Pinelli, Jean-Paul

Professor
Civil Engineering-Construction Mgmt

Personal Overview

-American Association for Wind Engineering
-American Concrete Institute
-American Society of Civil Engineers
-American Society of Engineering Education
-Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
-French Society of Seismic Engineering, France

Educational Background

B.S., Civil Engineering University of Buenos Aires, Argentina 1982
M.S., Civil Engineering, Georgia Tech 1984
Ph.D. Georgia Tech 1992

Recognition & Awards

Certificate in Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems

Professional Experience

During the 1980s he worked as a practicing civil engineer with TECHINT in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was involved in project management of large industrial projects and the design of steel structures. He also participated in the development of an engineering integrated system.

During the early 1990s while at Georgia Tech for his doctoral degree, he studied the use of nonstructural elements such as precast facade cladding for the passive control of seismic response of buildings. This research resulted in the formulation of an energy-based design criterion, expressed as an optimization procedure for the use of energy dissipating facade cladding.

Before joining Florida Tech, Dr. Pinelli worked in California in seismic risk evaluation. Since joining Florida Tech in 1995, he has been involved in research related to the strength of anchors in high-strength concrete, the study of break-away connections of highway signs under the action of wind and traffic, tornado damage to low rise buildings, damping of seismic vibrations using tuned mass dampers and MR dampers, and the effect of wind on structures. He is also the founder and director of the Wind and Hurricane Impact Laboratory (WHIRL).

Courses Taught
Struct Ana And Design (CVE3015)
Engr Econ And Planning (CVE4000)
Steel Structures (CVE4013)
Reinforced Conc Structure (CVE4016)
Timber Structures (CVE4019)
Advanced Steel Design (CVE5014)
Structural Systems Design (CVE5015)

Current Research

A Model to Evaluate the Benefit and Cost of Hurricane Mitigation Measures: Vulnerability Component. Funded by the Center of Excellence for Hurricane Damage Mitigation & Product Development, through the International Hurricane Research Center at FIU.

Florida Public Hurricane Loss Model: Funded by the Florida Department of Financial Services, through the International Hurricane Research Center at FIU

Measurement & Characterization of Hurricane Wind Loads on Structures Using a Wireless Sensing Networking System. Funded by the National Science Foundation.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles
Hamid, S., Kibria, B. M. G, Gulati, S., Powell, M., Annane B., Cocke, S., Pinelli, J.-P., Gurley, K., and Chen, S.-C., Predicting Losses of Residential Structures in the State of Florida by the Public Hurricane Loss Evaluation Models. Journal of Statistical Methodology

Otero, C., Velazquez, A., Kostanic, I. Subramanian, C., and Pinelli, J.-P., Real-Time Monitoring of Hurricane Winds using Wireless Sensor Technology, Journal of Computers

Jean-Paul Pinelli, Kurt Gurley, Chelakara Subramanian, Shahid Hamid, and Gonzalo Pita, Validation of a probabilistic model for hurricane insurance loss projections in Florida, Reliability Engineering and System Safety International Journal, Vol. 93, No 12, pp. 1896-1905, December 2008

Pinelli, J.-P, Subramanian, C. S., Lapilli, C., Buist, L., Application of a Wireless Pressure Sensing System to Coastal Wind Monitoring, Wind and Structures Journal, Vol. 8, No. 3 (2005), pp 179-196

Subramanian, C. S., Pinelli, J.-P., Lapilli, C., Buist, L., A Wireless Multi-point Pressure Sensing System: Design and Operation, IEE Sensors Journal, Vol.5, No.5, October 2005, pp 1068-1074

Pinelli, J-P., Simiu, E., Gurley, K. , Subramanian, C., Zhang, L., Cope, A., and Filliben, J., Hurricane Damage Prediction Model for Residential Structures, to be published in the Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE,2003

Pinelli, J.-P., Subramanian, C. S, and Tabora, I., Experimental Study of break-Away Sign Conections, Journal of Transportation Engineering, ASCE, January 2002, pp 17-20.

