Masoud   Ghandehari, Ph.D.

Masoud Ghandehari, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Civil and Urban Engineering & Center For Urban Science and Progress


Masoud Ghandehari is on the Faculty of Civil and Urban Engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and Head of the Urban Observatory at the Center for Urban Science and Progress. Prior to joining NYU, he held a research appointment at the National Science Foundation Center for Advanced Materials, and The Center for Quality Engineering and Failure Prevention. He began university studies at Columbia University followed with consulting practice in New York City where he worked on various large infrastructure renewal projects. He did his graduate work at McGill University and Northwestern University with a doctoral thesis in full field optical metrology for imaging damage localization.

His academic research has focused on the application of advanced instrumentation and data analysis targeting the aging, health and performance of physical systems. Through the application of sensing, observations and system assessment, he is developing methodologies that generate multi-scale data on physical, environmental and human systems. This work is aimed at developing novel approaches for understanding the condition, interdependencies, and well being of cities and its inhabitants.

Funding for the research is from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Transportation, the industry, and various international agencies. His research in optical spectroscopy, sensing, imaging, and large data analytics has led to the development of applications and technologies suitable for diverse environments and multiple scales; ranging from the molecular to the urban landscape.
Professor Ghandehari is the founding investigator of the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storm Events, and founder of Chromosense LLC which is supported by the National Institutes of Health for innovation in environmental sensing. 


Northwestern University , 1998

Doctor of Philosophy, Civil and Environmental Engineering

McGill University , 1993

Master of Science, Civil Engineering

Columbia University , 1988

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering & Applied Mechanics


Center for Urban Science and Progress

Head, Urban Observatory

From: January 2013 to present

New York University, Department of Civil and Urban Engineering

Associate Professor

From: September 1999 to present

Northwestern University

Post Dcotrol Fellow

From: December 1998 to July 1999

Weidlinger Associates, New York


From: April 1989 to June 1991

Geiger and Associates, New York


From: June 1988 to April 1989


Technology for detection of hazardous substances, (Provisional)

Method for Mapping Distribution of High pH, (Pending)

Research Interests

Sensing technologies and materials health diagnostics, applications to infrastructure, utilities and the urban environment. Multi-scale optical remote sensing and spectroscopic imaging. Data integration in urban engineering.

Current projects

  • Ground based hyperspectral remote sensing of urban energetics
  • High resolution mapping of exposure to particulate matter in dense environments
  • Network imaging in urban resiliency
  • Full field imaging of ionic transport in porous media
  • Spectroscopic imaging of degradation of building materials


  • National Science Foundation
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Department of Transportation
  • Housing and Urban Development
  • Consolidated Edison
  • National Grid


  • Center for Urban Science and Progress
  • NYU School of Global Public Health
  • NYU Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Decision Making
  • CUNY NOAA Center for Remote Environmental Sensing
  • MIT Multi-Scale Science Institute for Energy and Environment