Mehmet Kurt

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Email: mkurt@stevens.edu
Website
Education
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014
    • Dissertation Topic: "Identi cation, Reduced Order Modeling and Model Updating Of Non-linear Mechanical Systems"
    • Advisors: Alexander F. Vakakis (MechSE), Lawrence A. Bergman (Aerospace) D. Michael McFarland (Aerospace)
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Bogazici University, 2010
Research

Biomechanics of the brain, traumatic brain injury, prevention of head injury, magnetic resonance elastography, imaging of brain deformation under rapid head motion, material properties of the brain, smart biomedical devices, structural health monitoring.

Experience
  • August 2014 - Present, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
  • August 2014 - September 2014, Instructor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champlaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA
  • Septermber 2010 - June 2014, Research Assistant, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champlaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA
  • January 2014 - May 2014, Teaching Assistant, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champlaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA
  • June 2009 - September 2009, Undergraduate Research Intern, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Honors & Awards
  • List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by Their Students, Mechanical Science and Engineering Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champlaign, Urbana, IL, 2014
  • Independent Teaching Fellowship Award, Mechanical Science and Engineering Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champlaign, Urbana, IL, 2014
  • List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by Their Students, Mechanical Science and Engineering Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champlaign, Urbana, IL, 2014
  • Thomas Bernard Hall Prize for Best Paper of the Year, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London, UK, 2011
  • Promotion to Direct Doctor of Philiosophy Track, Mechanical Science and Engineering Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champlaign, Urbana, IL, 2010
  • Ranked Fourth in Graduating Class, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey 2010
  • ERASMUS Internship Mobility Grant, 2009
Grants, Contracts & Funds
  • Spectrum Child Health Research Institute Postdoctoral Research Grant, 2016
  • Thrasher Research Fund Early Career Award, 2015
Patents & Inventions

1. M. Kurt, J. Sganga, D.B. Camarillo, Hybrid Helmet , U.S. Provisional Patent Application. 62/141,675. 04/01/2015.

2. M. Kurt, M.C.Yip, C.Kuo, D.B. Camarillo, An optimum impact isolation system by using a pressure relief mechanism, U.S. Provisional Patent Application.

3. M.Kurt, D.B. Camarillo, Real-time injury prediction based on reduced-order model of the brain”, Stanford OTL disclosure submitted.

