Faculty Profile

Franklin T. Lombardo

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Franklin T. Lombardo
Franklin T. Lombardo
Assistant Professor
3110 Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg
205 N. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 265-7556

Primary Research Area

  • Structural Engineering


  • Ph.D., Wind Science and Engineering, Texas Tech University, 2009
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Tri-State University (now Trine), 2002

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Aug. 2015 - Present
  • Research Assistant Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Jan. 2013 - Jul. 2015
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Aug. 2010-Jan. 2013

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Research Statement

Dr. Lombardo￿s goal is to reduce windstorm losses through understanding windstorms and their impacts by bridging the gap between the physical sciences and engineering practice. To this aim, Lombardo￿s primary research will be focused on understanding non-synoptic wind events (e.g., tornadoes and thunderstorms) and their impacts to the built environment through hazard, load and vulnerability characterization.

Research Interests

  • Wind Engineering
  • Extreme Wind Characterization
  • Resilience
  • Bluff Body Aerodynamics
  • Climate and Weather Extremes
  • Structural Damage
  • Structural Reliability
  • Natural and Multi-Hazard Analysis
  • Wind Energy

Selected Articles in Journals

Invited Lectures


  • Kuligowski, E.D., Lombardo, F.T., Phan, L.T., Levitan, M.L., Jorgensen, D.P. (2014). ￿Technical Investigation of the May 22, 2011 Tornado in Joplin, Missouri￿, Final Report, NIST NCSTAR 3, 492 pp.

Journal Editorships

  • Journal of Structural Engineering (Assoc. Editor)
  • Frontiers in the Built Environment ￿ Wind Engineering and Science
  • Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure
  • Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems

Conferences Organized or Chaired

  • 2018 THWARTS Tornado Symposium (NSF PREEVENTS) - Lead PI and Conference Organizer - - - Website: https://publish.illinois.edu/thwarts2018/

Professional Societies

  • Chair, Wind Hazard Subcommittee - Committee on Adaptation to Climate Change 2016-
  • Board Member, American Association for Wind Engineering 2017-
  • Co-Chair, ASCE 7-22 WLSC, Tornado Loads Task Committee 2018-
  • Voting Member, ASCE 7-22 Wind Load Subcommittee (WLSC) 2018-

Teaching Honors

  • ASCE Outstanding Instructor Award (2017)

Research Honors

  • Department of Commerce Gold Medal (2014)