Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Virginia Tech Smart Infrastructure Laboratory

April 28, 2017

10:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Porter Hall 100

Mary Kasarda
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Virginia Tech


The Virginia Tech's Smart Infrastructure Laboratory (VT-SIL) mission is to advance education and research in topics that utilize sensor information to improve the design, monitoring and daily operation of civil and mechanical infrastructure as well as to investigate how humans interact with the built environment.  The centerpiece of VT-SIL is the full-scale living laboratory in the new, 160,000 sq ft, 5-story Goodwin Hall, which is the most instrumented public building in the world for vibration monitoring with over 212 accelerometers installed. Goodwin Hall is a campus building that includes classrooms, laboratories, meeting spaces, and offices. Vibration data from these sensors has been used to examine the building structure as well as human activity in a variety of pilot research and educational projects. This presentation will cover the development of the building instrumentation infrastructure, results from pilot research and educational work, and future opportunities for smart building applications.


Mary Kasarda is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech.  She is an Associate Director and Co-Developer of the VT Smart Infrastructure Laboratory.  She received her BS, MS, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia.  She has five years of professional engineering experience, including analytical and field work in the area of high-speed rotating machinery with Du Pont and Ingersoll Rand.  Her research areas are in vibration-related topics such as system health monitoring, smart building applications, and magnetic bearings as well as in areas of engineering education.  She has received funding from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the U. S. Navy, and DaimlerChrysler, among other sponsors.  She has over 10 years of ABET accreditation experience, and she currently serves as an ASME delegate on the ABET Board of Delegates.  She is active in efforts to support U.S. Military Veteran success in higher education, and she is the faculty advisor for the VT Veterans in the College of Engineering student organization.  She is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award, and she is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

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