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Office Location: ETC 4.146C

Mark Hamilton


W.R. Woolrich Professorship in Engineering

Department Research Areas:
Theoretical and Applied Acoustics

Dr. Mark F. Hamilton earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Columbia University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Acoustics at The Pennsylvania State University. He has served on the faculty of the 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 its core technical area is acoustics.

Dr. Hamilton conducts research in the area of physical acoustics, particularly nonlinear acoustics. His current research interests include acoustic radiation force, linear and nonlinear shear wave beams in tissue, propagation in media characterized by nonlinear fractional wave equations, diffraction phenomena, and single-bubble sonoluminescence in soft elastic media.

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. He is co-editor of the graduate textbook and research monograph titled “Nonlinear Acoustics.”

Dr. Hamilton is actively involved in the Acoustical Society of America. He has served for over two decades 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 served for six years on the Governing Board of the American Institute of Physics. Currently he is General Secretary of the International Organizing Committee for the International Symposia on Nonlinear Acoustics. Most recently he was elected President of the International Commission for Acoustics, a kind of United Nations for more than 50 acoustical societies around the world.

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. He received a lifetime achievement award from the ASA, its Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Silver Medal, for his technical contributions to physical acoustics, biomedical acoustics, and engineering acoustics.

Most Recent Publications
  1. J. M. Cormack and M. F. Hamilton, “Plane nonlinear shear waves in relaxing media,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 143, 1035-1048 (2018).
  2. 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. 144, 568-576 (2018).
  3. 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. 144, 3022-3035 (2018).
  4. J. M. Cormack and M. F. Hamilton, “Overturning of nonlinear compressional and shear waves subject to power-law attenuation or relaxation,” Wave Motion 85, 18-33 (2019).
  5. 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. 145, 36-44 (2019).
  6. J. M. Cormack and M. F. Hamilton, “Transient solutions for the angular dependence of acoustical transmitters and receivers employing paraboloidal reflectors,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 147, 490-499 (2020).
  7. T. G. Muir, J. M. Cormack, C. M. Slack, and M. F. Hamilton, “Elastic softening of sandstone due to a wideband acoustic pulse,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 147, 1006-1014 (2020).
  8. S. G. Konarski, M. R. Haberman, and M. F. Hamilton, “Acoustic response for nonlinear, coupled multiscale model containing subwavelength designed microstructure instabilities,” Phys. Rev. E 101, 022215 (2020).
  9. J. D. Gorhum, T. G. Muir, C. M. Slack III, T. W. Hawkins, M. L. Barlett, and M. F. Hamilton, “Acoustic radiation from an infrasonic ball-valve siren,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 147, 1581-1587 (2020).
  10. T. S. Jerome, Yu. A. Ilinskii, E. A. Zabolotskaya, and M. F. Hamilton, “Acoustic radiation force on a compressible spheroid,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 148, 2403-2415 (2020).
  11. M. L. Barlett, T. G. Muir, C. M. Slack III, and M. F. Hamilton, “Acoustical characterization of a portable pneumatic infrasound source,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 148, 3818-3826 (2020).
Selected Publications
  1. M. F. Hamilton and D. T. Blackstock, eds., Frontiers of Nonlinear Acoustics: 12th International Symposium on Nonlinear Acoustics (Elsevier Applied Science, London, 1990).
  2. M. R. Bailey, J. A. McAteer, Yu. A. Pischalnikov, M. F. Hamilton, and T. Colonius, “Progress in lithotripsy research,” Acoustics Today ¬2¬, 18-29 (2006).
  3. M. F. Hamilton and D. T. Blackstock, eds., Nonlinear Acoustics, second edition (Acoustical Society of America, New York, 2008).
  4. O. A. Sapozhnikov, V. A. Khokhlova, R. O. Cleveland, P. Blanc-Benon, and M. F. Hamilton, “Nonlinear acoustics today,” Acoustics Today 15, 55-64 (2019).