Elvin Niell

Associate Professor

Main Affiliation

Mechanical Engineering


Steinman Hall






Elvin Niell


  • B.Sc. Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1993, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa;
  • S.M. Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1995, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • S.M. Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1995, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1998, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Courses Taught

  • Engineering Mechanics I
  • Advanced Composite Materials
  • Aerostructures
  • Finite Element Method

Research Interests

  • Smart Materials and Structures
  • Energy Harvesting
  • Ultra Low Power Sensors
  • Biomechanics


  • Elvin N, Elvin A, Spector M (2001), A self-powered mechanical strain energy sensor, Smart Materials and Structures, 10, 293-299.
  • Elvin N, Elvin A, Choi DH (2003), A self-powered damage detection sensor, The Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design, 38(2), 115-125.
  • Elvin, NG, Lajnef N, Elvin AA (2006), Feasibility of structural monitoring with vibration powered sensors, Smart Materials and. Structures, 15, 977-986.
  • Elvin NG, Elvin AA (2009) A general equivalent circuit model for piezoelectric generators, in print Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 20(1): 3-9
  • Lavagnino M, Arnoczky SP, Elvin N, Dodds J (Cabaud Award winner 2008) Patellar tendon strain is increased at the site of the jumper’s knee lesion during knee flexion and tendon loading. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 36(11): 2110-2118 
  • Akaydin DH, Elvin N, Andreopoulos Y (2010) Energy harvesting from highly unsteady fluid flows using piezoelectric materials. Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, in press