Michael Keith Philen

Associate Professor

  • Ph.D., 2006, Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.S., 2005, Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S., 1998, Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University

Research Expertise

Structures and Materials

Professional History

  • 2013 - present, Associate Professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • 2006 - 2013, Assistant Professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • 2006, Post-Doctorate Fellow at The Pennsylvania State University

Professional Leadership

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

Reviewer for

  • ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control
  • ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics
  • AIAA Journal
  • Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures

Research Interests

Adaptive Structures

This research centers on the analysis and design of intelligent structures that can adapt and/or compensate for unwanted stimuli to better improve the performance of the system (e.g. reduced vibration, increased stability, improved surface precision). This work involves exploring advanced actuator and sensor technology along with novel control methodologies to provide adaptability, robustness, and intelligence to the system.

Smart Materials

Smart materials are materials that undergo transformations in a controlled fashion by external stimuli, such as stress, temperature, electric or magnetic fields. Some examples include piezoelectric materials, shape-memory alloys, magnetorheological fluids, and electro-active conductive polymers. This research involves the analysis, design, and application of smart materials for control and sensing of structures.

    Dr. Michael Philen

  • (540) 231-2548
  • mphilen@vt.edu
  • Aerospace & Ocean Engineering (MC0203)
    Randolph Hall, RM 213-C, Virginia Tech
    460 Old Turner St.
    Blacksburg, VA 24061