Biography: Greg Carman, UCLA

Gregory P. Carman, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


  • BS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1985
  • MS, University of Alabama, 1988
  • PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1991

Awards and Recognitions

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers "Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Prize," 2004
  • Invited Lecture National Academy of Engineering "Annual Frontiers Symposium," 2004
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineering Fellow, 2003
  • Honorary Professor Baotou University of Iron and Steel Technology, 2002
  • Best Paper from Award Adaptive Structures Material Systems Committee Aerospace Division ASME, 2001
  • Invited Lecture NATO Research and Technology Meeting, Braunschweig Germany, 2000

Research Interests

  • smart structures (combined electro-magneto-thermo-mechanical response of active material systems):
  • fiber optic sensors
  • magnetostrictive materials
  • Piezoelectric materials
  • shape memory alloys
  • ferromagnetic shape memory alloys
  • multifunctional composites
  • biomaterials / bioMEMS

 The Active Materials Research Group was started by Professor Greg P. Carman when he joined the faculty at University of California Los Angeles in 1993. Currently there are number of graduate students and undergraduate students working on various projects related to the field of active materials. The research areas studied in the lab include piezoelectric materials, magnetostrictive materials, shape memory alloys, and fiber optic sensors. A major focus of the research is to understand the response of field coupled material behavior with unique experimental equipment and apply this understanding to developing analytical models for predicting the response of the coupled material systems.

 The research group receives funding from a variety of sources. The corner stone for the lab is a large grant ($3M) obtained from the Army Research Office on a Multi-Disciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI). The Active Materials Lab also obtains funding from other government sources including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, National Science Foundation, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, NASA, and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). In addition to government agencies the group receives funding from  industrial organizations such as Northrop-Grumman, Boeing, Rockwell, Etrema, and SatCon. Every year the Active Material Lab invites selected companies to review the research conducted at UCLA on active materials