Summer 2021 Updates

June 12th 2021

 Jennifer Restrepo won third place nationwide for the Solar Splash, congratulations Jennifer!


 June 7th 2021

Eric Robbins sensor has been selected to be launched to space on June 24th as part of the RockOn 2021. Eric Robbins is supported by the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, and his sensor will reach 76 miles into space. Looking forward to that extraterrestrial data analysis Eric!

rockon June 4th 2021

SMILab hits the road with OILS to advance Augmented Reality with the Railroads. Thank you CN Railways, Sandro Scola and Martita Mullen, for hosting a great deal of learning and investment in the railroad workforce of the future. Looking forward to more innovation and transformation together in the railroads!


June 1st 2021

Alex Kaltenbach joined SMILab as a new research fellow this summer. Alex will lead the cybersecurity encryption of LEWIS, and we are looking forward to develop new approaches for safer monitoring of critical infrastructure and communities.


Nehan Tarefder (La Cueva High School) and Aldo Morelli (Bosque High School) are joining us as research interns this summer. Welcome to the group!


May 28th 2021

We are visiting the bridge more frequently for monitoring with our New Aerial System for Intelligent Measurement Integration (NASIMI). Thank you City of Albuquerque, Police of Albuquerque, and Albuquerque Parks and Recreation! We are testing with Dr. Matthew Fricke and John Erickson from CS and we are getting lots of great data! Check out one nice video here


May 27th 2021

 Jennifer Restrepo has been selected as a TRB Minority Fellow and will present her research at Washington DC on low-cost sensors for sustainable transportation – congrats Jennifer!


May 23rd 2021
Elijah Wyckoff has started the summer scholar program with The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program. The selected interns gain valuable hands-on experiences working with full-time AFRL scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research and technology and are able to contribute to unique, research-based projects. Graduate interns are able to collaborate with AFRL on current research and incorporate the research into their graduate work. More information here



May 17th 2021

Jay Baillargeon joined SMILab as PhD student, welcome Jay! Looking forward to working in exciting research areas!

Spring Semester 2021 Updates

May 15th 2021

Elijah Wyckoff has won a Graduate Research Fellowship from the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (Fall 2021-Spring 2022.) Congratulations Elijah!

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SMILab Graduates:

Eric Robbins successfully defended his MS Thesis! Eric will continue for his PhD with SMILab in the exciting area of nonlinear dynamics.

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James Woodall successfully defended his MS Thesis! James will continue for his PhD with SMILab in the exciting area of experimental structural dynamics and vibrations.

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Xinxing Yuan successfully passed her comprehensive exam. Congratulations Xinxing, and best of luck in the rest of your PhD journey!

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Marlon Aguero completed his MS in ECE and graduated from UNM with two masters, congratulations Marlon!

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Jennifer Restrepo graduated with her BSc in ME! Jennifer will continue for her MS with SMILab pursuing her research interests in transportation infrastructure, vibrations, and sustainable solutions for communities.

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Midshipman Joshua Murillo graduated with his BSc in National and Global Security! Joshua will continue for his MSc with SMILab pursuing his career interests in cybersecurity, low-cost sensors, and new technologies for a safer society.

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May 5th 2021

Dr. Moreu won the 2021 CCEE Stamm Award for Outstanding Research! This award recognizes the top research conducted from SMILab’s team, congratulations everyone!

Stamm was an Albuquerque native and received a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Civil Engineering in 1942. In 1946, he was hired by the construction contracting firm of O.G. Bradbury, just after he had completed a tour of duty as an engineering officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II. His active duty service included training at the U.S. Naval Academy in naval architecture. He retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve with the rank of commander. In 1958, the firm changed its name to Bradbury & Stamm Construction Co. Inc. (dropping the “&” in 1997), with Stamm as its vice president. In 1974, Stamm became president, chairman of the board and chief operating officer of the company. He retired in 1999 as chairman emeritus. Today, Bradbury Stamm is the largest general contractor in New Mexico, with nearly $120 million in New Mexico contract gross billings in 2013, according to the “Albuquerque Business First” list of general contractors.

