Dan M. Frangopol
Professor Emeritus
Structural Engineering & Structural Mechanics

Office: B232, ATLSS Center, Lehigh University


  • Doctor of Applied Sciences, with the highest distinction, University of Liège, Belgium, 1976.
  • Dipl.-Ing., Institute of Civil Engineering, Bucharest, Romania, 1969.
  • Doctor Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate), Polytechnic University of Milan (Politecnico di Milano), Milan, Italy, 2016.
  • Doctor Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate), Technical University of Iaşi, Romania, 2014.
  • Doctor Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate), University of Liège, Liège, Belgium, 2008.
  • Doctor Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate), Technical University of Civil Engineering, Bucharest, Romania, 2001.

Honors and Distinctions:

  • International Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, 2022.
  • Member of the National Academy of Construction of the United States, 2020.
  • Foreign Associate of the Engineering Academy of Japan, 2020.
  • Honorary Member of the Romanian Academy, 2017.
  • Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, 2016.
  • Foreign Member of the Academia Europaea (Academy of Europe, London), 2015.
  • Distinguished Member, ASCE, 2010.
  • Honorary Member of the Academy of Technical Sciences of Romania, 2000.
  • ASCE Newmark, Freudenthal, Housner and Croes (twice) Medals; ASCE Ang (inaugural), Howard, Moisseiff (twice), Lifetime Achievement Award in Education (OPAL), and State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering (three times) Awards; ASCE Noble, Reese, and Wellington (twice) Prizes; ISHMII Mufti Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Civil SHM; European Council on Computing in Construction (ECCC) Thorpe Medal; IABSE Outstanding Paper Award (OPA); ELSEVIER Munro Prize; IABMAS TY Lin Medal (inaugural); IALCCE Khan Medal (inaugural); IASSAR Research Prize; KAJIMA Research Award; SAE Distinguished Probabilistic Methods Educator Award (inaugural); JSPS Fellowship (twice); ASCE Lehigh Valley Section’s Civil Engineer of the Year Award.
  • Lehigh University Awards: Hillman Faculty Award; Eleanor and Joseph F. Libsch Research Award; Hillman Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising; Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science's Excellence in Research Scholarship and Leadership Award.
  • University of Colorado Awards: Boulder Faculty Assembly’s Excellence in Research, Scholarly and Creative Work Award; College of Engineering and Applied Science’s Faculty Research Award; Clarence L. Eckel Faculty Prize for Excellence; Distinguished Achievement Award; Research Development Award (twice); Teaching Award; Service Award.
  • Honorary Professor: Shenyang Jianzhu University (Shenyang, China), 2018; Hunan University (Hunan, China), 2016; Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University (Melbourne, Australia), 2015; Beijing Jiaotong University (Beijing, China), 2015; Chongqing Jiaotong University (Chongqing, China), 2015; Changsha University of Science and Technology (Changsha, China), 2015; Dalian University of Technology (Dalian, China), 2014; Harbin Institute of Technology (Harbin, China), 2013; The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong, China), 2012; Chang'an University (Xi'an, Shaanxi, China), 2012; Southeast University (Nanjing, China), 2011; Tianjin University (Tianjin, China), 2011; Tongji University (Shanghai, China), 2009.
  • For more information on honors and distinctions, click here.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Founding President, The International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety (IABMAS).
  • Founding President, The International Association for Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE).
  • Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Structure and Infrastructure Engineering.
  • Inaugural Holder of the Fazlur Rahman Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture at Lehigh University (2006 - Present).
  • Initiator and Organizer of the Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series at Lehigh University (2007 - Present).
  • Past Chair of the Technical Activities Division of the Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE; Past Vice-President and Chair of the Executive Board of the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability (IASSAR); Past Vice-President and Member of the Board of Governors of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of ASCE; Past Vice-President of the International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (ISHMII); Inaugural Fellow of SEI and EMI; Fellow of ACI, IABSE, ISHMII and JSCE.
  • For a list of Prof. Frangopol’s professional affiliations and service, click here .


Development and application of probabilistic and optimization concepts and methods to civil and marine engineering, including:

  • Structural reliability and probabilistic mechanics
  • Life-cycle cost analysis
  • Probability-based assessment, design, and multi-criteria life-cycle optimization of structures and infrastructure systems
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Life-cycle performance maintenance and management of structures and distributed infrastructure under extreme events (earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and floods)
  • Risk-based assessment and decision making
  • Multi-hazard risk mitigation
  • Infrastructure sustainability and resilience to disasters
  • Climate change adaptation

Research Supervision:

Prof. Frangopol has supervised the dissertations of 50 PhD students (37 as dissertation advisor and 13 as dissertation co-advisor) and the theses and reports of 56 MSc students. In addition, he has supervised and sponsored 22 post-doctoral researchers and hosted over 70 visiting scholars. 28 of his former students and post-doctoral researchers are university professors in the United States and abroad, and many are prominent in professional practice and research laboratories.

Recent Publications:

Prof. Frangopol is the author/co-author of 4 books, 64 book chapters, 450 articles in archival journals, over 600 papers in conference proceedings, and more than 100 technical reports. He has edited/co-edited 56 books and 28 special issues of international journals. For a complete list of publications, click here.


  • Bridge Safety, Maintenance and Management in a Life- Cycle Context (with S. Kim), CRC Press, A Science Publishers Book, Boca Raton, London, New York, ISBN: 978-1-032-05281-6, 2022, 296 pages.
  • Life-Cycle of Structures Under Uncertainty: Emphasis on fatigue-sensitive civil and marine structures (with S. Kim). CRC Press, Boca Raton, London, New York, ISBN-13: 978-0367147556, 2019, 216 pages.
  • Structures and Infrastructure Systems: Life‐Cycle Performance, Management, and Optimization. Routledge, New York, ISBN-13: 978-0815396055, 2018, 406 pages.
  • Mathematics for Mechanical Engineers (with W.F. Ames, G. Cain, Y.L. Tong, W.G. Steele, H.W. Coleman, R.L. Kautz, and P. Norton), CRC Press , Boca Raton, London, New York, Washington, D.C., ISBN-13: 978-0849300561, 2000, 262 pages.


