Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Mathematics

Research Associate Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow



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I completed my undergraduate studies in Industrial Engineering in 2009 at Università di Brescia (Italy). During this period I spent one year at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) as Erasmus student and one semester at the Tennessee Technological University (USA) carrying out a master thesis project on numerical methods for dense matrices. In 2010 I started a PhD in Seismology at ETH Zurich, there I specialized in computational elastodynamics for complex media, inverse problems, data assimilation algorithm and high performance computing. After obtaining the PhD in 2013, thanks to a fellowship awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundations, I spent 18 months at ISTerre Grenoble (France) on the experimental and numerical characterization of complex media, resonant metamaterials and the dynamic interactions in a cluster of closely spaced buildings. In 2015 my research has been boosted by a Marie Curie Fellowship at Imperial College where I am now working for a broad application of elastic metamaterials in several fields of wave physics: seismic waves (Hz), ultrasound (kHz) and hypersounds (GHz). The research approach combines laboratory or field experiments with large numerical simulations carried out in various supercomputing facilities (France, Switzerland and UK).
Around the topic of elastic waves, I enjoy several international collaborations with geophysicists, mathematicians and civil and mechanical engineers.

News October 2017. In April 2018 I will move to ETH with an SNSF Ambizione fellowship. A PhD position in my group is available here: 



Colombi A, Craster R, Colquitt D, et al., Elastic wave control beyond band-gaps: shaping the flow of waves in plates and half-spaces with subwavelength resonant rods., Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering- Mechanics of Materials

Colombi A, Ageeva V, Smith RJ, et al., 2017, Enhanced sensing and conversion of ultrasonic Rayleigh waves by elastic metasurfaces, Scientific Reports, Vol:7, ISSN:2045-2322

Colquitt DJ, Colombi A, Craster RV, et al., 2017, Seismic metasurfaces: Sub-wavelength resonators and Rayleigh wave interaction, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Vol:99, ISSN:0022-5096, Pages:379-393

Colombi A, 2016, Resonant metalenses for flexural waves in plates, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol:140, ISSN:0001-4966, Pages:EL423-EL428

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