Mehmet Kurt

Assistant Professor

School: School of Engineering and Science

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Building: Edwin A. Stevens Hall

Room: 306

Phone: (201) 216-5560

Email: mkurt@stevens.edu

Website

Education
  • PhD (2014) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Mechanical Science and Engineering)
Research

Biomechanics of the brain, traumatic brain injury, prevention of head injury, magnetic resonance elastography, imaging of brain deformation under rapid head motion, material properties of the brain, smart biomedical devices, structural health monitoring.

Experience

August 2014 - Present, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA

August 2014 - September 2014, Instructor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champlaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA

Septermber 2010 - June 2014, Research Assistant, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champlaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA

January 2014 - May 2014, Teaching Assistant, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champlaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA

June 2009 - September 2009, Undergraduate Research Intern, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Institutional Service
  • Center for Neuromechanics Chair
  • Graduate Committee Member
  • Institute Research and Entrepreneurship Committee Member
  • BME Dept Chair Search Member
  • ME Department Acoustics Faculty Search (Tenure Track) Member
Professional Service
  • ASME SB3C Injury Biomechanics Committee Member
Honors and Awards

Fortune Magazine's 40 under 40 list in Turkey (November 2020)

Provost's Early Career Award for Research Excellence (May 2020)

NSF Vizzies Best Scientific Visualization Award of 2018 (January 2019)

Highlighted on NIH Director's Blog (May 2018)

Best Presentation, 1st International MRE Workshop, Berlin, Germany (October 2017)

