Civil, environmental, and geo- engineering assistant professor Lauren Linderman has received an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) designed to support early career faculty.
The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program grant will provide Linderman with $500,000 over the next five years for a project titled “Multi-objective Optimization of Sensor Placement for Reliable Monitoring and Control.” The project aims to help sustain the long-term performance of civil infrastructure by identifying the most effective measurement types and locations for monitoring and isolating structural response.
The integration of sensor networks and physical systems is essential for maintaining the continued performance of civil structures while facing challenges in aging, energy, and the environment, Linderman says. Her research project will identify optimal network systems for infrastructure applications through the integration of virtual and physical sensors and actuators. The framework of this research will also be used as part of student design projects to develop experimental modules and an interactive outreach platform for secondary school students.
According to the NSF, CAREER grants are the organization’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.