Welcome !

Welcome to the Smart Management of Infrastructure Laboratory (SMILab) at the University of New Mexico (UNM)! Our research group aims to develop the use of next-generation smart sensing technologies and strategies towards safer, cost-effective, resilient and sustainable structures. We are interested in monitoring and assessing structures subjected to dynamic loading and hazards, unusual stress levels, and extreme loading events. Our research topics involve wireless smart sensing, structural health monitoring, cost-effective prioritization of assets, augmented reality, structural modeling and validation, existing structure field monitoring and assessment, and laboratory testing and validation of structural systems under dynamic loading.

February 17th 2021 - National Science Foundation funds LEWIS to work together with Ohkay Owingeh towards sensor-informed Objective Resilience to Disasters
This project is funded by Civic Innovation Challenge, which is a partnership with NSF, the Vehicle Technology Office in Department of Energy, and the Science and Technology Director of the Department of Homeland Security. The project, titled “Low-Cost Efficient Wireless Intelligent Sensors (LEWIS) for Greater Preparedness and Resilience to Post-Wildfire Flooding in Native American Communities,” is a short-term project that began last month and will conclude by the start of the summer with one new LEWIS sensor prototype co-developed and co-designed together with the Native American partners at Ohkay Owingeh. If successful, we would like to obtain longer-term funding and expand the program with our Native American partners deploying dozens (or hundreds) of LEWIS, enabling Native Americans to design and own their own wireless sensor networks. We are partnering with experts on flooding, disasters, resilience, data and education. You can read more here and view the NSF award here. We will be keeping you posted as we listen to Ohkay Owingeh’s leaders in sensors and implementation, we met them last week and they already support LEWIS! Stay tuned for more on LEWIS.

Check our latest news on our TRB NAS Rail SAFETY IDEA Project here



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February 17th 2021
National Science Foundation funds LEWIS to work together with Ohkay Owingeh towards sensor-informed Objective Resilience to Disasters.
Call for Papers to Special Issue "Structural Sensing and Sustainable Infrastructure Maintenance", Journal of Sustainability






The top priority of this Special Issue is to provide the community with information on past success in structural sensing and infrastructure maintenance with new laboratory and experiment evidence that can contribute to the community of SHM, structural sensors, and structural management.
Deadline: May 21st 2021.


Call for Student Papers to 2021 EMI Structural Health Monitoring and Control Committee Student Paper Competition






The ASCE EMI-Structural Health Monitoring and Control (SHMC) Committee is pleased to announce the Annual Student Paper Competition in the areas of structural health monitoring, system identification, smart materials and structures, and structural control. Sponsored by EMI Structural Health Monitoring and Control (SHMC) Committee.
February 15, 2021 – Express interest in participating by emailing Prof. Moreu at fmoreu@unm.edu (see details above.)
March 15, 2021 – Email your 4-page full paper due (see #4 and #5 under “Requirements”) to Prof. Moreu at fmoreu@unm.edu (see details above.)


Fall Semester 2020 Updates

All of us wish you a Great and Happy Holidays! This semester we have been doing lots of progress in SMILab, and we wanted to share many great updates from our group: First, congratulations to Angela Montoya and Roya Nasimi for successfully passing their respective comprehensive PhD exams and moving forward with their PhDs.

Marlon Aguero graduated with his MS in Civil Engineering and will continue graduate studies pursuing a Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNM, congratulations Marlon!

Jason Aldaz is graduating with a Masters and Odey Yousef with a Bachelors, both in Civil Engineering. Jason continues his career as engineer in Albuquerque, and Odey Yousef will become a graduate student in SMILab. Congrats and welcome to graduate school Odey!

Maimuna accepted a fulltime job as an engineer in California, and will continue the rest of her PhD part time in SMILab, congratulations on your career Maimuna!

Last November 11th we were lucky to host and invite Bill Henry, who gave a great talk on ethics to the Civil Engineering Department and all of us. Bill reminded us the importance to prevent and fight against corruption in engineering. All of us learned from a very important topic and superb speaker, which comes by no surprise as Bill has served as leader in engineering in many organizations, including as former ASCE president (2005-2006.) Bill thank you for your commitment to the profession and UNM, and looking forward to you visiting SMILab in person in a not so distant future.

