Previous Graduate Students
Tianqi Qu (Tony)
Tony is now working with Professor
Masoud Sanayei towards his M.S.
in Structural Engineering and Mechanics at
Tufts University. He is part of the
"Whatever Happened to Long Term Bridge
Design?" research team. Tony received his
B.S. in Bridge Engineering from Chang'an
University in 2012 and he is
experienced in bridge design, construction
His current research is
structure load identification
using non-destructive test data. He is using
both static and dynamic responses from
load tests performed on Power
Mill Bridge to identify
the location and magnitude of input
load with the help of finite element
modeling and various optimization
methods. Tony is also interested in Bayesian
probabilistic approach to structure model
updating and structural health monitoring
using real-time responses.
- Dalin, H., Tianqi, Q., Hongbin, W.,
Longgang, C., "Seismic Analysis of
Reinforced Concrete Rib Arch Bridge",
Applied Mechanics and Materials
Vols. 256-259 (2013) pp 1496-1502
Alex Reiff is a Structural Engineering M.S. student in the Civil and Environmental
Engineering Department at Tufts University. She received her B.S. in Civil Engineering
from Northeastern University in 2012. She spent time at Parsons Brinkerhoff in Boston,
where she load rated truss bridges.
Alex is working with Prof. Masoud Sanayei on structural health monitoring of the
Powder Mill Bridge. She performed a comparison of the traditional load rating approach
with load rating methods that take into account the 3D behavior of a bridge, observing
the reserve capacity shown by the advanced methods. She is also working on using live
load distribution factors obtained via operational strain monitoring to detect damage
Ali Khaloo received his B.S in Civil Engineering from Azad University
of Tehran, Tehran, Iran in 2010. He has done researches focused on
rehabilitation and repairs of existing structures strengthen and also
retrofit of concrete structures using composite materials (FRP) during
his undergraduate program. Ali also worked as an engineer for Behsaz Asaye
Iranian Consulting Company for two years (2009-2011), and he involved
with rehabilitation and repair projects of several buildings located in
seismic hazardous zones of Iran. He has experience in retrofit of masonry,
concrete, and steel buildings. Ali is currently studying for his Master
of Science in Structural Engineering in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Department at Tufts University.
Ali is now working with Prof. Sanayei and his research area is Structural
Health Monitoring (SHM). He is now working on developing of the "PARameter
Identification System" Software (PARIS-API) that updates FE model of structures
based on available measured data.
Alyssa A. Kody
Alyssa Kody is an undergraduate at Tufts University. She plans to graduate
with a B.S. in civil engineering in 2013, and would like to pursue a career
in structural engineering. As a 2011 Summer Scholar, Alyssa worked with
Professor Moaveni on a research project entitled "Damage Simulation of the
Dowling Hall Footbridge", during which she performed a 5000-lbs test loading.
Alyssa has since continued research by testing strain gages to be added to the
continuous monitoring system on the Dowling Hall Footbridge.
Xiang Li is a structural engineering M.S. student at the Civil
and Environmental Engineering Department of Tufts University.
He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Shandong JIANZHU
University in 2010. He took a part-time job in Jinan Construction
Engineering Group Corporation in his last year of undergraduate
working in the project of Shandong Aviation Department. After
graduation, Xiang worked with Shandong Culture & Artistic Center
Program as Supervision & Data processor in Shandong Engineering
Consulting & Supervision Co., Ltd for 10 months before coming to Tufts.
Xiang is currently working under supervision of Prof. Moaveni and
his research is focused on structural health monitoring of the Dowling
Hall Footbridge. He plans to use different types of vibration measurements
such as ambient accelerations and strains to identify the induced damage
(through increasing the mass of deck) on the footbridge.
Chris Follen received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tufts University
in 2010. After completing his undergraduate work, Chris spent a year working
for a construction management firm. Chris is now working towards an M.S. in
Structural Engineering at Tufts. He is working with Prof. Brian Brenner and
Prof. Masoud Sanayei on the NSF-PFI research project "Whatever Happened to
Long-term Bridge Design". He is also working in collaboration with the
Long-Term Bridge Performance Program. The case study used in Chris'
research is the Vernon Avenue Bridge over Ware River in Barre, MA. Chris
is focusing on using long-term strain data to detect structural damage.
