Research Focus

structural dynamics; wind engineering; wind energy; wind-induced vibration; fluid-structure interaction; linear and nonlinear cable dynamics; climate change

About

Luca Caracoglia is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He joined Northeastern University in 2005. Prior to this appointment, he was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland (USA) in 2001-2002 and a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, USA) in 2002-2004. He received his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Trieste, Italy in 2001.

Luca Caracoglia’s research and professional interests are in structural dynamics, random vibration, wind engineering, fluid-structure interaction of civil engineering structures, nonlinear cable network dynamics, wind energy and wind-based energy harvesting systems. He has been author/co-author of 87 peer-reviewed journal publications and book chapters (published or in press) and more than 110 conference proceedings / presentations in these fields. He has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in: Statics/Solid Mechanics, Structural Analysis, Steel Structure Design, Pre-stressed Concrete, Bridge Design, Wind Engineering and Wind Energy Systems.

Luca Caracoglia received the NSF-CAREER Award for young investigators in 2009. He co-chaired the 3rd Workshop of the American Association for Wind Engineering in 2012 (AAWE2012) and the 8th International Colloquium on Bluff Body Aerodynamics and Applications (BBAA VIII) in 2016. He served as a member of the International Executive Board of the International Association for Wind Engineering (IAWE) in 2012 – 2017. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association for Wind Engineering (member of IAWE) and a member of the Executive Board of the ANIV – Italian National Association for Wind Engineering (member of IAWE).

Luca Caracoglia currently serves as an Associate Editor for the ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering and the Journal of Fluids and Structures (Elsevier). He is also a member of the editorial board for the journals Engineering Structures (Elsevier), Structural Control and Health Monitoring (Wiley), Structural Safety (Elsevier) and Wind and Structures (Techno-Press).

Luca Caracoglia was elected Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers in September 2020.

Finally, Luca Caracoglia was granted two concurrent Full Professor Habilitations (accreditations) by the Italian Ministry of Public Instruction, University and Research (MIUR) in 2019. The first one is for the Scientific Discipline ICAR 08/B3, Civil Engineering/Structural Design (“Tecnica delle Costruzioni”). The second one is for the Scientific Discipline ICAR 08/B2, Civil Engineering/Structural Mechanics (“Scienza delle Costruzioni”). His status will last until 2025, as dictated by the Directorial Decree 2175/2018.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Trieste, Italy, Structural Engineering, 2001
  • 5-year Diploma, University of Trieste, Italy, Civil Engineering 1997

Licensure

  • Professional Engineer: Italy

Honors & Awards

  • 2020 Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers – ASCE;
  • 2019 Full Professor, National Scientific Habilitation (Accreditation), Scientific Discipline ICAR 08/B2, Civil Engineering/Structural Mechanics (“Scienza delle Costruzioni”), Directorial Decree  2175/2018, Ministry of Instruction, University and Research, Italy (2019-2025);
  • 2019 Full Professor, National Scientific Habilitation (Accreditation), Scientific Discipline ICAR 08/B3, Civil Engineering/Structural Design (“Tecnica delle Costruzioni”), Directorial Decree 2175/2018, Ministry of Instruction, University and Research, Italy (2019-2025);
  • 2010 ASCE Outstanding Reviewer Award
  • 2009 Faculty Early CAREER Development Award. National Science Foundation
  • 2004 Winner of a Travel Fellowship, awarded by the Engineering Mechanics Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers, to attend the 17th Engineering Mechanics Conference, University of Delaware
  • 2000 Winner of a Study Fellowship, “Short-term mobility program of researchers”, sponsored by the Italian National Research Council (CNR) – Department of International Exchanges; visiting-scholar program at the Johns Hopkins University
  • 1999 Winner of a Study Fellowship, “Short-term mobility program of researchers”, sponsored by the Italian National Research Council (CNR) – Department of International Exchanges; visiting-scholar program at the Johns Hopkins University

Teaching Interests

Affiliations to Other Colleges or Universities

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for Wind Engineering, AAWE
  • American Institute of Steel Construction, AISC
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE
  • Italian National Association for Wind Engineering, ANIV
  • Society for Experimental Mechanics (not currently)

Research Overview

structural dynamics; wind engineering; wind energy; wind-induced vibration; fluid-structure interaction; linear and nonlinear cable dynamics; climate change

Wind Turbines.

Wind Engineering Research Group

Here at the Wind Engineering Research Group (WERG), numerical methods are developed and wind tunnel experimental tests are conducted to investigate the structural damages and economic impacts that are induced by wind hazards such as hurricanes, thunderstorm downbursts, and tornadoes on high-rise buildings, wind towers, long-span bridges, and other civil infrastructure. In recent years, emerging issues such as climate change effects and wind-load resilience of civil infrastructures have been examined. Research activities also include sustainable wind energy systems, horizontal axis wind turbines and wind-based energy harvesting.