Finally, we recently hosted our 2020 wrap up ONR meeting with Dr. Michael Simpson and are getting ready for a new cybersecurity year 2: stay tuned! If you are an undergraduate student in UNM and you are interested to study and program cybersecurity in our cybersecurity program, be sure to contact fmoreu@unm.edu. We are still hiring more 2021 Undergraduates! https://cyberphysicalsystems.unm.edu/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/ONR_ROTC_Cyber_Agenda_November_6.pdf

August 15 2020

SMILab Summer 2020 Researchers Farewell
Two researchers completed their days at SMILab this summer: Xiang Xu successfully run safely numerous experiments with many types of trains crossing railroad bridges in the laboratory, great work! Xiang will complete his Master’s Thesis in structural engineering in Yangzhou University, China; Shuang Yang will continue his PhD Thesis in Computer Science in UNM, and he contributed exploring AR connections with sensors. We thank them for their hard work in SMILab, and wish them all the best in completing their degrees! We were able to give a surprise Zoom farewell to Xiang, wish him safe trip, and we hope to stay in touch!

July 20th 2020
Angela Montoya was accepted into Sandia National Laboratories’ Critical Skills Part-Time Program. The Critical Skills programs at Sandia are designed for both recruitment and retention of talented individuals with skills in technical areas needed to support Sandia’s national security mission.

July 9th 2020
SMILab researchers conducted the first ever SMIWeb workshop to showcase their unique projects and contributions to the engineering field.

June 15th 2020
Eric Robbins started his summer internship with Sandia National Laboratories.  The title of his project is “Nonlinear Normal Mode Force Appropriation Techniques to Investigate Wing-Pylon Assembly.” Click here for more information https://www.sandia.gov/careers/students_postdocs/internships/institutes/nomad.html

May 27th 2020
Congratulations Roya Nasimi for 2nd place in the Annual ASCE/EMI SHMC student paper competition. Roya’s paper was titled “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Equipped with Lasers, Cameras, and Algorithms Measuring Bridges Condition under Trains.” Co-authors of the paper were Dr. Moreu, Nicolas Cobo, and Jorshua Diaz, great job team!
Link to ASCE EMI

May 19th 2020
Maimuna Hossain and Elijah Wyckoff have started their summer scholar program with The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program. More information here https://afrlscholars.usra.edu/

May 18th 2020
Kickoff meeting with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) project entitled “Engaging University of New Mexico ROTC Cadets in Cybersecurity Research”. This project develops a capable and trained workforce with the skills to defend against emergent cyber and electronic warfare threats.

May 15th 2020
Congratulations to our SMILab Graduates this May:

Maimuna Hossain: MS Mechanical Engineering May 2020 UNM, Maimuna continues with SMILab pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering working on MIMO and experimental dynamics for complex systems.

Elijah Wyckoff: BS Mechanical Engineering May 2020 ASU, Elijah continues with SMILab pursuing a MS in Mechanical Engineering working on human-structures interfaces with AR and vibrations.

Somie Chavez: BS Civil Engineering May 2020 UNM, Somie is now working for LANL as a structural engineer, best wishes for your engineering career Somie!

Ben Narushof: BS Civil Engineering May 2020 UNM, Ben is now working as a civil engineer in Horrocks Engineering, best wishes for your engineering career Ben!


November 20, 2019

Check our latest news on our TRB NAS Rail SAFETY IDEA Project here


November 11, 2019

Dilendra Maharjan defended his MS thesis on November 11th and already had a full time job as structural engineer! Great job Dilendra and best wishes for your career!


