Engineering Multifunctional Material Solutions

Our Purpose

To safeguard our structural and human assets by designing multifunctional materials with performance accentuated by tomographic methods

We are the Active, Responsive, Multifunctional, and Ordered-materials Research Laboratory at UC San Diego that is led by Prof. Ken Loh. We conduct fundamental research, advance innovative ideas and technologies, and prototype new sensing and actuation systems. Our work spans the broad spectrum of technology readiness levels (TRL), with both civilian and military applications.

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Bio-inspired material systems
  • Composites and nanocomposites
  • Damage detection and structural health monitoring
  • Human health and performance sensing
  • Multifunctional materials design
  • Noncontact and nondestructive sensing
  • Soft actuators and robotics
  • Smart infrastructure materials
  • Stimuli-responsive materials
  • Tomographic algorithms and techniques

Our physical structures and human assets are susceptible to different types of degradation and damage that can adversely impact their performance. We are not only motivated to develop new technologies that can characterize the onset of damage and offer effective countermeasures, but we also seek to enhance and augment structural functionality, safety, and performance.


July 12, 2018

Prof. Ken Loh is honored with the 2018 Structural Health Monitoring Person-of-the-Year Award. This award was announced at the European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring (Manchester, UK). The Person of the Year should have made an outstanding contribution to the field of SHM that will benefit society.

July 1, 2018

Prof. Ken Loh is promoted to Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Structural Engineering at UC San Diego.

June 28 to July 1, 2018

Ph.D. students Sumit Gupta and Long Wang, along with Prof. Ken Loh, participated in the inaugural Innovation Fair as part of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Naval Exercise in Honolulu, HI. They showcased their Office of Naval Research funded project results and each hosted a booth with live demonstrations of new technologies for warfighter protection. RIMPAC is the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise.

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