Research group 20160512b
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Undergraduate Research Symposium 2014
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ICOSSAR NY 2013
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Research Group Members

The research group involves graduate students at the Ph.D. and M.Sc. levels, as well as undergraduate students. Several international collaborations are also in place.

Paolo Bocchini, Ph.D.

PB
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
Group Advisor

Short Bio Publications

Wenjuan Sun, Ph.D.

WS
Research associate emerita
Group member since February 2016
(co-supervised by Dr. Brian Davison)

  • Probabilistic resilience assessment of interdependent systems (PRAISys)


Liyang Ma, Ph.D.

LM
Postdoctoral research associate
Group member since August 2015 (formerly PhD student)

  • Wind fragility of power transmission systems
  • Resilience of electricity infrastructure
  • Multi-hazard quantization

Mohanad A. A. Khazaali

MK
Doctoral student
Group member since August 2015 (formerly M.Sc. student in the group)

  • Fragility and resilience of communication towers and communication systems
  • Concrete durability


Fahim Rustamy

FR
Doctoral student
Group member since June 2017
(co-advised by Dr. Richard Sause)

  • Resilience of electrical substations

Xingjian Wang

XW
Doctoral student
Group member since October 2017 (formerly M.Sc. student in the group)

  • 3D printing by selective binder activation
  • Structural topology optimization
  • Numerical modeling of bridges

Sena Mürsel

SM
Doctoral student
Group member since August 2019
  • Catastrophe modeling

Xinyue Wang

XW
Doctoral student
Group member since August 2019


  • Infrastructure resilience

Robin Hendricks

RH
Doctoral student
Group member since August 2019
Fritz Industrial Testing Supervisor
  • Mechanics and modeling of steel connections
  • Fiber-reinforced cementitious-matrix materials

Urinrin Otite

UO
Doctoral student
Group member since August 2021
  • Infrastructure resilience

Shaohao Ning

PR
Master of Science student
Group member since October 2019
  • Longitudinal data collection for post-disaster analaysis of community resilience

Zaiao Zhang

TS
Master of Science student
Group member since October 2019

  • Transportation infrastructure data collectiona and modeling

Nate Alter

NA
Undergraduate student
Group member since January 2019, Global Social Impact Fellow (co-advised by Dr. Buceta)
  • Data collection and processing strategies for the transmission of filoviruses to humans

Lindsay Slavit

LS
Undergraduate student
Group member since January 2019, Global Social Impact Fellow (co-advised by Dr. Buceta)
  • Models for the transmission of filoviruses to humans

Anna Smith

AS
Undergraduate student
Group member since January 2019, Global Social Impact Fellow (co-advised by Dr. Buceta)
  • Data collection and processing strategies for the transmission of filoviruses to humans

Thomas Szewczyk

TS
Undergraduate student
Group member during August 2019 - June 2020 (co-advised by Dr. Brian Davison)
Group member since August 2020

  • PRAISys platform development for infrastructure resilience
  • Expert survey on telecom infrastructure recovery

Alexis Javier

AJ
Undergraduate student
Group member since August 2020

  • Expert survey on telecom infrastructure recovery

Former Graduate Students and PostDocs


Claudio Meles

CM
Visiting Master of Science student
Group member during August 2014 - January 2015
(co-advised by Dr. Alessandro Marzani)

LinkedIn Page
  • Enhancement of a methodology for the detection of blockages in pipe networks for oil and gas.
After Lehigh, Claudio went on to be a Structural Designer at Progettazione Edile Marchini.

Cheng Tang

CT
Former Master of Science student
Group member during August 2013 - December 2015

  • Seismic aftershocks: probabilistic modeling and impact on disaster management and resilience of infrastructure systems

Francesco Rigato

FR
Visiting Master of Science student
Group member during January 2016 - June 2016
(co-advised by Dr. Mariano Zanini)

  • Infrastructure interdependency assessment through time-series analysis

Bushe Yang

BY
Former Master of Science student
Group member since December 2014
On leave since June 2016
  • Modelling and sampling of multi-variate wind loads applied to tall buildings

Julia Tomasi

JT
Former Master of Science student
Group member during January 2015 - December 2016

  • Energy harvesting from piezo-electric devices applied to civil infrastructure

Aman Karamlou, Ph.D.

AK
Former Doctoral student
Group member during June 2012 - January 2017

LinkedIn Page
  • Resilience of bridge networks
  • Assessment of seismic bridge fragility
  • Parallel computing for large simulation of non-linear time-history analyses under uncertainty
After Lehigh, Aman has become a catastrophe modeler at AIR worldwide. Read more about his success story.

Graziano Fiorillo, Ph.D.

GF
Former postdoctoral research associate
Group member during February 2016 - August 2017
(co-supervised by Dr. Javier Buceta)

  • Non-homogeneous virus spreading
After Lehigh, Graziano started a new postdoc at Rutgers. He is now a faculty member at the University of Manitoba, Canada.

Roberta Stirparo

RS
Visiting Master of Science student
Group member during July 2017 - February 2018
(co-advised by Dr. Christian Carloni)

  • Concrete durability and life-cycle assessment

Amirali Shojaeian

AS
Former Master of Science student
Group member during September 2015 - February 2018

  • Concrete durability
  • Simulation of random functions

Joseph Ingaglio

JI
Former MSc to PhD Student
Group member during January 2017 - January 2019
(co-supervised by Drs. Clay Naito and John Fox)
  • 3D Printing of cementitious materials

Mao Cheng

MC
Former doctoral student
Group member May 2018 - January 2019


  • Functional quantization and regional analysis

Jeff Brietling

JB
Master of Engineering Student
Group member during January 2019 - May 2019
(formerly group member also as undergraduate)
  • 3D printing of concrete elements

Vasileios Christou,Ph.D.

