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Mar 8 2024

Design of Resilient, Engineered, Autonomous, and Multifunctional (DREAM) structures

CME Department Seminar

March 8, 2024

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM America/Chicago


Zoom at


Chicago, IL 60607

Presenter: Dr. Mariantonieta Gutierrez Soto
Location: Zoom
Meeting ID: 884 0074 8549
Passcode: HwY21dDR

Abstract: The protection of the built environment against extreme events is a complex issue facing design engineers. With the increased interest in smart cities, there is a need for an intelligent built environment. This research talk will present on-going projects towards the Design of Resilient, Engineered, Autonomous, and Multifunctional (DREAM) structures. This talk will discuss strategies for the design of a new generation of intelligent structures equipped with sensors and control devices that can react in real-time during multiple hazards. We create these adaptive structures with human-like capabilities by using agent-based modeling, vibration control, and evolutionary game theory. We modified a patented neural dynamic model for design optimization of diagrid buildings, rocking-steel braced frames, and related structural systems. The vulnerability of smart structures to cyber-attacks is also an exciting research pursuit. To bring computational discovery to reality, we investigate integrative design or "control co-design" methods to simultaneously design the structure and control devices, optimal placement of sensor and control devices, and distribution of tasks during failure mechanisms. We study control methodologies for novel testing technologies such as real-time hybrid simulation that combines numerical and experimental substructures. After extreme events, the DREAM lab will conduct field reconnaissance missions, and this talk will present our ongoing effort understanding the tornado impacts on historical masonry buildings. This unique intersection allows for design studies looking at aerodynamic mitigation through the origami-inspired morphing building envelope, and biomimicry design applying aquatic life adaptations and patterns into urban planning and structural design. These efforts open the pathways for investigation of the next generation of sustainable smart communities that are significantly more resilient against extreme events.

Speaker Bio: Mariantonieta Gutierrez Soto, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the School of Engineering Design and Innovation. She holds an affiliation in the Department of Architectural Engineering and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State. She is the director of the Design of Resilient, Engineered, Autonomous, and Multifunctional (DREAM) structures lab. Gutierrez Soto holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas and a M.S. and Ph.D. degree in civil engineering with a focus on structures from the Ohio State University under mentorship and guidance of renowned Prof. Hojjat Adeli. She was the recipient of the 2023-2024 Faculty Engagement Award by Penn State’s Teaching and Learning with Technology center. She also received the "Teacher Who Made a Difference" award in 2020 and the "Faculty Research Mentor of the Week" award in 2019 from the University of Kentucky. She received the Presidential Fellowship in 2016. Her research interests include structural control for vibration mitigation of civil infrastructure, post-extreme event reconnaissance missions, and more. Her research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Convergence of Multifunctional Materials Center at Penn State. More information can be found at


Craig Foster

Date posted

Mar 8, 2024

Date updated

Mar 8, 2024