Masoud Sanayei

Masoud Sanayei

(617) 627-4116
200 College Avenue
Research/Areas of Interest:

Bridge structural health monitoring, building train-induced vibrations, nondestructive testing of full-scale structures, fatigue life prediction of structures with nonproportional multi-axial loading.


  • Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States, 1986
  • M.S., University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, United States, 1980
  • B.S., Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 1978


Dr. Sanayei is a leading researcher in the field of bridge structural health monitoring (SHM). 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 Tobin Bridge in Boston, Powder Mill Bridge in Massachusetts, and the Memorial Bridge in New Hampshire.

Dr. 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, and the MIT Brain and Cognitive Science Center, and over-train-track buildings atop Shenzhen 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. He has used wireless instrumentation, nondestructive testing, data acquisition, use of combined accelerations and strain measurements for bridge structural health monitoring. He has performed full-scale tests on structures such as roller coasters and bridges with unique and complex connection details.

Dr. Sanayei is Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who by Marquis Who's Who in America for many years of experience in structural engineering and has been noted nationally and internationally for his research achievements, leadership qualities, and successes.