Personnel Profile

Pat T. Leelani,P.E., Professor

Pat T. Leelani,P.E.


-Ph.D.,The University of Akron, Ohio, May 1980.
-M.S.,The University of Akron, Ohio, June 1974.
-Honorary Mining Degree,PPG Industries, Barberton, Ohio, May 1973. 
-B.S.,Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, March 1969

Teaching Interests

Engineering Mechanics, Geotechnical Engineering, Hands-on Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory, Foundation Engineering, Senior Design Courses with various design projects: Steel frames, long-span roof trusses, reinforced masonry walls, foundation design, ship docks, concrete slabs, floor slabs on grade, pavement design, geometrical design of highways and drainage, short-span bridge design with steel andprestressed beams, bridge walls, bridge piers, etc.

Licenses Certifications

-P.E., State of Texas

Research Interests

-Geotechnical engineering 
-Static and Dynamic properties of Soil


-Leelani, P.T., "Engineering Properties of the Lateritic Soil," Graduate Student Seminar at The University ofAkron, Ohio in Nov. 1978.

-Leelani, P.T., "Research in Soil Dynamics and Foundation Vibrations," ASCE Technical Meeting at TheUniversity of Akron, Ohio in March 1979.

Leelani, P.T., "An Analysis of Lateral Load Pile Foundations," ASCE Technical Meeting in Corpus Christi, March 1980.

-Timmerman, D.H. and Leelani, P.T., "Progressive Strain of Sand due to Cyclic Loading," Proceedings of the Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics held in Rolla, Missouri, April 1981.

-Leelani, P.T., "Practical Experience in Civil Engineering Curriculum," ASCE Technical Meeting at the Naval Air Station, Official Club in Corpus Christi on February 14, 1982.

-Leelani, P.T. and Timmerman, D.H., "Deformation of Sand under Cyclic Loading," Proceedings of the Conference on Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering held in Southampton University, England, July 1982.

-Kedzie, D.P. and Leelani, P.T., "The Cause of Corrosion in Weldments," ASCE Spring Meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas, March 1983.

-Leelani, P.T., "Collaborative Efforts in Engineering Education," The South Texan in March 1984.

-Leelani, P.T., "An Analysis of Beams on Elastic Foundations," ASCE Technical Meeting in Robstown, Texas, February 1984.

-Leelani, P.T., "Introduction to the World of Civil Engineering," Kings High School, Kingsville 1985.

-Leelani, P.T., "Emphasis of Design and Practical Experience in Civil Engineering Curriculum," ASCE Technical Meeting in Brownsville, February 1986.

-Leelani, P.T., "An Introduction to the World of Civil Engineers and Engineering Programs at TexasA&MUniversity," West Oso High School, Corpus Christi, 1987.

-Matthys R.D., and Leelani, P.T., "Practical Structural Experience in the Civil Engineering Curriculum,"Texas Civil Engineer, Vol.58, No. 2, February 1988.

-Leelani, P.T. and Compton, P.V., "Improving Teaching of Soil Mechanics Laboratory," Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education, Gulf-Southwest Section Annual Meeting hosted by the Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, March 1988.

-Leelani, P.T. and Matthys, R.D., "Engineering Labs for Capstone Design Courses," Proceedings of the 1988 ASEE, GSW Annual Meeting at the Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, March 1988.

-Leelani, P.T., Hicks, S., and Davidson, R.D., "Teaching of Ethics in Engineering Curricula," Proceedings of the 1989 ASEE, GSW Conference at the Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, April 1989.

-Matthys R.D., and Leelani, P.T., "Practical Design Experience in a Civil Engineering Program," Journal of the Civil Engineering Education, ASEE Spring Issue in 1989.

-Leelani, P.T., "Improving Properties of Active Clay by Sand Admixtures," ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication, Vol.1, pp 381-391, Proceedings of the Congress in Foundation Engineering: Current Principles and Practices edited by Kulhawy, F.H., held in Evanston Illinois, June 1989.

-Lu, D., Challoo, R., and Leelani, P.T., "Design and Development of a Microcomputer-Based Data Acquisition and Control System for Geotechnical Dynamic Triaxial Testing Apparatus," AUTOTESTCON, the IEEE Conference of Systems Readiness Technology, Los Angeles, 1991.Chosen for the best paper award.

-Leelani, P.T., and Shaar, M.M., "Stabilized Active Clay by Sand Admixtures," ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication No. 30, Vol.2, pp1042-1053, Proceedings of the Grouting Soil Improvement and Geosyntheticsedited by Borden, R.H., Holtz, R.D., and Juran, I., held in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 1992.

-Hsiung, C., Challoo, R., and Leelani, P.T., "A Demonstration of an Intelligent Control of a Geotechnical Dynamic Triaxial Testing Apparatus," ASCE Technical Meeting at TAMIK, February 1992.

-Leelani, P.T., Abdul-Baki, S., "Active Clay Stabilized by Admixtures of Fine and Coarse Sands," Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Expansive Soils, pp. 370-374, held in Dallas, Texas, August 1992.

