Members

Luca Caracoglia
Associate Professor
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Current Students

Viet Le

Viet joined WERG in the Fall of 2016. His dissertation research is titled "Performance-based engineering framework for vertical structures subjected to nonstationary wind loads". He graduated in the Spring of 2020.

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Shaoning Li

Shaoning joined WERG in the Summer of 2017. His dissertation research is titled "Stochastic flutter analysis of wind turbine blades". He plans to graduate in 2021.

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Lei Zhang

Lei joined WERG in the Fall of 2019. His dissertation research is titled "Stochastic Approximation Methods for Performance-Based Wind Engineering". He plans to graduate in 2023.

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Former PhD Students

Wei Cui
Civil Engineering-Structural

Start date: September 2012 (supervision started in May 2013)

Graduation date: May 5th, 2017 (qualifying exam passed on 11/23/2013)

Project description: Performance-based design of tall buildings under high winds

Dissertation Title: Performance-based design framework for 3D coupled wind-induced response of tall buildings in turbulent winds (URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2047/D20250947)

Sponsor: NSF CAREER and MatLab Micro-grant (as a Research Assistant)

Current Position: Assistant professor, Tongji University, Shanghai, P.R. China

Fahrid Moghim

Start date: June 2009

Graduation date: February 19, 2014 with degree conferred on May 2nd, 2014 (qualifying exam passed in Spring 2011)

Project description: Simulation and assessment wind-borne debris trajectory and damage to the glass facades of tall buildings during extreme wind events

Dissertation title: Wind-borne debris trajectory in high winds: application to the protection of tall building facades (URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d20005006)

Sponsor: NSF CAREER (as a Research Assistant)

Current Position: Risk Analyst, Liberty Mutual, Boston, MA (formerly, Research Engineer, AIR Worldwide, Boston, MA)

Dong-Woo Seo

Start date: September 2008

Graduation date: February 28, 2013 with degree conferred in May 2013 (qualifying exam passed in Spring 2011)

Project description: Analysis of uncertainty propagation in aeroelastic systems: Wind-induced response simulation on long-span bridges

Dissertation title: Effects of errors in flutter derivatives on the wind-induced response of cable-supported bridges

Sponsor: NSF (as a Research Assistant) in 2008-2010 (TA/RA in 2011-2012)

Current Position: Research Engineer, Structural Engineering Research Division, Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Construction Technology, KICT, South Korea

Former Collaborators and Post-docs

Thai-Hoa Le
Visiting Assistant Professor from Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam

Dates of supervision: September 2013 - August 2016

Project Description: Stochastic algorithms for the study of dynamics and performance of tall buildings, wind turbines and long-span bridges against transient wind loads (thunderstorms, downbursts) by Wavelet-Galerkin Analysis Method

Sponsor: NSF and Northeastern University Office of the Provost, Tier 1 Research Grants

Fabio Rizzo
Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Chieti-Pescara Italy (visiting NU on temporary leave from the Univ. of Pescara))

Dates of supervision: September 2013 - Present (Dr. Rizzo visited NU in May-June 2014)

Project Description: Estimation of flutter derivatives of closed-box girders - comparison between wind tunnel tests, conducted at NU, and Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations

Sponsor: None

Gian Felice Giaccu
Post-doctoral Fellow, Visiting Researcher from the Department of Structural Engineering, University of Caglairi, Italy

Dates of supervision: September 2011 - October 2012 (February. 2012 - October 2012 at NU)

Project Description: Stochastic algorithms for the study of non-linear cable network dynamics and the mitigation of stay-cable vibration

Sponsor: NU, Office of the Provost, Tier 1 Research Grants, 2011-2012

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning, University of Sassari, Alghero, Italy


Former PhD Students from Institutions other than NU

Laura Ierimonti
PhD Student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Perugia, Italy

