Jacobo Bielak, P.E.-Civil and Environmental Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Jacobo Bielak, P.E.

Hamerschlag University Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Office: Porter Hall 123H
Phone: 412-268-2958
Fax: 412-268-7813

Research Group: MMC


Ph.D. 1971, California Institute of Technology

Areas of Interest

Computational mechanics, with special emphasis on structural health monitoring of bridges and on earthquake engineering and engineering seismology. 

Selected Publications

  • Isbiliroglu, Y., R. Taborda, and J. Bielak (2015) “Coupled soil-structure interaction effects of building clusters during earthquakes,” Earthq. Spectra, 31, 1-38. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1193/102412EQS315M
  • Restrepo, D. and J. Bielak (2014), “Virtual Topography—A fictitious domain approach for analyzing surface irregularities in large-scale earthquake ground motion simulation,” Int. J. Num. Meth. Eng. 100, 504-533. in Press doi: 10.1002/nme.4756.
  • Cerda, F., S. Chen, J. Bielak, J.H. Garrett, P. Rizzo, and J. Kovačević (2014)  “Indirect structural health monitoring of a simplified laboratory-scale bridge model,” Smart Struct. Syst., 13, 849-868, doi:10.12989/sss.2014.13.5.000
  • Chen, S., F. Cerda, P. Rizzo, J. Bielak, J. H. Garrett, and J. Kovačević (2014) “ Semi-supervised multiresolution classification using adaptive graph filtering with application to indirect bridge structural health monitoring,” IEEE Trans. Signal Process., 62, 2879-2893
  • Lederman, G., Z. Wang, J. Bielak, H. Noh, J.H. Garrett, S. Chen, J. Kovačević, F. Cerda, and P. Rizzo. (2014) “Damage quantification and localization algorithms for indirect SHM of bridges,” Proc. IABMAS 2014, doi: 10.1201/b17063-93
  • Taborda, R. and J. Bielak. (2014) “Ground-motion simulation and validation of the 2008 Chino Hills, California, earthquake using different velocity models,” Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 104, 1876–1898, doi: 10.1785/0120130266
  • Hagstrom, T., D. Givoli, D. Rabinovich, and J. Bielak (2014) “The Double Absorbing Boundary method,” J. Comput. Phys., 259, 220-241.

Recent Awards

  • 2013: elected as a fellow of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics   (USACM).
  • 2013: named the Paul Christiano Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Inaugural Holder).
  • 2011: named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • 2010: elected to the National Academy of Engineering, for advancing knowledge and methods in earthquake engineering and in regional-scale seismic motion simulation.