Resilience NIST 2014
UniBO 2012
Commencement 2014
Paolo Bocchini, Ph.D.

Dr. Bocchini is the Frank Hook Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Lehigh University, affiliated also with the ATLSS Engineering Research Center.

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Dr. Bocchini is the Frank Hook Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Lehigh University. Before joining Lehigh's Faculty he was a Research Associate at the Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) Engineering Research Center. Previously, he held Research Grants at the University of Bologna, from which he received his Ph.D. in Structural Mechanics and his Laurea degree (B.Sc. + M.Sc.) in Civil Engineering. Most of his Ph.D. dissertation was developed at Columbia University, where he was a Visiting Scholar of the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. He is also an Alumnus of the Collegio Superiore Alma Mater Studiorum.

Dr. Bocchini's research activity is related to the use of probabilistic concepts, computational mechanics, operational research, and other numerical tools in civil engineering problems. Most of his recent research deals with civil infrastructure networks (transportation networks in particular) and consists in the application of theory of reliability and random fields to these complex systems. He has developed computational techniques for the assessment of the time-dependent network reliability and for the optimization of the network life-cycle management. Currently, his main focus is the resilience- and cost-based optimal allocation of resources for the design, retrofit, and recovery of a network subjected to extreme event(s).

Some side projects related to past research topics involve simulation of non-Gaussian random fields in mechanics problems; structural identification and damage detection in truss structures and in pipelines for oil and gas; numerical tools for non destructive testing by means of guided ultrasonic waves; stochastic finite element methods; advanced rheological models and pre- post-processing tools for ceramic materials. A complete list of publications is available here.