2017 Editors Choice Award, Annals of Biomedical Engineering (July 2017)

Professional Societies
  • ASME Bioengineering Division Member
  • Biomedical Engineering Society Member
  • Biomedical Engineering Society Member
Selected Publications
Book Chapter
  1. Moore, K.; Mojahed, A.; Kurt, M.; Eriten, M.; McFarland, D.; Bergman, L.; Vakakis, A. F. (2019). Advanced nonlinear system identification for modal interactions in nonlinear structures: A review. Problems of Nonlinear Mechanics and Physics of Materials (pp. 101--118). Springer, Cham.
  2. Moore, K.; Kurt, M.; Eriten, M.; McFarland, D. M.; Bergman, L. A.; Vakakis, A. F. (2019). Direct detection of nonlinear modal interactions and model updating using measured time series. Nonlinear Dynamics, Volume 1 (pp. 23--25). Springer, Cham.
  3. Moore, K. J.; Kurt, M.; Eriten, M.; McFarland, D. M.; Bergman, L. A.; Vakakis, A. F. (2018). Elements of a nonlinear system identification methodology of broad applicability with application to bolted joints. The Mechanics of Jointed Structures (pp. 355--379). Springer, Cham.
  4. Kurt, M.; Moore, K. J.; Eriten, M.; McFarland, D. M.; Bergman, L. A.; Vakakis, A. F. (2016). Nonlinear model updating methodology with application to the IMAC XXXIII round robin benchmark problem. Nonlinear Dynamics, Volume 1 (pp. 343--347). Springer, Cham.
  5. Moore, K. J.; Kurt, M.; Eriten, M.; McFarland, D. M.; Bergman, L. A.; Vakakis, A. F. (2016). Nonlinear system identification of mechanical interfaces based on wave scattering. Dynamics of Coupled Structures, Volume 4 (pp. 333--339). Springer, Cham.
  6. Chen, H.; Kurt, M.; Lee, Y.; McFarland, D.; Bergman, L.; Vakakis, A. F. (2012). Nonlinear System Identification of the Dynamics of a Vibro-Impact Beam. Topics in Nonlinear Dynamics, Volume 3 (pp. 287--299). Springer, New York, NY.
Conference Proceeding
  1. Meinhold, W.; Ozkaya, E.; Ueda, J.; Kurt, M. (2019). Tuneable Resonance Actuators for Magnetic Resonance Elastography. 2019 Design of Medical Devices Conference.
  2. Zhang, H.; Tay, M. O.; Suar, Z.; Kurt, M.; Zanotto, D. (2018). Regression Models for Estimating Kinematic Gait Parameters with Instrumented Footwear. 2018 7th IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (Biorob) (pp. 1169--1174).
  3. Laksari, K.; Wu, L.; Nguyen, T.; Kurt, M.; Fanton, M.; Ruan, J.; Barbat, S.; Camarillo, D. (2017). MULTI-DIRECTIONAL DYNAMIC INJURY METRIC FOR MILD BRAIN TRAUMA DETECTION. JOURNAL OF NEUROTRAUMA (13 ed., vol. 34, pp. A47--A47).
  4. Chen, H.; Lee, Y. S.; Kurt, M.; McFarland, D. M.; Bergman, L. A.; Vakakis, A. F. (2013). Experimental system identification of the Vibro-impact dynamics towards structural health monitoring and damage detection. International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (vol. 55997, pp. V008T13A006).
  5. Kurt, M.; Vakakis, A. F.; McFarland, D.; Bergman, L.; Eriten, M. (2013). Nonlinear system identification of strongly nonlinear beats in the dynamics of a beam with a local stiffness nonlinearity. 11th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability, ICOSSAR 2013 (pp. 1945--1947).
  6. Eriten, M.; Kurt, M.; Luo, G.; McFarland, D. M.; Bergman, L. A.; Vakakis, A. F. (2012). Nonlinear system identification of frictional connections in a bolted beam assembly. International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (vol. 45004, pp. 381--387).
  7. Kurt, M.; Chen, H.; Lee, Y. S.; McFarland, D. M.; Bergman, L. A.; Vakakis, A. F. (2012). System Identification of a Vibro-Impact Beam With a View Toward Structural Health Monitoring. International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (vol. 45059, pp. 283--292).
  8. Vakakis, A.; Bergman, L.; McFarland, D.; Lee, Y.; Kurt, M. (2011). System identification of strongly nonlinear dynamics. 8th International Conference on Structural Dynamics, EURODYN 2011 (pp. 2342--2346).
Journal Article
  1. Terem, I.; Dang, L.; Champagne, A.; Abderezaei, J.; Pionteck, A.; Almadan, Z.; Lydon, A.; Kurt, M.; Scadeng, M.; Holdsworth, S. J. (2021). 3D amplified MRI (aMRI). Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (3 ed., vol. 86, pp. 1674--1686).
