Dan M. Frangopol

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Dan Mircea Frangopol
Residence  United States
Nationality United States American
Fields Civil Engineering
Institutions Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
Alma mater University of Liège, Belgium
Doctoral advisor Charles E. Massonnet

Dan Mircea Frangopol is an American civil engineer and the first holder of the Fazlur R. Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers [1] and an Honorary Member of the Romanian Academy of Technical Sciences.[2] He has received three Honorary Doctorates and several prestigious awards, including the Nathan M. Newmark Medal, the T.Y. Lin Medal, the J. James R. Croes Medal, the Moisseiff Award, and the IASSAR Senior Research prize, to name a few. He is the founding president of the International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety (IABMAS) and of the International Association for Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE). He is an Honorary Professor at seven universities and an inaugural Fellow of SEI and EMI, Fellow of ACI, IABSE, and ISHMII, Honorary President of both the IABMAS-Italy Group and the IABMAS-Brazil Group, Honorary Member of the Portuguese Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety, and Honorary Member of IABMAS-China Group. Dr. Frangopol is an experienced researcher and consultant to industry and government agencies, both nationally and abroad. His work has been funded by NSF, FHWA, ONR, NASA, USACE, AFOSR, ARDEC and by numerous other agencies including the U.K. Highways Agency and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment. He has left an indelible legacy of work, having authored or co-authored more than 350 books, book chapters and refereed journal articles, and more than 500 papers in conference proceedings. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, a peer-reviewed journal.[3] He is a pioneer in the field of Life-Cycle Civil Engineering.[4]



Dan M. Frangopol received his Diploma in Engineering from the Institute of Civil Engineering, Bucharest, Romania, in 1969.

In 1976, he received his doctorate of Applied Sciences from the University of Liège, Belgium.

His doctoral thesis entitled "Probabilistic Study of Structural Safety" was supervised by Charles E. Massonnet and J. Ferry-Borges.


After receiving his diploma, from 1969 to 1974 Frangopol held a position as Assistant Professor at the Institute of Civil Engineering in Bucharest. In 1974 he moved to Belgium, where he was a Research Structural Engineer (structural reliability, analysis and design of inelastic structures, structural optimization) at the Department of Mechanics of Materials and Structural Engineering, University of Liège. In 1977 he went back to Romania to become an Associate Professor at the Institute of Civil Engineering in Bucharest. From 1979 to 1983 he was a Project Engineer at A. Lipski Consulting Engineers in Brussels, Belgium. In 1983 he joined the faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder as Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, in 1988 he became Full Professor, and in 2006 an Emeritus Professor. In 2006 he moved to Lehigh University as Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the first holder of the Fazlur R. Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture. Since January 2008 he is a Visiting Chair Professor of the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology in Taipei (Taiwan) and since September 2009 he is an Honorary Professor at Tongji University in Shanghai (China).[5]

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  1. ^ a b http://www.asce.org/PressRelease.aspx?id=2147488379 . Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Romanian: http://www.astr.ro/index.php?page=aboutmember&id=140 . English translation: http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=1&eotf=1&u=http://www.astr.ro/index.php%3Fpage%3Daboutmember%26id%3D140&sl=ro&tl=en . Retrieved August 4, 2010.
  3. ^ http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/journal.asp?issn=1573-2479&linktype=5 . Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  4. ^ Frangopol, D.M.; Lin, K.Y. and Estes, A.C. (1997). "Life-cycle cost design of deteriorating structures". Journal of Structural Engineering-ASCE 123 (10): 1390–1401. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9445(1997)123:10(1390). 
  5. ^ a b http://www.ctbuh.org/NewsMedia/PR_091124_DanFrangopol/tabid/1296/language/en-US/Default.aspx . Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  6. ^ http://www.asce.org/emi/News/Headlines/2014/2014-J--James-R--Croes-Medal-recipients/ . Retrieved on June 20, 2014.
  7. ^ Portuguese: https://sites.google.com/site/brazilianiabmasgroup/ . Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  8. ^ Italian: http://www.iabmas-italy.it/Gruppo_italiano.html . Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  9. ^ (EMI News) http://www.asce.org/emi/News/Headlines/2013/EMI-Fellows-recognized/ . Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  10. ^ Chinese: http://news.hit.edu.cn/articles/2013/10-10/10140852.htm . Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  11. ^ http://www.asce.org/Content.aspx?id=17410 . Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  12. ^ http://www.ialcce.org/IALCCE_Awards.html . Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  13. ^ http://www.seu.edu.cn/s/132/t/121/a/42373/info.jspy . Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  14. ^ http://www.tju.edu.cn/english/News/Focus/201106/t20110621_106487.htm . Retrieved June 21, 2011.
  15. ^ http://www3.lehigh.edu/News/V2news_story.asp?iNewsID=3126&strBack=/insidelehigh/default.asp . Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
  16. ^ French: http://www.ulg.ac.be/cms/c_131589/docteurs-honoris-causa-2008-m-dan-frangopol?hlText=frangopol&hlMode=any. Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
  17. ^ English: http://www4.lehigh.edu/news/newsarticle.aspx?Channel=%2fChannels%2fNews%3a+2007-2008&WorkflowItemID=f1e5f72f-cba2-4eed-af86-17813e13978a . Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
  18. ^ http://www.iabse.org/IABSE/IABSE_Association/Awards/Outstanding_Paper/IABSE/association/Award_files/Outstanding_Paper_Awardees/OPA.aspx?hkey=6321e39e-e596-4916-b9b3-e9c0e13c3368 . Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
  19. ^ http://www.asce.org/Content.aspx?id=17425 . Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
  20. ^ http://www.ascp.pt/membros%20honorarios.html . Retrieved on July 7, 2011. In Portuguese.
  21. ^ http://www.asce.org/Content.aspx?id=17458 . Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
  22. ^ a b http://www.asce.org/Content.aspx?id=17412. Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
  23. ^ http://www.asce.org/Content.aspx?id=17457 . Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
  24. ^ http://www.columbia.edu/cu/civileng/iassar/awards/index.html . Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
  25. ^ http://www.asce.org/Content.aspx?id=17441 . Retrieved on August 5, 2010.

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