I am very excited to announce the start of our research lab at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut (UConn) this Fall 2019.

Multiple research opportunities for motivated postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate students are available. 

​    ​​​​Osama R. Bilal

My interview with CBS about our self-propelling soft robots.

My research aims to explore the fundamental interaction between waves and matter by tackling the problem of designing material basic building blocks (i.e., unit cells) with properties that do not exist in nature (i.e., metamaterials). These building blocks can be programmed to be either passive (i.e., have unprecedented properties through architecture) or active (i.e., change their intrinsic properties in response to an external stimuli). A few examples are the design of the first purely acoustic transistor [Bilal et al., PNAS 2017], the first 3D topologically insulated/protected metamaterials with intrinsic elastic polarity [Bilal et al., Adv. Mater. (1) 2017] and a metamaterial that can guide stress waves by changing its dynamical characteristics on the fly [Bilal et al., Adv. Mater. (2) 2017]. The research nature is highly multidisciplinary as my background spans computer science, mechanical  and aerospace engineering,  operations research and condensed matter physics.

Professional Affiliations 
  American Physical Society ( APS )         
  American Society of Mechanical Engineering ( ASME )         
  American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics ( AIAA )

  International Phononics Society (IPS)         

 Referee for Scientific Journals 
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Nature Communications, Physical Review Letters, ​ Applied       Physics Letters, Physical Review B, Physical Review Applied, Physical Review Materials, Journal of Applied Physics, Scientific Reports, Extreme Mechanics Letters, Journal of Sound and Vibrations, Crystals, International Journal of Modern Physics B and ASME, Journal of Vibration and Acoustics.