He is also working to develop an interface to include the Vernon Avenue Bridge
in the LTBPP database.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys playing guitar, skiing, and rock climbing.
Anish Kayiparambil P
Anish KP is a M.S student in Structural Engineering at Civil
and Environmental Engineering Department at Tufts University. He
received his B.Tech in Civil Engineering from National Institute of
Technology Calicut, India in 2006. After graduation he worked with
Alstom Projects India Ltd. for five years as a lead engineer and was
responsible for review of civil design and construction drawings for
various structures in Thermal power projects and providing technical
support to civil construction team located in Oman and Saudi Arabia.
Anish is currently working with Professor Sanayei on the study of train-induced
floor vibrations. The design of buildings for human comfort and specialized
purposes such as manufacturing or operation of sensitive equipment calls for
prior knowledge of ambient floor vibrations envisaged in the building. The
ability to predict and quantify these vibration levels enables engineers to
incorporate sufficient mitigation measures in the building design. Anish will
be working on vibration prediction, propagation and mitigation methodologies
in a building.
During leisure Anish likes to travel and explore new places & cuisine.
Jesse Sipple, EIT is a Ph.D. Candidate
studying Structural Engineering and
Mechanics in the Civil and Environmental
Engineering Department at Tufts University.
His advisor is Dr. Masoud Sanayei. Jesse is
part of the National Science Foundation
Partnership for Innovation "Whatever
Happened to Long-Term Bridge Design"
research team, focusing on the use of
frequency response functions (FRFs) for
model calibration of full scale bridge
finite element models in conjunction with
experimental FRF data. Jesse received both
his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from
the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in
2007 and 2008 respectively.
Jesse has been working with the Powder Mill
Pond Bridge (Vernon Avenue Bridge) from the
start, helping implement a successful
instrumentation plan during the construction
phase of the project. Since the opening of
the bridge in September 2009, Jesse has
taken the lead in planning and performing
three load tests on the bridge with a team
of researchers from Tufts, UNH, FST Inc.,
and Geocomp Corp. The first load test in
September 2009 was a static load test with a
fully load dump truck performing both
rolling and stop locations tests. The second
load test performed in July 2010 had the
previous static component and a new
vibration component using a shaker to
dynamically excite the bridge and
accelerometers to measure the response. The
third test performed in September 2011 was
very similar to the second load test. His
research has been focused on using dynamic
based frequency response functions to
calibrate full scale finite element models.
Jesse is currently working on developing a
program to perform this model calibration.
He is preparing to use that program on
several different structures, including the
Powder Mill Pond Bridge, to investigate the
usefulness and effectiveness of his proposed
methods. Jesse will also synthesize the
information from entire NSF-PFI research
project into recommendations for including
bridge modeling and testing into bridge
- Masoud Sanayei, John E. Phelps, Jesse D. Sipple, Erin S. Bell,
Brian R. Brenner. "Instrumentation, Nondestructive Testing,
and FEM Updating for Bridge Evaluation using Strain Measurements."
Journal of Bridge Engineering, Volume 17, Issue 1,
- M. Sanayei, B.R. Brenner, E.S. Bell, D. Ha, J.D. Sipple, M.
Iplikcioglu, P. Rohela, E. Picard. "Temperature Based Monitoring of a
Composite Steel Girder Bridge." Proc. of 2010 ASCE Structures Congress, Las
Vegas, Nevada, 2011.
- M. Sanayei, J. D. Sipple, J. E. Phelps, E. Santini-Bell, P.J.
Lefebvre, B.R. Brenner. "Bridge instrumentation for long term
structural health monitoring." Bridge Maintenance, Safety,
Management and Life-Cycle Optimization: Proceedings of the Fifth
International IABMAS Conference edited by Frangopol, Sause, and Kusko.
Philadelphia, PA, 2010.
- M. Sanayei, B.R. Brenner, E. Santini-Bell, J.D. Sipple, J.E.
Phelps, and P.J. Lefebvre. "Baseline Model Updating During Bridge
Construction Using Measured Strains." Proc. of 2010 ASCE Structures
Congress, Orlando, Florida, 2010.
