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Attoh-Okine, Nii O.

Attoh-Okine, Nii O.

A. James Clark School of Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Center for Risk and Reliability
1173G Glenn L. Martin Hall


  • Ph.D., University of Kansas
  • Diplom Ingineur, Rostov Institute of CIvil Engineering


Professor Attoh-Okine’s research expertise is in resilient infrastructure, with a strong focus on cybersecurity and digital technologies applied to transportation and civil infrastructure. A well-recognized expert in railway engineering, he also leads efforts in digital twins, cybersecurity, and blockchain technologies applied to civil engineering. He is a member of the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine committee on Safe Transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas by Railroad Tank Car.

He currently holds a joint appointment in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Delaware and, until recently, was also the Interim Cybersecurity Initiative Academic Director. He is a member of the State of Delaware Cybersecurity Council and in addition, served as the lead representative from the university to the Digital Innovation Hub, a US-Japan University Consortium promoting research in digital innovation across multidisciplinary topics. In recognition of his leadership, he was selected as one of only 18 international speakers chosen to attend the G20 Ministerial Meeting held in Japan in 2019.

Attoh-Okine is a founding associate editor of the ASCE/ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty Management in Engineering Systems and has served as an associate editor of Journal of Infrastructure Systems, Journal of Computing, Journal of Bridge Engineering, and Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice. He has authored two books, “Resilience Engineering: Models and Analysis and Big Data” and “Differential Privacy in Railway Track Engineering.”


 Railway Track Analysis

Resilience Engineering and CyberResilience

Theory of Pavement Design

Graphical Models/Belief Functions

Blockchain/Smart Contracts

Digital Twins  

Topological Data Analysis    





ENCE 688 : Theory Guided Machine Learning

UMD Civil and Environmental Engineering in Top 20

Department soars to #19 among publics in the latest USWNR graduate rankings.

UMD Roundtable Weighs Lessons Learned From Key Bridge Collapse

Experts put forward their perspectives on the March incident.

Conduit Study Wins Capstone Expo Award

Seniors working with Clark Distinguished Chair Deb Niemeier took home the departmental prize.

Key Bridge: What Comes Next?

A system of systems approach is needed in planning for a replacement, says UMD’s Attoh-Okine.

Securing the Railways of the Future

UMD hosted a conference and short course on the impact of digitalization.

Victor Lawrence Speaks at UMD’s Clark School

Data communications pioneer and the world renowned expert outlines future tech advancements.

UMD’s CEE Department Looks Ahead to New Location

Zupnik Hall will provide new space for a fast-growing department.

UMD Hosts Roundtable on Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Event brings together CEE heads from around the United States.

UMD Tapped to Lead Tier 1 University Transportation Center

Researchers awarded $10M to study use of autonomous vehicles, access and equity, and climate impacts.

New UMD Center to Focus on Railway Cybersecurity and Safety

Researchers based at the civil and environmental engineering department will work to enhance resilience against cyberattacks.

Niemeier Selected for Bower Award

Clark Distinguished Chair is honored for her research on transportation, climate, and equity.

A Boost for International Research Collaboration

Japanese, U.S. researchers gather for digital innovation workshop.

UMD to Host Japan-U.S. Digital Innovation Workshop

November event to foster opportunities for renewed collaboration.

Attoh-Okine Named UMD CEE Chair

University of Delaware Professor, ASCE Fellow to lead department.

  • Snr Member-IEEE

  • Fellow-ASCE