Engineering Multifunctional Material Solutions

Our Purpose

To safeguard and advance the capabilities of our structural and human assets by designing multifunctional materials coupled with novel excitation, interrogation, and analytical methods

We are the Active, Responsive, Multifunctional, and Ordered-materials Research (ARMOR) Laboratory at UC San Diego, led by Prof. Ken Loh. We conduct fundamental research, advance innovative ideas and technologies, and prototype new sensing and actuation systems. Our work spans the broad spectrum of technology readiness levels (TRL), with both civilian and military applications.

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Bio-inspired material systems
  • Composites and nanocomposites
  • Damage detection and structural health monitoring
  • Human health and performance sensing
  • Multifunctional materials design
  • Noncontact and nondestructive sensing
  • Soft actuators and robotics
  • Smart infrastructure materials
  • Stimuli-responsive materials
  • Tomographic algorithms and techniques

Our physical structures and human assets are susceptible to different types of degradation and damage that can adversely impact their performance. We are not only motivated to develop new technologies that can characterize the onset of damage and offer effective countermeasures, but we also seek to enhance and augment structural functionality, safety, and performance.


May 20, 2019

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate, Sumit Gupta, for being awarded the 2019 SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship!

February 25, 2019

Ph.D. student, Morgan Funderburk, was recently selected to participate in several prestigious events and programs. Congrats Morgan!

  • California Council of Science and Technology (CCST) California Science Translators Showcase Showcase
  • PREEMPTIVE Costa Rica Advanced Studies Institute
  • Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) Science of Signatures Advanced Studies Institute

December 7, 2018

M.S. student, Julie Mancini, publishes Science Advances paper titled "Field Responsive Mechanical Metamaterials," Her artwork was also featured on the December 2018 cover of the journal. This work is being featured by IEEE Spectrum.

October 12, 2018

The ARMOR Lab welcomes our newest members: Materials Science & Engineering Ph.D. student, Yujin Park, who received her M.S. from Pusan National University (South Korea), as well as Structural Engineering M.S. students, Yun-An Lin, who received her B.S. from National Chiao Tung University, and Matthew Gerdes, who received his B.S. from CSU Northridge. Welcome Yujin, Ann, and Matt!

September 12, 2018

Ph.D. Candidate Bo Mi Lee was awarded with the ASME Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures & Intelligent Systems (ASME) Best Symposium Paper in Structural Health Monitoring for her work on Nanocomposite Electrical Time-Domain Reflectometry. Congratulations Bo Mi!

August 18, 2018

Congratulations to M.S. student Gianmarco Vella who was selected as a Gordon Engineering Leadership Program Scholar. Over a one year period, Scholars learn the principles, theory, attitudes and skill sets required to be an engineering leader through a progressive education, training and practice program.

August 5, 2018

Ph.D. Candidate Long Wang participated in the 2018 Asian-Pacific-Euro Summer School (APESS) on Smart Structures Technology and was awarded the Best Presenter Award during the final competition. APESS provides lectures and hands-on experience on structural dynamics and control, smart structures technology, and structural health monitoring.

July 12, 2018

Prof. Ken Loh is honored with the 2018 Structural Health Monitoring Person-of-the-Year Award. This award was announced at the European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring (Manchester, UK). The award states that the "Person-of-the-Year should have made an outstanding contribution to the field of SHM that will benefit society."

The ARMOR Lab is physically located in the UC San Diego, Structural and Materials Engineering (SME) Building, Lab 413.

Visitor parking is available in Gilman Parking Structure (5 min on foot to the SME Building)

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