The observation now known as Moore’s Law made by Gordon E. Moore in 1965 is generally interpreted as saying that the viable limit of computational power doubles every year. This predication by Moore can be appreciated by the infiltration of tremendous computing power into nearly every part of our everyday life. However, these incredible advancements in computation have yet to fully penetrate the field of structural engineering in an era when civil engineers are trying to employ every possible tool to meet the demands of the current infrastructure crisis. With this in mind, I began to pursue a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (with an emphasis on Structural Engineering) at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2009 in hopes of apply the inexpensive computational power available today (e.g. embedded microcontrollers) to pressing civil engineering problems including structural control and structural health monitoring.