- Erin Santini Bell, Jesse David Sipple, Paul Lefebvre, Brian
Brenner, Masoud Sanayei. "Instrumentation, Modeling, and Monitoring of a
Concrete Bridge from Construction Through Service." Transportation Research
Board 89th Annual Meeting, Washington DC, 2010.
- E.S. Bell and J. D. Sipple. "Special topics studies for baseline
structural modeling for condition assessment of in-service bridges." Safety
and Reliability of Bridges Structures edited by Khaled M. Mahmoud. New York,
New York, 2009.
- Erin Santini Bell, Jesse Sipple. "Accounting for the Impact of
Thermal Loads in Nondestructive Bridge Testing." Transportation Research
Board 88th Annual Meeting, Washington DC, 2009.
- E. Santini-Bell, J. Sipple, and J. Yost. "Long-Term Thermal
Performance of a CFRP-Reinforced Bridge Deck." Proc. of 2008 ASCE Structures
Congress, Vancouver, BC, 2008.
- Erin Santini-Bell, Masoud Sanayei, Brian Brenner, Jesse Sipple,
and Adam Blanchard. "Nondestructive testing for design verification of
Boston's Central Artery underpinning frames and connections", Bridge
Structures, 4:2, 87 — 98, 2008
Merve Iplikcioglu received her B.S. in
Structural & Civil Engineering from
Eskisehir Osmangazi University in 2007. She
also studied her MBA at University of New
Haven, CT and graduated in 2009. She
completed her M.S. in Structural Engineering
at Tufts University and worked with Prof.
Sanayei and Prof. Brenner.
She was part of "Whatever Happened to Long
Tern Bridge Design?" NSF-PFI research team.
Her research was focusing on structural
health monitoring with model updating using
finite element model. She studied bridge
load rating, bridge monitoring using
nondestructive test data and temperature
effect on strain gauges. Her other interest
is “structural art”. She is one of those
people who believe that aesthetic and
engineering design has to express the same
- Sanayei, M., Iplikcioglu, M., Sipple, J.D.,
Santini-Bell, E. M. and Brenner, B. R. (2012). "Nondestructive Testing and
Comparison of Approaches for Bridge Load
Rating," In preparation for
submission to the Journal of Bridge Engineering.
- Santini-Bell, E., Lefebvre, P.J., Sanayei,
M., Sipple, J.D., Iplikcioglu, M., Brenner, B.R. (2012)."Experimental Load
Rating of a Steel Girder Bridge Using
Structural Health Monitoring and
Modeling," Proceedings of the Sixth International IABMAS, Villa Erba,
Lake Como, Italy, July 8-11, 2012.
- Sanayei, M., Brenner, B.R.,Santini-Bell,
E., Ha, D., Sipple, J.D., Iplikcioglu, M., Rohela, R., Picard, E. (2011).
"Temperature Based Monitoring of a
Composite Steel Girder Bridge," Proceeding
of the ASCE Structures Congress, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2011.
- Iplikcioglu, M., Lin, W., Soleimani, F.,
Svetieva, A. I., Zhao, N., (2010). "The Evaluation of Chloride Contamination in
Reinforced Concrete," Journal of Civil Engineering Practice, Spring/Summer
- Substantial Assistance on Sanayei, M.,
Phelps, J.E., Sipple, J.D., Santini-Bell, E., Brenner, B.R. (2012).
Testing, and FEM Updating for Bridge
Evaluation using Strain Measurements,"
Journal of Bridge Engineering, Volume 17, Issue
Pradeep Maurya, MS '12
Pradeep completed his B.Tech in Civil
Engineering from National Institute of
Technology Calicut, Kerala, India in 2006.
After undergraduate studies, he worked for
Delhi International Airport Project with
Larsen & Toubro Ltd. as Sr. Structural
Design Engineer till July, 2010. He is
currently pursuing his M.S in Structural
Engineering at Tufts University, under the
guidance of Dr Masoud Sanayei.