Pinelli, J.-P., and O'Neill, S., "Effect of tornadoes on residential masonry structures." Wind and Structures Journal, Vol. 3, No 1, March 2000.

Primavera, E.J., J.-P. Pinelli and E.H. Kalajian. 1997. "Tensile Behavior of Embedment Anchors in High Strength Concrete," accepted for publication in the ACI Structures Journal

Pinelli, J.-P., C. Moor, J.I. Craig and B.J. Goodno. February 1996. "Testing of Energy Dissipating Advanced Cladding Connections," Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, Vol. 25, 129-147.

Pinelli, J.-P., Craig, J. I., and Goodno, B. J., "Energy-Based Seismic Design of Ductile Cladding Systems," Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, Vol 121, No. 3, March 1995, pp. 567-578.

Pinelli, J.-P., Craig, J. I., Goodno, B. J., and C. C. Hsu, "Passive Control of Building Response Using Energy Dissipating Cladding Connections," Earthquake Spectra Journal, edited by E.E.R.I., Berkeley, California, Vol. 9, No. 3, August 1993, pp. 529-546.

Pinelli, J.-P., Moor, C., Craig, J. I., and Goodno, B. J., "Experimental Testing of Ductile Cladding Connections for Building Facades," International Journal of the Structural Design of Tall Buildings, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., Vol. 1, No. 1, October 1992, pp. 57-72.

Conference Papers
Gonzalo Pita, Jean-Paul Pinelli, Kurt Gurley, Chelakara Subramanian, Jonathan Weekes, and Shahid Hamid, Vulnerability of mid-high rise commercial-residential buildings in the Florida Public Hurricane Loss Model, Proceedings, ESREL 09, Prague, Czech Republic , September 7-10, 2009

C. S., Subramanian, Jean-Paul Pinelli, Ivica Kostanic, Larry Buist, Bartel Van der Veek, Antonio Velazquez, Frederic Kreit, and Carlos Otero, Development and testing of a second generation wireless hurricane wind and pressure monitoring system, Proceedings, 11th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering, San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 22-25, 2009

Jean-Paul Pinelli, Boback Torkian, Kurt Gurley, Chelakara Subramanian, and Shahid Hamid, Vulnerability Curves to Predict Loss on Mitigated Residential Buildings Proceedings, 11th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering, San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 22-25, 2009

Gonzalo Pita, Jean-Paul Pinelli, Kurt Gurley, Chelakara Subramanian, and Shahid Hamid, Vulnerability of low-rise commercial-residential buildings in the Florida Public Hurricane Loss Model Proceedings, 11th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering, San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 22-25, 2009

Jean-Paul Pinelli, Gonzalo Pita, Chelakara Subramanian, Kurt Gurley, and Shahid Hamid, Hurricane Vulnerability of Multi-Story Residential Buildings in Florida, Proceedings, ESREL 08, Valencia, Spain, September 22-25, 2008

Velazquez, and Adam Wittfeldt, Monitoring of Hurricane Wind Pressures and Wind Speeds on a Residential Home Roof with Wireless Instrumentation, Proceedings, ASCE 2008 Structures Congress, April 24-26, 2008, Vancouver, Canada.

Jean-Paul Pinelli, Shahid Hamid, Kurt Gurley, Gonzalo Pita, and Chelakara Subramanian, Impact of the 2004 Hurricane Season on the Florida Public Hurricane Loss Model, Proceedings, ASCE 2008 Structures Congress, April 24-26, 2008, Vancouver, Canada.

Jean-Paul Pinelli, Chelakara Subramanian, Kurt Gurley, and Shahid Hamid Validation of the Florida Public Hurricane Loss Projection Model, Proceedings, 12th International Conference in Wind Engineering, Cairns, Australia, July 1-6, 2007.

Jean-Paul Pinelli, Chelakara Subramanian, Francisco Garcia, and Kurt Gurley, A study of hurricane mitigation cost effectiveness in Florida, Proceedings, ESREL 07, Stavanger, Norway, June 25-27, 2007.

