Maria Q Feng


Dr. Maria Feng is Renwick Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and Director of Sensing, Monitoring and Robotics Technology (SMaRT) Laboratory, Columbia University.  Dr. Feng’s research is on the forefront of multidisciplinary science and engineering in sensors, structural dynamics and health monitoring, smart structure and system control for civil infrastructure applications, with an emphasis on structural safety and system resilience against natural and man-made hazards.  She has made a number of original contributions to the state-of-the-art in both academic research and engineering practice through the development of novel fiber optic dynamic sensors, vision-based remote sensors, microwave imaging technology, vibration-based system identification algorithms for damage assessment, as well as the friction-controllable sliding isolation system and mega-sub structures for wind and seismic hazard mitigation.  She is one of the pioneers to study seismic fragility of highway bridges and transportation networks.  Professor Feng has received numerous awards and recognitions including the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation and the Collingwood Award, the Alfred Noble Prize, and the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, all from the American Society of Civil Engineers, of which she is also a Fellow.