For the control of floor vibration, it is
absolutely necessary to understand and
accurately predict the vibrations induced by
the various factors involved. His research
interest lie in the field of structural
dynamics with his research primarily focused
on the Prediction of Train-induced floor
vibration in Buildings. Also, he enjoys
playing Guitar and writing poems, at
- Sanayei, M., Maurya, P., Zhao, N.,
Moore, (2012). "Impedance Modeling: An
Efficient Modeling Method for Prediction
of Building Floor Vibrations"
Proceedings of the ASCE, Structures
Congress 2012, Chicago, Illinois, Mar.
- Sanayei, M., Zhao, N., Maurya, P.,
Moore, J.A., Zapfe, J.Z. and Hines,
E.M., (2012) "Prediction and Mitigation
of Building Floor Vibrations Using a
Blocking Floor," Journal of Structural
Engineering, ASCE, Accepted for
- Sanayei, M., Zhao, N., Maurya, P., Moore,
J.A., Zapfe, J.A., Hines, E.M.,(2011).
"Impedance Modeling for Prediction of
Train Induced Floor Vibrations." Proceedings of
the ASCE, Structures Congress 2011, Las
Vegas, Nevada, Apr 14-16, 2011
Peeyush is currently a graduate student pursuing M.S. in
Structural Engineering from Tufts University. He is working
with his advisor, Prof. Masoud Sanayei, on the development of
a MATLAB® based program called PARIS© 13.0 for Automated Finite
Element Model (FEM) Updating of full scale structural models.
The parameter estimation techniques are based on minimization
of static and modal error functions previously developed at
Tufts University. The program is designed to use both analytical
and numerical sensitivities for optimization. A unique feature
of this program is that it employs SAP2000® for finite element
analysis during the analysis stage of FEM updating process through
the use API (Application Programming Interface). Not only does
this provides the user with SAP2000® GUI but also allows for
the creation of larger finite element models with more complex
geometries. The research is aimed at continued program development
and its eventual deployment for calibration of finite element model
of the Powder Mill Bridge in Barre, Massachusetts, using static
and dynamic Non-Destructive Test (NDT) data.
Prior to his graduate studies, Peeyush worked for two years as
a design engineer at Fluor Daniel in India. He received his
bachelor's degree (B.E.) in Civil Engineering from Birla
Institute of Technology, India, in 2008.
- Sanayei M., DiCarlo C. J., Miller E. L.,
Kilmer M. E., and Rohela P. (2012) "Sensor
Placement using Fisher Information Matrix for
Robust Finite Element Model Updating." Submitted
to the Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring
- Rohela P. and Sanayei M. "PARameter Identification
System (PARIS© 13.0) for Automated Finite Element Model
Updating" In preparation for submission to Computers & Structures
Paul Rosenstrauch, MS '12
Paul received his B.S. in Civil
Engineering from Tufts University in 2010.
He is now working towards his M.S. in
structural engineering. His research,
conducted with Professor Brian Brenner,
focuses on how changes in temperature affect
bridge structural behavior. This is
important as the strains caused by daily and
seasonal changes in temperature may be as
much, if not greater than, those strains
caused by live traffic loading. The case
study in this research is the Little Mystic
Truss span of the Maurice J. Tobin Memorial
Bridge, which has been instrumented with a
structural health monitoring system. An
extensive three-dimensional finite element
modeling of the Little Mystic span has been
developed. He will be using the strain
information from the instrumentation system
to update the Little Mystic model and to
define the structural response of the Little
Mystic Truss to changes in temperature.
Gusset plate performance is an important
topic in structural engineering, and so Paul
will also be researching the behavior of the
gusset plates in the Little Mystic Truss. He
will add the gusset plate elements to the
Little Mystic Truss model and perform a full
finite element analysis of the plates. He
will compare the strains predicted by the
model to the strains recorded by the
instrumentation system during a full scale
load test that was conducted in the fall of
Katie Reif, BSCE '11
Katie Reif is an undergraduate at Tufts
University, planning to graduate in the
spring of 2011. She studies civil
engineering and is especially interested in
structural engineering. She has been working
on research on the Vernon Ave Bridge since
summer 2010. During this time, she has
focused predominately on the long-term
temperature effect on the bridge. She also
assisted in the July Load Test and some data
processing following that test. Katie is so
glad to have the opportunity to be a part of
this research project.
