Stephen Buonopane

Stephen Buonopane

Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
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About Stephen Buonopane

Educational Background

  • B.S.E., Princeton University, 1991
  • M.S., Cornell University, 1997
  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2004

Research Interests

  • Structural reliability
  • Analysis and preservation of historic structures
  • Engineering history
  • Sustainable building design

Teaching Specialties

  • Structural analysis and design
  • Steel and concrete design
  • Numerical methods
  • Mechanics
  • Earthquake engineering

Professional Experience

  • Consultant to the Historic American Engineering Record, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2010
  • Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., 1997-2000
  • Parsons Corporation, 1992-1994

Professional Activities

  • ASCE History and Heritage Committee, 2004-present
  • SEI Sustainability Committee, 2006-present
  • Registered Professional Engineer (Massachusetts)

Selected Publications


S.G. Buonopane. Strength and reliability of steel frames with random properties. Journal of Structural Engineering, 134(2):337-344, 2008.

S.G. Buonopane and B.W. Schafer. "Structural reliability of steel frames designed by advanced analysis." Journal of Structural Engineering, 132(2):267-276, 2006.

T. Igusa, S.G. Buonopane, and B. Ellingwood. "Bayesian analysis of uncertainty for structural engineering applications." Structural Safety, 24(2-4):165–186, 2002.

S.G. Buonopane and R.N. White. "Pseudodynamic testing of a masonry infilled reinforced concrete frame." Journal of Structural Engineering, 125(6):578–589, 1999.

S.G. Buonopane and D.P. Billington. "Theory and history in suspension bridge design from 1823 to 1940." Journal of Structural Engineering, 119(3):954–977, 1993.


S.G. Buonopane and S. Kelton. "Mechanical properties of wrought iron from Penns Creek Bridge (1886)." In H. Adeli, editor, Historic Bridges: Evaluation, Preservation, and Management, pages 167-182. CRC Press, 2008.

S.G. Buonopane. "The basics of life cycle assessment (LCA) for structural engineers." In ASCE/SEI Structures Congress, 2008.

S.G. Buonopane. "Life cycle assessment and structural engineering practice." Structural Engineer, 9(8):20, September 2008.

S.G. Buonopane. “The technical writings of John A. Roebling and his contributions to suspension bridge design.” In John A. Roebling Symposium. American Society of Civil Engineers, 2006.

S.G. Buonopane. The Roeblings and the stayed suspension bridge: Its development and propagation in 19th century United States. In The Second International Congress on Construction History, pages 441-460, Cambridge, England, 2006. Construction History Society.

D. Gasparini and S.G. Buonopane. "Nondeterministic structural analyses: Insights on static behavior of hyperstatic structures." In Symposium in Honor of Jacques Heyman, pages 143-178, Madrid, Spain, 2005. Instituto Juan de Herrera

S.G. Buonopane. "Involving universities in preserving Pennsylvania’s historic bridges." In Byways to the Past, Proceedings of the 5th Annual Conference on Historic Preservation and Transportation Projects, 2004.

S.G. Buonopane, B.W. Schafer, and T. Igusa. "Reliability considerations for steel frames designed with advanced analysis." In SSRC-AISC Joint Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, 2003.

S.G. Buonopane and M. Brown. "History and engineering analysis of the 1890 cable-stayed bluff dale bridge." In First International Congress on Construction History, Madrid, Spain, 2003. Instituto Juan de Herrera.

S.G. Buonopane, J. Spivey, and D. Gasparini. "Engineering analysis as a historical documentation tool: recent work of the Historic American Engineering Record." In First International Congress on Construction History, Madrid, Spain, 2003. Instituto Juan de Herrera.

B.W. Schafer, S. G. Buonopane, T. Igusa, and B. Ellingwood. "Decision-theoretic view of building design codes." In NSF Design, Service, Manufacture and Industrial Innovation Research Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2002.

S.G. Buonopane. "Concrete and reinforcing from Campbell’s Bridge (1906)." In ACI Fall convention, Toronto, Canada, 2000. American Concrete Institute.

Further Information

Contact Details


304 Dana Engineering Building


Phone: 570-577-1685