I expect students to enjoy the classes and to leave with a fundamental understanding of the course subject matter. In other words, I expect students to have the ability to derive key formulas rather than just apply them, and to have the judgment to quickly spot gross errors in results. What do I expect from students? Simply that they try their best.
Professor Smyth has been at Columbia since Fall 98. "My primary interest in civil engineering and engineering mechanics is in the general area of structural dynamics. I have been involved in on-line and off-line structural health monitoring (damage detection) based on vibration response signature analysis involving the development of new and practical system identification techniques for nonlinear structures. These techniques are extremely useful in assessing the level of damage or deterioration in structures from global vibration response measurements."
B.A., B.Sc., 1992, Brown University; M.S., 1994, Rice University; M.S., 1997, Ph.D., 1998, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
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