Alper Erturk
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Alper Erturk


Title: Research Scientist
Company: Virginia Tech
Location: Blacksburg VA
Industry: Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
OnGreen Category: Other Sectors

Dr. Alper Erturk is a Research Scientist in the Center for Intelligent Material Systems and Structures (CIMSS) at Virginia Tech. He received his PhD in Engineering Mechanics from the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) at Virginia Tech in 2009.

During his PhD study, he worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at CIMSS under the guidance of his advisor Prof. Daniel J. Inman. His research background includes structural dynamics, mechanical vibrations, smart materials and electromechanical systems. Over the last four years, he has published one book chapter and more than 40 articles in refereed international journals and conference proceedings. News articles related to his research on piezoelectric energy harvesting have appeared in the MRS Bulletin of the Materials Research Society and the Inside Science News Service of the American Institute of Physics. In 2008, he became the first recipient of the Liviu Librescu Memorial Scholarship of the ESM Department at Virginia Tech. More recently, he coauthored the Best Student Paper of the 2009 ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems.

He published theoretical and experimental papers on performance enhancement in vibration-based energy harvesting (such as the patent-pending piezomagnetoelastic [1] energy harvester configuration) and on various interdisciplinary energy harvesting problems (such as the concept of piezoaeroelasticity [2] as an alternative to conventional wind energy harvesters). His ongoing research includes combination of vibrational energy with solar and thermal energy using thin-film batteries for multifunctional storage applications.

Dr. Erturk received his BS (high honors) and MS degrees from the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey, in 2004 and 2006, respectively. His MS thesis focused on the use of structural coupling and modification techniques for chatter prediction in spindle-tool systems and received the Thesis of the Year Award of the METU Parlar Foundation in 2006.

He is an active member of ASME, AIAA, SPIE and SEM. He regularly serves as a reviewer on vibration-based energy harvesting for various international journals and organizes conference sessions on the subject.


[1] Erturk, A., Hoffmann, J., and Inman, D.J., 2009, A Piezomagnetoelastic Structure for Broadband Vibration Energy Harvesting, Applied Physics Letters, 94, 254102.

[2] Erturk, A., Vieira, W.G.R, De Marqui, Jr., C., and Inman, D.J., 2010, On the Energy Harvesting Potential of Piezoaeroelastic Systems, Applied Physics Letters, 96, 184103.

Employment and Education


  • Virginia TechResearch Scientist | 2009 - current
  • Virginia TechGraduate Research Assistant | 2006 - 2009


  • Virginia Tech - Engineering MechanicsPh.D. | 2006 - 2009

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