Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs
ATLSS Engineering Research Center
IMBT Labs 108B
117 ATLSS Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Phone Number: 
(610) 758-3066
Paolo Bocchini

Areas of Research

Distributed Infrastructure
Maintenance, Management and Performance Assessment of Bridge Networks
Disaster Management and Resilience of the Infrastructure
Computational Mechanics
Computational Stochastic Mechanics
Random Processes and Fields in Mechanics
Stochastic Finite Elements
Probabilistic Structural Analysis
Structural Identification and Damage Detection
Infrastructure Hazard Mitigation
Life Cycle of Structural Systems
Structural Engineering


Dr. Bocchini received his Ph.D. from the University of Bologna (Italy) after completing a dual-advisor program under the guidance of Prof. Erasmo Viola from the University of Bologna and Prof. George Deodatis from Columbia University in the City of New York, where he had been a visiting scholar for one year. His research interests lay in the broad area of computational mechanics and probabilistic structural analysis. In particular, he works on the numerical simulation of uncertain structures and distributed civil infrastructure systems, to assess and improve the resilience of bridge networks under extreme events.

Dr. Bocchini is the author of more than 30 papers in peer reviewed international scientific journals and professional conferences. His scientific contributions have been cited in state-of-the-art reviews. He received the Marco Polo award, the Albino Nascè award, and the Carlo Felice Jodi award. He taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels at the School of Engineering and at the School of Architecture of the University of Bologna before joining Lehigh University.

Dr. Bocchini is a licensed Professional Engineer in Italy and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Structural Engineering Institute, Engineering Mechanics Institute, International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety, International Association for Life-Cycle Civil Engineering, and American Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.


Teaching and Service

Dr. Bocchini teaches CEE 59, Strength of Materials, an undergraduate course for sophomores and one of the foundational courses in mechanics required for the professional practice of civil engineering.

At the graduate level Dr. Bocchini is offering CEE 466, Advanced Finite Element Methods. This course combines several advanced topics, including dynamic finite elements and stochastic finite elements. Students who take this course will develop their own code for linear-elastic finite element analyses as well as for either dynamic or stochastic analyses. Bocchini is also teaching a course on Random Vibrations, CEE 358/458, to train graduate students in his research field.


Selected Publications

Paolo Bocchini, Duygu Saydam, Dan M. Frangopol. Efficient, accurate, and simple Markov chain model for the life-cycle analysis of bridge groups. Structural Safety, Elsevier, Vol. 40, Issue 1, p. 51–64, 2013. DOI: 10.1016/j.strusafe.2012.09.004

Paolo Bocchini, Dan M. Frangopol, George Deodatis. A random field based technique for the efficiency enhancement of bridge network life-cycle analysis under uncertainty. Engineering Structures, Elsevier, Vol. 33, Issue 12, p. 3208-3217, 2011. DOI:10.1016/j.engstruct.2011.08.024

Paolo Bocchini, Dan M. Frangopol. Connectivity-based optimal scheduling for maintenance of bridge networks. Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, in press and already available online. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EM.1943-7889.0000271

Paolo Bocchini, Dan M. Frangopol. Restoration of bridge networks after an earthquake: multi-criteria intervention optimization. Earthquake Spectra, EERI, Vol. 28, Issue 2, pp. 427-455, 2012. DOI: 10.1193/1.4000019

Paolo Bocchini, Dan M. Frangopol. A probabilistic computational framework for bridge network optimal maintenance scheduling. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Elsevier, Vol. 96, Issue 2, p. 332-349, 2011. DOI: 10.1016/j.ress.2010.09.001

Paolo Bocchini, Alessandro Marzani, Erasmo Viola. Graphical user interface for guided acoustic waves. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 25, Issue 3, p. 202-210, 2011. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000081

Paolo Bocchini, George Deodatis. Critical review and latest developments of a class of simulation algorithms for strongly non-Gaussian random fields. Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics, Elsevier, Vol. 23, Issue 4, p. 393-407, 2008. DOI: 10.1016/j.probengmech.2007.09.001


Ph.D., Structural Mechanics, University of Bologna, Italy, 2008
Laurea Degree (B.Sc. + M.Sc.), Civil Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy, 2004