  2. Abderezaei, J.; Pionteck, A.; Terem, I.; Dang, L.; Scadeng, M.; Morgenstern, P.; Shrivastava, R.; Holdsworth, S. J.; Yang, Y.; Kurt, M. (2021). Development, calibration, and testing of 3D amplified MRI (aMRI) for the quantification of intrinsic brain motion. Brain Multiphysics (pp. 100022). Elsevier.
  3. Shuman, W. H.; DiRisio, A.; Carrasquilla, A.; Lamb, C. D.; Quinones, A.; Pionteck, A.; Yang, Y.; Kurt, M.; Shrivastava, R. K. (2021). Is there a morphometric cause of Chiari malformation type I? Analysis of existing literature. Neurosurgical Review (pp. 1--11). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
  4. Ozkaya, E.; Fabris, G.; Macruz, F.; Suar, Z. M.; Abderezaei, J.; Su, B.; Laksari, K.; Wu, L.; Camarillo, D. B.; Pauly, K. B.; others (2021). Viscoelasticity of children and adolescent brains through MR elastography. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials (vol. 115, pp. 104229). Elsevier.
  5. Ozkaya, E.; Triolo, E.; Rezayaraghi, F.; Abderezaei, J.; Meinhold, W.; Hong, K.; Alipour, A.; Kennedy, P.; Fleysher, L.; Ueda, J.; others (2021). Brain-mimicking phantom for biomechanical validation of motion sensitive MR imaging techniques. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials (vol. 122, pp. 104680). Elsevier.
  6. Mojahed, A.; Abderezaei, J.; Kurt, M.; Bergman, L. A.; Vakakis, A. F. (2020). A Nonlinear Reduced-Order Model of the Corpus Callosum Under Planar Coronal Excitation. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering (9 ed., vol. 142). American Society of Mechanical Engineers Digital Collection.
  7. Abderezaei, J.; Martinez, J.; Terem, I.; Fabris, G.; Pionteck, A.; Yang, Y.; Holdsworth, S. J.; Nael, K.; Kurt, M. (2020). Amplified Flow Imaging (aFlow): A novel MRI-based tool to unravel the coupled dynamics between the human brain and cerebrovasculature. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging. IEEE.
  8. Sinton, M. C.; Baines, K. N.; Thornalley, K. A.; Ilangovan, V.; Kurt, M. (2020). Increasing the visibility of LGBTQ+ researchers in STEM. Lancet. Lancet Publishing Group.
  9. Lv, H.; Kurt, M.; Zeng, N.; Ozkaya, E.; Marcuz, F.; Wu, L.; Laksari, K.; Camarillo, D. B.; Pauly, K. B.; Wang, Z.; others (2020). MR elastography frequency--dependent and independent parameters demonstrate accelerated decrease of brain stiffness in elder subjects. European Radiology (pp. 1--10). Springer.
  10. Laksari, K.; Fanton, M.; Wu, L. C.; Nguyen, T. H.; Kurt, M.; Giordano, C.; Kelly, E.; O'Keeffe, E.; Wallace, E.; Doherty, C.; others (2020). Multi-directional dynamic model for traumatic brain injury detection. Journal of Neurotrauma (7 ed., vol. 37, pp. 982--993). Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers 140 Huguenot Street, 3rd Floor New~….
  11. Fanton, M.; Alizadeh, H. V.; Domel, A.; Devlin, M.; Kurt, M.; Mungal, G. M.; Camarillo, D. B.; Hawkes, E. (2020). Variable area, constant force shock absorption motivated by traumatic brain injury prevention. Smart Materials and Structures. IOP Publishing.
  12. Fabris, G.; Suar, Z. M.; Kurt, M. (2019). Micromechanical heterogeneity of the rat pia-arachnoid complex. Acta Biomaterialia (vol. 100, pp. 29--37). Elsevier.
  13. Moore, K. J.; Kurt, M.; Eriten, M.; McFarland, D. M.; Bergman, L. A.; Vakakis, A. F. (2019). Direct detection of nonlinear modal interactions from time series measurements. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing (vol. 125, pp. 311--329). Academic Press.
  14. Suar, Z. M.; Fabris, G.; Kurt, M. (2019). Isolation and Immunofluorescent Staining of Fresh Rat Pia--Arachnoid Complex Tissue for Micromechanical Characterization. Current Protocols in Neuroscience (1 ed., vol. 89). Wiley Blackwell (John Wiley \& Sons).
  15. Abderezaei, J.; Zhao, W.; Grijalva, C. L.; Fabris, G.; Ji, S.; Laksari, K.; Kurt, M. (2019). Nonlinear Dynamical Behavior of the Deep White Matter during Head Impact. Physical Review Applied (1 ed., vol. 12, pp. 014058). American Physical Society.
  16. Kurt, M.; Wu, L.; Laksari, K.; Ozkaya, E.; Suar, Z. M.; Lv, H.; Epperson, K.; Epperson, K.; Sawyer, A. M.; Camarillo, D.; others (2019). Optimization of a Multifrequency Magnetic Resonance Elastography Protocol for the Human Brain. Journal of Neuroimaging.