  • “Optimal Load-rating Inspection Planning of Corroded Steel Girders using Markov Decision Process,” (with M. Cheng), Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics, Elsevier, Vol. 66, 2021, 103160, 1-11, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.probengmech.2021.103160
  • “Effect of the Interaction of Corrosion Pits among Multiple Tensile Rebars on the Reliability of RC Structures: Experimental and Numerical Investigation,” (with S. Srivaranun, M. Akiyama, P. Bocchini, V. Christou, D.M. Frangopol, H. Fukushima, and K. Masuda), Structural Safety, Elsevier, Vol. 93, 2021, 102115, 1-18, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.strusafe.2021.102115
  • "Optimum Maintenance of Deteriorated Steel Bridges using Corrosion Resistant Steel based on System Reliability and Life-cycle Cost,” (with X. Han and D.Y. Yang), Engineering Structures, Elsevier, Vol. 243, 2021, 112633, 1-13, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2021.112633
  • "Determining Target Reliability Index of Structures based on Cost Optimization and Acceptance Criteria for Fatality Risk (with L. Liu and D.Y. Yang), ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part A: Civil Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2021, 0401013, 1-13, https://doi.org/10.1061/AJRUA6.0001127
  • "Error Analysis for Approximate Structural Life-cycle Reliability and Risk using Machine Learning Methods," (with D.Y. Yang and X. Han), Structural Safety, Elsevier, Vol. 89, 2021, 102033, 1-14, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.strusafe.2020.102033
  • "Risk-Based Vulnerability Analysis of Deteriorating Coastal Bridges under Hurricanes Considering Deep Uncertainty of Climatic and Socioeconomic Changes," (with D.Y. Yang), ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part A: Civil Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2020 , 04020032, 1-14, https://doi.org/10.1061/AJRUA6.0001075
  • "Probabilistic Cost-Benefit Analysis for Service Life Extension of Ships," (with L. Liu and D.Y. Yang), Ocean Engineering, Elsevier, Vol. 201, 2020, 107094, 1-14, http://doi.org/10.1016/j.oceaneng.2020.107094
  • “Risk-based Portfolio Management of Civil Infrastructure Assets under Deep Uncertainties associated with Climate Change: A Robust Optimization Approach,” (with D.Y. Yang), Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 16, No. 4, 2020, 531-546, http://doi.org/10.1080/15732479.2019.1639776
  • “Network-level Risk-based Framework for Optimal Bridge Adaptation Management Considering Scour and Climate Change,” (with L. Liu and D. Y, Yang), Journal of Infrastructure Systems, ASCE, Vol. 26, No. 1, 2020, 04019037, 1-15, https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000516
  • "Toward Life-cycle Reliability-, Risk-, and Resilience-based Design and Assessment of Bridges and Bridge Networks under Independent and Interacting Hazards: Emphasis on Earthquake, Tsunami and Corrosion," (with M. Akiyama, and H. Ishibashi), Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2020, 26-50, https://doi.org/10.1080/15732479.2019.1604770
  • "Societal Risk Assessment of Transportation Networks under Uncertainties due to Climate Change and Population Growth," (with D.Y. Yang), Structural Safety, Elsevier, Vol. 78, 33-47, 2019, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.strusafe.2018.12.005
  • "Risk-Informed Structural Repair Decision Making for Service Life Extension of Aging Naval Ships," (with Y. Liu, and M. Cheng), Marine Structures, Elsevier, Vol. 64, 305-321, 2019, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marstruc.2018.10.008
  • "Utility and Information Analysis for Optimum Inspection of Fatigue-Sensitive Structures," (with Y. Liu), Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 145, No. 2, 04018251 1-12, 2019, https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0002257
  • "Life-cycle Management of Deteriorating Civil Infrastructure Considering Resilience to Lifetime Hazards: A General Approach based on Renewal-reward Processes," (with D.Y. Yang), Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Elsevier, Vol. 183, 197-212, 2019 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ress.2018.11.016
  • "Sustainability-Informed Bridge Ranking under Scour Based on Transportation Network Performance and Multi-Attribute Utility," (with L. Liu, A. Mondoro, and D.Y. Yang), Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 23, No. 10, 04018082 1-12, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0001296
  • "Risk-Informed Bridge Ranking at Project and Network Levels," (with D.Y. Yang), Journal of Infrastructure Systems, ASCE, Vol. 24, No. 3, 04018018 1-13, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000430
  • "Novel Technique for Configuration Transformation of 3D Curved Cables of Suspension Bridges: Application to the Dongtiao River Bridge," (with X. Wang, Y. Dong, X. Lei, and Y. Zhang), Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE, Vol. 32, No. 4, 2018, 04018045 1-11 https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0001189
  • “Influence of the Exposure Scenario and Spatial Correlation on the Probabilistic Life-Cycle Seismic Performance of Deteriorating RC Frames,” (with A. Titi, S. Bianchi, and F. Biondini), Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 14, No. 7, 2018, 986-996, https://doi.org/10.1080/15732479.2018.1438481
  • "Life-Cycle Reliability Assessment of Reinforced Concrete Bridge Structures under Multiple Hazards," (with T. Yanweerasak, W. Pansuk and M. Akiyama), Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 14, No. 7, 2018, 1011-1024, https://doi.org/10.1080/15732479.2018.1437640