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Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams, Vanderbilt University School of Engineering
Name: Douglas Adams
Phone: 615 322 2697
Fax: 615 322 7012
Office: 267A Jacobs Hall
Mail: PMB 351831
  2301 Vanderbilt Place
  Nashville, TN 37235-1831 USA

Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Daniel F. Flowers Chair

Director, Laboratory for Systems Integrity & Reliability

Professor of Mechanical Engineering


  • Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 2000
  • M.S., MIT, 1997
  • B.S., University of Cincinnati, 1994

Research Areas

  • Mechanics
  • System identification

Research Interests

  • Nonlinear structural dynamics and vibrations
  • Structural health monitoring/diagnostics and damage prognosis
  • Noise and vibration control
  • Applications in aerospace and automotive systems
  • Applications in energy systems including wind turbines and batteries
  • Applications in defense and security platforms

Brief Biography

Douglas Adams was appointed Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering July 1, 2013. He is the director of the new Laboratory for Systems Integrity and Reliability at Vanderbilt, which uses multi-modal sensing and analytic techniques to illuminate the complex ways in which materials and machines degrade.  The goal of this research is to safeguard human lives while controlling the lifecycle cost and reliability of infrastructure that the nation relies on for its energy, security, and transportation needs. Previously he was the Kenninger Professor of Renewable Energy and Power Systems in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, where he also served as founding Director of the Purdue Center for Systems Integrity.

He has published 72 archival journal papers, 164 conference papers, several book chapters, and a textbook on structural health monitoring, and he has graduated 14 Ph.D. and 29 M.S. students. His work has generated 13 patents, and he is actively implementing this technology with industry to more effectively manage system reliability while reducing the operation & maintenance costs of defense and energy systems. Adams has secured 93 federal and industrial contracts/grants for $29M in funding.

He has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the DiMichele Award from the Society for Experimental Mechanics, and a U.S. Army Technical Medal of Achievement.  He is winner of the Purdue University Murphy Award for excellence in teaching and his name is recorded in the Purdue Book of Great Teachers.  He was named a Fellow of ASME in 2011 and is Managing Editor of Structural Health Monitoring.

Douglas Adams