Peter A. Lenzini holds a B.S. (Southern Illinois
University 1968) in engineering, and a M.S. (University of Illinois 1971) in
civil engineering, with a major in structural engineering and a minor in
soil mechanics and foundation engineering. While pursuing his M.S. degree,
Mr. Lenzini was employed full-time as a structural design engineer working
on the design of bridges, buildings and wastewater treatment structures.
After receiving his M.S., he was employed as a geotechnical engineer in
California where he worked on foundation investigations and designs for a
variety of structures, landslide investigations and design of remedial
measures, and studies for remediation of earthquake damage. From 1973 until
1977, he was a research and teaching assistant at the University of Illinois
while he resumed graduate studies in geotechnical engineering and in
glacial, structural, and engineering geology. In 1981 he became a Lecturer
in the Department of Civil Engineering and in 1999 became the Departmentís
Undergraduate Advisor. He serves as the Department representative on the
College of Engineering Design Council and is a member of the Advisory
Committee on the Women in Engineering Program.
Mr. Lenzini has taught undergraduate courses on introductory soil mechanics
and foundation engineering and geotechnical engineering, and a graduate
class in applied soil mechanics. He has frequently lectured in the graduate
courses on case histories in foundation engineering and earth dams, and in
1998 developed and taught the Departmentís first senior design project
course. He has also taught portions of several short courses for the Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission (F.E.R.C.) on shear strength and slope
stability of embankment dams and on rock foundations for concrete dams. He
drafted portions of the engineering manuals for the stability analysis of
earth dams for F.E.R.C. and for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. He is
presently working with Ralph Peck and Walter Hanson on the 3rd edition of
the textbook, Foundation Engineering.
Mr. Lenzini has served on Ph.D. committees on stability of slopes,
liquefaction, deep foundations, and behavior of foundations on sand. He has
maintained an active consulting practice focusing on failure investigations
of foundations, slopes, excavations, and retaining structures, as well as on
construction problems. He has given depositions and testified as an expert
witness in state courts of Alaska, Iowa, Kansas, and Wisconsin, and in the
U.S. Court of Claims, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Board of Contact
Appeals. Many of the cases in which Mr. Lenzini has participated are
discussed as case histories in his classes and in seminars and lectures
given to students and practicing engineers.
Mr. Lenzini is a member of ASCE and is licensed as a Civil Engineer in
California and as a Professional Engineer in Illinois.
In 1993, Mr. Lenzini received the American Society of Civil Engineers
Student Chapter Outstanding Instructor Award. He has been recognized several
times for excellence in teaching and advising, including being named to the
list of outstanding instructors as rated by students and receiving Accenture
Awards for outstanding advising.