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Luca Caracoglia

441 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


Luca Caracoglia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He joined Northeastern University in 2005 and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor withTenure effective September 1, 2011.

He received his Ph.D. in Structural Engineeringfrom the University of Trieste, Italy in 2001. He joined Northeastern University in January 2005 after one year as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland (USA) and two and a half years as a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois(Urbana-Champaign, USA).

His interests are in structural dynamics, randomvibrations, passive structural control, wind engineering, fluid-structure interaction of civil engineering structures, linear and nonlinear cable network dynamics, wind-based energy harvesting systems. Luca Caracoglia received the NSF-CAREER Award in 2009.


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


  • Professional Engineer: Italy

Research & Scholarship Interests

structural dynamics; wind engineering; wind energy; wind-induced vibration; linear and nonlinear cable dynamics; climate change
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Department Research Areas

Honors & Awards

  • 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

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for Wind Engineering
  • American Institute of Steel Construction
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Italian National Association for Wind Engineering
  • Society for Experimental Mechanics

Selected Publications

  • G.F. Giaccu, L. Caracoglia, A Displacement-Based Approach for Determining Non-Linear Effects on Pre-Tensioned-Cable Cross-Braced Structures, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 394, 2017, 465-481
  • L. Caracoglia, G.F. Giaccu, B. Barbiellini, Estimating the Standard Deviation of Eigenvalue Distributions for the Nonlinear Free-Vibration Stochastic Dynamics of Cable Networks, Meccanica – An International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics AIMETA, 52(1), 2017, 197-211
  • L. Caracoglia, Comparison of Reduced-Order Models to Analyze the Dynamics of a Tall Building under the Effects of Along-Wind Loading Variability, ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part A: Civil Engineering, 2(2), 2016, C4015002
  • L. Caracoglia, Examining Monetary Losses due to Transient-Wind-Load Damage on Tall Building Envelopes by Stochastic Modeling, Wind Engineers - Official Journal of the Japan Association for Wind Engineering, 41(4), 2016, 325-329
  • W. Cui, L. Caracoglia, Exploring Hurricane Wind Speed along US Atlantic Coast in Warming Climate and Effects on Predictions of Structural Damage and Intervention Costs, Engineering Structures, 122, 2016, 209-225
  • P. Pourazarm, L. Caracoglia, M. Lackner, Y. Modarres-Sadeghi, Perturbation Methods for the Reliability Analysis of Wind-Turbine Blade Failure due to Flutter, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 156, 2016, 159–171

Related News

June 13, 2016

Researchers from around the world gathered last week to discuss how best to analyze the construct tall buildings, bridges, and other non-streamlined bodies to stand up to high winds at the 8 th Inter­na­tional Col­lo­quium on Bluff Body Aero­dy­namics and Appli­ca­tions.

September 30, 2015

CEE Associate Professor Luca Caracoglia was awarded an $155K NSF for "Active Control of Nonlinear Flow-Induced Instability of Wind Turbine Blades under Stochastic Perturbations".

September 11, 2014

Congratulations to CEE Associate Professor Luca Caracoglia who was recently awarded an NSF award to support his research assessing dynamic response of tall buildings and wind-turbine towers to transient wind loads due to downburst windstorms, a meteorological phenomenon that induces an outburst of damaging wind loads near the ground.