October 2, 2019

Multiscale Sensing and Monitoring for Probabilistic Risk Assessment of Civil Infrastructure presentation by Jian Li: Associate Professor Department of Civil, Environment and Architectural Engineering, University of Kansas


Source: Multiscale Sensing and Monitoring for Probabilistic Risk Assessment of Civil Infrastructure

August 23, 2019
TRB IDEA RAIL SAFETY 2018-2020, stage I experiment: SMILab researchers Roya Nasimi, James Woodall, Nicolas Yepes, Dr Zhang and Dr Moreu conducted various experiments for The National Academy Science. For the implementation of this new TRB IDEA RAIL SAFETY project, the research team focused on creating a new wireless laser that they added to the untethered UAS, and programming a total displacement algorithm using both laser and computer vision. Wonderful site for serious UAS-laser research. Looking forward to improving rail safety with NAS, TRB, and the railroads partnering in this effort.

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TRB IDEA RAIL SAFETY 2018-2020, stage I experiment: SMILab researchers Roya Nasimi, James Woodall, Nicolas Yepes, Dr Zhang and Dr Moreu conducted various experiments for The National Academy Science. For the implementation of this new TRB IDEA RAIL SAFETY project, the research team focused on creating a new wireless laser that they added to the untethered UAS, and programming a total displacement algorithm using both laser and computer vision. Wonderful site for serious UAS-laser research. Looking forward to improving rail safety with NAS, TRB, and the railroads partnering in this effort.

August 2019
SMILab Summer 2019 Researchers Farewellfarewell
Many researchers completed their days at SMILab this summer: best of luck Rafa Cardona (graduated with MS in structural engineering from UCLM, Ciudad Real, Spain); Jorshua Diaz (will graduate in 2020 with BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ana G. Mendez University at Gurabo, Puerto Rico); Nicolas Yepes (will complete his PhD in 2020 in Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus); Elijah Wyckoff (will complete his BS in 2020 in Mechanical Engineering at Arizona State University); Morgan Tubb (will complete his BS in 2020 in Mechanical Engineering at University of Dallas); and Can Zhu (graduated with MS in structural engineering from Yangzhou University, China.) We will miss them and all their hard work, and wish them well in their new careers and completing their degrees!

June 28th, 2019

Bridge monitoring with LEWIS and experts in dance engineering bridgeday
SMILab researchers installed nine LEWIS sensors in the duck pond bridge and conducted a bridge monitoring campaign to quantify dance quality in Collaboration with the School of Engineering, Unite Program, the Summer Transportation Institute, and Structures as Sensors Group from the Carnegie Mellon University. The conducted various experiments with and without music measuring coordination using sensors. The goal of their research is to use non-invasive sensors to quantify human activities, with the ultimate aim of sensing human decisions. Looking forward to more multidisciplinary, collaborative research with high school students around the state!

January 2018

Albuquerque, University of New Mexico


Professor Sungmoon Jung from the Joint College of Engineering by Florida A&M University and Florida State University is visiting UNM this month to discuss research, collaborations, and ideas for a safer infrastructure. Professor Sungmoon Jung is an associate professor at a joint college of engineering by Florida A&M University and Florida State University, department of civil and environmental engineering. Before joining the college, he worked for Caterpillar (2006-08) after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2004). His research interests include wind engineering, wind energy, and vehicle safety. He is visiting SMILab in a sabbatical leave at the department of civil engineering. Welcome professor Jung! He will give a seminar at the EERI student chapter on Friday January 26th from 4 to 5pm, open to everyone interested! Come and learn about “Mitigation of Wind and Impact Effects on Structures.”

Saturday November 11th , 2017

Albuquerque, NM

Supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) and as part of “Structural Performance Monitoring Using Wireless Sensors (WSW) for Cost-Efficient Management and Development of Commercial Space Vehicles”, SMILab builds wireless smart sensors to monitor rocket launch activities in collaboration with the Albuquerque Rocket Society (ARS). A great team effort taken to heaven! Thanks ARS for your strong support!

Friday November 3rd , 2017

Albuquerque Foothills, NM

Tramway general manager George Boyden gave SMILab and CE410 structural engineering design students a lecture on the design and construction of the Tramway, and led a dedicated tour of the control room; finally students measured the vibrations on the ride to the top of the mountain using sensors. Thank you Mr. Boyden for an elevated structural engineering class at 10,300 ft altitude for UNM engineering students!

