Alessandro Sabato, Ph. D.

Dr. Alessandro Sabato joined the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell as a Post-doctoral research fellow in October 2015 working on innovative sensing and data analytics for structural evaluation using (1) computer vision techniques, (2) unmanned aerial vehicles, and (3) MEMS devices. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the same department working on integrating non-contact, wireless, and computer vision measurements with unmanned vehicles for automated assessment of the dynamics and structural response of large-scale engineering systems.

Dr. Sabato earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calabria, Italy with a joint appointment at Columbia University in December 

2014. At Columbia, he also served as a Research Associate by leading projects on large-scale experimental testing for vibration-based monitoring of oil-drilling pipelines to reduce the risk of oil-spill and environmental disasters and in the instrumentation of heritage buildings for the measurement of earthquake-induced vibrations.


He and his group received more than $1.5M in research funding including support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Federal Highway Administration and Department of Transportation (FHWA/DOT), and a number of private companies and industrial partners.

In his free time, you can find him cooking (do not forget he is Italian), playing basketball, or in the great outdoors taking photos, hiking, canyoneering, and surfing.

B.P. project team at Columbia University. Dr. Sabato (left), Prof. Maria Feng (center), and Dr. Dongming (Kevin) Feng (right).
Exceeding Excellence in Teaching award presented by the Student Government Association (SGA).
Hiking the Observation Point trail in Zion National Park, UT.

Current collaborators

Dr. Shweta Dabetwar

Post-doctoral associate

Research interests: Artificial intelligence, fatigue damage analysis, composite materials, damage detection and prediction, infrared imaging, computer vision, and structural health monitoring 

Hobbies: In her free time, she likes to travel, grow plants, read, and sketching. Shweta enjoys occasional hiking and camping trips. Besides all of these activities, she cooks amazing food and enjoys learning new skills.

Contact: Shweta_Dabetwar [at]

Mr. Fabio Bottalico

Ph.D. student

Research interests: 3D Digital Image Correlation (3D-DIC), computer vision and image processing techniques for SHM, sensor calibration and characterization, data analysis.

Hobbies: Practicing and teaching Judo, going to the gym, cooking/baking dishes from different parts of the world (hoping they taste good), learning something new every day, Learning how to program (especially robots).

Contact: Fabio_Bottlalico [at]

Mr. Brett Daniels

Ph.D. student

Research interests: 


Contact: Firstname_Lastname [at]

Mr. Nitin Kulkarni

Ph.D. student

Research interests: Reduced order models, computer vision methods, and machine learning for structural health monitoring

Hobbies: Cricket, soccer, swimming, kayaking, and running

Contact: Nitin_kulkarni[at]

Mr. Troy Skousen

Ph.D. student

Research interests: Improved characterization of structural dynamic responses to mechanical environment loads, Reproducing responses to environment load in laboratory random vibration and shock testing, Fusion of test and analysis techniques. Troy has been working at Sandia National Laboratories since 2002.

Hobbies: Traveling and new experiences, Getting to know new cultures, Racquet ball, Spending time with family.

Contact: troy_skousen [at]

Mr. Tymon Nieduzak

M.S. student

Research interests: 3D and 2D digital image correlation, computer vision and image analysis, phase-based motion magnification, digital manufacturing, and green energy engineering.

Hobbies: Martial arts, skateboarding, fundraising and philanthropy with Sigma Phi Omicron fraternity, soccer, going to the gym, music (e.g., singing and percussion), and other performing arts.

Contact: tymon_nieduzak [at]

Past collaborators and alumni

Mr. Marco Angelosanti

Ph.D. visiting student

Research interests: Point cloud reconstruction and image processing approaches, point cloud management and implementation, building information modeling (BIM), heritage building information modeling (HBIM),  building architecture, structural health monitoring, and seismic vulnerability assessment – Personal website: 

Hobbies: Photography and drone photography, gardening (succeeding in breaking the rule that the grass is always greener on the other side), designing and building furniture (wood, iron, and 3D printed), tennis, kayaking, running, and hiking.

Current position: Ph. D. candidate at University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy

Mr. Giovanni Montaggioli

M.S. visiting student

Research interests: Data analysis, data mining, natural language processing, computer vision, machine and deep learning algorithms. 

Hobbies: Playing sports, soccer in particular.

Current position: Data scientist and machine learning Engineer at BPER Bank, Italy

Mr. Marco Puliti

M.S. visiting student

Research interests: Mechatronics and  automation, novel actuation systems, machine learning and control theory, rapid prototyping.

Hobbies: Playing and watching sports (especially soccer), homebrewing (without much success, yet).

Current position: Ph. D. student at Polytechnic of Turin, Turin, Italy with a joint appointment at Rehab Technologies, Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genoa, Italy.