Dan M. FrangopolDan M. Frangopol

Fazlur Rahman Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture
Professor, Structural Engineering

ATLSS Engineering Research Center
Imbt Labs - Room B232
Lehigh University
117 ATLSS Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015-4729

P: (610) 758-6103 or (610) 758-6123
Email: dmf206@lehigh.edu
Website: lehigh.edu/~dmf206

Biographical Sketch

Education (including honorary doctorates and professorships)

• Honorary Doctorate, University of Liège (Liège, Belgium)
• Honorary Doctorate, Technical University of Civil Engineering (Bucharest, Romania)
• Honorary Doctorate, Technical University of Iași (Iași, Romania)
• Honorary Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong, China)
• Honorary Professor, Tongji University (Shanghai, China)
• Honorary Professor, Southeast University (Nanjing, China)
• Honorary Professor, Tianjin University (Tianjin, China)
• Honorary Professor, Chang'an University (Xi'an, Shaanxi, China)
• Honorary Professor, Dalian University of Technology (Dalian, China)
• Honorary Professor, Harbin Institute of Technology (Harbin, China)
• Doctor of Applied Sciences, University of Liège (Belgium)
• Dipl.-Ing., Institute of Civil Engineering (Bucharest, Romania)

Research and Scholarship

Dr. Dan Frangopol joined the Lehigh faculty in 2006 as the first holder of the Fazlur R. Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture. He is a leading international figure in life-cycle performance, maintenance, reliability and optimization of structural systems, whose work has had a significant impact on bridge and infrastructure engineering.

His research focuses on the application of probabilistic concepts and methods to civil and marine engineering including structural reliability, probability-based design and optimization of buildings, bridges and naval ships, structural health monitoring, life-cycle performance maintenance and management of structures and infrastructures under uncertainty, risk-based assessment and decision making, infrastructure sustainability and resilience to disasters, and stochastic mechanics.

Dr. Frangopol is an experienced researcher and consultant to industry and government agencies, both nationally and abroad. His work has been funded by NSF, FHWA, ONR, NASA, USACE, AFOSR, ARDEC and by numerous other agencies including the U.K. Highways Agency and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.

Teaching and Service

Prior to his appointment at Lehigh, Frangopol served for 23 years on the faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He has also served on the faculty at the Institute of Civil Engineering in Bucharest, Romania, and was a research associate at the University of Liège in Belgium. He has supervised 37 Ph.D. and 54 M.S. students— 15 are now university professors, and several are prominent in professional practice and research laboratories. He also served as visiting professor and external member of Ph.D. thesis committees at universities around the world, and presented plenary keynotes and special lectures at major conferences. To review Dr. Frangopol’s current teaching portfolio, click here.

Dr. Frangopol chaired and organized several national and international conferences, symposia, and workshops. He is also the founder of the recently created ASCE-SEI Technical Council on life-cycle performance, safety, reliability and risk of structural systems. He has held numerous leadership positions in national and international professional societies.

In 2010, Frangopol was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and in 2012 he became an Inaugural Fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE. He is an honorary member of the Romanian Academy of Technical Sciences, and has received three honorary doctorates and numerous awards, including the prestigious Nathan M. Newmark, J. James R. Croes (twice), and T. Y. Lin medals, and some of the field’s highest honors from ASCE, IABSE and IASSAR, among others. He is the founding editor of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, an international peer-reviewed journal included in the Science Citation Index, and the Founding President of the International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety (IABMAS) and the International Association for Life- Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE). He is the Vice-President of the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability (IASSAR) and former Vice-President of the International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (ISHMII). He authored or co-authored two books, 38 book chapters, 310 articles in refereed journals, and more than 500 papers in conference proceedings. He is also the editor or co-editor of 40 books published by ASCE, Balkema, CIMNE, CRC Press, Elsevier, McGraw-Hill, Taylor & Francis and Thomas Telford, and guest editor or co-editor of 17 special issues of refereed journals. With an h-index of 49 and more than 9800 citations to his credit (Google Scholar, August 2014), Frangopol's work has a significant impact on structural engineering.

