Resilience NIST 2014
UniBO 2012
Commencement 2014
Paolo Bocchini, Ph.D.

Dr. Bocchini is an Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Lehigh University, affiliated also with the ATLSS Engineering Research Center.

Short Narrative

Dr. Bocchini is an Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Lehigh University. Before joining Lehigh's Faculty he was a Research Associate at the Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) Engineering Research Center. Previously, he held Research Grants at the University of Bologna, from which he received his Ph.D. in Structural Mechanics and his Laurea degree (B.Sc. + M.Sc.) in Civil Engineering. Most of his Ph.D. dissertation was developed at Columbia University, where he was a Visiting Scholar of the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. He is also an Alumnus of the Collegio Superiore Alma Mater Studiorum.

Dr. Bocchini's research activity is related to the use of probabilistic concepts, computational mechanics, evolutionary algorithms, and other numerical tools in civil engineering problems. Most of his current research deals with civil infrastructure networks (bridge networks in particular) and consists in the application of theory of reliability and random fields to these complex systems. He has developed computational techniques for the assessment of the time-dependent network reliability, for the optimization of the network life-cycle management, for the resilience- and cost-based optimal allocation of resources for the recovery of a network after the occurrence of an extreme event.

Some side projects related to past research topics involve simulation of non-Gaussian random fields in mechanics problems; structural identification and damage detection in truss structures and in pipelines for oil and gas; numerical tools for non destructive testing by means of guided ultrasonic waves; stochastic finite element methods; advanced rheological models and pre- post-processing tools for ceramic materials. A complete list of publications is available here.

Education



Academic Preparation

May 2008
Ph.D. in Structural Mechanics.
Advisors: Prof. Erasmo Viola (University of Bologna) and Prof. George Deodatis (Columbia University in the City of New York).
May 2004
Degree of the Collegio Superiore Alma Mater Studiorum (for details see www.collegio.unibo.it).
March 2004
Laurea degree with highest honor in Civil Engineering (equivalent to the Bachelor and Master of Science degrees) at the University of Bologna.
Advisors: Prof. Erasmo Viola and Prof. Francesco Ubertini.
July 1998
High school degree with honor at Liceo Scientifico A. Righi, Cesena (Italy).
Jobs



Appointments, Contracts and Professional Experience

August 2011 - present
Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering.
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lehigh University.
August 2009 - August 2011
Research Associate.
Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) Engineering Research Center, Lehigh University.
July 2009 - July 2010
Post-doctoral research grant holder on "Modeling and analysis of shell structures".
DISTART Department, University of Bologna.
June 2009 - July 2009
Research contract as post-doctoral consultant on "Extension of a graphical user interface for a guided waves in pipelines simulator to the case of generic cross-section guides".
DISTART Department, University of Bologna.
February 2009 - March 2010
Research contract as post-doctoral consultant on "Development of a graphical user interface for a guided waves simulator".
DISTART Department, University of Bologna.
November 2008 - December 2008
Research contract as post-doctoral consultant on "Structural modeling of the mechanical behavior of ceramic materials during the production process".
DISTART Department, University of Bologna.
August 2006 - July 2007
Visiting Scholar for research on "Random processes and fields simulation".
Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Research



Research Interests

Infrastructure Systems
Lifelines, transportation networks, bridge networks. Life-cycle cost, performance, and reliability assessment and simulation. Optimal maintenance planning at the network level. Resilience-based tools for optimal disaster-management.
Probabilistic Analysis
Probabilistic Structural Analysis. Random Processes and Fields, Monte Carlo Simulation. Stochastic Finite Element Methods. Distribution Fitting. Structural Reliability.
Finite Element Analysis
Computational Structural Mechanics. Structural Modeling and Analysis. Non-linear behavior of innovative ceramic materials.
Structural Identification
Structural and Damage Identification in three-dimensional structures. Data recovery. Genetic Algorithms in Structural Identification.
Awards



