Ahmed Allam 

Ahmed leads the Metasonics Lab. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. Before joining UC, he was a postdoctoral associate at MIT, where he developed acoustic systems for ocean IoT. Ahmed obtained his PhD in 2021 from Georgia Institute of Technology and his BSc/MSc from Ain Shams University in Egypt. His research interests include acoustics and ultrasonics, 3D-printed materials, underwater communications, IoT, in-body sensing, and industrial monitoring. He is the author of over 20 journal and conference publications in the fields of acoustics, communications, applied physics, and non-destructive testing. In his free time, Ahmed enjoys tinkering with DIY projects, learning new skills from YouTube, and learning new languages.

Email: ahmed.allam@uc.edu | Google Scholar | LinkedIn 

Yehia Zakaria 

Yehia is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He got his BSc and MSc in Mechatronics Engineering from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. Yehia's interest in vibration and acoustics began with his undergraduate project, where he used piezoelectric material to design an energy harvester. His master's research focused on using computer vision techniques to develop object detection systems for self-driving cars. In his PhD research, Yehia aims to combine his expertise in image processing and acoustics to create innovative ultrasonic sensing solutions. In his leisure time, he enjoys traveling, photography, and cooking, especially Egyptian cuisine.

Email: saidyz@mail.uc.edu | Google Scholar | LinkedIn 

Alireza Tadibi

Alireza is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. Before joining UC, he obtained his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Isfahan University of Technology in Iran. Alireza presented his work on photogrammetry-based damage detection for plate-like structures at the IMAC XLII conference. As a researcher at the P&G Accelerator at UC, he leverages computer vision skills to analyze skincare products. His current research focuses on metamaterial characterization using ultrasonic techniques. His broader research interests include structural dynamics, vibration-based damage detection, image processing, acoustics, and ultrasonics. In his free time, Alireza enjoys playing volleyball, listening to historical podcasts, and salsa dancing.

Email: tadibiaa@mail.uc.edu | LinkedIn 

Nikhil Thomas

Nikhil is a Masters student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He has B.Tech from Vellore Institute of Technology in India. He has a strong passion for acoustics and is open to exploring the various sub-disciplines of it. During the course of his studies, he has interned with industries in diverse applications of acoustics – architectural, automotive, and healthcare systems. His research interest lies in structural health monitoring and fault diagnosis using vibroacoustic approaches. As an inquisitive musician, he likes to apply the theory of acoustics to musical instruments and its effect on the overall sound experience. His hobbies include craftwork, audio & video editing, and playing badminton.

Email: thomasnu@mail.uc.edu | LinkedIn