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Baz, Amr

Amr Baz
Minta Martin Professor
Keystone Professor
Director, Smart Materials and Structures Research Center
Department of Mechanical Engineering
2137 Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Research Interests 

  • Active and passive control of vibration and noise
  • Active constrained layer damping
  • Magnetic composites
  • Active acoustic metamaterials


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1973

Honors and Awards 

  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1996)
  • Who’s Who of American Inventors (1996)
  • Engineering Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Award (1997)
  • ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Award (2009)
  • Pi Tau Sigma Purple Camshaft Teaching Award (2009)
  • SPIE Smart Structures and Materials Lifetime Achievement Award (2011).

Professional Memberships and Service 

Associate Editor, Vibration and Control Journal, Intl. Journal of Smart Structures & Systems, and Journal of Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures.

Selected Publications 


  • A. Aladwani, O. Aldraihem, and A. Baz, “Single Degree of Freedom Shear-Mode Piezoelectric Energy Harvester”, In Press, ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, 2013.
  • M. Nouh, O. Aldraihem, and A. Baz, “Optimum Design of Thermoacoustic-Piezoelectric Systems with Dynamic Magnifiers”, In Press, Journal of Engineering Optimization, 2013.
  • A. Aladwani, O. Aldraihem, and A. Baz, “A Distributed Parameter Cantilevered Piezoelectric Energy Harvester with a Dynamic Magnifier”, In press, Journal of Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, 2013.


  • M. Nouh, O. Aldraihem, and A. Baz, “Energy Harvesting of Thermoacoustic-piezo Systems with a Dynamic Magnifier“, ASME Journal of Vibration & Acoustics, Vol. 134, No. 4, 061015, Dec. 2012.
  • Y Al-Saffar, O Aldraihem and A Baz, “Smart paint sensor for monitoring structural vibrations”, Journal of Smart Materials and Structures, Vol. 21, No. 4, 045004, April 2012.
  • A. Aladwani*, M. Arafa*, O. Aldraihem and A. Baz, "Cantilevered Piezoelectric Energy Harvester with a Dynamic Magnifier", ASME Journal of Vibration & Acoustics, Vol.34, No. 3, pp. 031004, 2012.
  • O. Aldraihem and A. Baz, "Onset of Self-Excited Oscillations of Traveling Wave Thermo-Acoustic-Piezoelectric Energy Harvester using Root-Locus Analysis", ASME Journal of Vibration & Acoustics, Vol.134, No. 1, 011003, Jan. 2012.
  • Wael Akl and Amr Baz, “Analysis and experimental demonstration of an active acoustic metamaterial cell”, J. Appl. Phys. Vol. 111, No. 4, 044505, 2012.
  • Wael Akl and Amr Baz, “A technique for physical realization of anisotropic density matrices with application to acoustic beam shifters”, J. Appl. Phys., Vol. 111, No. 2, 024907, 2012.
  • Wael Akl and Amr Baz, “Active Acoustic Metamaterial with Simultaneous Programmable Density and Bulk Modulus”, accepted for publication in ASME Journal of Vibration & Acoustics, 2012.
  • Smoker J., Nouh M., Aldraihem O, and Baz A., "Energy harvesting from a standing wave thermoacoustic-piezoelectric resonator", Journal of Applied Physics, Vol.111, No. 10, 16 May 2012
  • Wael Akl and Amr Baz, “Multi-cell Active Acoustic Metamaterial with Programmable Effective Densities”,ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, Vol. 134 , No. 6, pp. 061001-(1-11), 2012.
  • Wael Akl and Amr Baz, “Experimental characterization of active acoustic metamaterial cell with controllable dynamic density”, J. Appl. Phys., Vol. 112, 084912, 2012.
  • W. Akl, A. Elsabbagh, and A. Baz, Acoustic metamaterials with circular sector cavities and programmable densities”, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol. 132, No. 4, Pt. 2, pp. 2857-2865, October 2012.



  • A. Baz, “The Structure of an Active Acoustic Metamaterial with Tunable Effective Density”, New Journal of Physics, Vol 11, 1230102009, 2009.
  • El-Sabbagh, W. Akl, A. Baz, "Topology optimization of periodic Mindlin plates," Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, Vol. 44, No. 8, pp. 439– 449, 2008.
  • O. Aldraihem, W. Akl, and, A. Baz, "Nanocomposite Functional Paint for Vibration and Noise Monitoring," Sensors & Actuators: A. Physical, Vol. 149, pp. 233-240, 2009.
  • J. Smoker, A. Baz, and L. Zheng, "Virtual Reality Simulation of a Full Car Active Suspension System with Nonlinear Energy Sink Controller," J. of Virtual Reality, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 75-82, 2009.
  • W. Akl, A. El-Sabbagh, K. Al-Mitani, A. Baz, "Topology optimization of a plate coupled with acoustic cavity," International Journal of Solids and Structures,  Vol. 46, No. 10, pp. 2060-2074, 2009.
  • L. Zheng, Y. N. Li, and A. Baz, "Fuzzy-Sliding Mode Control of a Full Car Semi-Active Suspension Systems with MR Dampers," Journal of Smart Structures & Systems, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 261-278, 2009.
  • M. Arafa, O. Aldraihem, and A. Baz, "Modeling and Characterization of a Linear Piezomotor," Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Vol. 20, No. 16, pp. 1913-1921, 2009.
  • K. M. S. Eldalil and A. Baz, "Dynamic Stability of Cylindrical Shells under Moving Loads Using Periodic Stiffeners – Part 1," Advances in Acoustics and Vibration, Vol. 2009, Article ID 317202, 10.1155/2009/317202, 2009..
  • K. M. S. Eldalil and A.  Baz, "Dynamic Stability of Cylindrical Shells under Moving Loads Using Piezo-Stack Actuator – Part 2," Advances in Acoustics and Vibration, Vol. 2009, Article ID 927078, doi:10.1155/2009/927078, 2009.


  • W. Akl, A. El-Sabbagh, A. Baz, "Optimization of the static and dynamic characteristics of plates with isogrid  stiffeners," Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, Vol. 44, No. 8, pp. 513– 523, 2008.

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ME professor recognized for his work in the field of smart structures and materials. November 15, 2010

ME Department Welcomes New Grad Students
Students benefit from graduate orientation. September 1, 2009

Department Well-Represented at OTC Invention Awards
Professors Baz & McCluskey earn top recognition. April 26, 2007

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