Update: September 2021

Main Contacts

Prof. Dan M. Frangopol
Lehigh University
ATLSS Research Center
117 ATLSS Drive
Bethlehem, PA
18015 - 4729, USA

Phone: 610-758-6103
or 610-758-6123

Fax: 610-758-5902
or 610-758-4115


Dan M. Frangopol

Prof. Dan M. Frangopol is the inaugural holder of the Fazlur R. Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture at Lehigh University. He is "widely recognized as a leading educator and creator in the field of life-cycle engineering." (ASCE). His main research interests are in the development and application of probabilistic and optimization concepts and methods to civil and marine engineering, including: structural reliability and probabilistic mechanics; life-cycle cost analysis; probability-based assessment, design, and multi-criteria life-cycle optimization of structures and infrastructure systems; structural health monitoring; life-cycle performance maintenance and management of structures and distributed infrastructure under extreme events (earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and floods); risk-based assessment and decision making; multi-hazard risk mitigation; infrastructure sustainability and resilience to disasters; and climate change adaptation. His research, teaching and service have garnered numerous awards from ASCE, IASSAR, IABSE, ISHMII, SAE and other professional organizations.

According to ASCE "Dan M. Frangopol is a preeminent authority in bridge safety and maintenance management, structural systems reliability, and life-cycle civil engineering. His contributions have defined much of the practice around design specifications, management methods, and optimization approaches. From the maintenance of deteriorated structures and the development of system redundancy factors to assessing the performance of long-span structures, Dr. Frangopol’s research has not only saved time and money, but very likely also saved lives.” "Frangopol's groundbreaking research into infrastructure from a holistic perspective has earned him a reputation in the civil engineering community" as the "Father of Life-Cycle Analysis." (ASCE).

Prof. Frangopol is the Founding President of the International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety (IABMAS) and of the International Association for Life Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE), and Founding Vice-President of the International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (ISHMII). He is the Past Vice-President of the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability (IASSAR), and Past Vice-President of the Engineering Mechanics Institute of ASCE and Past Member of its Board of Governors. He is also the Founder and Inaugural Chair of the ASCE-SEI Technical Council on life-cycle performance, safety, reliability and risk of structural systems and of the IASSAR Technical Committee on life-cycle performance, cost and optimization. He has held numerous leadership positions in national and international professional societies including Chair of the Technical Activities Division of the 20,000+ members of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the ASCE, Chair of Executive Board of IASSAR, Chair of IABSE Working Commission 1 on Structural Performance, Safety and Analysis, and Chair of IFIP WG 7.5 on Reliability and Optimization of Structural Systems.

Prof. Frangopol is a Member of the National Academy of Construction of the United States, a Foreign Member of the Academia Europaea (Academy of Europe, London), a Foreign Associate of the Engineering Academy of Japan, a Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, an Honorary Member of the Romanian Academy, an Honorary Member of the Academy of Technical Sciences of Romania, and a Distinguished Member of ASCE. He holds 4 honorary doctorates, 14 honorary professorships, and 6 guest professorships. He is also the Honorary President of the IABMAS-USA Group, IABMAS-Brazil Group, IABMAS-Chile Group, IABMAS-Korea Group, IABMAS-Italy Group, IABMAS-Sri Lanka Group, IABMAS-Turkey Group, and IALCCE-Dutch Group, and an Honorary Member of the IABMAS-Australia Group, IABMAS-China Group, IABMAS-Japan Group, IABMAS-Portugal Group, and IABMAS-Spain Group.

Prof. Frangopol is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering an international peer-reviewed journal launched in 2005 and accepted in 2007 by Thomson ISI for inclusion in the Science Citation Index. He is also the Founding Editor of the Book Series Structures and Infrastructures. Prof. Frangopol is the author or co-author of 3 books, 64 book chapters (including 13 chapters in ASCE books), over 430 articles in archival journals (including 11 award- winning papers from ASCE, IABSE, and Elsevier, and 126 articles in ASCE journals), and more than 600 papers in conference proceedings. He has edited or co-edited 56 books (including 9 ASCE books). With an h-index of 90, an i10-index of 460, and more than 31,600 citations (Google Scholar, 2021) his work has left an indelible mark on the field of structural engineering. Prof. Frangopol delivered many plenary lectures at international congresses, conferences, symposia and workshops, and several named and distinguished lectures including the T.Y. Lin Lecture, the F.R. Khan Lecture, the K.C. Kavanagh Memorial Lecture, the Huangdao Academician Lecture, the Warren Lecture, and the Wenyuan Lecture. He has served as technical consultant or advisor to companies, organizations and government agencies in the United States, Asia, and Europe.

Prof. Frangopol has supervised the dissertations of 46 Ph.D. students and the theses and reports of 56 M.Sc. students. In addition, he has supervised and sponsored 21 post-doctoral researchers and hosted over 60 visiting scholars. 28 of his former students and post-doctoral researchers are university professors in the United States and abroad, and many are prominent in professional practice and research laboratories. He is also the initiator and organizer of the Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series and the founder of the Computational Laboratory for Life-cycle Structural Engineering at Lehigh University.

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