Awards and Honors

2012
Keynote Speaker at the Inaugural Ceremony of the 2012-'13 Academic Year, Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, December 20, 2012.
2006
Winner of the "Albino Nasce'" award for M.Sc. Theses in Structural Mechanics.
2006
Winner of the "Marco Polo" award for research abroad.
2004
Ranked first in the contest for the admission to the Ph.D. course in Structural Mechanics (University of Bologna).
2004
Winner of the "Carlo Felice Jodi" award for M.Sc. Theses in Structural Mechanics.
1998
Ranked second overall (first of the class of Science and Technology) at the contest for the admission to the Collegio Superiore of the University of Bologna (School of Excellence of the University). The University of Bologna has an annual enrollement of more than 15,000 students; some hundreds try every year to be admitted to its School of Excellence; nineteen were eventually admitted in 1998, Dr. Bocchini was ranked first in the class of Science and Technology.
Associations



Professional Associations and Licensure

2014 - present
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).
http://www.eeri.org
2012 - present
Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI).
http://www.asce.org/emi
2011 - present
Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI).
www.sustainableinfrastructure.org
2010 - present
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
www.asce.org
2010 - present
Structural Engineering Institute (SEI).
www.seinstitute.org
2009 - present
International Association for Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE).
www.ialcce.org
2009 - present
International Association for Bridge Maintenance And Safety (IABMAS).
www.iabmas.org
2004 - present
Licensed Professional Engineer in Italy.
Service



Selected Scientific Community Service Activities

2015 - present
Control group member of the Task Group 2: Reliability-Based Structural System Performance Indicators, under the umbrella of the ASCE Technical Council on Life-Cycle Performance, Safety, Reliability, and Risk of Structural Systems.
2014 - present
Member of the Editorial Board of the international journal Cogent Engineering. Taylor and Francis.
2013 - present
Member of the ASCE Lifeline Systems Interdependence Committee (LSIC), under the umbrella of the ASCE Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering (TCLEE).
2013 - present
Member of the ASCE Probabilistic Methods Committee.
2013
Organizer of a mini-symposium and Chairman of two sessions at the 11th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability (ICOSSAR 2013, New York City, NY, June 16-20, 2013.
2011 - 2012
Member of the International Scientific Committee of the Third International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE 2012), Vienna, Austria, October 3-6, 2012.
2011 - 2012
Member of the National Organizing Committee of the Sixth International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management (IABMAS 2012), Lake Como, Italy, July 8-12, 2012.
2011 - present
Member of the ASCE Technical Council on Life-Cycle Performance, Safety, Reliability, and Risk of Structural Systems (Task Group 2: Reliability-Based Structural System Performance Indicators).
2010
Member of the International Organizing Committee of the Sixth International Conference on Computational Stochastic Mechanics (CSM 2010), Rhodos, Greece, June 13-16, 2010.
2009 - present
Reviewer for several international scientific journals, including Journal of Structural Engineering (ASCE), Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE), Journal of Engineering Mechanics (ASCE), Journal of Bridge Engineering (ASCE), Journal of Infrastructure Systems (ASCE), Applied Mathematical Modelling - Simulation and Computation for Engineering and Environmental Systems (Elsevier), Earthquake Spectra (EERI), Structure and Infrastructure Engineering (Taylor & Francis), Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering (Wiley), Advances in Civil Engineering (Hindawi Publishing Corp.) International Journal of Statistical Mechanics (Hindawi Publishing Corp.), Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering (Springer), Smart Structures and Systems (Techno Press), Structural Durability & Health Monitoring (Tech Science Press).
Service



Selected University-Level Service Activities

2014 - present
Member of the CEE Space Committee.
2014 - present
Member of the Research Computing Faculty Steering Committee (formerly High Performance Computing Faculty Steering Committee).
2012 - 2014
Academic advisor for Lehigh's "First year student" program.
2011 - present
Member of the CEE Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.
2011 - present
Academic advisor of the Dual-Degree Program in Architecture and Civil Engineering.
Teaching