Jean-Paul Pinelli, Chelakara Subramanian, Arturo Artiles, Kurt Gurley, and Shahid Hamid, Validation of a probabilistic model for hurricane insurance loss projections in Florida, Proceedings, ESREL 06, Estoril, Portugal, September 18-21, 2006.

Jean-Paul Pinelli, Hector Gutierrez, Emilie Ambroise, Regis Cervera, and Mickael Clement, Seismic Hazard Mitigation with Magneto-Rheological Tuned Mass Dampers, Proceedings, 8th NCEE, San Francisco, April 2006.

Jean-Paul Pinelli, Chelakara Subramanian, Kurt Gurley, Shahid Hamid, and Sneh Gulati, Hurricane Loss Prediction Model and Coastal Mitigation, Proceedings, 4th European and African Conference on Wind Engineering, Prague, July 11-15, 2005.


Pinelli, J.-P., Gutierrez, H., Hu, S., and Casier, F., Multiple Distributed Tuned Mass Dampers: an Exploratory Study, Proceedings, Extreme Loading 2003, Toronto, Canada, August 2003

Casier, F., Pinelli, J.-P., and Gutierrez, H., Batteries dAmortisseurs de Masses Sismiques, Proceedings, 6eme Colloque National de Gnie Parasismique, Paris, France, July 2003.

A.D. Cope, K. Gurley, J.J. Filliben, E. Simiu, J-P. Pinelli, C. Subramanian, L. Zhang, and S. Hamid, A hurricane damage prediction model for residential structures, Proceedings, 9th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering, San Francisco, CA, July 6-9 2003.

Pinelli, J-P., Subramanian, C., and Chakravarthi, V., Study of Wind Effects on Fire and Rescue Vehicles, Proceedings, 11th International Conference in Wind Engineering, Lubbock, Texas, June 2003.

Pinelli, J-P., Zhang, L., Subramanian, C., Cope, A., Gurley, K., and Gulati, S., Classification of Structural Models for Wind Damage Predictions in Florida, Proceedings, 11th International Conference in Wind Engineering, Lubbock, Texas, June 2003

Simiu, E., Pinelli, J-P., Subramanian, C., Zhang, L., Gurley, K. , Cope, A., Filliben, J., and Diniz, S., "A Model to Predict Hurricane Damage for Residential Structures," Proceedings, 11th International Conference in Wind Engineering, Lubbock, Texas, June 2003

Gurley, K. , Cope, A., and Pinelli, J-P., A Simulation Model For Wind Damage Predictions in Florida, Proceedings, 11th International Conference in Wind Engineering, Lubbock, Texas, June 2003.

Pinelli, J-P., Subramanian, C., Zhang, L., Gurley, K. , Cope, A., Simiu, E., Filliben, J., and Diniz, S., A Model to Predict Hurricanes Induced Losses for Residential Structure, Proceedings, European Safety and Reliability Conference, Maastricht, The Netherlands, June 2003.

Gutierrez, H., and Pinelli, J.-P., Design And Construction Of A Computer-Controlled Shake Table For Earthquake Simulation, Proceedings, 7th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Boston, July 2002.

Pinelli, J.-P., and Gutierrez, H., Experimental Study Of Tuned Mass Dampers, Proceedings, 7th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Boston, July 2002.

Filliben, J., Gurley, K. , Pinelli, J-P., Simiu, E., and Subramanian, C., Fragility Curves, Damage matrices, and Wind Induced Loss Estimation, Proceedings of Risk Analysis III, Sintra, Portugal, June 2002, pp 119-127.

Subramanian, C. S., Pinelli, J.-P., L. Buist, T. Reinhold, A Wireless Data Acquisition System for Coastal Wind Monitoring, Proceedings, Americas Conference on Wind Engineering, Clemson, June 2001.

Pinelli, J.-P., Subramanian, C. S., T. Prem Kumar, T. Reinhold, K Gurley, A Data Visualization and Analysis Program for an Instrumented Coastal House, Proceedings, Americas Conference on Wind Engineering, Clemson, June 2001.