Laflamme, Simon

Smart Systems and Structures

Sensor Development

  • Sensing sking for monitoring strain over large areas.
  • Multifunctional, self-sensing materials (e.g., smart concrete & CFRP).

Structural Health Monitoring

  • Structural health monitoring systems linking data to decision.
  • Algorithms for dense sensor network-based monitoring.

Physics-Informed Modeling

  • Formulation of fast surrogates through injection of physical knowledge.
  • Physics-enhanced real-time machine learning.

High-Rate Systems

  • Sub-second sensor-based decision making.
  • High-rate prediction and adaptation.

Adaptive Systems

  • High-performance control systems.
  • Intelligent control algorithms.
  • Adaptive structures.

Simone Laflamme research
Smart materials, sensors, and decision systems for automated NDE

Simon Laflamme

Simon Laflamme

Waldo W. Wegner Professor in Civil Engineering

Academic department profile

Funded Research Sponsors

  • Federal: NSF, AFOSR, AFRL, USDoT, DoE, FAA
  • State: Iowa DOT, CalTrans, Iowa Energy Center, IAWIND
  • Industry: ASNT, Applied Research Associates


  • Smart structures, smart systems, structural health monitoring, sensors, control

Recognitions, Awards & Patents

  • Early Achievement in Research, Iowa State University, 2017.
  • Early Career Engineering Faculty Research Award, Iowa State University, 2016.
  • Four US patents.

Video: sensing skin of soft-elastomeric capacitors (SECs) used to reconstruct strain fields in real time.