Lab Members:

Members of The Advanced Structures Laboratory (ASL) have diverse backgrounds. The multidisciplinarly nature of the research being pursued combines topics typically found in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Classical Mechanics, Civil Engineering, Material Science, and other technical fields.  The ASL also prides itself in it’s diversity welcoming students from under-represented populations.

Lab members fall into several categories:

Open Positions:


A funded post-doctoral research associate position is available in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. The post-doctoral researcher will work with Associate professors Nathan Salowitz (Mechanical Engineering) and Rani El Hajjar (Civil Engineering).  The research work will involve creation, testing, and demonstration of acoustic and ultrasonic techniques for inspection of high performance composite materials and machine parts.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to:

  • Leading research
  • Preparing publications
  • Collaborating with project partners

The ideal candidate will have experience in one or more of the following fields:

  • Ultrasonic inspection
  • Wave propagation
  • Composite material design and fabrication
  • Experimental testing
  • Mechanical characterization of composite materials
  • Signal analysis

Previous experience with guided elastic wave propagation, testing, oscilloscopes, and matlab is a plus. Strong publication record is expected, and excellent work ethic is a must.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found – while the start date is flexible, the target is as soon as possible (ideally before March 2022).

How to apply?

Please submit your application together with all relevant enclosures via email to

Indicate “Ultrasonic SHM Postdoc Application – Your Name” in the subject line.

The following documents must be included in your application:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. All transcripts
  4. Three references (including last supervisor, and Ph.D. and M.S. advisors if applicable.) Please

indicate the relationship to the references.


For further information, please contact

Associate Professor Nathan Salowitz





The ASL is always looking for talented new members at all levels with backgrounds in:

  • Electronics:
    • Basic circuits
    • Sensor design
    • Micro & nano-fabrication
    • Energy storage
    • Signal analysis.
  • Mechanics:
    • Stress strain relations in 3 dimensions
    • Vibrations
    • Mechanical failure
    • Basic fluid dynamics
  • Soft Skills:
    • Computer literacy is a must. labmembers are expected to regularly use MatLAB and Microsoft Office
    • Hands on experience actually making things is critical!  Simulation alone is not sufficient.