Gregory P. Carman, Ph.D.


Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

48-121F Eng IV


  • BS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1985
  • MS, University of Alabama, 1988
  • PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1991

Awards and Recognitions

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers “Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Prize,” 2004
  • Invited Lecture National Academy of Engineering “Annual Frontiers Symposium,” 2004
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineering Fellow, 2003
  • Honorary Professor Baotou University of Iron and Steel Technology, 2002
  • Best Paper from Award Adaptive Structures Material Systems Committee Aerospace Division ASME, 2001
  • Invited Lecture NATO Research and Technology Meeting, Braunschweig Germany, 2000

Research Interests

  • smart structures (combined electro-magneto-thermo-mechanical response of active material systems):
  • fiber optic sensors
  • magnetostrictive materials
  • Piezoelectric materials
  • shape memory alloys
  • ferromagnetic shape memory alloys
  • multifunctional composites
  • biomaterials / bioMEMS

The Active Materials Research Group was started by Professor Greg P. Carman when he
joined the faculty at University of California Los Angeles in
1993. Currently there are number of graduate students and undergraduate
students working on various projects related to the field of active materials.
The research areas studied in the lab include piezoelectric materialsmagnetostrictive materialsshape memory alloys, and fiber optic sensors. A major focus of the
research is to understand the response of field coupled material behavior with
unique experimental equipment and apply this understanding to developing
analytical models for predicting the response of the coupled material systems. 

The research group receives funding from a variety of sources.
The corner stone for the lab is a large grant ($3M) obtained from the Army
Research Office on a Multi-Disciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI).
The Active Materials Lab also obtains funding from other government sources
including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Air Force Office of Scientific
Research, National Science Foundation, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, NASA,
and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). In addition to
government agencies the group receives funding from  industrial
organizations such as Northrop-Grumman, Boeing, Rockwell, Etrema, and SatCon.
Every year the Active Material Lab invites selected companies to review the
research conducted at UCLA on active materials

Recent Papers

  1. Kim H.K., Schelhas L.T., Keller S., Hockel J.L., Tolbert S.H., Carman G.P. “Magnetoelectric control of superparamagnetism.” Nano Lett. 2013 Mar 13;13(3):884-8.
  2. Valdovinos J., Levi D.S., Williams R., Carman G.P. “Feasibility of using piezohydraulic pumps as motors for pediatric ventricular assist devices.” Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2012;2012:5590-4.
  3. Kealey C.P., Chun Y.J., Viñuela F.E., Mohanchandra K.P., Carman G.P., Viñuela F., Levi D.S. “In vitro and in vivo testing of a novel, hyperelastic thin film nitinol flow diversion stent.” J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater. 2012 Apr;100(3):718-25.
  4. Kealey C.P., Whelan S.A., Chun Y.J., Soojung C.H., Tulloch A.W., Mohanchandra K.P., Di Carlo D., Levi D.S., Carman G.P., Rigberg D.A. “In vitro hemocompatibility of thin film nitinol in stenotic flow conditions.” Biomaterials. 2010 Dec;31(34):8864-71.
  5. Shekherdimian S., Panduranga M.K., Carman G.P., Dunn J.C., “The feasibility of using an endoluminal device for intestinal lengthening.” J Pediatr Surg. 2010 Aug;45(8):1575-80.
  6. Tulloch A.W., Chun Y., Levi D.S., Mohanchandra K.P., Carman G.P., Lawrence P.F., Rigberg D.A., “Super hydrophilic thin film nitinol demonstrates reduced platelet adhesion compared with commercially available endograft materials,” J Surg Res. 2011 Nov;171(1):317-22. Epub 2010 Feb 4.
  7. Chun Y., Levi D.S., Mohanchandra K.P., Vinuela F., Vinuela F., Carman G.P., “Thin film nitinol microstent for aneurysm occlusion,” J Biomech Eng. 2009 May;131(5):051014.
  8. Son J., Bourges J.L., Culjat M.O., Nistor V., Dutson E.P., Carman G.P., Hubschman J.P., “Quantification of intraocular surgery motions with an electromagnetic tracking system,” Stud Health Technol Inform. 2009;142:337-9.
  9. Levi D.S., Kusnezov N., Carman G.P., “Smart materials applications for pediatric cardiovascular devices,” Pediatr Res. 2008 May;63(5):552-8.
  10. King C.H., Higa A.T., Culjat M.O., Han S.H., Bisley J.W., Carman G.P., Dutson E., Grundfest W.S., “A pneumatic haptic feedback actuator array for robotic surgery or simulation,” Stud Health Technol Inform. 2007;125:217-22.