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Shamim Pakzad

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Position: Associate Professor

Address: Center for Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS)
117 ATLSS Drive, IMBT Labs
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-3566

Areas of Research

  • Structural Engineering
  • Structural Identification and Damage Detection
  • Wireless ad-hoc and sensory networks
  • Signal Processing
  • Nondestructive Evaluation of Materials and Structures
  • Large-Scale Structural Testing and Simulation
  • Large Structures
  • Infrastructure Hazard Mitigation
  • Dynamic Systems and Control
  • Disaster Management and Resilience of the Infrastructure


An expert in structural health monitoring, Shamim Pakzad studies the use of wireless sensor networks to monitor and detect damage in bridges and other large structures. Pakzad is also interested in system identification and signal processing, probabilistic methods in civil engineering and structural reliability, and random vibrations and structural dynamics.

Pakzad has published widely on these subjects in academic journals, technical reports, and conference proceedings. In 2010, his research acquired a new international audience, thanks to a feature article published in The Economist.


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of California -¬†Berkeley
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, San Jose State University
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, The Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (Iran)