Carnegie Mellon University

Irving Oppenheim, P.E.

Irving Oppenheim, P.E.


Civil & Environmental Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890


Irving J. Oppenheim is jointly appointed at Carnegie Mellon University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and in the School of Architecture.

Currently, Oppenheim works with colleagues in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to develop novel devices and signal processing methods for structural sensing. He studies guided wave ultrasonics in plates and in pipes and developed MEMS devices for vibration sensing and for acoustic emission testing. Using real-world operating conditions, he has studied ultrasonic scatterer detection in pipes. Oppenhiem works experimentally with wireless ultrasonics using inductive coupling, wireless chemical sensing (and wireless strain sensing) using RF-coupled SAW devices, and microparticle manipulation in microfluidic channels using SAW devices.  

Oppenheim has a background in structural design and is licensed as a Professional Engineer with broad consulting experience in failure analysis of structures. His past research experience in areas include structural dynamics, lifeline earthquake engineering, robotics, and computer-aided-engineering. Previous experimental studies include field tests of ambient vibrations in buildings, force-cognitive manipulation, and dynamically stable robots. 

Oppenheim also conducted analytical studies which included historical masonry (arches and domes), tensegrity structures, non-linear dynamics, optimization, geometric reasoning, and shape grammars. He is an author of 40 journal articles and more than 140 conference publications.


PhD 1972 - University of Cambridge
MS 1970 - Lehigh University
BCE 1968 - The Cooper Union


Research Group: AIS  MMC 
Research Center: SiiCenSCIRICES

  • Structural mechanics
  • Building design
  • Robotics
  • Infrastructure sensing


Liu, C., Harley, J. B., Berges, M. E., Greve, D. W., & Oppenheim, I. J. (2014) "Robust ultrasonic damage detection under complex environment using singular value decomposition," Ultrasonics, 10.1016/j.ultras.2014.12.005.

Dauson, E. R., Oppenheim, I. J., Gregory, K. B., & Greve, D. W. (2014) "Microparticle separation using a PMMA channel at an oblique angle to a SAW field," IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, 1952-1955.

Dauson, E. R., Gregory, K. B., Greve, D. W., & Oppenheim, I. J. (2014) "Surface acoustic wave action on microfluidic channels and microparticles," SPIE Smart Structures/NDE conference, 9061, 906102.

Gong, P., Patton, M. E., Greve, D. W., Harley, J. B., Liu, C., & Oppenheim, I. J. (2014) "Alkali-silica reaction (ASR) detection in concrete from frequency-dependent ultrasonic attenuation," AIP Conference Proceedings 40th Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, 1581(33), 909-916.

Liu, C., Oppenheim, I. J., Greve, D. W., Berges, M. E., & Garrett, J. H., (2013) “Identifying Pipe Degradation in a Highly Dynamic Environment using Singular Value Decomposition,” International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring.

D. W. Greve, T.-L. Chin, P. Zheng, P. Ohodnicki, J. Baltrus, and I. J. Oppenheim (2013) "Surface Acoustic Wave Devices for Harsh Environment Wireless Sensing," IEEE Sensors Journal, 13(6), 6910-35.

Recent Awards

  • 2010: named Professor of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Pittsburgh Section