.; Sugino, C.; Harding, M.; Bishop, D. P.; Erturk, A.; Ruzzene, M. (2021). Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing of Inconel 625 Produced by Selective Laser Melting. Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation, Diagnostics and Prognostics of Engineering Systems (4 ed., vol. 4, pp. 041006). American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
  14. Sugino, C.; Ruzzene, M.; Erturk, A. (2020). An analytical framework for locally resonant piezoelectric metamaterial plates. International Journal of Solids and Structures (vol. 182, pp. 281--294). Pergamon.
  15. Sugino, C.; Ruzzene, M.; Erturk, A. (2020). Digitally programmable resonant elastic metamaterials. Physical Review Applied (6 ed., vol. 13, pp. 061001). American Physical Society.
  16. Sugino, C.; Ruzzene, M.; Erturk, A. (2020). Nonreciprocal piezoelectric metamaterial framework and circuit strategies. Physical Review B (1 ed., vol. 102, pp. 014304). American Physical Society.
  17. Candido de Sousa, Vagner; Sugino, C.; De Marqui Junior, Carlos; Erturk, A. (2018). Adaptive locally resonant metamaterials leveraging shape memory alloys. Journal of Applied Physics (6 ed., vol. 124, pp. 064505). AIP Publishing.
  18. Sugino, C.; Erturk, A. (2018). Analysis of multifunctional piezoelectric metastructures for low-frequency bandgap formation and energy harvesting. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics (21 ed., vol. 51, pp. 215103). IOP Publishing.
  19. Sugino, C.; Ruzzene, M.; Erturk, A. (2018). Design and analysis of piezoelectric metamaterial beams with synthetic impedance shunt circuits. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (5 ed., vol. 23, pp. 2144--2155). IEEE.
  20. Sugino, C.; Ruzzene, M.; Erturk, A. (2018). Merging mechanical and electromechanical bandgaps in locally resonant metamaterials and metastructures. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids (vol. 116, pp. 323--333). Pergamon.
  21. Sugino, C.; Xia, Y.; Leadenham, S.; Ruzzene, M.; Erturk, A. (2017). A general theory for bandgap estimation in locally resonant metastructures. Journal of Sound and Vibration (vol. 406, pp. 104--123). Academic Press.
  22. Sugino, C.; Leadenham, S.; Ruzzene, M.; Erturk, A. (2017). An investigation of electroelastic bandgap formation in locally resonant piezoelectric metastructures. Smart Materials and Structures (5 ed., vol. 26, pp. 055029). IOP Publishing.
  23. Sugino, C.; Leadenham, S.; Ruzzene, M.; Erturk, A. (2016). On the mechanism of bandgap formation in locally resonant finite elastic metamaterials. Journal of Applied Physics (13 ed., vol. 120, pp. 134501). AIP Publishing LLC.