M. Amin Karami is an Assistant Professor at Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He is the director of Intelligent Dynamic Energy and Sensing Systems (IDEAS) lab. His area of expertise is energy harvesting and specially powering medical devices using body movements, nonlinear renewable wind and wave energy generators as well as smart material and meta-material systems. His research interests include Smart Materials, Energy Harvesting, Microelectromechanical Systems, Nonlinear Vibrations, and Dynamics of Nonlinear Systems. Dr. Karami has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Aerospace Engineering at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his PhD in summer 2011 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Engineering Mechanics. He was a member of the inaugural class of ICTAS Doctoral Scholars Program and worked in the Center for Intelligent Material Systems and Structures (CIMSS). He earned a Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2006 from The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada and a B.SC. in Mechanical Engineering in 2004 from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.