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 Adam Lobbestael
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Adam Lobbestael

Lobbestael received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan, specializing in geotechnical engineering. His research interests include dams and levees, slope stability, numerical modeling, geotechnical earthquake engineering, soil liquefaction, and soil-structure interaction. Dr. Lobbestael is a member of the United States Society on Dams, the American Society of Engineering Education, and the ASCE Geo-Institute and is an active member of the G-I Committee “Embankments, Dams, and Slopes.”


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
PhD, Civil Engineering (Geotechnical) 2014 

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
MSE, Civil Engineering (Geotechnical) 2011 

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
BSE, Civil Engineering (Structural) 2009

LTU Appointments

Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering Department 1/2015 – present

Senior Lecturer, Civil Engineering Department 8/2014 – 12/2014

Related Professional Activities and Experience

Senior Staff Engineer                         5/2015 – Present
NTH Consultants, Ltd.
Northville, MI

Research Assistant                              5/2009 – 8/2014
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Graduate Student Instructor               1/2011 – 12/2011
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Staff Engineer                                     1/2008 – 8/2008
Columbia West Engineering, Inc., Vancouver, WA

Select Publications

Lobbestael, A.J., Athanasopoulos-Zekkos, A. “Characterization of the Dynamic Response of Earthen Levees with Cutoff Walls – A Finite Difference Method Study” Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Elsevier (in review)

Athanasopoulos-Zekkos, A., Pence, H., Lobbestael, A.J., “Ground Motion Selection for Seismic Slope Displacement Evaluation Analysis of Earthen Levees” Earthquake Spectra, EERI (accepted for publication)

Lobbestael, A.J., Athanasopoulos-Zekkos, A., Colley, J. (2013), “Factor of Safety Reduction Factors for Accounting for Progressive Failure for Earthen Levees with Underlying Thin Layers of Sensitive Soils.” Mathematical Problems in Engineering – Special Issue on Structural Damage Modelling and Assessment, Volume 2013, Article ID 893602, 13 pages.

Professional and Scientific Society Membership

Member – ASCE Geo-Institute
Member – United States Society on Dams
Member – American Society of Engineering Education

Courses Taught

  • EGE 1001 – Fundamentals of Engineering Design
  • ECE 1011 – Civil Engineering Perspectives
  • ECE 1102 – Civil Engineering Computer Applications
  • ECE 3424 – Soil Mechanics
  • ECE 4443 – Foundation Engineering
  • ECE 5413 – Shallow & Deep Foundation Design
  • ECE 5433 – Ground Improvement Methods
  • ECE 5473 – Earth Retaining Structures


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