November 2nd , 2017

Albuquerque, NM

Dr. Moreu and Ronny Moreano visited UNM alumni Professor Mojgan Madandar at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnique Institute (SIPI). They introduced the students on smart sensing technologies and structural engineering, and encouraged them to apply to UNM Engineering. It was a great interaction and we thank Professor Madandar and SIPI for this great opportunity!

October 27, 2017

Dr. Mascarenas discusses with SMILab and UNM his research

about artificial personality using a

Jungian based framework he programmed. Thanks Dr. Mechler

and the OIA/IDI Colloquium for hosting this successful event.

Monday October 23rd, 2017

Albuquerque, NM

CNM students with Professor Natalie Marie Villwock-Witte attended one seminar from SMILab on smart structures at UNM, and received exposure to UNM’s structural engineering laboratory and engineering studies. In the picture, visiting scholar Ronny Moreano explains the data collecting and processing at Centennial Engineering Center. It was a great interaction between CNM and UNM. Thanks Professor Vilwock-Witte and CNM for the opportunity!

Friday October 20th, 2017

Albuquerque, NM

Dr. Scott Ouellette from LANL visited our laboratory, met with students and faculty, and gave a very interesting seminar on energy harvesting systems for autonomously powered sensor networks. In the picture with Dr. Moreu and Michael Shugh at the seminar.

October 17th, 2017

Albuquerque, NM

Ronny Moreano, visiting scholar from ESPE (College of the Ecuadorian Army) will be working with SMILab for nine weeks on total displacements measurements during extreme events such as earthquakes, tornados, or train crossing events. Welcome, Ronny!

October 7 ,2017

SMILab welcomes inquiring students and families to the Engineering Open House with HoloLens technology and shake table demos.

October 4, 2017

Omaha, Nebraska

Fernando Moreu, SMILab director presents as keynote speaker at the  Bridging Big Data (BBD) 2017 Workshop, supported by NSF BD Spokes: PLANNING: MIDWEST: Big Data Innovations for Bridge Health

October 3, 2017

UNM students learn how to design and analyze railroad timber bridges in the structural design class at UNM. Their project was to build a timber trestle that they designed.

September 29, 2017

Jack Noren from Shore Western visits SMILab for the large shake table installation and introduces earthquake engineering testing and design concepts to the architecture and landscape graduate students of Professor Mark Stone. Great questions from a great class!

September 22, 2017

Dr. Takehiko Asai, from the University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba (Japan), visited SMILab for three days and presented the seminar “Potential Applications of Tuned Inertial Mass Electromagnetic Transducers”, at the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Student Chapter (President Drew Hirdman, SMILab member)

September 21, 2017

Bridge Engineer Kathy Crowell from the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) teaching bridge engineering to UNM engineers at CE410 structural engineering design and visits SMILab

September 20, 2017

Dr. Ali Ozdagli, post-doc fellow at SMILab, presented his research to UNM graduate students at the graduate seminar class from Dr. John Stormont. Dr. Ali gave advice to graduate students about how to find a job after school.

September 20, 2017: Salt Lake City, UT

New Mexico Tech Dr. Don Ryu (SMILab collaborator) and Dr. Bideng Liu at the Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS). Dr. Liu chaired one session and presented one paper on reference-free displacement sensors. Great place and company for a research meeting!

September 19, 2017: Indianapolis, IN

SMILab members presented two papers at AREMA 2017. In this picture, SMILab reunion: Dr. Moreu, Dr. Ali, and Jose Gomez (SMILab MS 2017, now working for Heuristic Actions, Inc. at Las Vegas, NV). Great feedback from the railway engineering community to both papers!

September 13, 2017: Palo Alto, California

LANL’s Dr. David Mascarenas (SMILab collaborator) and Dr. Moreu presented one paper on augmented reality, one poster on confined sensing underground, and competed for “SHM in Action” at the International Workshop for Structural Health Monitoring (IWSHM) at Stanford, CA. Great feedback from the IWSHM participants.

September 5, 2017

Augmenting Realities with Menaul School’s two hundred students! Great pool of future engineers!!

