Dr. F. Necati Catbas is an educator and a researcher currently serving as a professor at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Catbas received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Catbas spent more than five years at Drexel University in Philadelphia teaching and conducting research in the area of civil infrastructure systems before joining UCF in 2003. A published author and researcher, Dr. Catbas has several publications and research projects on the development, integration, and implementation of sensing, information, modeling and simulation technologies, parametric and nonparametric structural identification, image-based technologies for structures such as bridges, buildings, aerospace structures and components, lifelines, and stadium structures. Dr. Catbas and his team focus on theoretical, experimental, and applied aspects of structural identification, structural health monitoring, nondestructive evaluation, and condition assessment of structural systems. Dr. Catbas currently serves in the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) Executive Board, served as the Chair of SEM Dynamics of Civil Structures Technical Division. In addition, he was also the Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Structural Identification Technical Committee. He serves as the Secretary of Bridge Health Monitoring Committee of International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety (IABMAS), committee member of Transportation Research Board (TRB). He is an Associate Editor for the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering; Structure and Infrastructure Engineering Journal; Structural Control and Monitoring Journal; Structural Monitoring and Maintenance Journal. Dr. Catbas received several awards and honors for his research, teaching and service activities such as Winner of the Technical Excellence Award by All Professional Engineering Societies in the Central Florida Area; Selection for NAE EU-US Frontiers of Engineering; University Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award; Certificate of Recognition from the NASA Glenn Research Center; Inducted into the UCF Research Millionaire’s Club. Dr. Catbas is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Florida. Dr. Catbas is elected Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Structural Engineering Institute(SEI).