Enhancing Human and Structural Performance

Protecting and Enhancing the Performance of our Physical and Human Assets with Novel Stimuli-Responsive and Smart Material Solutions

Our Mission:

Advance stimuli-responsive materials and inverse methods to safeguard and enhance the capabilities of our structural and human assets

We are the Active, Responsive, Multifunctional, and Ordered-materials Research (ARMOR) Laboratory at UC San Diego, led by Prof. Ken Loh. We are a diverse team of graduate and undergrad students and post-doctoral researchers that work collaboratively across multiple disciplines to advance innovative research ideas and to develop new technologies. We actively partner with academic scholars, National Lab researchers, government agencies, commercial entities, and stakeholders to transition new technologies and ideas to practical use.

We conduct both fundamental and applied research related to physical asset protection, human performance, and human-structure interactions. We aim to train the next generation of multidisciplinary engineering workforce through our hands-on student mentorship and classroom courses that feature the latest research. We develop new stimuli-responsive and multifunctional materials, prototype new sensing, noncontact imaging, and wireless measurement technologies, implement machine learning algorithms and numerical simulations, and test prototypes in operationally relevant environments.

Our physical structures and human assets are susceptible to different types of degradation and damage that can adversely impact their health, safety, and performance. Our goal is for our technologies, algorithms, methods, and systems solutions to not only better protect its host but also to generate actionable information that can directly enhance and augment their functionalities and performance.

All undergraduate and graduate students interested in joining the ARMOR Lab should contact Prof. Loh (by e-mail: kenloh@ucsd.edu) with your CV or resume and any other supporting materials. For more details, please visit the "Apply" page.

There are no post-doctoral positions available at this time.


June 28, 2022

Congratulations to Ms. Yujin Park for passing her Senate Exam and advancing to Ph.D. Candidate!

December 16, 2021

Congratulations to Ms. Yening Shu for passing her Senate Exam and advancing to Ph.D. Candidate!

November 8, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Morgan Funderburk for successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis! Morgan will remain at UC San Diego this quarter to finish her teaching assistantship. Congrats Dr. Funderburk!

September 18, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Han Joo Lee for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis! He has accepted and will start a post-doctoral scholar position at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology in October. Congrats Dr. Lee!

June 8, 2021

The ARMOR Lab welcomes new 3+2 Student, Ms. Ting-Ya Chang!

May 6, 2021

Congratulations to Ms. Sijia Li for being awarded the Friends of the International Center Fellowship!

The ARMOR Lab is physically located in the UC San Diego, Structural and Materials Engineering (SME) Building, Lab 413 (main lab) and Lab 410 (Center for Extreme Events Research Lab).

Visitor parking is available in Gilman Parking Structure (5 min on foot to the SME Building). Note that construction is underway near the SME Building. Follow detour signs and exercise caution when near construction zones.

Information about UC San Diego's response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found here.

Contact Information for Prof. Ken Loh:

  • E-mail (preferred contact method): kenloh@ucsd.edu

  • Office: (858) 822-0431

  • Fax: (858) 534-1310

  • Office Room: SME 445E

  • Labs: SME 413 and 410

  • Mailing Address: UC San Diego, Structural Eng., 9500 Gilman Dr MC 0085, SME 445E, La Jolla, CA 92093-0085

  • Pronouns: He / His

  • Follow us on Twitter: @armor_lab

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