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 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)
• 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 35 Ph.D. and 50 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 two honorary doctorates and numerous awards, including the prestigious Nathan M. Newmark, J. James R. Croes, 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 authored or co-authored two books, 34 book chapters, 290 articles in refereed journals, and over 500 papers in conference proceedings. He is also the editor or co-editor of more than 30 books published by ASCE, Balkema, CIMNE, CRC Press, Elsevier, McGraw-Hill, Taylor & Francis and Thomas Telford and guest editor or co-editor of 16 special issues of refereed journals.

Selected Articles in Refereed Journals

 “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, doi:10.1002/eqe.2281 (in press).

“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, doi:10.1002/eqe.2282 (in press).

“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, doi:10.1080/15732479.2012.744060 (in press).

“Assessment of Risk Using Bridge Element Condition Ratings,” (with D. Saydam and Y. Dong), Journal of Infrastructure Systems, ASCE, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000131 (in press).

“Long-Term Seismic Performance of RC Structures in an Aggressive Environment: Emphasis on Bridge Piers,” (with M. Akiyama), Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Taylor & Francis, doi:10.1080/15732479.2012.761246 (in press).

 “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, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0000601 (in press).

“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, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0000584 (in press).

“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, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)EM.1943-7889.0000342 (in press).

“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

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

“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

“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

“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

“Time-Variant Redundancy of Ship Structures,” (with A. Decò and N.M. Okasha), includes Discussion by F. Biondini, M. Collette, M. Ghosn, Y. Tsompanakis and Authors' Closure, The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Transactions, ISBN (Hard Cover) 978-0-939773-88-6, SNAME, Volume 119, 2011, 28-47, published in 2012, selected by SNAME as an archival paper of exceptional quality.

“System Reliability of Ship Hull Structures under Corrosion and Fatigue,”(with K. Kwon), Journal of Ship Research, SNAME, Vol. 56, No. 4, 2012, 234-251, doi:10.5957/josr.56.4.100038

“Fatigue Reliability Assessment of Steel Bridge Details Integrating Weigh-in-Motion Data and Probabilistic Finite Element Analysis,” (with T. Guo and Y. Chen), Computers & Structures, Elsevier, Vols. 112-113, 2012, 245-257, doi:10.1016/j.compstruc.2012.09.002

“Integration of Structural Health Monitoring in a System Performance Based Life-Cycle Bridge Management Framework,” (with N.M. Okasha), Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 8, No. 11, 2012, 999-1016, doi:10.1080/15732479.2010.485726

“Fatigue Life Assessment and Lifetime Management of Aluminum Ships Using Life-Cycle Optimization,” (with K. Kwon), Journal of Ship Research, SNAME, Vol. 56, No. 2, 2012, 91-105, doi:10.5957/JOSR.56.2.100027

“Fatigue System Reliability Analysis of Riveted Railway Bridge Connections,” (with B.M. Imam and M.K. Chryssanthopoulos), Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 8, No. 10, 2012, 967-984, doi:10.1080/15732479.2011.574817

“Probabilistic Bicriterion Optimum Inspection/Monitoring Planning: Application to Naval Ships and Bridges Under Fatigue,” (with S. Kim), Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 8, No. 10, 2012, 912-927, doi:10.1080/15732479.2011.574811

“Reliability and Redundancy of Ships under Different Operational Conditions,” (with A. Decò and B. Zhu), Engineering Structures, Elsevier,Vol 42, 2012, 457-471, doi:10.1016/j.engstruct.2012.04.017

“Reliability, Redundancy and Risk as Performance Indicators of Structural Systems During their Life-Cycle,” (with B. Zhu), Engineering Structures, Elsevier, Vol. 41, 2012, 34-49, doi:10.1016/j.engstruct.2012.03.029

“Integrated Life-Cycle Framework for Maintenance, Monitoring, and Reliability of Naval Ship Structures,” (with P. Bocchini, A. Decò, S. Kim, K. Kwon, N. M. Okasha, and D. Saydam), Naval Engineers Journal, Wiley, Vol. 124, No. 1, 2012, 89-99.

“Restoration of Bridge Networks After an Earthquake: Multi-Criteria Intervention Optimization,” (with P. Bocchini), Earthquake Spectra, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2012, 426-455, doi:10.1193/1.4000019

“Influence Line-Model Correction Approach for the Assessment of Engineering Structures Using Novel Monitoring Techniques,” (with A. Strauss, R. Wendner and K. Bergmeister), Smart Structures and Systems, Techno Press, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2012, 1-20.

“Automated Finite Element Updating Using Strain Data for the Lifetime Reliability Assessment of Bridges,” (with N.M. Okasha and A.D. Orcesi), Reliability Engineering & System Safety, Elsevier, Vol. 99, 2012, 139-150,  doi:10.1016/j.ress.2011.11.007

“Bridge Network Performance, Maintenance, and Optimization under Uncertainty: Accomplishments and Challenges,” (with P. Bocchini), Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 8, No. 4, 2012, 341-356, doi:10.1080/15732479.2011.563089

“Integration of the Effects of Airborne Chlorides into Reliability-Based Durability Design of R/C Structures in a Marine Environment,” (with M. Akiyama and M. Suzuki), Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2012, 125-134, doi:10.1080/15732470903363313

“Maintenance, Management, Life-Cycle Design and Performance of Structures and Infrastructures: A Brief Review,” (with D. Saydam and S. Kim), Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2012, 1-25, doi:10.1080/15732479.2011.628962

“Probabilistic Fatigue Life Estimation of Steel Bridges Based on a Bi-Linear S-N Approach,” (with K. Kwon and M. Soliman), Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2012, 58-70, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0000225

“Life-Cycle Cost Analysis of a New Steel for Bridges,” (with N.M. Okasha, F.B. Fletcher and A.D. Wilson), Technical Note, Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 17, No.1, 2012, 168-172, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0000219

“Optimal Resilience- and Cost-Based Post-Disaster Intervention Prioritization for Bridges along a Highway Segment,” (with P. Bocchini), Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 17, No.1, 2012, 117-129, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0000201