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 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. 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 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. 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 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ymssp.2018.01.034
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 (Flyer)
January 29, 2017
Dr. Fernando Moreu and Piyush Garg presented three papers from SMILab at XXXV IMAC conference held in Los Angeles.
January 27, 2017
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.
SMILab member, Shreya Vemuganti, presents her research at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. Photo with Jo Allen.
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.
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 NOMAD 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
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.
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.
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.
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
Structural 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 ! SMILab 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
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
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
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.