Nathan Salawitz

Nathan Salowitz

  • Richard and Joanne Grigg Faculty Fellowship
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Founder, Advanced Structures Laboratory


  • PhD, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, 2013
  • MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, 2006
  • BS, Engineering Mechanics, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2001

After earning his B.S. degree at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Dr. Salowitz worked as a Structural Analyst with Boeing for several years before pursuing graduate studies at Stanford University.  His current research is focused on creating new mechanical sensors and actuators intended for water systems and intelligent/multifunctional materials that can detect, report, and respond to their state. His past research has addressed failure mechanisms, damage detection, and structural health monitoring in advanced materials.

Research Interests

  • Sensing and actuation with active materials like piezoelectric ceramics and shape memory alloys
  • Structural Health Monitoring of composite and hybrid structures.
  • Self-healing materials
  • Sensing with micro and nano-materials


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ResearchGate link

  • Salowitz, Nathan; “Flexible electronics: Stretchable sensors don’t feel the strain” Invited Paper Nature Electronics, volume 1, pp. 156-157, 3/9/2018.   also accessible at :
  • Rezaee, Maysam; Tsai, Li-Chih; Haider, Muhammad Istiaque; Yazdi, Armin; Sanatizadeh, Ehsan; Salowitz, Nathan; “Quantitative peel test for thin films/layers based on a coupled parametric and statistical study” Scientific Reports - a Nature Research Journal, volume 9, number 1, 19805, 12/24/2019. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-55355-9, PMID: 31874957, PMCID: PMC6930293.
  • Carrison, Parry; Altammar, Hussain; Salowitz, Nathan; “Selective Actuation and Sensing of Antisymmetric Waves, Using Shear-mode Piezoelectric Transducers” Structural Health Monitoring, Volume 20, issue 3 pages 978 – 989, manuscript ID: SHM-20-0077, published online: August 16, 2020; Issue published: May 1, 2021.
  • Invited Paper for a special issue from the 2019 International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring.
  • Haider, Muhammad Istiaque; Rezaee, Maysam; Yazdi, Armin; Salowitz, Nathan; “Investigation into Post Constrained Recovery Properties of Nickel Titanium Shape Memory Alloys" Smart Materials and Structures, volume 28, number 10, online 8/13/2019, published 9/12/2019.
  • Rezaee, Maysam; Tsai, Li-Chih; Elyasigorjic, Azam; Haider, Muhammad Istiaque; Yazdi, Armin; Salowitz, Nathan P.; “Quantification of the Mechanical Strength of Thermally Reduced Graphene Oxide Layers on Flexible Substrates” Engineering Fracture Mechanics Paper number 107525, Volume 243, Published Online 1/7/2021, Print 2/18/2021.
  • Salowitz, Nathan; Carrison, Parry; Altammar, Hussain “Selective actuation of antisymmetric Lamb waves using internal d15 transducers for SHM” Springer Collection.
  • Rezaee, Maysam; Tsai, Li-Chih; Elyasigorjic, Azam; Haider, Muhammad Istiaque; Yazdi, Armin; Salowitz, Nathan P.; “Quantification of the Mechanical Strength of Thermally Reduced Graphene Oxide Layers on Flexible Substrates” Engineering Fracture Mechanics Paper number 107525, Volume 243, Published Online 1/7/2021, Print 2/18/2021.
  • Altammar, Hussain; Dhingra, Anoop; Salowitz, Nathan; “Damage Detection Using d15 Piezoelectric Sensors in a Laminate Beam Undergoing Three-point Bending” Actuators
    volume 8, number 70, 9/29/2019, Invited paper for a special issue on Piezoelectric Actuators and Transducers: Materials, Design and Applications. doi:10.3390/act8040070.
  • Altammar, Hussain; Dhingra, Anoop; Salowitz, Nathan “Initial Study of Internally Embedded Shear Mode Piezoelectric Transducers for Detection of Joint Defects in Laminate Structures” Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, volume 30, issue 15, pp. 2314-2330, online 7/21/2019, published 9/1/2019. Nominated for The 2019 Best Paper Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Adaptive Structures and Material Systems branch’s Structural Health Monitoring and Nondestructive Evaluation Technical Committee.
  • Altammar, Hussain; Salowitz, Nathan; “Shear Actuation of Piezoelectric Transducers Embedded within Laminate Structures for Damage Detection” e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing,volume 24, number 04, ISSN: 1435-4934, April 2019.
  • Altammar, Hussain; Dhingra, Anoop; Salowitz, Nathan, “Ultrasonic Sensing and Actuation in Laminate Structures Using Bondline-embedded d35 Piezoelectric Sensors” Invited Paper for special issue on "Recent Advances of Piezoelectric Transducers and Applications" Sensors, volume 18, issue 11, ISSN 1424-8220, doi: 10.3390/s18113885, PMID: 30423892,PMCID: PMC6264002, 11/11/2018.
  • Salowitz, Nathan; Correa, Ameralys; Santebennur, Trishika; Moghadam, Afsaneh; Yan, Xiaojun; Rohatgi, Pradeep; “Mechanics of nickel–titanium shape memory alloys undergoing partially constrained recovery for self-healing materials” Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, volume 29, issue 15, pp. 3025-3036, online 6/18/2018, published 9/1/2018.
  • Altammar, Hussain; Salowitz, Nathan “Ultrasonic Inspection of Bonded Metal Laminates Using Internal Shear-mode Piezoelectric Transducers” e-Journal of Nondestructive Testingvolume 23, number 11, ISSN: 1435-4934, November 2018.
  • Kilicli, Volkan; Yan, Xiaojun; Salowitz, Nathan; Rohatgi, Pradeep; “Recent Advancements in Self-Healing Metallic Materials and Self-Healing Metal Matrix Composites” JOM (The Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society) volume 70, issue 6, pp. 846-854, 4/2/2018.
  • Salowitz, Nathan; Kim, Sang-Jong; Kopsaftopoulos, Fotis; Li, Yu-Hung; Chang, Fu-Kuo; “Design and Analysis of Radially Polarized Screen Printed Piezoelectric Transducers” Journal of Intelligent Material Systems & Structures, volume 28, issue 7, pp 934-946, DOI: 10.1177/1045389X16666177, online 9/1/2016, published 4/1/2017.


