Leslie J. Struble

    Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Illinois

    Leslie J. Struble


    • B.A., Chemistry, Pitzer College, California, 1970
    • Undergraduate Studies in Geology, University of California at Riverside, 1974-1977
    • M.S., Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 1979
    • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 1987

    Professional Background

    Dr. Struble was a member of the faculty in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana since 1989. Prior to her retirement, she taught courses related to concrete science and technology as well as composition, microstructure, and performance of building materials; and she carries out research and consulting activities involving various aspects of concrete performance. She is currently directing research on geopolymers as a binder in concrete and on the effect of alumina on the nanostructure of C-S-H; and she recently directed research on set of cement paste and concrete, on self-consolidating concrete, and on alkali-silica reaction in concrete. She is affiliated with the Center for Advanced Cement Based Materials and was Associate Director of the Center from 2000-2003.

    Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Illinois, Dr. Struble was with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Her studies there concerning the influence of cement pore solution on alkali-silica reaction in concrete formed the basis of her Ph.D. thesis. She also worked at Martin Marietta Laboratories and California Portland Cement Company.

    Professional Societies

    Dr. Struble is active in several professional societies. She is a member and a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, where she has served as Chairman of the Cements Division and as Trustee and where she currently is an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Ceramic Society. She is a member and a Fellow of the American Society for Testing and Materials and an Honorary Member of Committees C01 and C09, where she has chaired numerous subcommittees and task groups. She is a member and a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute. She is also a member of the American Association of University Professors and serves on its Policy Committee at the University of Illinois.


    Dr. Struble has edited several books and proceedings. She has authored or co-authored more than 140 publications dealing with various aspects of cement and concrete. In 2003 she received the ASTM Sanford E. Thompson Award for a paper on alkali-silica reaction.