  17. Moore, K. J.; Kurt, M.; Eriten, M.; McFarland, D. M.; Bergman, L. A.; Vakakis, A. F. (2019). Time-series-based nonlinear system identification of strongly nonlinear attachments. Journal of Sound and Vibration (vol. 438, pp. 13--32). Academic Press.
  18. Chartrain, A. G.; Kurt, M.; Yao, A.; Feng, R.; Nael, K.; Mocco, J.; Bederson, J. B.; Balchandani, P.; Shrivastava, R. K. (2019). Utility of preoperative meningioma consistency measurement with magnetic resonance elastography (MRE): a review. Neurosurgical review (1 ed., vol. 42, pp. 1--7). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
  19. Laksari, K.; Fanton, M.; Wu, L. C.; Nguyen, T. H.; Kurt, M.; Giordano, C.; Kelly, E.; O'Keeffe, E.; Wallace, E.; Doherty, C.; others (2018). Multi-directional dynamic model for traumatic brain injury detection. arXiv preprint arXiv:1812.07731.
  20. Weickenmeier, J.; Kurt, M.; Ozkaya, E.; de Rooij, R.; Ovaert, T.; Ehman, R. L.; Pauly, K. B.; Kuhl, E. (2018). Brain stiffens post mortem. Journal of the mechanical behavior of biomedical materials (vol. 84, pp. 88--98). Elsevier.
  21. Weickenmeier, J.; Kurt, M.; Ozkaya, E.; Wintermark, M.; Pauly, K. B.; Kuhl, E. (2018). Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials (vol. 84, pp. 88--98).
  22. Weickenmeier, J.; Kurt, M.; Ozkaya, E.; Wintermark, M.; Pauly, K. B.; Kuhl, E. (2018). Magnetic resonance elastography of the brain: a comparison between pigs and humans. Journal of the mechanical behavior of biomedical materials (vol. 77, pp. 702--710). Elsevier.
  23. Laksari, K.; Kurt, M.; Babaee, H.; Kleiven, S.; Camarillo, D. (2018). Mechanistic insights into human brain impact dynamics through modal analysis. Physical review letters (13 ed., vol. 120, pp. 138101). American Physical Society.
  24. Terem, I.; Ni, W. W.; Goubran, M.; Rahimi, M. S.; Zaharchuk, G.; Yeom, K. W.; Moseley, M. E.; Kurt, M.; Holdsworth, S. J. (2018). Revealing sub-voxel motions of brain tissue using phase-based amplified MRI (aMRI). Magnetic resonance in medicine (6 ed., vol. 80, pp. 2549--2559).
  25. Moore, K. J.; Kurt, M.; Eriten, M.; McFarland, D. M.; Bergman, L. A.; Vakakis, A. F. (2018). Wavelet-bounded empirical mode decomposition for measured time series analysis. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing (vol. 99, pp. 14--29). Elsevier.
  26. Weickenmeier, J.; Kurt, M.; Ozkaya, E.; de Rooij, R.; Ovaert, T.; Ehman, R. L.; Pauly, K. B.; Kuhl, E. (2018). Brain stiffens post mortem. Journal of the mechanical behavior of biomedical materials (vol. 84, pp. 88--98). Elsevier.
  27. Weickenmeier, J.; Kurt, M.; Ozkaya, E.; Wintermark, M.; Pauly, K. B.; Kuhl, E. (2018). Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials (vol. 84, pp. 88--98).
  28. Weickenmeier, J.; Kurt, M.; Ozkaya, E.; Wintermark, M.; Pauly, K. B.; Kuhl, E. (2018). Magnetic resonance elastography of the brain: a comparison between pigs and humans. Journal of the mechanical behavior of biomedical materials (vol. 77, pp. 702--710). Elsevier.
  29. Kurt, M.; Laksari, K.; Kuo, C.; Grant, G. A.; Camarillo, D. B. (2017). Modeling and optimization of airbag helmets for preventing head injuries in bicycling. Annals of biomedical engineering (4 ed., vol. 45, pp. 1148--1160). Springer US.
  30. Kurt, M.; Moore, K. J.; Eriten, M.; McFarland, D. M.; Bergman, L. A.; Vakakis, A. F. (2017). Nonlinear model updating applied to the IMAC XXXII Round Robin benchmark system. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing (vol. 88, pp. 111--122). Elsevier.
  31. Moore, K.; Kurt, M.; Eriten, M.; Dodson, J.; Foley, JR; Wolfson, J.; McFarland, D.; Bergman, L.; Vakakis, A. (2017). Nonlinear parameter identification of a mechanical interface based on primary wave scattering. Experimental Mechanics (9 ed., vol. 57, pp. 1495--1508). Springer US.
  32. Wu, L. C.; Kuo, C.; Loza, J.; Kurt, M.; Laksari, K.; Yanez, L. Z.; Senif, D.; Anderson, S. C.; Miller, L. E.; Urban, J. E.; others (2017). Detection of American football head impacts using biomechanical features and support vector machine classification. Scientific reports (1 ed., vol. 8, pp. 1--14). Nature Publishing Group.
  33. Wu, L. C.; Nangia, V.; Bui, K.; Hammoor, B.; Kurt, M.; Hernandez, F.; Kuo, C.; Camarillo, D. B. (2016). In vivo evaluation of wearable head impact sensors. Annals of biomedical engineering (4 ed., vol. 44, pp. 1234--1245). Springer US.
