Masoud Ghandehari is Faculty at the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering at the Polytechnic School of Engineering and Head of the Urban Observatory at NYU’s CUSP. Prior to joining NYU, he worked as a research fellow at The National Science Foundation Center for Advanced Cement Based Materials, and The Center for Quality Engineering and Failure Prevention at Northwestern University. Masoud began his career at Columbia University, and then worked with a consulting practice in New York City; where he worked on various large infrastructure renewal projects. Masoud did his graduate work at McGill University and Northwestern University with his doctoral thesis in Full Field Optical Metrology for Imaging Damage Localization.
Masoud’s academic research has focused on the understanding of the performance, aging and health of civil infrastructure, and the application of optical methods for materials diagnostics and environmental sensing. Through the application of sensing, observations and system assessment, he is developing methodologies that generate multi-scale urban data on the physical, environmental and human systems in cities. This work is aimed at developing novel approaches for understanding the condition and wellbeing of cities and its inhabitants.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Transportation, industry, and various international agencies, Masoud’s research in optical spectroscopy, sensing and imaging has been supported for the development of applications and technologies suitable for diverse environments and in multiple scales; ranging from the molecular to the urban landscape. Masoud is the founding investigator of the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storm Events (NYRISE), and founder of Chromosense LLC, which is supported by The National Institute of Health, for innovation in environmental sensing.