The dynamic response of a magneto-electro-elastic sensor bonded to a cylindrical shell is addressed in this paper. A semi-analytical finite-element method is used to model the structure. The cylinder is subjected to an internal pressure and the response is studied for clamped-free and clamped-clamped boundary conditions with different sensor locations. Proportional damping is assumed and the Newmark-beta method is used as the solution technique. The response is found to be the maximum when the sensor is placed at the clamped end. It is advisable to place the sensor at the free end than in the middle to replicate the nature of load history. © 2010 Authors.