  34. Mehmet Kurt, Melih Eriten, D. Michael McFarland, Lawrence A.; Bergman, A. F. (2015). Methodology for model updating of mechanical components with local nonlinearities. Journal of Sound and Vibration.
  35. Laksari, K.; Wu, L. C.; Kurt, M.; Kuo, C.; Camarillo, D. C. (2015). Resonance of human brain under head acceleration. Journal of The Royal Society Interface (108 ed., vol. 12, pp. 20150331). The Royal Society.
  36. Kurt, M.; Eriten, M.; McFarland, D. M.; Bergman, L. A.; Vakakis, A. F. (2015). Methodology for model updating of mechanical components with local nonlinearities. Journal of Sound and Vibration (vol. 357, pp. 331--348). Elsevier.
  37. Kurt, M.; Slavkin, I.; Eriten, M.; McFarland, D. M.; Gendelman, O. V.; Bergman, L. A.; Vakakis, A. F. (2014). Effect of 1: 3 resonance on the steady-state dynamics of a forced strongly nonlinear oscillator with a linear light attachment. Archive of Applied Mechanics (8 ed., vol. 84, pp. 1189--1203). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
  38. Chen, H.; Kurt, M.; Lee, Y. S.; McFarland, D. M.; Bergman, L. A.; Vakakis, A. F. (2014). Experimental system identification of the dynamics of a vibro-impact beam with a view towards structural health monitoring and damage detection. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing (1 ed., vol. 46, pp. 91--113). Elsevier.
  39. Kurt, M.; Eriten, M.; McFarland, D. M.; Bergman, L. A.; Vakakis, A. F. (2014). Frequency--energy plots of steady-state solutions for forced and damped systems, and vibration isolation by nonlinear mode localization. Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation (8 ed., vol. 19, pp. 2905--2917). Elsevier.
  40. Kurt, M.; Eriten, M.; McFarland, D. M.; Bergman, L. A.; Vakakis, A. F. (2014). Strongly nonlinear beats in the dynamics of an elastic system with a strong local stiffness nonlinearity: Analysis and identification. Journal of Sound and Vibration (7 ed., vol. 333, pp. 2054--2072). Elsevier.
  41. Eriten, M.; Kurt, M.; Luo, G.; McFarland, D. M.; Bergman, L. A.; Vakakis, A. F. (2013). Nonlinear system identification of frictional effects in a beam with a bolted joint connection. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing (1-2 ed., vol. 39, pp. 245--264). Academic Press.
  42. Kurt, M.; Chen, H.; Lee, Y. S.; McFarland, D. M.; Bergman, L. A.; Vakakis, A. F. (2012). Nonlinear system identification of the dynamics of a vibro-impact beam: Numerical results. Archive of Applied Mechanics (10-11 ed., vol. 82, pp. 1461--1479). Springer-Verlag.
  43. Vakakis, A.; Bergman, L.; McFarland, D.; Lee, Y.; Kurt, M. (2011). Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science (pp. 225).
  44. Vakakis, A.; Bergman, L.; McFarland, D.; Lee, Y.; Kurt, M. (2011). Current efforts towards a non-linear system identification methodology of broad applicability. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science (11 ed., vol. 225, pp. 2497--2515). SAGE Publications Sage UK: London, England.
  45. Abderezaei, J.; Araghi, F. R.; Kain, B.; Menichetti, A.; Kurt, M.. An overview of the effectiveness of bicycle helmet designs in impact testing. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology (pp. 793). Frontiers.
  46. Weickenmeier, J.; Kurt, M.; Kuhl, E.. RHEOLOGY OF THE PORCINE BRAIN UNDER EXTREME METABOLIC CHANGES.
  47. Moore, K.; Herrera, C.; Kurt, M.; Eriten, M.; McFarland, D. M.; Bergman, L. A.; Vakakis, A. F.. Reduced-order Modeling of Strongly Nonlinear Systems Using Measured Time Series.
  48. Fabris, G.; Suar, Z.; Kurt, M.. 8th World Congress of Biomechanics P2055 Micromechanical heterogeneity of the pia-arachnoid complex: an AFM study.
Other
  1. Hawkes, E. W.; Camarillo, D. B.; Suresh, S. A.; Kurt, M.; Fanton, M. G.; Cutkosky, M. R. (2020). Constant Force Impact Protection Device.
  2. Kurt, M. (2014). Identification, reduced order modeling and model updating of nonlinear mechanical systems. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Ph.D. Thesis
  1. Kurt, M. (2014). Identification, reduced order modeling and model updating of nonlinear mechanical systems. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.