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Dr. Masoud Agah

Masoud Agah received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology (SUT), Iran, in 1996 and 1998, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2005. He began his undergraduate studies in 1992 after being awarded by the President of Iran for achieving the first rank in the Nationwide Iranian University Entrance Examination. During his studies, he received numerous awards, including the Iranian Exemplary Graduate Student Honor, awarded by President Khatami in 1998. In 1996 and 1997, he served as the organizer of the first and second Student Scientific Competition Award in the EE Department at SUT. He also co-founded and served as the first chairman of the Iranian Student Conference on Electrical Engineering (ISCEE) in 1998. From 1996 to 1999, he was a member of technical staff and then a project manager at Advanced Manufacturing Research Center, Iran, where his work was focused on industrial automation, robotics, and computer vision. In 1999, he joined the B.N.C Company as the manager of the Monitoring and Control Group of the Digital Video Broadcasting Project. In 2000, he joined the NSF Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSystems (WIMS ERC), University of Michigan, where he developed MEMS-based gas chromatography columns for environmental monitoring applications. He was the recipient of the 2nd place DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest Award at the 40th Design Automation Conference, 2003. He joined the faculty of Virginia Tech in August 2005, where he is currently an associate professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He established the VT MEMS Laboratory in 2005 and has focused his research on environmental and biomedical applications of MEMS. Dr. Agah received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2008 for his research on micro gas chromatography and the Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering Outstanding New Assistant Professor Award in 2009. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), as well as its Electron Devices and its Solid-State Circuits Societies.

Title:Associate Professor
Organization:Virginia Tech
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Discovering Wireless Sensor Networks: Applications in Structural Health Monitoring, Part 2

This curriculum module is part of a set of four curriculum modules. The curriculum module can be adapted to be used alone, or used as part of the set. In this set of projects, students learn about the importance of monitoring stresses on bridges and other civil infrastructure, and about how public safety can be improved by using wireless sensor networks for continuous structural health monitoring. This curriculum module, the second in the set, introduces topics in micro-electrical-mechanical systems (MEMS), microsystems, and sensors. The students learn how MEMS technology has impacted a wide variety of products and applications, including airbags for automobiles, printheads, Wii controllers, and tools for analysis and sensing in medicine, biology and chemistry. In the lab, they use resistive sensor read-out circuitry developed in the first curriculum module, along with a resistive strain gage, to measure strain as a ruler is deflected. In the process, the students learn about the relationship between the digital signal captured and the physical quantity being sensed, and the factors that influence that relationship.

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