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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.

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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News and Events

May 2020
Postdoctoral positions available. Apply as soon as possible!
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November 2019
The group celebrates the passage of time
November 2019
Dr. Jamie Padgett will be at Lehigh to deliver the annual Objective Resilience Lecture of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Find out more!
October 2019
Dr. Bocchini receives the Mentorship Appreciation Award from the Graduate Student Senate of Lehigh University.
October 2019
Dr. Bocchini becomes Chair of the ASCE-SEI task group on Reliability-Based Structural System Performance Indicators.
New members
August 2019
New members join the team at all levels: postdocs, PhD, and undergrads. We have a great roster for the upcoming year, 15 group members: check it out.
July 2019
Vasileios Christou successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis entitled "Advanced Simulation of Uncertain Quantities in Civil Engineering with Applications to Regional Hazards". Dr. Christou will remain a team member as Postdoctoral Research Associate, to work on our new project on hurricane and surge hazard.
July 2019
NSF funds the PRAISys Project for an additional year. The project will run for 5 years and it has had more than 50 contributing researchers, including faculty members, postdocs, and students.
Journal of Infrastructure Systems
July 2019
Our paper on Resilience and Sustainability has been (and still is) among the top 5 most-read every month since 2013 in the ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems (currently the most read), and now it is also the most cited article from the past three years!
July 2019
Lehigh is ranked best in the USA (fourth 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.
June 2019
Our paper on Ebola spreading published in Nature - Scientific Reports, ranks in the 96th percentile of the most impactful articles of a similar age in any journal. In the meanwhile, the team is gearing up for a long trip to Africa to collect more data.
Award Liyang ICASP
May 2019
Our own Liyang Ma receives the CERRA Student Award for applications of probability in civil engineering, for his research on resilience of power transmission systems, as part of the PRAISys project. Congratulations to Liyang and great thanks to the association for this recognition of our work!
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