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May 5th 2021

SMILab develops new low-cost strain sensor, great job Eric Robbins, Nicolas Cobo, Jorshua Diaz! Thanks New Mexico Consortium, New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, Albuquerque Rocket Society, CARC, and LEWIS!

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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

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. 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.


Call for Papers to Special Issue “Structural Sensing and Sustainable Infrastructure Maintenance”, Journal of Sustainability




Special Issue Editor: Dr. Moreu
Information: Read more about this Special Issue here.
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.
This special issue is now open for submission. Deadline May 21st 2021.

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




Student Paper Competition Chair: Dr. Moreu
Information: Read more about this student paper competition here.
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 (see details above.)
March 15, 2021 – Email your 4-page full paper due (see #4 and #5 under “Requirements”) to Prof. Moreu at (see details above.)

End of Fall Semester 2020
All of us wish you a Great and Happy Holidays!
We will all do 2021 a great year together! It was almost a year ago from the picture below, walking to our Christmas SMILab lunch. We will do many more in 2021.


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. Angela and Roya, great job!


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 will become a graduate student in SMILab. Congrats and welcome to graduate school Odey! Maimuna accepted a fulltime job as 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 We are still hiring more 2021 Undergraduates!


Dr. Xu is getting ready for a Holographically start on 2021. More News coming up…

October 21 2020
Tom Paez
UNM Engineering School 2020
Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Distinguished Alumnus
School of Engineering


Dr. Paez, SMILab affiliate and mentor was celebrated by his friends and colleagues on October 21st, in an event with the dean of the School of Engineering, the chair of the CCEE department, and other members of the Community. Many friends and colleagues joined the event and supported this unique recognition from UNM, what a party! Great organization from SOE leaders. Attendees shared great stories about Dr. Paez career in education, research, teaching, and nationwide projects in national laboratories. We are very lucky and grateful to have Dr. Paez as a mentor of SMILab’s students, and are looking forward to celebrate with him soon. We will continue asking you on MIMO, random vibrations, shocks, dynamics, and experimental techniques. Well deserved honor and phenomenal friends you have! Dr. Baca prepared a tribute slide that we wanted to share summarizing the legendary reputation of Dr. Paez within friends and colleagues.


Congratulations Dr. Paez!


August 15 2020
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 has been 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. This specific program for which Angela was accepted provides her paid hours to complete her doctoral program while still working at Sandia. The program is very competitive, and she is excited to start this fall.


July 9th 2020
SMILab researchers hosted the first ever SMIWeb workshop directed at researchers, students, and professionals from industry interested in learning about new technologies with practical implementation in the area of smart structures technologies. Senior researchers presented their unique projects and contributions to the engineering field. The emphasis was to increase awareness about future directions in smart structures that can be of interest in the next decade.



June 15th 2020
Eric Robbins started his summer internship with Sandia National Laboratories. The Nonlinear Mechanics and Dynamics (NOMAD) Research Institute brings together graduate students and early career researchers to work in small teams on computational and experimental projects germane to nonlinear mechanics and dynamics. The title of his project is “Nonlinear Normal Mode Force Appropriation Techniques to Investigate Wing-Pylon Assembly.” Click here for more information


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. The selected interns gain valuable hands-on experiences working with full-time AFRL scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research and technology and are able to contribute to unique, research-based projects. Graduate interns are able to collaborate with AFRL on current research and incorporate the research into their graduate work. More information here






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. We collaborate with Dr. Sorrentino at Mechanical Engineering. We are thrilled to work in this very important topic with Casey Elizondo, Joshua Murillo, Kaleb Kendall, Odey Yousef, Dominic Thomson, Jack Hanson. Marlan Ball leads the team as cybersecurity instructor and we are developing new generation of Low-cost Efficient Wireless Intelligent Sensors (LEWIS), with the new LEWIS5 ready for field implementation. You can read more about LEWIS here


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.

