Alessandro Sabato

Alessandro Sabato, Ph. D.

The nature of my studies and work experiences has provided me with an interdisciplinary knowledge of mechanical and civil engineering topics. This versatile background allows me gaining a comprehensive understanding of the research’s big picture and its practical outcomes. My primary research goals are related to advance innovative sensing and data analytics to tackle built environment problems, specifically to address the resilience, sustainability, and safety issues of engineering structures and infrastructure.

I am a firm advocate of applying new advanced technologies (e.g., Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and Wireless Sensor Networks) and last-generation measurement techniques (e.g., non-contact measurement methods) to solve real-world, engineering-related problems.

I recently got hired by the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where I will be serving as an Assistant Professor starting in the Fall 2019. There I will continue my research focused on integrating the use of computer-vision based techniques with autonomous and unmanned approaches for assessing the dynamic response of materials, large-scale structures, and infrastructure systems.

My research interests broadly span in the fields of:

  • Acoustics

  • Environmental and workplaces noise

  • Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE)

  • Sensors development

  • Structural dynamics

  • Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) 


In addition, I hold a Civil Engineering Professional Engineer (P.E.) licensure in Italy, where I worked in noise reduction projects and in the design and construction of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems before starting the doctoral studies .


Dr. Sabato is looking for motivated graduate students to join his research group and work on projects related to SHM and structural dynamics. Full funding supports are available starting September 2019 (June 2019).


Dr. Sabato will join the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell as an Assistant Professor in September 2019 (June 2019).


Dr. Sabato has been awarded with the “Exceeding Excellence in Teaching” award by the University of Massachusetts Lowell for his results achieved in teaching undergraduate-level classes (May 2019).


Dr. Sabato and Dr. Niezrecki’s proposal “Development of a calibration system for stereophotogrammetry measurement on large-sized structures” has been awarded by the Office of Technology Commercialization and Ventures (OTCV) with a grant of $25k (November 2018).