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Dr. Bocchini Research Group

Dr. Paolo Bocchini is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Lehigh University. His research group focuses on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure Systems, Probabilistic Analysis applied to Civil Engineering, and Computational Mechanics.

News and Events

March 2021
Dr. Bocchini was invited to give a talk as part of the NIST Center of Excellence Seminar Series, with title "Regional-level approach to resilience assessment". A video of the talk is available here.
March 2021
New team members! Urinrin Otite (currently at Arup Nigeria) receives the prestigious Lehigh University Fellowship and will join the team as a doctoral student. Ashley Woodward (Virgia Tech) will join the team during the summer 2021 as an REU student in the University Transportation Center for Underground Transportation Infrastructure. We look forward to having Ashley and Urinrin with us.
SEI Fellow
February 2021
Dr. Bocchini is elected a Fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute (ASCE). The SEI Fellow (F.SEI) grade "recognizes accomplished SEI members as leaders and mentors in the structural engineering profession".
Journal of Infrastructure Systems
February 2021
After being for a long time the "most cited article from the past three years" in the ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems, our paper on Resilience and Sustainability rotates out of the 3-year window. The paper is still one of the most read in the journal, as it has been every month since its publication.
December 2020
After some rescheduling due to the COVID19 pandemic, Dr. Bocchini gives a virtual seminar at Case Western Reserve University on "Probabilistic Resilience Assessment of Interdependent Systems".
November 2020
Liyang Ma successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis entitled "Multi-Scale Methodologies for Probabilistic Assessment of Structural and Functional Performance of Power Transmission Systems under Hurricanes". Dr. Ma will remain a team member as Postdoctoral Research Associate, to work on our project on regional joint hazard modeling of hurricane wind and storm surge.
September 2020
New duties for Dr. Bocchini. In the last three months he has become the Director of Graduate Programs of the CEE department, he has joined the editorial board of the Journal of Infrastructure Preservation and Resilience, and he has been invited to become Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, for papers on safety and reiliability.
July 2020
Lehigh is ranked second in the USA (sixth in the world) for research in Civil Engineering by the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities, which according to Wikipedia is “one of the three most influential and widely observed university measures”, especially focused on research.
July 2020
Dr. Christou leaves the team to join Fermat Capital Management. Read more about his success story.
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Active Research Topics


Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure Systems


Regional Hazard Analysis by Functional Quantization


Non-homogeneous virus spreading and risk


CatModeling of communication infrastructure

3D Printing

3D printing concrete

Life-Cycle FEM

Life-cycle finite element analysis

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