Welcome to the Research Web Page for Dr. Lonny Thompson at Clemson University.

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Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Clemson University,
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Fluor Daniel Building, Room 219
Clemson, South Carolina 29634-0921, USA

Tel: 864/656-5631
Fax: 864/656-4435
Email: lonny@clemson.edu


  • Teaching Interests: Engineering Mechanics and Design
  • Research Interests: Computational Engineering & Mechanics; coupled multi-physics,
    meta-material design, composites, smart materials, micropolar theory, vibration energy harvesting devices, acoustics, structural dynamics, sound transmission and propagation, nonlinear waves, inverse problems, structural optimization & design, computational methods: finite element, meshfree, discontinuous-Galerkin, stabilized, adaptive, visualization, high performance computing, parallel & distributed computing, digital design, multi body simulation.

Lonny L. Thompson is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Clemson University (since 1994). He obtained his MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University (1989,1994). Prior to earning his graduate degrees, he held a position as structural engineer at General Dynamics Space Systems Division designing the interface structure between the Titan and Centaur launch vehicles. In 1997 he received the NSF Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers — the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers. He is the author of book chapters (on computational acoustics), and has written more than 80 research papers on numerical methods and on applications such as structural acoustics, vehicle structures and piezoelectric devices. His research interests are diverse and include topics in computational mathematics and engineering. Research thrusts include multiscale and nonlinear waves and lightweight engineering for aerospace and automotive systems. He has advised 6 PhD graduate students and more than three dozen MS graduate students. He also advised 8 undergraduate student research projects. He is an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, United States Association of Computational Mechanics, and the Acoustical Society of America. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Noise Control & Acoustics Division of ASME, and served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, ASME Journal of Sound and Vibration, and Journal of Computational Acoustics.

Dr. Thompson’s research group develops advanced computational and modeling methods for the numerical prediction and understanding of the physical behavior of complex, and multi-scale waves in structures, meta-materials,  composites, fluids, and their interaction. Applications include acoustic radiation and scattering from elastic structures including ship and automotive systems, ultrasound for biomedical treatments and detection,  vibration energy harvesting devices. Structural applications include crushing of honeycomb composite structures and multi body simulation.

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Lonny Thompson