September 1, 2017: Santa Fe, NM

Teaching structural engineering outside the classroom: Loretto Chapel Miraculous Staircase and wood engineering (with Richard Lindsey); Biocultura and masonry engineering (with UNM Professor Andrea Polli); NM bridges design (with NMDOT bridge engineer Kathy Crowell)

August 25, 2017

Measuring reference-free displacements with a laser carried by Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). Transportation Research Board (TRB) SAFETY IDEA Project (National Academy of Science)

August 22, 2017

Patrick Hughes (PhD student with Professor Gilberto Mosqueda at UCSD) presented “Pounding of Base-Isolated Buildings to Bumper-Protected Moat Walls” with the EERI Chapter (president Drew Harding, SMILab member)

February 11, 2017

Shreya Vemuganti wins 2nd place in UNM STEM research symposium

January 29, 2017

Dr. Fernando Moreu and Piyush Garg presented three papers from SMILab at XXXV IMAC

January 27, 2017

Tom Paez visits Department of Civil Engineering and SMILab

January 26, 2017

SMILab member Jose Alberto Gomez is going to defend his Master's Thesis on February 16, 2017 in room CENT 3031 at 11 AM. He has been offered a civil engineering position in 'Heuristic Actions'.

January 25, 2017

Charles Farrar visits Department of Civil Engineering and SMILab. Also presents in seminar and structural dynamics class.

January 24, 2017

National Academy of Sciences grant will fund research for railroad bridge safety

September-December, 2016

SMILab graduate student member Piyush Garg is a visiting researcher at the Harbin Institute of Technology in Harbin, China

November 1, 2016

Shreya Vemuganti passes Ph.D. qualifying exam.

September 22, 2016

Learning "How-to" Design Structures Under the Bridge. Click here for more in formation and pictures.

September 28 – 30, 2016

SMILab director, Dr. Fernando Moreu, to deliver a presentation in the Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems.

August 28 – 30, 2016

SMILab director and members attended the AREMA 2016 Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Florida.

July 29, 2016

The NOMAD institute has concluded. Poster presentation at Sandia delivered.

July 26, 2016

High school mentees presented their work towards the end of the SMILab summer camp.

July 5,2016

Shreya Vemuganti has been awarded doctoral conference program award by the office of graduate studies of UNM.

June 20 - July 29, 2016

SMILab members to participate in the Non Linear Dynamics and Mechanics (NOMAD) institute at Sandia National Laboratory this Summer.

May 19, 2016

SMILab to mentor high school students in different engineering related projects this summer.

April 28, 2016

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Student Chapter at UNM.

April 28, 2016

Smilab director, Dr. Fernando Moreu presented at the New Mexico 2016 ASCE meeting at Socorro.

April 25, 2016

Educational field trip visit to BNSF, one of the largest railroads in North America in Belen, NM.

April 20, 2016

STEM class completed. Video of this class can be found here.

April 15, 2016; 3 - 4 pm, Kansas University

SMILab director, Dr. Fernando Moreu to present at KU.

Click here for abstract about presentation and biography of Dr. Fernando Moreu.

June 14-16, 2016, University of Illinois
SMILAB member and PhD student Shreya Vemuganti to present at UIUC. She has also been awarded CE travel grant for academic performance and the importance of the research being conducted.

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March 25, 2016; 3:30 - 4:30 pm, MECH 218

SMILab director, Dr. Fernando Moreu presented in Mechanical Department, UNM. 

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March 23 - April 20, 2016; 2 - 3 pm; Wednesday

‘Shake It Up in Engineering’ Wednesday Bonanza ! A collaborative effort by SMILab and STEM UNM.

March 15 – 17, 2016

SMILab director, Dr. Moreu, has been selected the New Mexico Section lead representative for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

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March 2, 2016

Rebecca Wingate presented at UNM about Replacing a railway bridge: From inspection to construction.

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February 26, 2016

SMILab presented a poster at The NMCRDC Unmanned Aerial Systems and Remote Sensing Workshop.

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SMILab Director

Fernando Moreu, Ph.D., P.E. 

Curriculum Vitae
SMILab Director and Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
fmoreu@unm.edu; Office (505) 277-1784
Physical Address
University of New Mexico (UNM)
Centennial Engineering Center 3056
MSC01 1070, 1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131