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Oluwaseyi Balogun

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering


2137 N. Tech Drive
Catalysis 325
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-491-3054Email Oluwaseyi Balogun


Balogun Research Group


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Mechanical Engineering


Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Graduate Program


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

Research Interests

Research: Optical and acoustic wave Sensing, Biomechancs of Soft Materials, Phononic Structures, Thermal Transport

My research group is interested in basic research tailored towards understanding the physics of elastic wave and heat transport in conventional and artificial materials. Towards this goal, our group has and will continue to develop novel optical experimental tools with high spatial and temporal resolution for visualization and characterization of elastic waves and phonons in materials. We hope to leverage basic research in these areas to realize new engineering tools that leverage light-matter interaction for applications in, thermal management, reconfigurable elastic waveguides and filters, remote sensors and actuators, super-resolution imaging, and laser-assisted materials processing.   


Significant Recognition

  • BU Technology Commercialization Institute Award, 2004

Significant Professional Service


Selected Publications

    H.C. Liou, F. Sabba, A. Packman, G. Wells, and O. Balogun, “Nondestructive Characterization of Soft Materials and biofilms by Measurements of Guided Elastic Wave Propagation using Optical Coherence Elastography”, Soft Matter, 2018 (Accepted)

    J. Zhu,H. Chen, B. Wu, W. Chen, and O. Balogun, “Tunable bandgaps and transmission behavior of SH waves with oblique incident angle in periodic dielectric elastomer laminates”, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 146-147, 81-90, (2018)

    A.F. Rosenthal, J.S. Griffin, O. Balogun, A.I. Packman, G.F. Wells, “Morphological analysis of pore size and connectivity in a thick nitrifying biofilm”, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 115, 2268-2279, (2018)

    G.S. Shekhawat, A.K. Srivastava, V.P. Dravid, and O. Balogun, “Thickness resonance acoustic microscopy for nanomechanical sub-surface imaging” ACS Nano. 11(6), 6139, (2017)

    P. Ahn, Xiang Chen, Z. Zhang, Matt. Ford, D. Rosenmann, I.W. Jung, C. Sun, and O. Balogun, “Dynamic near-field optical interaction between oscillating nanomechanical structures”. (Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), 5, 10058, (2015)

    P. Ahn and O. Balogun, “Elastic characterization of nanoporous gold foams using laser based ultrasonics”, Ultrasonics, 54(3), 795, (2014)

     Z. Zhang, P. Ahn, B. Dong, O. Balogun, and C. Sun “Quantitative Imaging of Rapidly Decaying Evanescent Fields using Plasmonic Near-Field Scanning Optical Microscopy” Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), 3, 2808, DOI:10.1038/srep02803, (2013)

    O. Balogun and J.D. Achenbach “Surface Waves on a halfspace with depth-dependent properties”, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 132(3), pp. 1336-1345, (2012) 



“Non-Destructive Imaging, Characterization or Measurement of Thin Items Using Laser Generated Lamb Waves,” C. Prada, O. Balogun and T.W. Murray. Patent Filed in October, 2006

In the Classroom

Prof. Balogun teaches undergraduate level courses EA-206-2: Engineering Analysis: Statics and Dynamics, and ME 363: Mechanical Engineering. EA-206-2 provides freshman level undergraduates with a solid background in the application of Newton’s laws to engineering problem solving. ME 363 provides students with a strong  background in modeling and interpretation of oscillatory motion in mechanical systems, based on physics based analysis approaches.

Prof. Balogun also teaches a graduate level course, ME 495: Dynamic deformation of materials. The course focuses on  aspects of wave motion in solids including, linear and nonlinear elastic deformation, fracture, and diffraction, induced by dynamic mechanical loading. Specific examples from metals, polymers and composites are provided. The course also surveys available experimental techniques for understanding dynamic deformation in materials.