Co-Advisors: Professor Ilaria Venanzi, University of Perugia (primary advisor); L. Caracoglia (co-adivsor during the study visit at NU, member of the examination committee and external reviewer of the thesis)

Dates of supervision: January 2016 - March 2016 (visit to NU)

Graduation date: May 2018 (PhD degree conferred by Universities of Florence, Perugia, Pisa, and Braunchweig - Italy/Germany)

Project Description: Risk design optimization of smart flexible structures (tall buildings)

Dissertation title: Life-cycle cost-based design of wind excited tall buildings

Sponsor: University of Florence, Italy; University of Perugia, Italy

Bastian Nebenfuhr
PhD Student, Division of Fluid dynamics, Department of Applied Mechanics, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Co-Advisors: Prof. Lars Davidson, Chalmers University of Technology (primary advisor); L. Caracoglia (co-advisor)

Dates of supervision: April 16, 2013 - July 1, 2013 (visit to NU)

Graduation date: 2015 (PhD conferred by Chalmers University of Technology)

Project description: Modeling, simulation and verification of CFD algorithms for solution of fluid-structure interaction problems on large wind turbines in forested areas

Dissertation title: Turbulence-resolving simulations for engineering applications

Sponsor: Swedish Wind Power Technology Center (SWPTC), Chalmers University of Technology

Thomas Canor
Visiting Research Assistant at NU (CEE) and PhD Student, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Liege, Belgium

Co - Advisors: Professor Vincent Denoël (primary advisor), Technical University of Liège; L. Caracoglia (co-advisor during the study visit at NU, member of the examination committee)

Dates of supervision: February 2013 - April 2013; December 2013 (visit to NU)

Graduation date: May 2014 (PhD degree conferred by the University of Liège, Belgium)

Project description: Use of Stochastic Calculus for the solution of random bridge flutter problem contaminated by modeling errors

Dissertation title: New perspectives on probabilistic methods for nonlinear transient dynamics in civil engineering

Sponsor: FNRS-Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique, Brussels, Belgium

Current position: Senior Risk Advisor, KPMG, Belgium

Philipp Egger
Visiting Research Assistant at NU (CEE) and PhD Student, Department of Structural Engineering, Technical University of Vienna, Austria

Co-Advisors: Professor Johann Kollegger (primary advisor), Technical University of Vienna; L. Caracoglia (co-advisor during the study visit at NU)

Dates of supervision: January 2011–present (January 2011-June 2011 at NU)

Graduation date: 2019, expected (PhD conferred by Technical University of Vienna)

Project description: Innovative Damping System for Stay-Cables–Modeling and Simulation

Dissertation title: TBA

Sponsor: Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation (Marshallplan Jubiläumsstiftung), Vienna, Austria and Technical University of Vienna in 2011

Current Position: VSL International, Köniz, Switzerland

Gian Felice Giaccu
Visiting Research Assistant at NU (CEE) and PhD Student, Department Structural Engr., University of Cagliari, Italy

Co-Advisors: Professor Gian Paolo Gamberini, University of Cagliari (primary advisor); L. Caracoglia (co-advisor); Dr. Francesco Cambuli, University of Cagliari (co-advisor)

Dates of supervision: February 2009–August 2009 (visit to NU)

Graduation date: January 2010 (PhD degree awarded from University of Cagliari)

Project description: Nonlinear dynamic simulation of stay/cross-tie systems and in-plane cable networks

Dissertation title: Sulla dinamica del sistema stralli-connettori (in Italian)

Sponsor: University of Cagliari (while visiting NU)

Current position: Assistant Professor, University of Sassari, Italy

Giuseppe Abbiati
PhD Student, Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, Italy

Co-Advisors: Prof. Salvatore Bursi, University of Trento (primary advisor)

Dates of supervision: August – September 2013 (supervised by Luca Caracoglia while working as a Research Fellow at the University of Trento, Italy in 2013)

Graduation date: 2014 (PhD conferred by University of Trento, Italy)

