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

Jacobo Bielak, P.E.

Paul Christiano 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. The main objective of the seismic activity is to contribute to the understanding of earthquake-related phenomena, in an end-to-end approach, from the source, propagation path, and site effects, to structural response, with the ultimate goal of mitigating the impact that earthquakes can have on complex infrastructure systems.

Selected Publications

  • Taborda, R. and Bielak, J. (2013) “Short-period ground-motion simulation and validation of the 2008 Chino Hills earthquake,” Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 103: 131-156. 
  • Jarernprasert, S., Bazán-Zurita, E., and Bielak, J. (2013) “Seismic soil-structure interaction response of inelastic structures,” Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 47: 132-143.
  • Cerda, F., Garrett, J., Bielak, J., Rizzo, P., Barrera, J., Zhuang, Z., Chen, S., McCann, M., and Kovačević, J. (2012) “Indirect structural health monitoring in bridges: scale experiments,” Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management, IABMAS2012, Villa Erba, Lake Como, Italy.
  • Baffet, D., Bielak, J., Givoli, D., Hagstrom, T., and Rabinovich, D. (2012) “Long-time stable high-order absorbing boundary conditions for elastodynamics,” Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 241-244: 20-37.
  • Bielak, J., Karaoglu, H., and Taborda, R. (2011) “Memory-efficient displacement-based internal friction for wave propagation simulation,” Geophysics, 76: T131 – T145.
  • Bielak, J., Graves, R.W., Olsen, K.B., Taborda, R., Ramírez-Guzmán, L., Day, S.M., Ely, G.P., Roten, D., Jordan, T.H., Maechling, P.J., Urbanic, J., Cui, Y., Juve, G. (2009) “The ShakeOut earthquake scenario: Verification of three simulation sets,” Geophysical Journal International, 180: 375-404.

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.
  • 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.
  • 2009: named University Professor at Carnegie Mellon, the highest academic distinction university faculty members can achieve.
  • 2007: elected to Mexican Academy of Engineering - Corresponding Member