Franklin T. Lombardo

Franklin T. Lombardo
Franklin T. Lombardo
  • Associate Professor
(217) 265-7556
3110 Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg

Primary Research Area

  • Structural Engineering

Research Areas

For More Information


  • Ph.D., Wind Science and Engineering, Texas Tech University, 2009
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Tri-State University (now Trine), 2002

Academic Positions

  • Affiliate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Atmospheric Science, Oct. 2020 - Present
  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Civil and Environmental Engineering Aug. 2015 - Present
  • Research Assistant Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Jan. 2013 - Jul. 2015
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Aug. 2010-Jan. 2013

Professional Societies

  • Board Member, American Association for Wind Engineering, 2017 - 2021
  • Vice-Chair, ASCE 7-22 Wind Load Subcommittee, Tornado Loads Task Committee, 2018 - Present

Research Interests

  • Wind Engineering
  • Extreme Wind Characterization
  • Bluff Body Aerodynamics
  • Resilience
  • Multi-Hazard Analysis

Post-Doctoral Research Opportunities

The Wind Engineering Research Laboratory in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois is inviting applicants for a NSF-funded postdoctoral position synthesizing legacy field observations from windstorms. These observations will include, but are not limited to, measurements of both wind and water (e.g., water depth, storm surge) and the impacts left in their wake. Major objectives of the research include:

 Developing and building a framework for field observations (e.g., event, data type, measurement

equipment, during/post-storm, etc…)

 Populate and organize the framework

 Characterize and analyze existing legacy field observations

 Forge new directions for assimilation of field observations in experimental and/or numerical


 Design of new field experiments to optimize value to the natural hazards research community

A strong background in natural hazards and/or wind/structural engineering is preferred. Position and tasks are designed for one year, with the possibility of a one year extension. Please contact Prof. Frank Lombardo ( if interested. Position is part of a Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure (MsRI) grant led by Florida International University in support of a large-scale wind and water testing facility.

Primary Research Area

  • Structural Engineering

Research Areas

Selected Articles in Journals


  • Kuligowski, E.D., Lombardo, F.T., Phan, L.T., Levitan, M.L., Jorgensen, D.P. (2014). “Technical Investigation of the May 22, 2011 Tornado in Joplin, Missouri”, Final Report, NIST NCSTAR 3, 492 pp.

Teaching Honors

  • ASCE Outstanding Instructor Award (2017)

Research Honors

  • International Association for Wind Engineering Junior Award (2019)
  • Department of Commerce Gold Medal (2014)