Dr. Austin R.J. Downey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina, He is a transdisciplinary researcher focusing on real-time model updating and automated decision-making for structures. He has developed large area sensing skins for fatigue crack monitoring of bridges and various open-source sensing platforms for monitoring infrastructure, environmental, and hydrologic conditions across large spatial domains. He has 90+ publications and presentations on sensing, damage detection, model updating, and control, including 45 peer-reviewed articles and 2 patents related to the sensing and control of infrastructure. He was awarded a 2021 AFOSR Young Investigator Program (YIP) award. He has been active in securing more than $20 million in external funding from various state and federal agencies and the industry including over 3 million from the NSF, across four awards of which he is the PI on two.