  • Zhuang, Yitao; Kopsaftopoulos, Fotis; Salowitz, Nathan; Kim, Sang-Jong; Chang, Fu-Kuo; “Design of Smart Adhesive Films for Bondline Integrity Monitoring” Stanford-Boeing Annual Review Meeting, Stanford University, October 2nd, 2013.
  • Guo, Zhiqiang; Hsu, Chien-Tung; Starek, Joseph; Pointner, Wolfgang; Kumar, Yeshwanth; Roy, Surajit; Roy, Taru; Wang, Yinan; Britt, Jonathan; Yam, Jonathan; Zhunag, Yitao; Kim, Sang- Jong; Salowitz, Nathan; Lanzara, Giulia; Pavone, Marco; Chang, Fu-Kuo; “A Robotic Arm with Artificial Intelligent Skin” The third annual review of the Bio-Inspired Stretchable Networks MURI, Stanford University, November 14th, 2012
  • Chang, Fu-Kuo; Mueller, Ingolf; Janapati, Vishnu; Larrosa, Cecilia; Salowitz, Nathan; Guo, Zhiqiang; Roy, Surajit; Lonkar, Kuldeep; “An Integrated Vehicle Health Management System based on Large-Area Stretchable Sensing Network” NASA Aviation Safety Annual Technical Meeting, St. Louis Missouri, May 2011
  • Salowitz, Nathan; Lonkar, Kuldeep; Chang, Fu-Kuo; “Design of Advanced Multi-Layered Hybrid Structures with Embedded Diagnostics” AFOSR Annual Grantee’s Meeting, Dayton Ohio, July 2009
  • Salowitz, Nathan; Lanzara, Giulia; Guo, Zhiqiang; Rose, James; Chang, Fu-Kuo; “Design of Planar Electrodes for Multifunctional Piezoelectric Sensors” The 7th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, Stanford University, September 2009.
  • Maniscalco, Matthew; Lee, Nicolas; Dektor, Shandor; Salowitz, Nathan; Grote Elizabeth; Twiggs, Robert; “A Design Concept for a Robotic Lunar Regolith Harvesting System” The 2007 ICRA Space Robotics Workshop, Rome Italy, April 2007.


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