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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Masoud Sanayei

Structural Health Monitoring

Masoud Sanayei

Structural Health Monitoring

Phone 617-627-4116
Anderson Hall
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
structural engineering, structural health monitoring of bridges, floor vibrations for human comfort and sensitive equipment, nondestructive testing of full-scale structures

Masoud Sanayei is a leading researcher in the field of bridge structural health monitoring (SHM). In particular, he has worked on the implementation of bridge condition assessment using static and dynamic nondestructive test data in the presence of measurement and modeling errors. He has also developed bridge signatures, an innovative nonparametric probabilistic method using operational bridge responses due to daily traffic, for structural condition assessment. He has conducted a number of full-scale bridge static and dynamic nondestructive tests, modeling, and evaluations for the Tobin Bridge in Boston, the Powder Mill Bridge in MA, and the Memorial Bridge in NH.

Sanayei is also an expert in building floor vibrations and structure-borne noise for human comfort, operation of sensitive equipment, and precision manufacturing. In recent years, the exploitation of air-rights construction has resulted in buildings being subjected to potentially disturbing vibrations and noise from urban rail lines and roadways. He has conducted a number of full-scale building floor vibration tests for impedance modeling and vibration predictions, including the Boston Convention Center, Hynes Convention Center, TD Garden, the MIT Brain and Cognitive Science Center, and over-train-track buildings atop a metro depot in China.

Dr. Sanayei's research also include implementation of structural condition assessment using operational nondestructive dynamic test data for multi-axial non-proportional fatigue life prediction. His has used wireless instrumentation, nondestructive testing, data acquisition, use of combined accelerations and strain measurements. He has performed full-scale tests on structures such as roller coasters and bridges with unique and complex connection details.

Ph.D., Structural Engineering, UCLA, 1986
M.S., Structural Engineering, UCLA, 1980
B.S., Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 1978
Professional Experience: 

Professor, Tufts University, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department


Adjunct Professor, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

Summer 2017

Visiting Professor, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China

Summer 2016

Visiting Professor, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Summer 2009

Visiting Professor, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan


Professor and Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department


Associate Professor, Tufts University, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department


Assistant Professor, Tufts University, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

Teaching/Courses Taught: 
CEE 106: Finite Element Analysis *
CEE 106: Structural Dynamics (Vibrations) *
CEE 022: Structural Analysis (with Laboratory) *
CEE 123: Advanced Structural Systems Analysis
CEE 125: Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design
CEE 081: Civil Engineering Design–Capstone
CEE 025: Reinforced Concrete Design
ES 9: Strength of Materials
ES 5: Statics
EN 1: Skyscrapers: Architecture & Engineering
* denotes current course