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Dionisio P. Bernal

Professor,  Civil and Environmental Engineering

Contact

Office

  • 405 CU
  • 617.373.4417

Research Focus

System identification, fault detection and fault localization, earthquake engineering, soil structure interaction, structural stability

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Tennessee, 1979
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Tennessee, 1976
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Tennessee, 1975

Honors & Awards

  • 2011 “Students Speak” Teaching Award
  • 2004 Martin W. Essigmann Award for Teaching Excellence, Northeastern University, Boston MA
  • 1998 Honorary Distinguished Professor, Institute of Technology of Santo Domingo
  • 1993 Moisseiff Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers for the paper “Instability of Buildings Subjected to Earthquakes,” Journal of Structural Engineering, 118(8), 2239-2260.
  • 1989 Hayes Engineering Award for excellence in research, Northeastern University

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of American Society of Civil Engineers

Research Focus

System identification, fault detection and fault localization, earthquake engineering, soil structure interaction, structural stability

Department Research Areas

Civil Infrastructure Security
Structures

Selected Publications

  • D. Bernal, Eigenvalue Sensitivity of Sampled Systems Operating in Closed-Loop, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 105, 2018, 481-487
  • D. Bernal, State Observers in the Design of Egenstructures for Enhanced Sensitivity, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 110, 2018, 122-129
  • D. Bernal, M.R.Ulriksen, Output Feedback in the Design of Eigenstructures for Enhanced Sensitivity, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 112, 2018, 22-30
  • M.D. Ulriksen, D. Bernal, L. Damkilde, Shaped Input Distributions for Structural Damage Localization, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 110, 2018, 499-508
  • D. Bernal, Analytical Minimization of Synchronicity Errors in Stochastic Identification, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 98, 2017, 415-424
  • Y. Zhang, D. Bernal, Non-recursive Sequential Input Deconvolution, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 2016

Jul 20, 2016

Monitoring the Health of Structural Systems from the Geometry of Sensor Traces

CEE Professor Dionisio Bernal received a $194K NSF grant for “Monitoring the Health of Structural Systems from the Geometry of Sensor Traces“. Deterioration from the passage of time and from exposure to large loading events can reduce the safety of structural systems. The effectiveness and efficiency of interventions to maintain adequate reliability depend on the […]

Jun 07, 2016

Advancing Teaching and Learning at Northeastern

Northeastern has awarded grants to two groups of faculty to promote Advancing Teaching and Learning at Northeastern.

Jul 16, 2012

Northeastern University Hosts the 2012 NSF CMMI Engineering Research and Innovation Conference

Northeastern University's College of Engineering hosted the National Science Foundation's 2012 Engineering Research and Innovation Conference for the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) from July 9-12, 2012.

Nov 08, 2011

Prof. Bernal gives keynote lecture at EVACES

Professor Dionisio Bernal gave one of the keynote lectures at the 4th International Conference on Experimental Vibration Analysis For Civil Engineering Structures (EVACES), in Varenna, Italy.

Aug 10, 2011

Prof. Bernal Researches New Energy Dissipation Strategies for Buildings

Professor Dionisio Bernal has received a $161,580 grant from the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) from the National Science Foundation to estimate damping in buildings during earthquakes.

Jun 13, 2011

Real-World Academics

CIV Professors Ming Wang, Dionisio Bernal, and Jerome Hajjar organized the 2011 Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference which focused on academic research and real-world applications.

Apr 11, 2011

Six Faculty Named 2010 Outstanding Teachers of the College of Engineering

Congratulations to the following faculty, who were identified by our students as Outstanding Teachers of the College of Engineering for 2010: Dionisio Bernal, Daniel Dulaski, Philip Larese-Casanova, Thomas Sheahan, Ming Wang, and Mishac Yegian.

Mar 10, 2011

Congratulations COE Award Winners

Congratulations to the recipients of this year's College of Engineering Faculty and Staff awards.

Jun 28, 2010

Bernal Receives NSF Grant

CIV Professor Dionisio Bernal received a $130K NSF grant to explore his research Algorithm-Fused High Performance Damage Detector: Optimal Sensor Distributions.

Nov 19, 2009

Answering The Challenge

The National Academy of Engineering has issued the “Grand Challenges for Engineering” which includes restoration and maintenance of urban infrastructure. CEE Professors Sara Wadia-Fascetti and Ming Wang are leading the VOTERS (Versatile Onboard Traffic mbedded Roaming Sensors) project, which will develop onboard multi-sensor technology that will detect structural flaws in roads and bridges.

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