Selected Publications
Presentation/Meeting
  1. M.Kurt, M. Mane, Y. S. Lee, D. M. McFarland, L. A. Bergman and A. F. Vakakis. (Jul 24-29, 2011). "Nonlinear System Identification of Vibro-impact Dynamics", ENOC 2011, 7th European Nonlinear Dynamics Conference, Rome/Italy.
  2. M.Kurt, M. Eriten, D.M. McFarland, A. F. Vakakis, L. A. Bergman. (Dec 13, 2011). "Nonlinear System Identification", University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, for attendees from Sandia National Laboratories.
  3. M.Kurt, M. Eriten, D.M. McFarland, L.A. Bergman, A.F. Vakakis. (Aug 12-15, 2012). "Nonlinear System Identi- fication of a Cantilever Beam with Attached Cubic Nonlinear Spring At Its Free End", IDETC 2012, 1st ASME Biennial International Conference on Dynamics for Design, Chicago, IL.
  4. M.Kurt, M. Eriten, M. Starr, D.M. McFarland, D.J. Ewins, L. A. Bergman, A. F. Vakakis. (Aug 12-15, 2012). "Tutorial On Nonlinear System Identification with Applications to Structural Dynamics", IDETC 2012, 1st ASME Biennial International Conference on Dynamics for Design, Chicago, IL.
  5. M.Kurt, M. Eriten, D.M. McFarland, L. A. Bergman, A. F. Vakakis. (Feb 3-6, 2014). "A global/local approach to nonlinear system identification", International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC) XXXII, Orlando, Florida.
  6. M.Kurt, M. Eriten, D.M. McFarland, L. A. Bergman, A. F. Vakakis. (Jul 2-4, 2014). "Nonlinear Model Up- dating Based on Global/Local Nonlinear System Identification Approach", 5th Conference on Nonlinear Vibrations, Localization and Energy Transfer (NV2014), ITU Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Istanbul/Turkey.
  7. M.Kurt. (Aug 14, 2014). "Identification, reduced order modeling and model updating of nonlinear mechanical systems", University of Wisconsin at Madison, Invited Talk.
  8. M.Kurt, K. Moore, M. Eriten, D.M. McFarland, L. A. Bergman, A. F. Vakakis. (Feb 2-5, 2015). "Nonlinear Model Updating Applied to the IMAC XXXIII Round Robin Benchmark System", IMAC XXXIII Orlando, Florida.
  9. M.Kurt. (Aug 31, 2015). "Identification of human brain dynamics with implications towards helmet design, Invited Talk", Stanford Bioengineering Department Talk.
  10. M. Kurt, K. Laksari, D.B. Camarillo. (Oct 7-10, 2015). "Airbag helmets: An alternative protective headgear for bicycle accidents", Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, Podium Talk.
  11. M.Kurt. (Apr 1, 2016). "Discovering the underlying dynamics of human brain to prevent trauma", Stevens Institute of Technology, Invited Talk.
  12. M.Kurt. (Apr 12, 2016). "Spatiotemporal dynamics of human brain with implications towards helmet design", Binghamton University - State University of New York (SUNY), Invited Talk.
  13. M.Kurt. (Apr 15, 2016). "Discovering the underlying dynamics of human brain to prevent trauma", University of Rhode Island, Invited Talk.
Conference Proceedings
  1. M.Kurt, Y. S. Lee, D. M. McFarland, L. A. Bergman and A. F. Vakakis. "Nonlinear System Identification of Vibro-impact Dynamics", 7th GRACM International Conference on Compu- tational Mechanics, Athens, Greece, 30 June 2 July 2011.
  2. A.F. Vakakis, L.A. Bergman, D.M.McFarland, Y.S. Lee, M.Kurt. "System Identification of Strongly Nonlinear Dynamics", EURODYN2011 8th International Conference on Structural Dynamics, Leuven, Belgium, 4 6 July 2011.
  3. M.Kurt, M. Mane, Y. S. Lee, D. M. McFarland, L. A. Bergman and A. F. Vakakis. "Non- linear System Identification of Vibro-impact Dynamics", ENOC 2011, 7th European Nonlinear Dynamics Conference, Rome, Italy, 24 29 July 2011.
  4. H. Chen, M.Kurt, Y. S. Lee, D. M. McFarland, L. A. Bergman and A. F. Vakakis. "Nonlinear System Identification of a Vibro-Impact Beam", International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC) XXX, Jacksonville, Florida, 30 January 2 February 2012. Paper No. 228.