Peter Moser, MS '10
Peter Moser received his B.S. in
Chemistry from Wheaton College (IL) in 2003.
He is currently pursuing a M.S. in Civil
Engineering from Tufts University and he is
working with Prof. Moaveni. Peter's research
interest is in vibration-based Structural
Health Monitoring (SHM). The key component
of the research project is a continuous
monitoring system deployed on the Dowling
Hall Footbridge at Tufts. The system
continuously monitors ambient/traffic
induced vibrations at eight locations and
temperatures at ten locations. A set of
programs automatically transfer, process,
and analyze each data set. The dynamic
characteristics of the bridge can be
extracted from each sample.
The dynamic characteristics of the bridge
are sensitive to damage but also to
temperature. If the system is to be used to
accurately detect damage, the effect of
environmental conditions must be well
understood. Peter's current work includes
investigation of the relationship between
temperature and the natural frequencies of
the bridge, development of a nonlinear model
quantifying this relationship, and
assessment of the model accuracy.
- Moser, P., and Moaveni, B., "Design
and Deployment of a Continuous
Monitoring System for the Dowling Hall
Footbridge," Experimental Techniques,
currently under review.
Eric Pheifer, MS '10
Eric J. Pheifer received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tufts University
in 2008. He is currently pursuing a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Tufts
University and he is working with Prof. Brenner. Eric's Master's thesis focuses
on the Tobin Bridge, a 2-1/4 mile long bridge composed of a number of steel
approach and truss spans between Boston and Chelsea, MA. Finite element models
have been developed for most of the structure. A detailed model was developed
for one of the truss spans and a system of instrumentation was installed on the
span. Non-destructive testing of the bridge was performed. Collected strain data
from the load test is used to update and calibrate the finite element model.
The research project is hosted by Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, LLC in Burlington,
MA where Eric is an Assistant Engineer. When not busy working on the Tobin
Bridge, Eric works on developing 3-D project visualization for proposals and
client meetings. Eric also enjoys scuba diving on the north shore on weekends
when the water is not numbingly cold.
- Brenner, B., Santini-Bell, E., Durack, W., Sanayei, M., Pheifer, E. "Modeling
and Instrumentation of the Tobin Memorial Bridge in Boston, Massachusetts, USA."
Safety and Reliability of Bridge Structures. CRC Press: 2009.
- Brenner, B., Santini-Bell, E., Sanayei, M., Pheifer, E., Durack, W.
"Structural Modeling, Instrumentation, and Load Testing of the Tobin Memorial
Bridge in Boston, Massachusetts." Proceedings, 2010 ASCE Structures Congress,
Orlando, Florida, May 12-14, 2010.
John Phelps, MS '10
John E. Phelps received his B.S. in Civil
Engineering Technology from the Rochester
Institute of Technology in 2008. He is now
enrolled in the M.S. program in Civil
Engineering at Tufts University and he is
collaborating with Prof. Masoud on his
research. John is a member of the NSF-PFI
research project entitled, "Whatever
Happened to Long-term Bridge Design?" His
major contributions to the project include
detailed finite element modeling, and model
calibration using measured strain readings
from the Vernon Avenue Bridge load test.
Ningyu Zhao, MS '09
Ningyu Zhao is a Ph.D. student in the
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department at Tufts University. His research
is on health monitoring of buildings with
applications to train-induced floor
vibration testing for human comfort and
operation of sensitive equipment. The Tufts
Structural Engineering group, in conjunction
with Acentech Incorporated and LeMessurier
Consultants, combined resources to conduct
research on prediction and mitigation of
train-induced floor vibrations in buildings.
Ningyu received his B.S. in Civil
Engineering from Tongji University in 2007
and his M.S. in Structural Engineering from
Tufts University in 2009.
- Zhao, N., Sanayei, M., Moore, J. A., Zapfe,
J. A., Hines, E. M. (2010). "Mitigation of
Train-Induced Floor Vibrations in
Multi-Story Buildings Using a Blocking
Floor." Proceedings, 2010 ASCE Structures
Congress, Orlando, Florida, May 12-15, 2010.