Project description: Propagation of coupling uncertainties to experimental seismic fragility curves of a typical piping system

Sponsor: University of Trento

Current position: Post-doctoral Fellow, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland

 
 
 

Former MS Students

William Michalski
Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership - Gordon Leadership Program (with concentration in Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Start date: September 2015

Graduation date: July 2016 (date of submission of Gordon Thesis) – student completed MS degree studies and graduated in 2018

Project description: Wind load analysis a power line support structures

Leadership Challenge Project Report title: Sustainable design - Envision's application to the Ticonderoga 115kV overhead line refurbishment

Sponsor: Black & Veatch

Daniel Bissex
MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Co-Advisors: Professor Gilead Tadmor, Electrical and Computer Engineering (primary advisor); L. Caracoglia (co-advisor)

Start date: September 2008

Graduation date: 2010

Project description: Accelerated compression of large data sets and reduced order modeling of fluid flows (MS Thesis)

Sponsor: IGERT Fellow, Intelligent Diagnostics for Aging Infrastructures - NSF

Naimi Pathak
MS in Civil Engineering-Structural

Start date: June 2009

Graduation date: August 2009

Project description: Finite - element analysis of tall buildings under wind excitation

MS Report title: Finite element modeling and validation of second generation wind excited tall benchmark building

Sponsor: CEE Department (one semester only; as a Teaching Assistant)

Marra Smith (formerly Giuliani)
MS in Civil Engineering - Structural

Start date: January 2008

Graduation date: August 2009

Project description: Performance - based design of slender structures against extreme winds

MS Thesis title: A Monte Carlo based method for the dynamic performance analysis of tall buildings under turbulent wind

Sponsor: CEE Department (as a Teaching Assistant)

Raulina Brito-Pina
MS in Civil Engineering - Structural

Start date: January 2008

Graduation date: May 2009

Project description: Experimental measurement of aeroelastic coefficients for flutter and buffeting analysis of long-span bridges

MS Thesis title: Extraction of Aeroelastic Coefficients for Bridge Decks from Small-scale Wind Tunnel Tests

Sponsor: NSF (as a Research Assistant)

Current position: Research engineer, AIR Worldwide, Boston, MA

Antonio Velazquez-Hernandez
MS in Civil Engineering - Structural

Start date: January 2005

Graduation date: August 2007

Project description: Monte-Carlo-based algorithms for buffeting analysis of long-span bridges

MS Thesis title: Simulation of long-span bridge buffeting response with uncertain definition of selected aerodynamic parameters

Sponsor: NU Provost’s Office and CEE Department (as a Research Assistant)

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Ohio University

Qiming Liang
MS in Civil Engineering - Structural
Dates of supervision: January 2010 - August 2010
 
Project description : Independent study with project report (4 credits). Research on practical issues associated with the use of the “DAD method” for the design of low-rise buildings against wind hazards
 
Sponsor: None
Bing Li
MS in Civil Engineering - Structural
Dates of supervision: January 2009 - April 2009
 
Project description: Independent study with project report (4 credits). Research on the numerical modeling of the wind-borne debris trajectory equation during hurricane storms.
 
Sponsor: None
Antonio Velazquez-Hernandez
MS in Civil Engineering - Structural
Dates of supervision: May 2005 - August 2005
 
Project description: Independent study with project report (4 credits). Extraction of frequency and damping characteristics of highway light poles from laboratory tests
 
Sponsor: Illinois Department of Transportation

Former MS Students from Institutions other than NU

Daniele Crisman
MS Student, Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Trieste, Italy

Co-Advisors: Prof. Salvatore Noè, University of Trieste (advisor); L. Caracoglia (co-advisor during the study visit at NU)

Dates of supervision: September 2018–December 2018 (at NU)

Graduation date: March 2019 (expected)

Project description: Database Assisted-Design (DAD) of low-rise buildings for wind loads: Applicability to European and Italian standards

