Peter Avitabile

Peter Avitabile


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  • Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • DEng, Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell,
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Rhode Island
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Manhattan College


Pete has close to 5 decades of experience in design and analysis using FEM and experimental techniques. His main area of research is structural dynamics specializing in the areas of modeling, testing, and correlation of analytical and experimental models along with advanced applications for developing structural dynamic models. Pete has contributed well over 300 technical papers in the area as well as his 17 year “Modal Space” article series in the Experimental Techniques magazine published by the Society for Experimental Mechanics. He is the 2004 recipient of the prestigious SEM DeMichele Award. He is recognized worldwide as an expert in structural dynamic modeling applications. Pete has provided a wide range of modal analysis educational materials that are widely used around the world and has published a book entitled “Modal Testing: A Practitioner’s Guide”. He often provides consulting services for a wide variety of industries in these specialty areas of expertise and is funded by a wide assortment of companies and government agencies.

Pete is a Professor Emeritus (retired), University of Massachusetts Lowell, Fellow and President (2016) for Society for Experimental Mechanics, Associate Editor—Handbook of Experimental Structural Mechanics, and Professional Engineer, Rhode Island.

Areas of Expertise

  • Structural Dynamics and Vibrations
  • Analytical and Experimental Modal Analysis
  • Correlation and Updating of Structural Dynamic Models

Research Interests

  • Structural Dynamic Modeling Techniques
  • Experimental Modal Analysis
  • System Modeling
  • Reduced Order Modeling