John L. WilsonJohn L. Wilson

Professor, Structural Engineering

Fritz Engineering Laboratory
Room 202
Lehigh University
13 E. Packer Ave.
Bethlehem, PA 18015-3176, USA

P: (610) 758-3519


• Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 1972
• M.S., Engineering Mechanics, Yale University, 1964
• B.S., Civil Engineering, Tufts University, 1963

Research and Scholarship

Dr. Wilson conducts research in collaborative information systems and computer modeling and simulation of large complex systems. His current research projects include life-cycle engineering of complex systems and decision science applications in bioinformatics. He has more than 30 years experience in the modeling design and design of complex infrastructure systems and has published approximately 90 professional papers. He is the former Associate Director of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center on Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS). He has also served as academic adviser to the Construction Industry Institute (CII).

Teaching and Service

Dr. Wilson teaches courses in Numerical Methods and in Civil and Environmental Engineering; Mechanics and Behavior of Structural Members; and Finite Elements: Theory and Applications in Civil Engineering. He has also taught capstone design courses.

Selected Publications

Yarnold, M.T., Wilson, J.L., Jen, W-C, and Yen, B.T., “Local Buckling Analysis of Trapezoidal Rib Orthotropic Bridge Deck Systems,” Journal of Bridge Engineering, Journal of Bridge Structures, Volume 3, Issue 2, June 2007 , pages 93-103.

Wilson, J.L., “Life-cycle Analysis of Waterfront Structures (A Qualitative Process Model),” First International Symposium on Life-cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE ’08), Politecnico di Milano, Varenna, Italy, June 11-14 2008, Accepted for Publication.

Wilson, J.L., “A Non-traditional Analytic Hierarchy Process Model for Life-cycle Management,” Industrial Engineering and Systems Management (IESM) 2007, Beijing, China, May 30, 2007.

Wilson, J.L. and Yen, B.T., “Conceptual Designs of Innovative Structural Guideway Systems,” Bombardier Transportation, February 2002, 150 pp.

Shi, C.G. and Wilson, J.L., “Group Decision Support for Product Design–A Computational Design World,” Group Technology/Cellular Manufacturing World Symposium–2000, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, March 27-29, 2000, pp. 211-214.