VC
Former Doctoral student and Postdoctoral research associate
Group member during August 2012 - August 2019 (PhD) and September 2019 - July 2020 (Postdoc)
  • Simulation of random fields for applications in structural engineering
  • Functional Quantization
  • Regional hazard simulation (earthquakes and hurricanes)
After Lehigh, Vasileios joined Fermat Capital Management. Read more about his success story.

Former Undergraduate Research Collaborators


Andrew Callahan

AC
Former undergraduate student
Group member during May 2012 - September 2012

LinkedIn Page
  • Stochastic Finite Element Methods.
After Lehigh, Andrew went on to be a Software Engineer at Zenefits.

Tara Hofferth

th
Former undergraduate student
Group member during September 2012 - September 2013

LinkedIn Page
  • Data collection and processing for resilience analysis of transportation networks.
After Lehigh, Tara went on to be a Structural Engineer at Louis Berger.

Heba Elsayed

HE
Former undergraduate student
Group member during July 2013 - May 2015

LinkedIn Page
  • Modeling of bridges and urban transportation networks for seismic resilience analysis
After Lehigh, Heba went on to be a Graduate Student at Georgia Tech. Read more about her success story.

Elaine Ivy

EI
Former undergraduate student
Group member during August 2014 - December 2014

LinkedIn Page
  • Probability of road obstructions due to debris from collapsing buildings during an earthquake.
Elaine is now a Civil Design Associate at Cripe.

Alex Keller

AK
Former undergraduate student
Group member during May 2015 - August 2015

  • Infrastructure Interdependencies

Tyler Wang

TW
Former undergraduate student
Group member during August 2015 - December 2015

  • Infrastructure interdependency

Kathryn Hooven

KH
Former undergraduate student
Group member during September 2015 - December 2015

  • Resilience of the Lehigh Valley
Katie is now a Master Student at Lehigh.


Weida Liu

WL
Former undergraduate student
Group member during August 2014 - May 2016

  • Multi-hazard modeling

Mountaintop 2016

MT
Team of 8 students
Group members during June 2016 - August 2016
(co-supervised by Dr. Herman Nied)

Dedicated page
  • Establishing a flow network for experiments on blockages and their detection

Jeff Schwartz

JS
Former undergraduate student
Group member during June 2016 - August 2016

  • Metrics for community resilience

Kris Datta

KD
Former undergraduate student
Group member during September 2016 - December 2016

  • Development of a community resilience testbed

Julia Patterson

JP
Former undergraduate student
Group member during September 2016 - December 2016

  • Community resilience metrics

Jeff Brietling

JB
Former undergraduate student
Group member during June 2016 - December 2016

  • Detection of blockages in a large pipeline network
  • Experimental assessment of concrete durability

Diana Melendez

DM
Former undergraduate student
Group member during September 2016 - December 2016

  • Concrete durability against chloride penetration

Kyle Bordner

KB
Former undergraduate student
Group member during September 2016 - May 2017

  • Community resilience metrics

Mountaintop 2017

MT
Team of 3 students
Group members during June 2017 - August 2017
(co-supervised by Drs. Clay Naito and John Fox)

Dedicated page
  • Advancing 3D concrete printing: methods, materials, and applications

Jacob Anderson

JA
Former undergraduate student
Group member during September 2016 - September 2017

  • Building resilience assessment

Praveen Joseph

PJ
Former undergraduate student
Group member during February 2018 - May 2018


  • Concrete durability and probabilistic life-cycle analysis of concrete mixes

Kinga Kuczynski

KK
Former undergraduate student
Group member during February 2018 - May 2018


  • Life-cycle analysis of 3D-printed concrete

Louis Lin

LL
Former undergraduate student
Group member during February 2018 - May 2018
and August 2018 - December 2018

  • Infrastructure systems modeling, data collection and processing

Spencer Levenson

SL
Former undergraduate student
Group member during February 2018 - May 2018


  • Concrete durability and probabilistic life-cycle analysis of concrete mixes

Chase Gallik

CG
Former undergraduate student (REU)
Group member during May 2017 - August 2017;
REU during May 2018 - August 2018 (co-advised by Dr. Sause);
group member during January 2019 - May 2019
  • Innovative data collection for power grids
  • Electric substations vulnerability
  • Combination of GIS and machine learning

Natalie Rosato

NR
Former undergraduate student (REU)
Group member during May 2018 - August 2018


  • Hazard scenario selection

Victoria Pasini

VP
Former undergraduate student
Group member during May 2018 - May 2019


  • Regional data collection for transportation infrastructure
  • GIS
  • Hurricane data collection

Morgan Comisac

MC
Former undergraduate student
Group member during January 2019 - May 2019


  • Resilience of transportation networks and associated data

Tsering Dingtsa

TD
Former undergraduate student
Group member during January 2019 - May 2019


  • 3D printing of concrete elements

Vaafoulay Kanneh

VK
Former undergraduate student
Group member during January 2019 - May 2019


  • Automated acquisition of communication infrastructure data
  • 3D printing of concrete elements

Marcia Bardman

MB
Former undergraduate student
Group member during May 2019 - August 2019


  • Collection of hurricane recovery data

Pawat Rithipreedanant

PR
Former undergraduate student
REU during May 2019 - August 2019
Group member during August 2019 - August 2020
  • Automated structural classification by machine learning
After Lehigh, Pawat continued his studies with a Master's program at UC Berkeley.

Raul Ramirez-Campos

RR
Former undergraduate student
Group member during DEcember 2020 - February 2021

  • Survey on disaster recovery of power substations