  5. M. Eriten, M.Kurt, G. Luo, D.M. McFarland, L.A. Bergman, A.F. Vakakis. "Nonlinear System Identification of Frictional Connections in a Bolted Beam Assembly", IDETC/CIE 2012, 24th ASME Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise, Chicago, IL, August 12-15 2012.
  6. M.Kurt, M. Eriten, D.M. McFarland, L.A. Bergman, A.F. Vakakis. "Nonlinear System Iden- tification of a Cantilever Beam with Attached Cubic Nonlinear Spring At Its Free End", IDETC/CIE 2012, 1st ASME Biennial International Conference on Dynamics for Design, Chicago, IL, August 12-15 2012.
  7. M.Kurt, H. Chen, Y.S. Lee, D.M. McFarland, L.A. Bergman, A.F. Vakakis. "System Identifica- tion of a Vibro-Impact Beam with a View Toward Structural Health Monitoring", IDETC/CIE 2012, 1st ASME Biennial International Conference on Dynamics for Design, Chicago, IL, Au- gust 12-15 2012.
  8. M.Kurt, M. Eriten, D.M. McFarland, L.A. Bergman, A.F. Vakakis. "Nonlinear System Identi- fication of Strongly Nonlinear Beats in the Dynamics of a Beam with a Local Stiffness Nonlinearity", 11 International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability (ICOSSAR), Columbia University, New York, NY, June 16-20 2013.
  9. H. Chen, Y.S. Lee, M.Kurt, D.M. McFarland, L.A. Bergman, A.F. Vakakis. "Experimental System Identification of the Vibro-impact Dynamics towards Structural Health Monitoring and Damage Detection", IDETC/CIE 2013, 24th ASME Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise, Portland, OR, August 4-7 2013.
  10. M.Kurt, M. Eriten, D.M. McFarland, L. A. Bergman, A. F. Vakakis. "A Global/Local Nonlin- ear System Identification Approach of Broad Applicability", The 17th U.S. National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics , Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, June 15-20, 2014.
  11. M.Kurt, K. Moore, M. Eriten, D.M. McFarland, L. A. Bergman, A. F. Vakakis. "Nonlinear Model Updating Applied to the IMAC XXXIII Round Robin Benchmark System", IMAC XXXIII Proceedings, 2015.
  12. M.Kurt, K. Laksari, D.B. Camarillo. "Airbag helmets: An alternative protective headgear for bicycle accidents", Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting (BMES), October 7-10 2015.
  13. K. Moore, M.Kurt, M. Eriten, D.M. McFarland, L. A. Bergman, A. F. Vakakis. "Nonlinear System Identification of Mechanical Interfaces Based on Wave Propagation", IMAC XXXIII Proceedings, January 25-28, 2016.
  14. K. Moore, M.Kurt, M. Eriten, D.M. McFarland, L. A. Bergman, A. F. Vakakis. "System Identification of Wave Propagation in Mechanical Interfaces", 24th International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Montral, Canada, August 21-26, 2016.
  15. K. Moore, M.Kurt, M. Eriten, D.M. McFarland, L. A. Bergman, A. F. Vakakis. "System Identification of Wave Propagation in Mechanical Interfaces", 24th International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Montral, Canada, August 21-26, 2016.
  16. M.Kurt, K. Laksari, D.B. Camarillo. "Modal Analysis of Human Brain Dynamics in Contact Sports", Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference, National Harbor, Maryland, June 29-July 2, 2016.
  17. L. C. Wu, C. Kuo, J. Loza, M.Kurt, K. Laksari, D. Senif, S. C. Anderson, L. Miller, J. Urban, J. Stitzel, D.B. Camarillo. "Accurate Detection of On-Field Football Head Impacts Using an Instrumented Mouthguard", Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting (BMES), October 5-8, 2016.
  18. M.Kurt, N.H. Smith, M. Fanton, D.B. Camarillo. "A Smart Helmet Based on Wearable MEMS Sensors and a Soft Airbag to Prevent Head Trauma", Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting (BMES), October 5-8, 2016.
