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Stephen P. Pessiki

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Position: Professor of Structural Engineering

Address: Fritz Engineering Laboratory 303
13 E. Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-3494

E-mail: spp1@lehigh.edu

Online: Curriculum Vitae

Research: Google Scholar

Areas of Research

  • Behavior and Design of Structures
  • Fire Effects on Steel
  • Fire Effects on Steel, Concrete and Masonry Structures
  • Nondestructive Evaluation of Materials and Structures
  • Innovative Structural Materials and Systems
  • Earthquake Engineering and Simulation


Dr. Pessiki has conducted research and teaches courses in areas of behavior and design of structures; nondestructive evaluation of materials and structures; fire effects on structures; earthquake engineering; and innovative building materials and systems. Dr. Pessiki has worked on numerous funded research and laboratory experiment projects. His findings have been published in dozens of conference proceedings and journal publications, in addition to book chapters and technical reports.

Dr. Pessiki is a member of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), which awarded him the Leslie Martin Award of Merit in 2006. PCI named Pessiki a Fellow and a Distinguished Educator. He is also a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute. Other honors and awards include Lehigh teaching and service recognition as well as Drexel University's Distinguished Alumni Lectureship, a fellowship from the Japan Society for Promotion of Science, honorary membership in the Brazilian Society of Structural Engineers, and a best paper award from ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering.

Dr. Pessiki has experience at a variety of prestigious schools. He was a visiting professor at Perdue University, post-doctoral associate and research assistant at Cornell University, and visiting assistant professor at Syracuse University. Prior to his career in higher education, Dr. Pessiki worked as a structural engineer for the architectural firm Kling-Lindquist Inc., which has since evolved into Kling Stubbins. He is a member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, and The Masonry Society. He is also a member of Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon.


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, with Honors, Drexel University