Research & Grants

Research & Grants

  • "Hazard Mitigation of Water Mains by Means of Immersed Active/Passive Inspection" (PI, National Science Foundation, $300,000, 09/01/10 – 08/31/13).
  • "New Structural Materials for Transmission Lines" (Co-PI, Dr. Fabio Matta at USC as PI, $10,010, 10/01/10 – 06/30/11)
  • "CCLI Type 1: Integrating Sustainability into the Civil Engineering Curriculum Through Three Courses" (Co-PI, Dr. Amy Landis as PI, $199,982, 07/01/10 – 06/30/12)
  • Travel Grant (Univ. of Pittsburgh Hewlett International Program, $1000, 06/01/10 - 05/31/11).
  • "A Novel Approach for Acoustic Source Location" (PI, University of Pittsburgh - Small Grant Program, $14,700, 07/01/09 – 06/30/11).
  • "Newton’s cradle: a toy or an acoustic filter?" (PI, NSF REU supplement, $6,000, 06/01/09 – 08/31/11).
  • "Highly Nonlinear Solitary Waves for NDT of Civil Structures" (PI, American Society for Nondestructive Testing 2009 Fellowship Award, $15,000, 07/01/09 – 06/30/11).
  • "Enhancing Crosscutting Sustainability Education in Civil Engineering" (co-PI, 2009 University of Pittsburgh Innovation in Education Awards - $24,569, 05/01/09 – 04/30/10).
  • "COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: Novel NDE/SHM approach based on highly nonlinear dynamics" (PI, University of Pittsburgh – NSF, $219,974, 09/01/08 – 08/31/11).
  • "Sensing Technology for Damage Assessment of Sign Supports and Cantilever Poles Structures" (PI, University of Pittsburgh – Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation, $346,143, 03/01/08 – 08/31/10).
  • Travel Grant (Univ. of Pittsburgh UCIS Small Grant, $500, 03/01/08 - 06/30/08).
  • "Advanced Soil Moisture Characterization by Stress Wave Propagation" (PI, University of Pittsburgh - Small Grant Program, $12,888, 07/01/07 – 06/30/09).
  • "Development of Undergraduate Course CEE1370 "Nondestructive Evaluation"" (PI, University of Pittsburgh – American Society for Nondestructive Testing, $8,000, 08/01/07 – 07/30/08).
  • "On-line high-speed rail defect detection" (Co-PI with F. Lanza di Scalea as PI, Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Amendment 4, $200,000, 04/01/06 - 04/01/07)
  • "Health monitoring to detect failure of prestressing (PS) cables in segmental box-girder bridges" (Co-PI with F. Lanza di Scalea as PI, California Department of Transportation, $292,037, 10/01/05 - 09/30/07)
  • "On-line high-speed rail defect detection" (Co-PI with F. Lanza di Scalea as PI, Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Amendment 3, $237,794, 04/01/05 - 04/01/06)

Selected Current Projects

Acoustic Emission in Reinforced Concrete Structures retrofitted with CFRP
Unsupervised Learning Algorithm for NDE of Structural Waveguides
Use of HNSWs as a novel tool for NDE