Selected Articles in Refereed Journals

"Performance Analysis of Tohoku-Shinkansen Viaducts Affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake," (with M. Akiyama and K. Mizuno), Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 10, No. 9, 2014, 1228-1247, doi:10.1080/15732479.2013.806559

"Long-Term Seismic Performance of RC Structures in an Aggressive Environment: Emphasis on Bridge Piers," (with M. Akiyama), Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 10, No. 7, 2014, 865-879, doi:10.1080/15732479.2012.761246

"Pre-Earthquake Probabilistic Retrofit Optimization of Bridge Networks Based on Sustainability,” (with Y. Dong and D. Saydam), Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 19, No. 6, 2014, 04014018, 1-10, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0000586

"Resilience and Sustainability of the Civil Infrastructure: Towards a Unified Approach," (with P. Bocchini, T. Ummenhofer, and T. Zinke), Journal of Infrastructure Systems, ASCE, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2014, 04014004, 1-16, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000177

"Life-cycle Management of Fatigue Sensitive Structures Integrating Inspection Information," (with M. Soliman), Journal of Infrastructure Systems, ASCE, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2014, 04014001, 1-13, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000169; Erratum for "Life-cycle Management of Fatigue Sensitive Structures Integrating Inspection Information," (with M. Soliman), Journal of Infrastructure Systems, Vol. 20, No. 3, 2014, 08014001, ASCE, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000227

"Life-Cycle Maintenance of Deteriorating Structures by Multi-Objective Optimization Involving Reliability, Risk, Availability, Hazard and Cost," (with G. Barone) Structural Safety, Elsevier, Vol. 48, 2014, 40-50, doi: 10.1016/j.strusafe.2014.02.002

"Critical Issues, Condition Assessment and Monitoring of Heavy Movable Structures: Emphasis on Movable Bridges," (with F. N. Catbas, M. Gul, H. B. Gokce, R. Zaurin, and K. Grimmelsman), Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2014, 261-276, doi:10.1080/15732479.2012.744060

"Optimization of Life-Cycle Maintenance of Deteriorating Structures Considering Expected Annual System Failure Rate and Expected Cumulative Cost," (with G. Barone and M. Soliman), Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 140, No. 2, 2014, 04013043, 1-13, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0000812

"Sustainability of Highway Bridge Networks under Seismic Hazard," (with Y. Dong and D. Saydam), Journal of Earthquake Engineering, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 18, 2014, 41-66, doi:10.1080/13632469.2013.841600

"Reliability, Risk and Lifetime Distributions as Performance Indicators for Life-Cycle Maintenance of Deteriorating Structures," (with G. Barone), Reliability Engineering & System Safety, Elsevier, Vol. 123, 2014, 21-37, doi:10.1016/j.ress.2013.09.013

"Bridge Performance Monitoring Based on Traffic Data," (with A.D. Orcesi), Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE Vol. 139, No. 11, 2013, 1508-1520, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)EM.1943-7889.0000582

"Hazard-based Optimum Lifetime Inspection/Repair Planning for Deteriorating Structures," (with G. Barone), Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 139, No. 12, 2013, 04013017, 1-12, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0000810

"A Probabilistic Approach for the Prediction of Seismic Resilience of Bridges," (with A. Decò and P. Bocchini), Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Vol. 42, No. 10, 2013, 1469-1487, doi:10.1002/eqe.2282

"Time-variant Sustainability Assessment of Seismically Vulnerable Bridges Subjected to Multiple Hazards," (with Y. Dong and D. Saydam), Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Vol. 42, No. 10, 2013, 1451-1467, doi:10.1002/eqe.2281

"Structural Identification for Performance Prediction Considering Uncertainties: A Case Study of a Movable Bridge," (with H. B. Gokce, F. N. Catbas and M. Gul), Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 139, No. 10, 2013, 1703-1715, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0000601

"Fatigue Assessment and Service Life Prediction of Existing Steel Bridges by Integrating SHM into a Probabilistic Bi-Linear S-N Approach," (with M. Soliman and K. Kwon), Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 139, No. 10, 2013, 1728-1740, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0000584

“System Reliability of Ship Hull Structures under Corrosion and Fatigue," (with K. Kwon), The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Transactions, ISBN (Hard Cover) 978-0-939773-88-6, SNAME, Volume 120, 2012, 603-620, published in 2013, selected by the SNAME Featured Papers Committee from all papers presented at SNAME events or published in SNAME publications throughout 2012 as a significant paper of 2012.

