Principal Investigator – Dr. Serife Tol
Dr. Serife Tol is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received her Ph.D. (2017) from Georgia Institute of Technology and her M.S. (2012) and B.S. (2009) degrees from Middle East Technical University (METU, Ankara, Turkey), all in mechanical engineering. She worked as a Test and Analysis Engineer in the Defense Systems Technologies Business Sector at ASELSAN (Turkey, Ankara) between 2009 and 2012. During her graduate degree at METU she was elected as a M.S. fellow of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. Prior to joining UM in 2018, she was a visiting scholar in the Civil and Materials Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Tol’s research interests include smart structures, electromechanical systems, vibrations, energy harvesting, elastic wave propagation, nondestructive testing, metamaterials, metasurfaces, and phononic crystals. With the novel phononic crystal lens concept she proposed for enhanced piezoelectric energy harvesting, she was awarded the Best Paper Award in the Energy Harvesting Symposium at the ASME 2016 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS). Dr. Tol was also a recipient of the 2017 ASME Energy Harvesting Best Paper Award.