Masoud Ghandehari ,

  • Associate Professor of Urban Systems

Masoud Ghandehari

Masoud Ghandehari serves on the Faculty of Civil and Urban Engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and is an associate faculty at the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress. His research focus is on urban systems engineering and the application of advanced instrumentation and data analysis targeting the aging, health and performance of infrastructure systems. Through the application of sensing, and modeling, he works on methodologies that generate data on the interaction of physical, natural and human systems in cities.His research in optical spectroscopy, sensing, imaging, and 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 author of Optical Phenomenology and Applications: Health Monitoring for Infrastructure Materials and the Environment, 2018, 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. 


Research Interests: - Quantitative assessment and modeling of urban thermodynamics, (NATURE Scientific Report, Feb 2018)
- Spectroscopic imaging of the urban atmosphere, (NATURE Scientific Report May 2017)
- IOT and Urban Sensing, (IEEE Internet of things Journal, 2018)
- Emissions and correlative factors impacting pollution exposure, (NATURE Communication, November 2018, forthcoming)
- Data driven characterization of systems interdependencies in extreme events, (NSF CRISP: Critical Resilient Interdependent Systems & Processes - awarded September. 2018)

Columbia University 1988
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering & Applied Mechanics

McGill University 1993
Master of Science, Civil Engineering

Northwestern University 1998
Doctor of Philosophy, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Book: Optical Phenomenology and Applications: Health Monitoring for Infrastructure Materials and the Environment. Masoud Ghandehari, Springer 2018 Link


Journal Publications

Corresponding author (underlined), student co-author (asterisk)

