Leonardo Duenas-Osorio


Leonardo Dueñas-Osorio is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice. He obtained his Master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001, and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2005, both in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He develops analytical and computational methods, including quantum-classical optimization algorithms, for the performance assessment of structural and Infrastructure systems and their upkeep decision support.  Leonardo is actively involved with the Structural Engineering Institute and the Infrastructure Resilience Division of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) through their risk assessment, lifeline interdependencies, and decision analysis committees.  He is also an Associate Editor for Natural Hazards Review and a member of the editorial board of Structural Safety.  His research has been recognized with the 2008 U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) “CAREER award”, the 2015 Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) “Outstanding Earthquake Spectra Paper Award”, the 2017 International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability (IASSAR) “Early Achievement Research Award”, and the keynote lecture at the 2019 International Conference on Applications of Probability and Statistics in Civil Engineering (ICASP).  Leonardo’s research is mainly funded by NSF, the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security of the City of Houston, and Rice University’s creative ventures program.

Research Areas

Hybrid quantum-classical algorithms for engineered network reliability and resilience quantification; Formal methods and algorithmic logic for the functional assessment of infrastructure networks; Exact and heuristic optimization methods for the restoration analysis of infrastructure systems; Resilience quantification tools for geographically distributed smart networks under contingencies; Uncertainty quantification in seismic and hurricane risk assessment for interdependent networks; Severe weather risk management including institutional and citizen behavioral economics in coastal cities.


B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Universidad de La Salle, Bogotá, Colombia, 1996

M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, 1998

Professional Masters, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Project Management, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia, 2000

M.Eng., Civil and Environmental Engineering, High Performance Structures, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2001

Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Minor: Industrial Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, 2005

Societies & Organizations

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Joint Committee in Structure Safety (JCSS)

Network Science Society (NetSci)

Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)

International Association on Structural Safety and Reliability (IASSAR)

International Civil Engineering Risk and Reliability Association (CERRA)

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)


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