"Fatigue Life Assessment and Lifetime Management of Aluminum Ships Using Life-Cycle Optimization," (with K. Kwon), The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Transactions, ISBN (Hard Cover) 978-0-939773-88-6, SNAME, Volume 120, 2012, 588-602, published in 2013, selected  by the SNAME Featured Papers Committee from all papers presented at SNAME events or published in SNAME publications throughout 2012 as a significant paper of 2012.

"Assessment of Risk using Bridge Element Condition Ratings," (with D. Saydam and Y. Dong), Journal of Infrastructure Systems, ASCE, Vol. 19, No. 3, 2013, 252-265, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000131

"Reliability Assessment of Ship Structures using Bayesian Updating," (with B. Zhu), Engineering Structures, Elsevier, Vol. 56, 2013, 1836-1847, doi:10.1016/j.engstruct.2013.07.024

"Risk-Informed Optimal Routing of Ships Considering Different Damage Scenarios and Operational Conditions," (with A. Decò), Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Elsevier, Vol. 19, 2013, 126-140, doi:10.1016/j.ress.2013.05.017

"Incorporation of SHM Data on Load Effects in the Reliability and Redundancy Assessment of Ship Cross-sections using Bayesian Updating," (with B. Zhu), Structural Health Monitoring, Sage Publications, Vol. 12, No. 4, 2013, 377-392, doi:10.1177/1475921713495082

"Predictive Analysis by Incorporating Uncertainty through a Family of Models Calibrated with Structural Health Monitoring Data," (with F.N. Catbas and H.B. Gokce), Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, Vol. 139, No. 6, 2013, 712-723, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)EM.1943-7889.0000342

"Connectivity-Based Optimal Scheduling for Maintenance of Bridge Networks," (with P. Bocchini), Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, Vol. 139, No. 6, 2013, 760-769, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)EM.1943-7889.0000271

"Time-Dependent Risk Associated with Deterioration of Highway Bridge Networks," (with D. Saydam and P. Bocchini), Engineering Structures, Elsevier, Vol. 54, 2013, 221-233, doi:10.1016/j.engstruct.2013.04.009

"Performance Assessment of Damaged Ship Hulls," (with D. Saydam), Ocean Engineering, Elsevier, Vol. 68, 2013, 65-76, doi:10.1016/j.oceaneng.2013.03.016

"Probabilistic Optimum Inspection Planning of Steel Bridges with Multiple Fatigue Sensitive Details," (with M. Soliman and S. Kim), Engineering Structures, Elsevier, Vol. 49, 2013, 996-1006, doi:10.1016/j.engstruct.2012.12.044

"Reliability of Bridges under Tsunami Hazard: Emphasis on the 2011 Tohoku-Oki Earthquake," (with M. Akiyama, M. Arai, and S. Koshimura), Earthquake Spectra, EERI, Vol. 29, No. S1, 2013, S295-S317, doi:10.1193/1.4000112

"Life-Cycle Risk Assessment of Spatially Distributed Aging Bridges under Seismic and Traffic Hazards," (with A. Decò), Earthquake Spectra, EERI, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2013, 127-153, doi:10.1193/1.4000094

"Risk-Based Approach for Optimum Maintenance of Bridges under Traffic and Earthquake Loads," (with B. Zhu), Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 139, No. 3, 2013, 422-434, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943.541X.0000671 ; Erratum for "Risk-Based Approach for Optimum Maintenance of Bridges under Traffic and Earthquake Loads," Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 139, No. 11, 2013, 2048.

"Generalized Probabilistic Framework for Optimum Inspection and Maintenance Planning," (with S. Kim and M. Soliman), Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 139, No. 3, 2013, 435-447, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0000676 (The 2014 ASCE J. James R. Croes Medal)

"Applicability of Simple Expressions for Bridge System Reliability Assessment," (with D. Saydam), Computers & Structures, Elsevier, Vols. 114-115, 2013, 59-71, doi:10.1016/j.compstruc.2012.10.004

"Fatigue Performance Assessment and Service Life Prediction of High-Speed Ship Structures Based on Probabilistic Lifetime Sea Loads," (with K. Kwon and S. Kim), Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2013, 102-115, doi:10.1080/15732479.2010.524984

"Efficient, Accurate, and Simple Markov Chain Model for the Life-Cycle Analysis of Bridge Groups," (with P. Bocchini and D. Saydam), Structural Safety, Elsevier, Vol. 40, 2013, 51-64, doi:10.1016/j.strusafe.2012.09.004

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