Structural engineering alumna earns NSF grant to develop intelligent platform for damage detection

By Peter Murphy

Published November 11, 2020

Claudia Marin (MS ’03, PhD ’07), a civil and environmental engineering professor at Howard University will lead a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project to develop an intelligent surveillance platform for Damage Detection and Localization of Civil Infrastructure.

Claudia Marin, PhD.

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While at UB, Marin specialized in structural and computational mechanics and earthquake and structural engineering. Marin worked closely with SUNY Distinguished Professors Andrew S. Whittaker and Michael Constantinou. Marin, Whittaker and Constantinou worked on papers and articles published in the American Society of Civil Engineering’s Journal of Bridge Engineering, and the trio also worked on a 2007 MCEER publication Experimental and Analytical Study of the XY-Friction Pendulum (XY-FP) Bearing for Bridge Applications.

The NSF grant will provide $760,000 over nine months. Marin’s Howard University will serve as the lead institution in collaboration with the University of Kentucky, Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the United States Army Engineer Research and Development Center.

Marin’s research specialties include experimental and theoretical simulations, modeling of dynamic response of structures, nonstructural components and systems, and protective measures to predict the responses by using analytical and computational mechanics tools, and other structural engineering areas.

Marin joined Howard University in 2008 and is a registered professional engineer in Arkansas, Maryland, Virginia, New York and the District of Columbia.

To learn more about Marin’s award and her research visit this link.