August 2019
SMILab Summer 2019 Researchers Farewell
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
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!


September 29, 2018

Albuquerque, University of New Mexico

The UNM Engineering Open House introduced high school students and perspective students to the engineering school at UNM.


September 28, 2018

Albuquerque, University of New Mexico

Professor Charles Farrar (Chuck) of Los Alamos presented as keynote speaker at American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) conference at UNM.  Dr. Moreu is the NM Lead Representative for the ASCE program. SMI Lab Students presented posters in competition for scholarships.

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

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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!


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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!

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October 27, 2017

Dr. Mascarenas discusses with SMILab and UNM his researchIMG_4978[1]

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!

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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.

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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! IMG_4645[1]

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)IMG_4591[1]

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 IMG_4559[1]

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. IMG_4540[1]

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! IMG_3600[1]

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! IMG_4532[1]

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. IMG_6049[1]

September 5, 2017

Augmenting Realities with Menaul School’s two hundred students! Great pool of future engineers!! IMG_4457[1]

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)IMG_4437[1] IMG_4428[1]







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)image1

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) IMG_4396[1] (1)

February 11, 2017

Shreya Vemuganti wins 2nd place in UNM STEM research symposium (Flyer)IMG_8441

January 29, 2017

Dr. Fernando Moreu and Piyush Garg presented three papers from SMILab at XXXV IMAC conference held in Los Angeles.thumbnail_IMG_2532

January 27, 2017

Tom Paez visits Department of Civil Engineering and SMILab.IMG_2487

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

Dr. Fernando Moreu and Dr. Mahmoud Reda Taha have been awarded National Academy of Science grant to fund research for railroad bridge safety. Click link below.

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SMILab member, Shreya Vemuganti, presents her research at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. Photo with Jo Allen.

September-December, 2016

This fall semester, SMILab graduate student member Piyush Garg is a visiting researcher at the Harbin Institute ofTechnology in Harbin, China. He is working for Professor Li Hui at the Center of Structural Monitoring. Piyush’s research is on guided wave detection system on wireless sensors. In the picture, Piyush Garg meeting with Professor Hai Biao from Northeast Forestry University.IMG_1915 IMG_1916

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

Summer, 2016

For SIMLab high school summer camp presentation by Manny, click here.

November 1, 2016

SMILab member, Shreya Vemuganti passed the Ph.D. qualifying exam.

September 22, 2016

Students of UNM CE 410, instructed by SMILab director, Dr. Fernando Moreu, learn “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 on Application of Low-Cost Sensors for Estimation of Reference-Free Displacements Under Dynamic Loading for Railroad Bridges Safety in the Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems hosted by The ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers). Click here for abstract.

August 28 – 30, 2016

SMILab director and members attended the AREMA 2016 Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Florida. SMILab member Shreya Vemuganti presented a poster in the poster session sponsored by Canadian National and won the second place. (Left) Rebekah Wingate, John Leary, David Moses, Joseph Hosanna from Bowman, Barrett & Associates, SMILab direcctor, Fernando Moreu and SMILab member Shreya V.


July 29, 2016

The NOimage4MAD institute has concluded with the participants presenting a poster about the research conducted in Sandia National Laboratories. Seen in the picture from left: Anela Bajric – PhD student from Denmark Technological University, Shreya Vemuganti – PhD student and SMILab member, Dr. Liu Bideng – Assistant Professor, Institute of Disaster Prevention, China, Dr. Matthew Brake – Component Science and Mechanics, Sandia National Laboratories.

July 26, 2016

High school mentees presented their work towards the end of the SMILab summer camp. They received certificates of merit from the director, Dr. Fernando Moreu.aa

July 5, 2016

Shreya Vemuganti has been awarded the doctoral conference program award by the office of graduate studies of UNM for her presentation at the 2016 International Cross-tie and Fastening System Symposium.

