Maria Q. Feng

Renwick Professor

618 SW Mudd, Mail Code: 4709
Phone: +1 212 854 3143
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Research Areas

Sustainability of civil infrastructural systems through multidisciplinary research on sensors, smart structures, and sensor-based structural health monitoring and system control for intelligent maintenance to minimize life-cycle cost and enhance system safety against natural and man-made hazards


Professor Feng received her B.S.from Southeast University in China in 1982 and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from theUniversity of Tokyo in 1992.  She started her academic career at Princeton University in 1990 as a Research Associate.  She joined the faculty at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) in 1992 where he served at first as an Assistant Professor, then an Associate Professor, a Professor, and most recently as a Chancellor’s Professor.  She was the founding Director of the Center for Advanced Monitoring and Damage Inspection at UCI.   Professor Feng joined the Columbia faculty in 2012 as Renwick Professor of Civil Engineering, an endowed professorship.

Professor Feng’s research is on the forefront of multidisciplinary science and engineering in sensors, structural health monitoring, smart structure and system control for civil infrastructure and military 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. 

Professor Feng’s achievements have been recognized by her election as a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and numerous national and international awards.  The honors include the CAREER Award by the National Science Foundation, the Collingwood Prize by ASCE, and the Alfred Noble Prize awarded jointly by the ASCE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, and the Western Society of Engineers.  Professor Feng also received the Water L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from ASCE “for innovative, interdisciplinary and practical research on sensing, monitoring and controlling dynamic response of civil engineering systems subjected to earthquake and wind loads.”In addition, she has receivedthe Best Paper Award and the Best Presentation Award by the Japan Society of Instrument and Control Engineers, along with recognitions from other professional journals and conferences.  Her work has been reported by national media, including a special feature “The Bridge Doctor” on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.  She was named the Top Researcher on Wearable Sensors by MIT Technology Review.

For more details, visit Professor Feng’s homepage at her

Sensing, Monitoring, and Robotics Technology (SMaRT) Laboratory


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