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Faculty Profile

Dionisio P. Bernal

427 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


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

Research & Scholarship Interests

Structural system identification; damage detection and localization; earthquake engineering; soil-structure interaction; sequential structural collapse
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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

Selected Publications

  • Bernal, D. (2010). "The zero-order hold in time domain identification: An unnecessary operating premise", Structural Control and Health Monitoring.
  • Bernal, D. (2010). "Load Vectors for Damage Location in Systems Identified from Operational Loads", Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 136(1), 31-39.
  • Bernal, D. (2009). "Damage Localization from Transmission Zeros of Delta Systems",Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 135(2), 93-99.
  • Hernandez, E. and Bernal, D. (2008). "State Estimation in Structural Systems with Model Uncertainties," Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 134(3), 252-257.
  • Bernal, D. (2007). "Optimal Discrete to Continuous Transfer for Band Limited Inputs",Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 133(12), 1370-1377.

Related News

July 9, 2012

Stu­dents of all ages came together on Sunday to kick off the National Sci­ence Foundation’s annual Engi­neering Research and Inno­va­tion Con­fer­ence, which is...

August 10, 2011

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.

June 13, 2011

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.