WERG

Selected Research Projects

  • Collaborative Research: Active Control of Nonlinear Flow- Induced Instability of Wind Turbine Blades under Stochastic Perturbations
    Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Exploiting the Wind Energy Resource through Aeroelastic Vibration and Torsional Flutter
    Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Performance-Based Wind Engineering: Stochastic Approximation for the Wind-Induced Dynamics of the Next- Generation Tall Buildings and Tower Structures
    Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation

Selected Publications

  • Giaccu, G.F., Caracoglia, L. (2021) Gyroscopic Stabilizer to Improve Flutter Performance of Long-Span Cable-Supported Bridges. Engineering Structures, 240, 112373.
  • Zhang, L., Caracoglia, L. (2021) Layered Stochastic Approximation Monte-Carlo Method for Tall Building and Tower Fragility in Mixed Wind Load Climates. Engineering Structures, 239, 112159.
  • Le, V., Caracoglia, L. (2021) Life-cycle Cost Analysis of Building and Tower Structures under Nonstationary Winds: Downburst vs. Tornado Loads. Engineering Structures, 112515.
  • Caracoglia, L., (2020) Review of Wind Effects on Structures: Modern Structural Design for Wind (Fourth Edition), by Emil Simiu and DongHun Yeo. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 147(3), 07520001.

PhD

May 04, 2021

One Program, Two PhDs, Two Continents

Northeastern’s new international doctorate program—the Global Experiential PhD—provides students with an opportunity to earn separate PhDs from two universities in two continents while dramatically expanding the breadth of their research. As an added benefit, the program also expands the international job opportunities for graduates.

Luca Caracoglia

Faculty

Jan 11, 2021

Caracoglia Speaker at 4th International Wind Engineering Seminar

CEE Associate Professor Luca Caracoglia was a semi-plenary speaker as part of a panel of experts who discussed recent developments in Bridge Aerodynamics at the 4th International Wind Engineering Seminar.

Luca Caracoglia

Faculty

Oct 29, 2020

Luca Caracoglia’s Research on Artificial Intelligence for Tornado Engineering was featured by MathWorks

Recent research results by CEE Professor Luca Caracoglia and Dr. Viet Le on Artificial Intelligence for Tornado Engineering were featured by MathWorks.

Luca Caracoglia

Faculty

Sep 14, 2020

Caracoglia Selected as ASCE Fellow

CEE Professor Luca Caracoglia was selected as a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers for his contributions in research, education, and outreach in the areas of structural engineering, structural dynamics, probabilistic mechanics, wind engineering and wind energy.

Viet LE

Alumni

Jul 31, 2020

In-Vento 2020 Online Event Featuring CEE PhD Graduate of the Wind Engineering Research Lab

The Italian Association for Wind Engineering (ANIV) and the wind engineering group of Politecnico di Milano, Italy will organize the IN-VENTO 2020 online event, which will feature presentations delivered by PhD students from several leading universities, including recent CEE PhD graduate Viet LE from Northeastern’s Wind Engineering Research Group.

Luca Caracoglia

Faculty

Jun 04, 2020

Meso-scale Wind Energy Harvester

CEE Associate Professor Luca Caracoglia was awarded a $440K NSF grant for “Exploiting the Wind Energy Resource through Aeroelastic Vibration and Torsional Flutter.”

Faculty

May 23, 2019

How Wind Engineering Can Effect Designs of Buildings

CEE Associate Professor Luca Caracoglia is hosting the 1st Northeastern University – Tongji University Workshop on Wind Engineering this week to discuss the latest research on how wind effects structure design.

Faculty

May 08, 2019

Caracoglia Granted Two Concurrent Habilitations as a Full Professor by the Italian Ministry of Instruction, University and Research

CEE Associate Professor Luca Caracoglia was granted two concurrent Full Professor Habilitations (accreditations) by the Italian Ministry of Public Instruction, University and Research (MIUR).

Faculty

Mar 21, 2019

The Potential to Power the Nation

CEE Chair Jerome Hajjar, Associate Professors Andrew Myers, Luca Caracoglia, and CCSH Professor Jennie Stephens are researching ways to build safe and effective offshore wind farms that have the capacity to power the entire country.

Faculty

Mar 15, 2019

Examining Turbulent Wind Effects on Tall Buildings

CEE Associate Professor Luca Caracoglia was awarded a $260K NSF grant for “Stochastic Approximation Algorithms for Wind-Induced Dynamics of Next-Generation Tall Buildings and Tower Structures.”

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