Franklin Thomas Lombardo

Franklin Thomas Lombardo

Research Assistant Professor

Wind Engineering, Extreme Winds, Natural Hazards
Dr. Frank Lombardo is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Prior to RPI, he was a NRC Postdoctoral Associate at NIST. While at NIST, Frank investigated the Joplin, Missouri tornado and was involved in developing wind speed maps for the U.S. wind load standard. He received his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in a NSF funded multidisciplinary program in Wind Science and Engineering where he studied thunderstorm wind effects on structures. Dr. Lombardo used simulation and field-based analyses to estimate impacts in the Joplin, MO tornado. Information on the hazard was used with damage and human response to estimate tornado vulnerability and risk. He has also studied the effects of multiple hazards including wind and storm surge after Hurricane Katrina, wind and fire from damaged distribution lines, and combined wind and ice effects. Dr. Lombardo has also been involved in modernizing the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Dr. Lombardo has over 40 conference and journal publications pertaining to wind and wind-related hazards. He has also developed a course, Engineering for Natural Hazards that covers the treatment of multiple natural hazards, vulnerability and risk analyses and case studies of natural disasters that exposed students to the physical event, the damage caused and the engineering lessons learned.


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

Selected Publications

  • Lombardo, F.T., Main, J.A. and Simiu E. (2009). “Automated extraction and classification of thunderstorm and non-thunderstorm wind data for extreme-value analysis”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 97, 3-4, 120-131
  • Lombardo, F.T. (2012). “Improved extreme wind speed estimation for wind engineering applications”, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 104-106, 278-284
  • Lombardo, F.T., Smith, D.A., Schroeder, J.L. and Mehta, K.C. (2014). “Thunderstorm characteristics of importance to wind engineering, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 125, 121-132
  • Lombardo, F.T. (accepted). &quot;Extreme wind speeds from multiple hazards excluding tropical cyclones&quot;, to appear in Wind and Structures