Diploma Thesis title: TBA

Sponsor: Study fellowship, University of Trieste, Italy

 
Arianna Stragapede
MS student / Five-year Diploma, Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy"

Co-Advisors: Professors Annalisa Fregolent (primary advisor) and Franco Mastoddi (co-advisor), Department of Mechanics and Aeronautics, University of Rome "La Sapienza"; L. Caracoglia (external co-advisor during the study visit at NU)

Dates of supervision: October 2016–February 2017 (at NU)

Graduation date: March 14, 2017

Project description: Aeroelastic instabilities of wind turbine blades

MS Thesis title: Non-deterministic flutter analysis of a reference wind turbine blade

Sponsor: Study fellowship, University of Rome "La Sapienza"

 
 
 
Giulia Ansaldi
MS Student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Polytechnic University of Milan, Ital

Co-Advisors: Professor Federico Perotti, Polytechnic University of Milan (primary advisor); Professor Luca Martinelli, Polytechnic University of Milan (co-advisor); L. Caracoglia (external co-advisor during the study visit at NU)

Dates of supervision: July 2015–September 2015 (at NU)

Graduation date: December 2015

Project description: Analysis of wind loading uncertainty and estimation of wind hazard and structural fragility curves for the 2nd-generation tall benchmark building

Diploma Thesis title: L’effetto delle incertezze sulla risposta dinamica di edifici alti soggetti all’azione del vento (in Italian)

Sponsor: Study fellowship, Polytechnic University of Milan

Albertomaria Franzoni
MS Student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy

Co-Advisors: Professor Federico Perotti, Polytechnic University of Milan (primary advisor); Professor Luca Martinelli, Polytechnic University of Milan (co-advisor); L. Caracoglia (external co-advisor during the study visit at NU)

Dates of supervision: May 2013–August 2013 (at NU)

Graduation date: November 2013

Project description: Study of turbulent wind loading on large-roof structures with special emphasis to the case of an aircraft hangar

Diploma Thesis title: Verifica numeric-sperimentale delle sollecitazioni indotte dal vento in un hangar per aeromobili (in Italian)

Sponsor: None

Luca Scintu
MS/BS Student (Five-year Diploma), Department of Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering and Architecture, University of Cagliari, Italy

Co-Advisors: Dr. Gian Felice Giaccu (primary advisor); L. Caracoglia (external co-advisor); Bernardo Barbiellini (co-advisor, NU)

Dates of supervision: May 2013-August 2013 (at NU)

Graduation date: October 8, 2014 (Five-year diploma degree from University of Cagliari)

Project description: Analysis of wind-induced response of tall buildings under uncertain wind loads due to turbulence modeling simplification; Stochastic Gradient Approximation and Stochastic Approximation Methods

Diploma Thesis title: Approccio Stocastico per l'analisi dinamico-prestazionale di Edifici alti soggetti al carico turbolento del vento (in Italian)

Sponsor: NU Office of the Provost, Tier 1 Research Grants (partial support)

 
 
 
Alessandro De Carlo
Visiting Research Assistant at NU (CEE) and MS/BS Student (Five-year Diploma), Department of Civil Engineering, University of Trieste, Italy

Co-Advisors: Prof. Salvatore Noè, University of Trieste (advisor); L. Caracoglia (external co-advisor during the study visit at NU, member of the examination committee)

Dates of supervision: June 2008–July 2008 (at NU)

Graduation date: October 28, 2009 (Five-year diploma degree from University of Trieste)

Project description: Numerical simulation of time-domain aeroelastic loading for bridges

Diploma Thesis title: Analisi numerica del flutter accoppiato per ponti di grande luce mediante l’uso di funzioni indiciali (in Italian)

Sponsor: None

Ilaria Cirronis
MS student (MS student / Five-year Diploma), Civil Engineering / Structural Engineering, University of Cagliari, Italy

Co-Advisors: Dr. Gian Felice Giaccu (primary advisor); L. Caracoglia (external co-advisor);

