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

Chapters in Books

Selected Articles in Journals

Invited Lectures

  • EF-Scale Forum
  • The Joplin Tornado: Lessons Learned from the NIST Investigation
  • Challenges in Adaptation to a Changing Climate: Case Study for Washington, DC Area Extreme Wind and Heat Events
  • Directions in Wind Hazard Modeling
  • Thunderstorm Characteristics of Importance in Wind Engineering

Magazine Articles

  • Wright, D.W., Ayyub, B. and Lombardo, F.T. (2013). ￿Bridging the Gap Between Climate Change Science and Structural Engineering Practice￿. Structure Magazine, September 2013

Journal Editorships

  • Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure
  • Frontiers in the Built Environment ￿ Wind Engineering and Science

Professional Societies

  • Voting Member, ASCE Committee of Estimating Wind Speeds in Tornadoes and Other Windstorms 2015-
  • Chair, Wind Hazard Subcommittee on Adaptation to Climate Change 2016-
  • Board Member, American Association for Wind Engineering 2017-
  • Chair, ASCE Subcommittee on In-Situ Measurements in Windstorms 2015-

Teaching Honors

  • ASCE Outstanding Instructor Award (2017)

Research Honors

  • Department of Commerce Gold Medal (2014)