NESST Lab Overview

The mission of the Nano-Engineering & Smart Structures Technologies (NESST) Laboratory is to pioneer scientific discoveries and advance next-generation technologies in intelligent multifunctional systems. Multifunctional systems are material architectures that are precisely encoded with different engineering functionalities that include sensing, actuation, damping, healing, and energy harvesting, among many others. These smart materials technologies are applicable for structural health monitoring of civil, mechanical, aerospace, and naval structures and for achieving the future of resilient systems.

Active Research and Areas of Interest

  • Bio-inspired material architectures
  • Damage detection and structural health monitoring
  • Fiber-reinforced polymer composites
  • Material mechanics, modeling, characterization, and optimization
  • Multifunctional materials
  • Nanocomposite systems
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Resilient systems
  • Smart infrastructure materials
  • Structural and load-bearing materials

We invite you to explore the NESST Laboratory website. Here, you will find a collection of recent publications, summary of active research projects, and laboratory information. The physical infrastructure of NESST consists of two laboratories:

  • NESST-Multifunctional Materials Lab – 1203 Bainer
  • NESST-Sensors, Actuators, and Electronics Lab – 1223A Bainer

Recent News

  • Bo Mi Lee advances to Ph.D. candidate

(Feb 2015) :: Bo Mi Lee passes her Ph.D. qualifying exam and advances to candidacy. Congratulations Bo Mi!

  • Dr. Donghyeon Ryu accepts tenure-track assistant professor position at New Mexico Tech

(Aug 2014) :: Donghyeon Ryu completes his Ph.D. thesis titled, “Multi-modal, Self-sensing, and Photoactive Structural Coatings for Sustainable Infrastructures.” He will start his tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology as of August 18, 2014. Congratulations Dr. Ryu!

  • NESST welcomes new students for the 2014-2015 academic year

(May 2014) :: NESST welcomes new graduate students: M.S. student Brandon Dashwood (USA); M.S. student Jesus Gonzalez (USA); M.S./Ph.D. student Sumit Gupta (India); M.S. student Julie Jackson (USA); Ph.D. student Yisha Sun (China); and M.S./Ph.D. student Long Wang (China).

  • Prof. Loh honored with 2014 Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

(April 2014) :: Prof. Ken Loh wins the 2014 UC Davis, College of Engineering, Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 5 in the UC Davis ARC Ballroom.

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