  19. M.Kurt, H. Lv, K. Laksari, L.C. Wu, K. Epperson, K. Epperson, A.M. Sawyer, D. B. Camar- illo, K.B. Pauly, M. Wintermark. "In Vivo Multi-Frequency Magnetic Resonance Elastography Of The Human Brain: Which Frequencies Matter?", Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting (BMES), October 5-8, 2016.
Journals
  1. A.F. Vakakis, L.A. Bergman, D.M. McFarland, Y.S. Lee, M.Kurt. (2011). "Current Efforts Towards A Nonlinear System Identification Methodology of Broad Applicability, Invited Forward Look Article", Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, 225 2497-2515.
  2. M.Kurt, H. Chen, Y.S. Lee, D.M. McFarland, L.A. Bergman, A.F. Vakakis. (2012). "Nonlinear System Identification of the Dynamics of a Vibro-Impact Beam: Numerical Results", Archive of Applied Mechanics (Ingenieur Archiv), doi: 10.1007/s00419-012-0678-5.
  3. M. Eriten, M.Kurt, G. Luo, D.M. McFarland, L.A. Bergman, A.F. Vakakis,. (2013). "Nonlinear System Identification of Frictional Effects in a Beam with a Bolted Joint Connection", Journal of Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, doi: 10.1016/j.ymssp.2013.03.003i.
  4. M.Kurt, M. Eriten, D.M. McFarland, L.A. Bergman, A.F. Vakakis. (2013). "Strongly Nonlinear Beats in the Dynamics of a Cantilever Beam with a Nonlinear Spring: Analysis and Identification", Journal of Sound and Vibration, doi: 10.1016/j.jsv.2013.11.021i.
  5. M.Kurt, M. Eriten, D.M. McFarland, L.A. Bergman, A.F. Vakakis. (2014). "Frequency-Energy Plots of Steady State Solutions for Forced and Damped Systems and Vibration Isolation by Nonlinear Mode Localization", Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation, doi: 10.1016/j.cnsns.2013.12.018.
  6. H. Chen, M.Kurt, Y.S. Lee, D.M. McFarland, L.A. Bergman, A.F. Vakakis. (2014). "Experimental System Identification of the Dynamics of a Vibro-Impact Beam with a View Towards Struc- tural Health Monitoring and Damage Detection", Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, doi:10.1016/j.ymssp.2013.12.014.
  7. M.Kurt, I. Slavkin, M. Eriten, D.M. McFarland, O. V. Gendelman, L.A. Bergman, A.F. Vakakis. (2014). "Effect of 1:3 Resonance on the Steady State Dynamics of a Forced Strongly Nonlinear Oscillator with a Linear Light Attachment", Archive of Applied Mechanics, doi: 10.1007/s00419- 014-0877-3.
  8. K. Laksari,, L.C.Wu, M.Kurt, C. Kuo, D.B.Camarillo. (2015). "Resonance of human brain under head acceleration", Journal of the Royal Society Interface, doi: 10.1098/rsif.2015.0331.
  9. M.Kurt, M. Eriten, D.M. McFarland, L. A. Bergman, A. F. Vakakis. (2015). "Methodology for Model Updating of Mechanical Components with Local Nonlinearities", Journal of Sound and Vibra- tion, doi:10.1016/j.jsv.2015.07.012.
  10. L.C. Wu, V. Nangia, K.Bui, B. Hammoor, M.Kurt, C . Kuo , F. Hernandez, DB Camar- illo. (2015). "In vivo comparison of wearable head impact sensors", Annals of Biomedical Engineering, doi:10.1007/s10439-015-1423-3.
  11. M.Kurt, K. Moore, M. Eriten, D.M. McFarland, L. A. Bergman, A. F. Vakakis. (2016). "Nonlinear Model Updating Applied to the IMAC XXXII Round Robin Benchmark System", Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing.
  12. M.Kurt, K. Laksari, G. Grant, D.B.Camarillo. (2016). "Modeling and Optimization of Airbag Helmets for Preventing Head Injuries", Annals of Biomedical Engineering.
  13. M.Kurt, K. Laksari, C. Farhat, D.B.Camarillo. (2016). "System identification of human brain dynamics in contact sports", Physical Review Letters.
  14. K. Moore, M.Kurt, M. Eriten, D.M. McFarland, L. A. Bergman, A. F. Vakakis. (2016). "Primary Pulse Transmission across Mechanical Joints", Physica D.
  15. K. Moore, M.Kurt, M. Eriten, D.M. McFarland, L. A. Bergman, A. F. Vakakis. (2016). "Automated Empirical Mode Decomposition", Proceedings of Royal Society A.