Engineering Seminar Series
Fu-Kuo Chang, Ph.D.
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University

Design of Intelligent Materials with State-Awareness


Real-time state awareness of critical structures can significantly influence decisions on their operation in a cost-effective, reliable, and safe manner. Intelligent sensor networks that can be integrated with materials and structures provide a key solution to state awareness. Structural health monitoring (SHM) technology can be utilized as a foundation to create a platform that is needed for construction of the "intelligent structures". This presentation will highlight recent progress in SHM toward the design of intelligent structures in the Structures and Composites Laboratory at Stanford with emphasis on composite materials with embedded sensor networks for self-diagnosis and robotic arms with sensory skins to enhance self-awareness. However, design, fabrication and characterization of this new class of the materials involve multiple disciplines across the engineering fields and a paradigm change from traditional design principle. New challenges in research, education and implementation of the materials will be discussed.

About Prof. Chang

Dr. Fu-Kuo Chang is a Professor and the Director of Structures and Composites Laboratory in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University and a co-founder of Acellent Technologies. He is the Editor in Chief of the international Journal of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), the recipient of 2004 SHM Life-time Achievement Award by Boeing Company, and the 2010 SPIE Smart Structures/NDE Life-Time Achievement award. Founding Chair of the International Industry Steering Committee for SHM, the Founding Director of Japan Smart Structures and Materials Research Center at AIST; Fellows of AIAA and ASME.


Friday, April 18th, 2014


12:30 pm EDT

Viewing Instructions

We will be using Webex to webcast this presentation. To watch the presentation, please follow the steps bellow:


Discussions and Feedback

If you would like to ask questions regarding the topic being presented, you can send an e-mail to during or after the presentation. If time allows, an attempt will be made to convey any questions received during the presentation to the presenter to answer live during discussions. Other questions will be collected and sent to the presenter, whose answers will subsequently be posted on this website.


Seminar sponsored by:


Please note that the above link will only be active a few minutes before the event is scheduled to begin. An archived version of this webcast will post posted shortly after the seminar is completed.
Contact Mr. Goran Josipovic by email at if you have any problems that prevent you from watching this broadcast.