Faculty/Staff Directory

Simon Laflamme

  • Associate Professor
  • Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (courtesy)
  • Associate Director, Center for Nondestructive Evaluation

Main Office

416A Town Engr
Ames, IA 50011-1066
Phone: 515-294-3162
Fax: 515-294-8216


  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011
  • M.Eng. Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007
  • B.Eng. Civil Engineering, McGill University (Montreal), 2006
  • B.Com. Economics and Finance, McGill University (Montreal), 2003

Interest Areas

  • Structural health monitoring
  • Adaptive systems
  • Structural control
  • Intelligent systems
  • Nonlinear time series

Brief Biography

Honors and Awards
  • Early Career Engineering Faculty Research Award, College of Engineering, Iowa State University, 2016
  • American Society of Nondestructive Evaluation Fellowship Award, 2016
  • Charles W. Shafer Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University, 2015
  • ASNT Fellowship Award, The American Society for Nondestructive Testing, 2013
  • Outstanding Leadership, Civil Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Boston Society of Civil Engineering Ernst A. Herzog Award, 2011
  • Has developed a patented elastomeric skin technology that detects structural damage

Selected Publications

  1. Downey, A.+, Laflamme, S., Ubertini, F., Reconstruction of In-Plane Strain Maps using Hybrid Dense Sensor Network composed of Sensing Skin, Measurement Science and Technology, (27)12, 124016, (2016).
  2. Cao, L.+, Laflamme, S., Taylor, D., Ricles, J., Simulations of a Variable Friction Device for Multi-Hazard Mitigation, ASCE J. Structural Engineering, (142)12, (2016).
  3. Downey, A.+, Cao, L.+, Laflamme, S., Taylor, D., Ricles, J., High Capacity Variable Friction Damper based on Band Brake Technology, Engineering Structures, 113, p. 287-298 (2016).
  4. Laflamme, S., Cao, L.+, Chatzi, E., Ubertini, F., Damage Detection and Localization from Dense Network of Strain Sensors, Shock and Vibration, article ID 2562949, 13 pages (2016).
  5. Liang Cao, Austin Downey, Simon Laflamme, Douglas Taylor, James Ricles (2015), Variable friction device for structural control based on duo-servo vehicle brake: modeling and experimental validation, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 348(21), 41-56. (DOI: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~laflamme/Laflamme_JSV.pdf)
  6. Sari Kharroub, Chunhui Song, Simon Laflamme, Daji Qiao, Brent Phares, Jian Li (2015), Smart Sensing Skin for Detection and Localization of Fatigue Cracks, Smart Materials and Structures, 24, 065004. (DOI: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~laflamme/Laflamme_SMS.pdf)
  7. Jingzhe Wu, Chunhui Song, Hussam Saleem, Austin Downey, Simon Laflamme (2015), Network of flexible capacitive strain gauges for reconstruction of surface strain, Measurement Science and Technology, 26, 055103. (DOI: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~laflamme/Laflamme_MST.pdf)
  8. H. Saleem, M. Thunga, M. Kollosche, M. Kessler, S. Laflamme. (2014) "Interfacial treatment effects on behavior of soft nano-composites for highly stretchable dielectrics," Polymer, Vol. 55, No. 17, pp. 4531-4537 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/0.1016/j.polymer.2014.06.054).
  9. F. Ubertini, S. Laflamme, H. Ceylan, L. Materazzi, G. Cerni, A. D'Alessandro, A. Corradini. (2014) "Novel Nanocomposite Technologies for Dynamic Monitoring of Structures: a Comparison between Cement-Based Embeddable and Soft Elastomeric Surface Sensors," Smart Materials and Structures 23.4: 045023 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0964-1726/23/4/045023).
  10. F. Ubertini, L. Materazzi, A. D'Alessandro, S. Laflamme. (2014) "Natural frequencies identification of a reinforced concrete beam using carbon nanotube cement-based sensors," Engineering Structures, Vol. 60, pp. 265-275 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2013.12.036).
  11. S. Laflamme, H. Saleem, B. Vasan, R. Geiger, D. Chen, M. Kessler, K. Rajan. (2013) "Soft Elastomeric Capacitor Network for Strain Sensing over Large Surfaces," IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Vol. 18, No. 6, pp. 1647-1654 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TMECH.2013.2283365).
  12. S. Laflamme, J.-J. E. Slotine, J. J. Connor. (2012) "Self-Organizing Input Space for Control of Structures," Smart Materials and Structures, Vol. 21 (115015), pp. 1-46 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0964-1726/21/11/115015).
  13. S. Laflamme, M. Kollosche, J. J. Connor, G. Kofod. (2013) "Robust Flexible Capacitive Surface Sensor for Structural Health Monitoring Applications," ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Vol. 139, No. 7, pp. 879-885 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)EM.1943-7889.0000530).
  14. S. Laflamme, D. Taylor, M. Abdellaoui Maane, J. J. Connor. (2011) "Modified Friction Device for Control of Large-Scale Systems," Structural Control and Health Monitoring, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 548-564 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/stc.454).
  15. M. Kollosche, H. Stoyanov, S. Laflamme, G. Kofod. (2011) "Strongly Enhanced Sensitivity in Elastic Capacitive Strain Sensors," Journal of Materials Chemistry, Vol. 21, pp. 8292-8294 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C0JM03786A).
  16. S. Laflamme, J.-J. E. Slotine, J. J. Connor. (2011) "Wavelet Network for Semi-Active Control," ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Vol. 137, No. 7, pp. 462-474 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)EM.1943-7889.0000248).
  17. S. Laflamme, M. Kollosche, J. J. Connor, G. Kofod. (2010) "Soft Capacitive Sensor for Structural Health Monitoring of Large-Scale Systems," Structural Control and Health Monitoring, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 70-81 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/stc.426).
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