Project Team

Michigan Tech 

     PI: Asst. Prof. R. Andrew Swartz, Ph.D.

Earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan studying smart structures and distributed and automated data interrogation using wireless sensor networks for structural health monitoring and control applications. Andrew also holds a M.S. in Electrical Engineering: Systems with a major in control engineering and a minor in signal processing. He has developed a prototype wireless sensing network that is presently in use collecting operational vibrational data on multiple bridges in Michigan and California. He is a member of the ASCE EMI committee on structural health monitoring and control. 

     Co-PI: Assoc. Prof. Brian D. Barkdoll Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE

Earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa dealing with sediment behavior and scour. He has published over 30 sediment and scour-related articles, performed over $1M in sediment research, is an Associate Editor for the ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering for which he reviews and makes decisions on the publication of sediment and scour articles. He is past Chair of the ASCE Sedimentation Committee. He has co-edited a book entitled “Sediment Dynamics upon Dam Removal.

     CO-PI: Colin Brooks, MEM

Manager of Environmental Science Lab, Research Scientist, has 18 years of experience in applying remote sensing and GIS to a variety of critical issues. He has applied high-resolution remote sensing to solving transportation-related issues in four USDOT-RITA research projects, and the study with Michigan DOT, including monitoring international bridge crossing times,  mapping wetlands and hydrologic flow near transportation corridors, creating inventories of roadway assets, and applying remote sensing and photogrammetric techniques to bridge condition assessment. He has a Master’s of Environmental Management degree from Duke University (1993) and a Bachelor of Science degree from Lenoir-Rhyne College (1992).  He was appointed to TRB’s Information Systems and Technology (ABJ50) committee in 2010 and is now Co-Chair and lead organizer for the new Sensor Technologies Subcommittee, co-sponsored by the Geographic Information Science and Applications (ABJ60).

     K. Arthur Endsley, Research Scientist      

Geophysicist with experience in subsurface surveys, waveform processing, geospatial analysis, remote sensing  and web development; interested in applying geophysics to a wide variety of field investigations as well as building analytical models of physical processes. Athur is a recent graduate from Michigan Tech having studied Applied Geophysics, Geophysics, Geology, and Remote Sensing. Arthur, also being research oriented and interested in natual language processing, data mining, signal processing, and image analysis, aspires to return to school for a PhD in either information theory, information retrieval, machine learning, computer science, or statistics.

     Guy Meadows, Director - Great Lakes Research Initiatives      

Upon graduation from Purdue University in 1977, Guy Meadows joined the faculty of the University of Michigan, College of Engineering, where he served as Professor of Physical Oceanography for 35 years. During his tenure, he served the College and University as Director of the Ocean Engineering Laboratory, Director of the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research and Director of the Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratories. His primary goal was to blend scientific understanding and technological advancements into environmentally sound engineering solutions for the marine environment, which has led to a distinguished career of teaching, research, and service. With such expertise, he was sought after retirement by Michigan Technological University to become the founding director of their new Great Lakes Research Center.

University of Maryland

     Co-PI: Prof. Alison Flatau Ph.D.       

Professor in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland at College Park, will serve as the principal magnetostriction specialist. Dr. Flatau holds a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah. She joined the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center in 2002 after serving as Program Director for the Dynamic Systems Modeling, Sensing and Control Program at the National Science Foundation. Prior to that, she was on the faculty at Iowa State University. Her research interests are in dynamics of smart structures, with emphasis on actuator and sensor technologies and their application in noise, vibration and position control applied to rotorcraft and other aerospace systems. One of her key research thrusts is the development and application of magnetostrictive material actuators and sensors. She is a Senior Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Fellow of the ASME.

In addition, Prof. Flatau served as the PI of a 5-year, $6.5M Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative award, from the US. Navy: “MURI: Structural Magnetostrictive Alloys,” (contact # N000140610530) from 2006-2011 on Galfenol, the enabling technology for the mechanically robust flow sensors being used in the proposed scour posts. Her research team included 11 co-PIs at five institutions and included collaborations with researchers at the Naval Surface Weapons Center at Carderrock (NSWCCD), ETREMA Products, Inc. and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In addition to major advances in the understanding the underlying atomic and molecular phenomena that produce the unique combination of structural and magnetostrictive attributes in the alloy Galfenol, her team developed new methods for processing this alloy and a continually growing number of novel applications that include novel sensors, energy harvesting systems and actuation systems.

     Suok-Min Na, Research Scientist      

Earned his Ph.D. in Advanced Materials Engineering as well as his M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Sungkyunkwan University. Dr. Suok-Min Na, Ph.D., Assistant Research Scientist, earned his Ph.D. at Sungkyunkwan University studying rare earth permanent magnets, superconductive wire coatings, and magnetostrictive thin films for microvalves and micropumps. He has worked at the Nano Device Research Center at Korea Institute of Science & Technology (KIST) as well as his present position with the magnetostrictive smart material research group in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at University of Maryland. Dr. Na’s primary research is on the development of processing methods, with goal of making cost-effective new alloys for underwater sonar transducers and will serve as Principal Specialist for the development of Galfenol material. Dr. Na’s innovative research has been published over 25 journal papers.

Project Partners

     Michigan Department of Transportation
     Maryland Department of Transportation
     Civionics, LLC.