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Mark F. Hamilton


W.A. (Bill) Cunningham Professorship in Engineering

Phone: (512) 471-3055
Office: ETC 4.146C

Dr. Hamilton earned his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at Columbia University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Acoustics at The Pennsylvania State University. He has served on the faculty of the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering since 1985, and he is a member of the Graduate Studies Committee in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also Research Professor at Applied Research Laboratories, which is the largest organized research unit at the University, and the core technical area of which is acoustics.

Dr. Hamilton conducts research in the area of physical acoustics, particularly nonlinear acoustics. His current research interests include acoustic radiation force on objects of arbitrary shape, nonlinear propagation in media characterized by fractional wave equations, nonlinear wave propagation in biological tissue and granular media, diffraction phenomena in linear and nonlinear sound fields, nonlinear acoustic metamaterials, and single-bubble sonoluminescence in elastic media. He is co-editor of the graduate textbook and research monograph titled “Nonlinear Acoustics.”

At the undergraduate level Dr. Hamilton has taught Kinematics and Dynamics, Dynamic Systems and Controls, Noise and Vibration Control, and Engineering Acoustics. At the graduate level he has taught Acoustics I and II (a two-semester course on physical acoustics), Nonlinear Acoustics, and Wave Phenomena.

Dr. Hamilton is actively involved in the Acoustical Society of America. He has served for over twenty years as Associate Editor for the Journal of the ASA covering the fields of physical and nonlinear acoustics. He was elected to three terms as an officer of the ASA, first as a member of Executive Council, then as Vice President, and finally as President. He also served for six years on the Governing Board of the American Institute of Physics. He is currently President of the International Commission for Acoustics, a kind of United Nations for acoustical societies around the world, and he is also General Secretary (Chair) of the International Organizing Committee for the International Symposia on Nonlinear Acoustics.

Dr. Hamilton was a recipient of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering and the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award. He received the Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Curtis W. McGraw Research Award from the American Society for Engineering Education, the R. Bruce Lindsay Award from the ASA, and he is a Fellow of the ASA. Most recently Dr. Hamilton received a lifetime achievement award from the ASA, its Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Silver Medal, for his technical contributions to acoustics.

Most Recent Publications

  1. R. Fievet, C. E. Tinney, W. J. Baars, and M. F. Hamilton, “Coalescence in the sound field of a laboratory-scale supersonic jet,” AIAA Journal Vol. 54, 254-265 (2016).
  2. K. S. Spratt, M. F. Hamilton, K. M. Lee, and P. S. Wilson, “Radiation damping of, and scattering from, an arbitrarily shaped bubble,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. Vol. 142, 160-166 (2017).
  3. Yu. A. Ilinskii, E. A. Zabolotskaya, B. C. Treweek, and M. F. Hamilton, “Acoustic radiation force on an elastic sphere in a soft elastic medium,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. Vol. 144, 568-576 (2018).
  4. S. G. Konarski, M. R. Haberman, and M. F. Hamilton, “Frequency-dependent behavior of media containing pre-strained nonlinear inclusions: Application to nonlinear acoustic metamaterials,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. Vol. 144, 3022-3035 (2018).
  5. J. M. Cormack and M. F. Hamilton, “Plane nonlinear shear waves in relaxing media,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. Vol. 143, 1035-1048 (2018).
  6. T. G. Muir, J. M. Cormack, C. M. Slack, and M. F. Hamilton, “Laboratory study of linear and nonlinear elastic pulse propagation in a sandstone bar,” Proc. Mtgs. Acoust. Vol. 34, 065004 (2018).
  7. J. M. Cormack, T. G. Muir, and M. F. Hamilton, “Modeling of plane progressive waves in media that exhibit slow dynamics and dissipative nonlinearity,” Proc. Mtgs. Acoust. Vol. 36, 045003 (2019).
  8. J. M. Cormack and M.F. Hamilton, “Transient solution for the directional response at the focus of a paraboloidal reflector,” Proc. Mtgs. Acoust. Vol. 35, 045002 (2019).
  9. J. M. Cormack and M. F. Hamilton, “Overturning of nonlinear compressional and shear waves subject to power-law attenuation or relaxation,” Wave Motion Vol. 85, 18-33 (2019).
  10. T. S. Jerome, Yu. A. Ilinskii, E. A. Zabolotskaya, and M. F. Hamilton, “Born approximation of acoustic radiation force and torque on soft objects of arbitrary shape,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. Vol. 145, 36-44 (2019).
  11. T. S. Jerome and M. F. Hamilton, “Extensions of the Born approximation for acoustic radiation force and torque to inhomogeneous objects and progressive spherical waves,” Proc. 23rd Int. Cong. Acoust. (Aachen, Germany, 2019), 7565-7571.
  12. B. E. Simon, J. M. Cormack, and M. F. Hamilton, “Evolution equations for nonlinear Lucassen waves,” Proc. Mtgs. Acoust. Vol. 36, 045001 (2019).
  13. O. A. Sapozhnikov, V. A. Khokhlova, R. O. Cleveland, P. Blanc-Benon, and M. F. Hamilton, “Nonlinear acoustics today,” Acoustics Today Vol. 15, 55-64 (2019).
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