June 20 – July 29, 2016

SMILab members Dr. Ali and Shreya to participate in the Non Linear Dynamics and Mechanics (NOMAD) institute at Sandia National Laboratory this Summer. One of the mentors will be Dr. Fernando Moreu.

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

April 28, 2016

Civil engineering graduate students introduce the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Student Chapter at UNM under the supervision of Dr. Fernando Moreu. The kickoff meeting was a successful one with Dr. Yongchao Yang, from Los Alamos National Laboratory, delivering the guest lecture. SMILab members Dr. Ali Ozdagli, Shreya Vemuganti and Jose Alberto Gomez are among the EERI founders.


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

April 25, 2016

Members of SMILab and students of Advanced Dynamics (CE 598) took an educational field trip visit to BNSF, one of the largest railroads in North America in Belen, NM. The purpose of this trip is to get familiar with railroad operations, railroad infrastructure, and to relate the type of instrumentation that railroads use to maintain and expand operations from an “industry” perspective.


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SMILab director, Dr. Fernando Moreu to present at Kansas University on the topic “Structural Health Monitoring Using Wireless Smart Sensors (WSSs): Performance Assessment and Decision Tools Applications”

June 14-16, 2016 

SMILab member and PhD student, Shreya Vemuganti is going to present at the 2016 International Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign on June 14-16, 2016. Her research paper is titled ‘Survey about Abrasion of Concrete Ties against Railway Ballast’. She has also been granted CE grant for travel. The abstract can be found here.

March 25, 2016

Structuralwe Health Monitoring Using Wireless Smart Sensors (WSSs) – SMILab director, Dr. Fernando Moreu presented in Mechanical Department, UNM. This presentation includes results about reference-free measurement of displacements and future opportunities for automatic structural health assessment and prognosis. This research demonstrates the potential of WSS technology to assist with critical infrastructure inspection and management practice

March 23 to April 20, 2016

‘Shake It Up in Engineering’ Wednesday Bonanza ! FlyerSMILab invites undergraduate students participated in a STEM class to learn about simple civil engineering experiments and share them by creating your own website. The class was conducted 5 Wednesdays from March 23 to April 20, 2016. Students participating learnt about essential tools such as WinSCP, PHP and WordPress and applied this knowledge practically in developing their own website. Video of this class can be found here.

March 15 – 17, 2016  ASCE

SMILab director, Dr. Moreu, has been selected the New Mexico Section lead representative for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Legislative Fly-In Program in Washington, DC (March 15-17). Every spring, ASCE holds its Legislative Fly-In Program in Washington, DC, an intensive two-day program that provides participants with an inside look at the political process. In 2015, ASCE members visited nearly 250 members of Congress to share the civil engineering perspective on transportation funding and re-authorization as well as funding for water resources programs. Visit UNM web page for more information. Picture 1 with Michelle Lujan, picture 2 – From left to right: Tom Smith, ASCE Executive Director; Lambis Papelis, NMSU Professor; Fernando Moreu, UNM Professor; Mark Woodson, ASCE President. Picture during the 2016 Asce fly in at Washington, D.C. , March 15

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Rebecca Wingate presents at UNM about Replacing a railway bridge: From inspection to construction. She also participated in a discussion on Women in Engineering (left picture) with graduate and undergraduate students hosted by civil engineering women faculty, Dr. Susan Bogus and Dr. Vanessa Valentine. More Information about Rebecca Wingate. She met with SMILab along with the chair of the department, Dr. Mahmoud Reda Taha

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February 26, 2016

SMILab presented a poster (left picture) on Smart Management and Infrastructure at The NMCRDC Unmanned Aerial Systems and Remote Sensing Workshop. Also, the director of SMILab, Dr. Moreu, delivered a presentation about smart and remote sensing technologies.

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