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Babak Moaveni 2020 Election Information

Friday, June 5, 2020

Babak Moaveni, Ph.D.,M.ASCE
Tufts University

Babak Moaveni picPast Involvement with EMI

  • Served as vice-chair and chair of Structural Health Monitoring and Control committee (2016-2019).
    • Has increased the committee membership to (one of) the largest of EMI committee
    • Created an archive of real-world applications for structural health monitoring and control
    • Organized regular student paper competition (with help of committee members)
    • Developed detailed guidelines for student competition (with help of vice-chair and secretary)
    • Created an archive of syllabi for courses taught on structural health monitoring and control or closely related topics (with help of committee members)
  • Offered pre-conference short-courses at EMI conferences on Bayesian model updating and uncertainty quantification and propagation (with Costas Papadimitriou)
  • Organized several sessions annually at EMI conferences (with several collaborators)
  • Served on the local organizing committee of EMI 2011


  • Promote involvement of younger members at EMI conferences, publications, and other institute activities
  • Promote involvement of industries at the EMI conferences and promote their membership
  • Develop retention plans for student members after graduation
  • Develop initiatives to build a more diverse membership cohort (e.g., gender, race, age, .. .)
  • Offer educational activities such as tutorials, short courses, and webinars
  • Encourage members to contribute to JEM and other institute publications
  • Promote EMI awards and EMI fellow distinction nationally and internationally
  • Propose an archive of best practices and lessons learned from annual conference local organizing committees
  • Encourage the transfer of the know-how between committee chairs about ideas for committee activities
  • Balance the EMI conference size to be inclusive and popular while keeping the size manageable for university campuses and not losing the community feeling of the conference
  • The proposed activities will be consulted with budget models to maintain the income and fiscal health of the institute and potentially grow staff support

Short Bio

Research Interests
Probabilistic system identification of dynamic systems,dynamic testing and test-analysis correlation, signal processing, integration of data with physics-based models, verification and validation of computational models , structural dynamics, structural reliability and risk analysis, uncertainty quantification.


  • 12/2007 | Ph.D., Structural Engineering, University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
  • 9/2001 | M.S., Earthquake Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Iran
  • 2/1999 | B.S., Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Iran


  • 9/2020 | Professor, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Tufts University
  • 9/2014-8/2020 | Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Tufts University
  • 9/2008-8/2014 | Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Tufts University

Professional Affiliations/Services

  • Associate Editor for the Structural Health Monitoring journal
  • Associate Editor for the Frontiers in Built Environment, Structural Sensing
  • Member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
    • Member of Task Force committee for EMI strategic planning
    • Member and past chair of ASCE EMI Structural Health Monitoring and Control Committee
    • Member and past chair of ASCE SEI Methods of Monitoring Committee
    • Member of ASCE EMI Dynamics Committee
    • Member of ASCE SET Structural Identification Committee
  • Member of Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM)
    • Executive Board committee (201 7-2019)
    • Member of IMAC technical committee on Dynamics of Civil Structures
    • Member of MAC technical committee on Model Validation and Uncertainty Quantification

Selected Research Experience

  • Performed system and damage identification studies of more than 15 large-scale structural systems including buildings, bridges, wind turbines, and airplane models.
  • Developed the Hierarchical Bayesian model updating framework for structural identification under changing ambient and environmental conditions.
  • Designed and deployed a prototype continuous monitoring system on a footbridge at Tufts University campus to serve as a live laboratory for research and teaching.


Teaching Experience

  • Statistics & Dynamics
  • Advanced  Structural Analysis
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Numerical Methods
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Random Vibrations
  • Structural Reliability