Teaching Activity

2014, 2015
"Random Vibrations" (CEE 497), for graduate students (newly developed course).
College of Engineering, Lehigh University.
2012 (as CEE 496), 2013 (as CEE 496), 2014
"Advanced Finite Element Methods" (CEE 466), for graduate students (newly developed course).
College of Engineering, Lehigh University.
2012
"Strength of Materials" (MECH 12), mostly for Sophomores.
College of Engineering, Lehigh University.
2011
Lectures offered in the course "Structural Safety and Risk", (Prof. D. M. Frangopol).
Graduate Program in Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, Lehigh University.
2010
Lectures offered in the course "Structural Optimization", (Prof. D. M. Frangopol).
Graduate Program in Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, Lehigh University.
2009
Lecturer of the course "Theory and Analysis of Risk and Reliability".
II level Master program in "Management of Risk induced by Natural Hazards", School of Engineering, University of Bologna.
2008
Lecturer in the course "Structural Designer".
Professional graduate course, ISCOM Emilia Romagna.
2008
Co-lecturer (official employment contract as "Tutor") in the course "Structures and Static in Architecture" (Prof. Christian Carloni).
School of Architecture, University of Bologna.
2007
Co-lecturer (official employment contract as "Tutor") in the course "Structures in Architecture" (Prof. Lucio Nobile).
School of Architecture, University of Bologna.
2007
T.A. (official employment contract as "Tutor") in the course "Solid and Structural Mechanics" (Prof. Lucio Nobile).
School of Architecture, University of Bologna.
2007
T.A. (official employment contract as "Tutor") in the course "Laboratory of Construction 2" (Prof. Lucio Nobile).
School of Architecture, University of Bologna.
2006
Co-lecturer in the course "Structural Mechanics" (Prof. Erasmo Viola).
School of Engineering, University of Bologna.
2005
T.A. in the course "Laboratory of Solid and Structural Mechanics" (Prof. Erasmo Viola).
School of Engineering, University of Bologna.
2005
Co-lecturer (official employment contract as "Tutor") in the course "Structures in Architecture" (Prof. Lucio Nobile).
School of Architecture, University of Bologna.
2005
Co-lecturer (official employment contract as "Tutor") in the course "Solid and Structural Mechanics" (Prof. Lucio Nobile).
School of Architecture, University of Bologna.
2005
T.A. (official employment contract as "Tutor") in the course "Solid and Structural Mechanics" (Prof. Erasmo Viola).
School of Engineering, University of Bologna.
2005
Co-lecturer in the course "Theory of Structures" (Prof. Erasmo Viola).
School of Engineering, University of Bologna.
2005
Co-lecturer (official employment contract as "Tutor") in the course "Structural Mechanics" (Prof. Erasmo Viola).
School of Engineering, University of Bologna.
2004
Teaching seminar on the "Stochastic Analysis of Structure" during the course of "Solid and Structural Mechanics 2" (Prof. Erasmo Viola).
School of Engineering, University of Bologna.
2005 - 2006
Co-advisor of three M.Sc. Theses.
School of Engineering, University of Bologna.
Courses



Professional Courses and Short Courses Attended

2007
"Mechanics of fracture and fatigue", by Prof. R. Testa.
Columbia University in the City of New York (USA).
2007
"Design of large-scale building structures", by Prof. R. Tomasetti.
Columbia University in the City of New York (USA).
2006
"Uncertainty and risk in infrastructure systems", by Prof. G. Deodatis.
Columbia University in the City of New York (USA).
2006
"Random processes in mechanics", by Prof. G. Deodatis.
Columbia University in the City of New York (USA).
2006
"Non-linear analysis of RC structures", coordinated by Prof. R. Pinho.
European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering (Pavia, Italy). In Italian.
2005
"Mechanical Vibration: Where Do We Stand?", coordinated by Prof. I. Elishakoff.
CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences (Udine, Italy).