Dates of supervision: April 2017

Graduation date: April 26, 2017 (MS degree conferred by the University of Cagliari)

Project description: Examining pointing error of the Sardinia Radio Telescope induced by wind load vibration

MS Thesis title: Sardinia Radio Telescope: valutazione del pointing error determinata dall’azione turbolenta del vento (in Italian)

Sponsor: None

Matteo Izzi
MS/BS Student (Five-year Diploma), Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Trieste, Italy

Co-Advisors: Prof. Salvatore Noè, University of Trieste (advisor); L. Caracoglia (external co-advisor and member of the examination committee)

Dates of supervision: December 2012–October 2013

Graduation date:October 2013 (Five-year diploma degree from University of Trieste)

Project description: Theoretical and numerical study evaluating the performance of various damping devices for stay-cable vibration mitigation, including the use of Nonlinear Target-Energy-Transfer (TET) devices

Diploma Thesis title: Smorzatori oleodinamici e dispositivi Targeted Energy Transfer per il controllo passivo delle vibrazioni di stralli (in Italian)

Sponsor: None

Former Undergraduate Students

Daniele Crisman
Three-Year Engineering Diploma Student (equivalent to BS degree), Department of Engineering and Architecture, University of Trieste, Italy

Co-Advisors: Prof. Salvatore Noè, University of Trieste (primary advisor); L. Caracoglia (co-advisor); M. Izzi, University of Trieste (co-advisor)

Dates of supervision: December 2015–October 2016 (while student at the University of Trieste)

Graduation date: October 3, 2016 (diploma degree conferred by University of Trieste)

Project description: Application of the Database-Assisted-Design approach to study roof pressure coefficients on low-rise buildings and comparison against the current Italian design standards

Diploma Thesis title: Coefficienti di pressione per la valutazione dei carichi da vento sulle coperture. Confronto tra il Database-Assisted Design del NIST e le normative vigenti (in Italian)

Sponsor: None

Camille Youngberg
Civil Engineering (Middler, Class of 2014), Northeastern University

Dates of supervision: June 2012-July 2012

Project description: Independent study: design of a section model for wind tunnel testing (truss-type bridge) using SolidWorks

Sponsor: NSF-CAREER, REU

Frank Xia
Civil Engineering (Middler/Junior, Class of 2014), Northeastern University

Dates of supervision: September 2011–February 2012

Project description: Independent study on wind tunnel testing of wind borne debris trajectories in high winds.

Sponsor: NSF-CAREER, REU

Said Aouinati
Mechanical Engineering (visiting from MassBay Community College)

Dates of supervision: (Two times) June 2011-August 2011 (First summer internship) June 2012-August 2012 (Second summer internship)

Project description: Independent study on wind tunnel testing of wind borne debris trajectories in high winds.

Sponsor: STEP-UP Program, Northeastern University

John Beale
Chemical Engineering (Junior), Northeastern University

Dates of supervision: July 2010-August 2010

Project description: Independent study on: technical issues in current wind-turbine technology engineering practice

Sponsor: None

Dana Peck
Civil Engineering (Junior, class of 2011), Northeastern University

Dates of supervision: May 2010–February 2011

Project description: Aerodynamic coefficients of plate-like objects and assistance with laboratory experiments

Sponsor: NSF-CAREER, REU

Sara Coyle
Civil Engineering (Junior, class of 2011), Northeastern University

Dates of supervision: January 2010-May 2010

Project description: Assistance to experimental activities in the small-scale wind tunnel and design of new chamber components for the facility

Sponsor: NSF-CAREER, REU and NU Provost’s Office

John M. Schroeder
Civil Engineering (Senior, graduated in 2008), Northeastern University

Dates of supervision: Summer 2007-Fall 2007

Project description: Design of a small-scale force balance for wind tunnel applications

Sponsor: NSF (partially) and NU Provost’s Office