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Michel Ghosn

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Michel Ghosn

Steinman Hall


American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE, 1987 Arthur M. Wellington Prize.

International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety, IABMAS 2010 Prize.


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Spanish Ministry of Education / Technical University of Catalonia, 2010

 NASA Faculty Fellow: Glenn Research Center, 2003, 2004


Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1984.

Courses Taught

Mechanics of Deformable Bodies

Structural Dynamics

Bridge Engineering

Research Interests

Bridge engineering; Reliability analysis of bridge systems; Linear and nonlinear behavior and safety assessment of structural systems; Calibration of structural design and evaluation codes and specifications.


 Selected Sample of Recent Journal Publications

·         Ghosn, M., Sivakumar, B. and Miao, F. (2012) “Development of State-Specific Load and Resistance Factor Rating Method, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering.

·         Ceci, A., Casas, J.R., and Ghosn, M. (2011) Statistical Analysis of Existing Models for Flexural Strengthening of Concrete Bridge Beams using FRP Sheets, Journal of Construction & Building Materials. Reference: JCBM2776, DOI information: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2011.07.014

·         Agrawal, A.K., Ghosn, M., Alampalli, S. and Pan, Y. (2011) Seismic Fragility of RetrofittedMulti-Span Continuous Steel Bridges in New York, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering.

·         Miao, F. and Ghosn, M., (2011), “Modified subset simulation method for reliability analysis of structural systems” Structural Safety 33 (2011), pp. 251-260 DOI information: 10.1016/j.strusafe.2011.02.004.

·         Ghosn, M. (2009) “Effect of climate change on safety and reliability of typical highway structures, International J. of Terraspace Science and Eng., V1(1).

·         Ghosn, M., Moses F. and Frangopol, D.M. (2010) “Redundancy and Robustness of Highway Bridge Superstructures and Substructures”, Journal of Structural and Infrastructure Engineering, Volume 6 Issue 1 and 2, February 2010, pages 257 - 278.

·         Subramaniam, K. V., Ali-Ahmad, M. and Ghosn, M. (2008) “Freeze-Thaw Degradation of FRP-Concrete Interface: Impact on Fracture Parameters”, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol. 7, pp. 3924-3940.

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Biographical Sketch

Professor Michel Ghosn has an extensive research background in the areas of structural reliability and system safety applied to highway bridges.  This background includes: analysis and quantification of bridge redundancy; development of advanced techniques for the reliability assessment of bridge structural systems; development of load and resistance factor specifications; development of live load models for bridge design and evaluation; Multi-Hazard models for the design of bridges under combinations of extreme events; reliability and seismic fragility analysis of bridges; nonlinear behavior of bridge systems; truck weight statistics and bridge weigh-in-motion systems. 

Dr. Ghosn was awarded the A. Wellington Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for his paper on “Reliability-Calibration of Bridge Design Code” and was awarded the 2010 Prize from the International Association for Bridge Management and Safety (IABMAS) for his contributions to Bridge Redundancy.

 Dr. Ghosn is a member of the Administrative Committee of the ASCE Technical Council on Life-Cycle Performance, Safety, Reliability and Risk of Structural Systems and chairs its Task Group 2 on Reliability-based Structural System Performance Indicators. He had previously served on and chaired the ASCE Bridge Safety Committee. 

Dr. Ghosn has served on scientific committees for various national and international organizations including the Transportation Research Board (TRB), International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety (IABMAS), International Association on Structural Safety and Reliability (IASSAR). He was member of the scientific committees of several conferences and symposia including most recently the 2012 ASCE Specialty Conference on Probabilistic Mechanics and Structural Reliability (PMC), the 2013 International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability, ICOSSAR’13, International Association for Bridge Management and Safety IABMAS’12, International Conference on Application of Statistics and Probability in Soil and Structural Engineering, ICASP’11 and International Symposium on Reliability Engineering and Risk Management, ISRERM 2010.

Dr. Ghosn also served on project review panels for the Federal Highway Administration FHWA, the National Science Foundation NSF, the National Cooperative Highway research Program (NCHRP), and the Swiss National Science Foundation among others.

Dr. Ghosn has led several research projects for the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Recent projects led by M. Ghosn or where he had major contributions include ”FHWA: Procedures for Response-Based Load Rating of Bridges”, “NCHRP: Bridge System Safety and Redundancy”, “NCHRP: Risk-based Approach for Bridge Scour Prediction”, “NYSDOT: Effect of Truck Overweight on New York State Infrastructure”, “NYSDOT: Load and Resistance Factor Rating Methodology in New York State”, “NCHRP: Protocols for Collecting and using Traffic Data in Bridge Design”.  

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