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Researchers at the University of Arizona are examining steel collectors used in the building industry to help create earthquake-proof structures.


Major earthquakes in central Mexico and the Iran-Iraq border last year caused large scale devastation and death, killing about 900 people, and destroying hundreds of buildings that also left many homeless.


Working in partnership with Lehigh University and the University of California, San Diego, the Arizona University-led research team is now studying steel collectors, which are reinforcements used in concrete floor slabs, and responsible for horizontally transferring seismic forces.


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Funding for the FY2018 PITA program has been appropriated by the Commonwealth of PA in its most recent budget, but the award has not yet been released by the funding agency. In anticipation of this funding being released to ATLSS by the Commonwealth in the upcoming months, ATLSS is now soliciting proposals for PITA projects for the FY2018 funding period. These proposals should fit within the 7 Technology Focus Areas listed below, or if outside of these areas, justify as Other with a description of the technology focus area for consideration. Proposals are due by Friday, November 3, 2017. Approval memos for selected projects are targeted to be issued by January 1, 2018, contingent on the funding being released to ATLSS by this timeframe.


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"How do ASCE members encourage policy makers and the engineering community to take the long view rather than focus on the upfront sticker price?"


That's a question Dr. Dan M. Frangopol, the Fazlur R. Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture, posed to fellow educators and industry leaders in civil engineering at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) annual convention in New York City this fall. It's also a question that's propelled him to the forefront of a critically important area of study and practice within the civil engineering community.


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Lehigh University’s NHERI Experimental Facility will be hosting a 1-day Research Workshop on Monday, November 9th at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.  The objectives of the workshop are:
To provide participants information about the NHERI@Lehigh Experimental Facility capabilities

  • To provide the basics of real-time hybrid simulation through lectures and hands-on demonstrations
  • To understand how the NHERI@Lehigh Experimental Facility capabilities can enhance your research
  • To provide information for preparing NSF proposals which use the NHERI@Lehigh Experimental Facility

Partial travel financial support will be available for on-site participants.  More details, including a registration link and application for the participant financial support, will be available in the near future.  We encourage interested researchers to visit the ATLSS Engineering Research Center ( for updates on the workshop.  Questions regarding the site workshop can be addressed to Dr. Chad Kusko, Administrative Director, ATLSS Engineering Research Center, Lehigh University at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 610-758-5299.



The American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) recently awarded Lehigh's Dan M. Frangopol, the Fazlur Rahman Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture and professor of structural engineering, with its prestigious Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) award for lifetime achievement in civil engineering education.


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Following a one year period of without program funding, we are pleased to announce that Lehigh University, through the ATLSS Engineering Research Center, has again received PITA funding from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for FY13.  The RFP for the program is now open and we invite the submittal of proposals by October 1, 2012. The technical focus areas for PITA proposals include the following areas:

  1. Innovative Infrastructure Systems (IIS)
  2. Information and Systems Technology (IST)
  3. Product and Process Design and Optimization (PPDO)
  4. Biomedical and Health Engineering (BHE)
  5. Environmental and Energy Technology (EET)
  6. Nanotechnology (NANO)
  7. Courses and Outreach Programs (COP)

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With two towers reaching 700 feet into the sky and a span that stretches nearly a mile, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is a familiar beacon to travelers driving from New Jersey to New York City.

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Two Lehigh faculty members were interviewed last week by The Philadelphia Inquirer for an article on the earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on March 11.


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Recent Project

PITA Project: Integrated Framework using Monitoring and Reliability for Improved infrastructure Management under Uncertainty: Phases 1, 2, and 3


The aim of the PITA project is to develop a novel integrated framework using structural health monitoring and reliability technologies for improved bridge management under uncertainty. Through the use of new technologies and the employment of structural health monitoring and reliability approaches, the project is expected to have significant impact on bridge lifetime management practices.


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