Longfellow Bridge

Dionisio P. Bernal

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
427 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Northeastern University
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Tel: (617) 373 - 4417
Fax: (617) 373 - 4419
Faculty Website
COE Research Website
Structural Health Monitoring Website


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


  • Extraction of information on physical parameters from system identification results
  • Damage localization using flexibility based procedures
  • Damage localization in output-only systems
  • Identification of the excitation
  • Transmissibility in damage detection applications
  • Instability of torsionally eccentric buildings subjected to large earthquakes
  • Hybrid methods in the analysis of nonlinear soil-structure interaction
  • Sequential collapse

Honors and 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

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.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member of American Society of Civil Engineers