  1. GHANDEHARI, M., EMIG, T. and AGHAMOHAMADNIA, M*., 2018. Surface temperatures in New York City: Geospatial data enables the accurate prediction of radiative heat transfer. NATURE Scientific Reports (Nature Publisher Group), 8, pp. 1-10. DOI
  2. YANG, L*., LI, W., GHANDEHARI, M. and FORTINO, G., 2018. People-Centric Cognitive Internet of Things for the Quantitative Analysis of Environmental Exposure. IEEE Internet of Things Journal, 5(4), pp. 2353-2366. DOI
  3. GHANDEHARI, M., AGHAMOHAMADNIA, M*., DOBLER, G., KARPF, A., BUCKLAND, K., QIAN, J. and KOONIN, S., 2017. Mapping Refrigerant Gases in the New York City Skyline. NATURE Scientific Reports (Nature Publisher Group), 7(1), pp. 2735. DOI
  4. JOHNSON, N.E*., IANIUK, O., CAZAP, D., LIU, L., STAROBIN, D., DOBLER, G. and GHANDEHARI, M., 2017. Patterns of waste generation: A gradient boosting model for short-term waste prediction in New York City. Waste Management, 62, pp. 3-11. DOI
  5. LIU, E*., GHANDEHARI, M., BRUCKNER, C., KHALIL, G., WORLINSKY, J., JIN, W., SIDELEV, A. and HYLAND, M.A., 2017. Mapping high pH levels in hydrated calcium silicates. Cement and Concrete Research, 95, pp. 232-239. DOI
  6. SIDELEV, A*. and GHANDEHARI, M., 2017. Quantitative Assessment of Subsurface Oxidation in Coated Materials. Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 31(5). DOI
  7. GREGORY, D., MASOUD, G., STEVEN, E.K. and MOHIT, S.S*., 2016. A Hyperspectral Survey of New York City Lighting Technology. Sensors, 16(12), pp. 2047. DOI
  8. ZULLI, M., GHANDEHARI, M., SIDELEV, A*. and SHAH, S.P., 2016. Dimensional factors in oxidation induced fracture in reinforced concrete. Construction and Building Materials, 122, pp. 264-272. DOI
  9. ROSSO, F*., JIN, W., PISELLO, A.L., FERRERO, M. and GHANDEHARI, M., 2016. Translucent marbles for building envelope applications: Weathering effects on surface lightness and finishing when exposed to simulated acid rain. Construction and Building Materials, 108, pp. 146-153. DOI
  10. ROSSO, F*., PISELLO, A., JIN, W., GHANDEHARI, M., COTANA, F. and FERRERO, M., 2016. Cool Marble Building Envelopes: The Effect of Aging on Energy Performance and Aesthetics. Sustainability, 8(8), pp. 753. DOI
  11. WILKE, E*., JIN, W., VAN DESSEL, S., BERARDI, U., GHANDEHARI, M., EL-KORCHI, T., NARAIN, J. and SHUKLA, N., 2016. Design and Application of Concrete Tiles Enhanced with Microencapsulated Phase-Change Material. Journal of Architectural Engineering, 22(1), pp. 5015003. DOI
  12. ZHENG, S*., GHANDEHARI, M. and OU, J., 2016. Photonic crystal fiber long-period grating absorption gas sensor based on a tunable erbium-doped fiber ring laser. Sensors & Actuators: B. Chemical, 223, pp. 324-332. DOI
  13. LEUNG, C.K.Y., WAN, K.T., INAUDI, D., BAO, X., HABEL, W., ZHOU, Z., OU, J., GHANDEHARI, M., WU, H.C. and IMAI, M., 2015. Review: optical fiber sensors for civil engineering applications. Materials and Structures, 48(4), pp. 871-906. DOI
  14. WORLINSKY, J.L*., HALEPAS, S*., GHANDEHARI, M., KHALIL, G. and BRÜCKNER, C., 2015. High pH sensing with water-soluble porpholactone derivatives and their incorporation into a Nafion® optode membrane. The Analyst, 140(1), pp. 190-196. DOI
  15. ZHENG, S*., SHAN, B., GHANDEHARI, M. and OU, J., 2015. Sensitivity characterization of cladding modes in long-period gratings photonic crystal fiber for structural health monitoring. Measurement, 72, pp. 43-51. DOI
  16. DOBLER, G., GHANDEHARI, M., KOONIN, S.E., NAZARI, R., PATRINOS, A., SHARMA*, M.S., TAFVIZI, A., VO, H.T.1. and WURTELE, J.S., 2015. Dynamics of the urban lightscape. DOI
  17. KLAVARIOTI, M*., KOSTARELOS, K., POURJABBAR, A. and GHANDEHARI, M., 2014. In situ sensing of subsurface contamination—part I: near-infrared spectral characterization of alkanes, aromatics, and chlorinated hydrocarbons. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 21(9), pp. 5849-5860. DOI
  18. WORLINSKY, J.L*., ZARATE, G., ZELLER, M., GHANDEHARI, M., KHALIL, G. and BRÜCKNER, C., 2013. Oxazolochlorins 11: Tuning the dynamic high pH sensing range of meso-tetraarylporpholactonato]M(II) complexes by variation of the central metal ion, the aryl substituents, and introduction of a β-nitro group. Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, 17(08), pp. 836-849. DOI
  19. GHANDEHARI, M., VIMER, C.S*., IOANNOU, I., SIDELEV, A., JIN, W. and SPELLANE, P., 2012. In-situ measurement of liquid phase moisture in cement mortar. NDT & E International, 45(1), pp. 162-168. DOI
  20. KHALIL, G.E., DADDARIO, P*., LAU, K.S.F*., IMTIAZ, S*., KING, M*., GOUTERMAN, M., SIDELEV, A*., PURAN, N*., GHANDEHARI, M. and BRÜCKNER, C., 2010. meso-Tetraarylporpholactones as high pH sensors. The Analyst, 135(8), pp. 2125. DOI
  21. VIMER, C*., YU, S*. and GHANDEHARI, M., 2009. Probing pH Levels in Civil Engineering Materials. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 21(2), pp. 51-57. DOI
  22. KHALIL, G.E., KIMURA, F., CHIN, A., GHANDEHARI, M., WAN, R., SHINOKI, W., GOUTERMAN, M., CALLIS, J.B. and DALTON, L.R., 2006. Continuous Underground Monitoring of Gas Leaks. Research in Nondestructive Evaluation, 16(3), pp. 119-130. DOI
  23. GHANDEHARI, M. and KHALIL, G., 2005. Materials Health Management by In-Situ Chemical Analysis. ASNT Journal of Materials Evaluation, 63(7). DOI
  24. GHANDEHARI, M. and VIMER, C.S., 2004. In situ monitoring of pH level with fiber optic evanescent field spectroscopy. NDT & E International, 37(8), pp. 611-616. DOI
  25. AKKAYA, Y*., GHANDEHARI M, ACKERMAN B, SHAH S. Influence of Fiber Dispersion on the Performance of Microfiber Reinforced Composites. Fiber Reinforced Concrete: Innovations for Value. ACI Special Publication, Academy of Athens; 2002. DOI
  26. GHANDEHARI, M., KRISHNASWAMY, S. and SHAH, S., eds, 2001. Dimensional Factors of Bond Failure in Reinforced Concrete. ACI Special Publication SP-201 edn. ACI. DOI
  27. GHANDEHARI, M., KRISHNASWAMY, S. and SHAH, S., 2000. Bond-Induced Longitudinal Fracture in Reinforced Concrete. Journal of Applied Mechanics, 67(4), pp. 740. DOI
  28. POPOVIC, J., SONG, W., GHANDEHARI, M., SUBRAMANIAM, K., ACHENBACH, J. and SHAH, S., 2000. Application of Surface Wave Transmission Measurements for Crack Depth Determination in Concrete. American Concrete Institute Materials Journal, 97(2), pp. 127-135. DOI
  29. ALDEA, C., GHANDEHARI, M., SHAH, S. and KARR, A., 2000. Estimation of Water Flow Through Cracked Concrete Under Load. American Concrete Institute Materials Journal, 97(5), pp. 567-575. DOI
  30. PELED, A., ENSSLEN, F*., GHANDEHARI, M*. and SHAH, S., 1999. Pullout Resistance of Anchor Bolts: Effect of Matrix Properties. Concrete Science and Engineering, V1, pp. 120-128. DOI
  31. GHANDEHARI, M*., KRISHNASWAMY, S. and SHAH, S., 1999. Technique for Evaluating Kinematics between Rebar and Concrete. Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 125(2), pp. 234-241. DOI

New York University, Tandon School of Engineering
Department of Civil and Urban Engineering

Associate Professor
September 1999 to present

Center for Urban Science and Progress
Associate Faculty
January 2013 to present

Northwestern University
Post Doctoral Fellow
December 1998 to July 1999

Weidlinger Associates, New York
April 1989 to June 1991

Geiger and Associates, New York
June 1988 to April 1989



Method for Mapping Distribution of High pH, (Pending)

Technology for detection of hazardous substances, (Provisional)


Current Projects, Research Labs, and Groups