-Zhu, X., Challoo, R., and Leelani, P.T., "Intelligent Data Acquisition and Automation of a Geotechnical Dynamic Triaxial Testing Apparatus," ASCE Student Chapter at TAMUK in February 1993.

-Leelani, P.T. and Martinez, C.R., "Masonry Retaining Walls," Regional ASCE Spring Meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas, April 21-23, 1994.

-Leelani, P.T. and Royal F.T., "LRFD for a Truss Structure," Regional ASCE Spring Meeting, Corpus Christi,Texas, April 21-23, 1994.

-Peerapat Palanandana and Leelani, P.T., "An Analysis of Beams on Elastic Foundations," ASCE Student Chapter at TAMUK in March 1994.

-Peerapat Srisukant and Leelani, P.T., "An Analysis of Laterally Loaded Pile Foundations," Graduate Students Seminar at TAMUK in December 1994.

-Leelani, P.T., "A Parametric Study from Spreadsheet Applications on the Ultimate Soil Bearing Capacity," ASCE Technical Meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas 1995.

-Leelani, P.T., and Komwut Wissawapaisal, "Spreadsheet Applications on the Ultimate Soil Bearing Capacity," Proceedings of the ASEE, GSW, held in San Antonio, Texas, March 1996.

-Leelani, P.T., "TAMUK in Cyber Space," Meeting with a visiting group of faculty and chairs from Indonesiaand the Asian Development Bank on November 21, 1996.

-Leelani, P.T. and Phaisarn Chongpherm, "A Spreadsheet Template for the Analysis and Design of Earth Retaining Structures," ASCE Technical Meeting held in Robstown, Texas February 1997.

-Sai, J. O., and Leelani, P. T., "Incorporation of Computer Applications in the Design and Evaluation of Wastewater Treatment Plants," Proceedings of the ASEE, GSW Meeting, Houston, TX, March 23-25, 1997.

-Daniel Lopez and Leelani, P.T., "Civil Engineering Program at TAMUK," Senior Day for High Schools inSouth Texas, April 1997.

-Leelani, P.T., "Changes for the Next Millennium," ASCE-Texas Section, Corpus Christi Branch, Vol.11, No.2, October 1997.

-Leelani, P.T., "Restructured Curriculum for Civil Engineering at TAMK," ASCE Texas Section, Corpus Christi Branch, Vol.11, No.10, June 1998.

-Leelani, P.T., "The World of Civil Engineering," West Oso High School in Corpus Christi, December 2, 1998.

-Leelani, P.T., "Spreadsheet Template for Engineering Economic Analysis," ASCE Student Chapter at TAMUK, 1998.

-Costley, R.A., Hernandez, J., Carle, R.A., and Leelani, P.T., "A Parametric Study of Composite Highway Bridges with Spreadsheet Applications." Texas Regional ASCE Meeting in South Padre Island, April 1998.

-Leelani, P.T. and Benson F.C., "Uniform Building Code for Masonry Design," Masonry Professor's Roundtable at College Station, Texas, on August 13, 1999.

-Leelani, P.T., "TAMUK's Concrete Canoe Places High at Annual Race," News Letter of the ASCE-Texas Section, Corpus Christi Branch in October 1999.

-Faruqi, M.A., Leelani, P., and Chandra, D., "Shear Repair of Reinforced Concrete Structures Using Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic Strips," Annual Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science hosted by Texas A & M University-Kingsville, Texas on March 9-11, 2000.
Leelani, P.T., Benson, F.C., Sai, J. O., Faruqi, M.A., and Estrada, H., "Integrating Spreadsheet Applications into the Design of Anchored Sheetpiling Systems," Proceedings of the INTERTECH 2000 in Cincinnati, Ohio, in June 2000.

-Faruqi, M.A., Pleimann, L. G., and Leelani, P., "A Mathematical Evaluation of Compressive Behavior of Steel Tubular Structures Filled with Composite Material," Journal of Construction and Building Materials, Volume 14 No.1, 2000.

-Leelani, P.T., "Introduction to Masonry Sound Barrier Walls," Masonry Roundtable for Professors in Austin,Texas, August 2001.

-Leelani, P.T., Benson, F.C., Sai, J. O., Faruqi, M.A., and Estrada, H., "The Assessment Process of the Civil Engineering Program at TAMUK Under the Engineering Criteria 2000 of ABET," ASCE Students Chapter at TAMUK in September 2002.

-Leelani, P.T., Benson, F.C., Sai, J. O., Faruqi, M.A., and Estrada, H., "TAMUK Effective Process for Assessment of High-Performing Educational Programs," Nueces Chapter of the TSPE Meeting in Corpus Christi on October 15, 2002.

-Leelani, P.T., "Design of Reinforced Masonry Basement walls," Senior Student Seminar at TAMUK in November 2002.

-Leelani, P.T., Benson, F.C., Sai, J. O., Faruqi, M.A., and Estrada, H., "Assessing Civil Engineering Program Criteria 2000," Texas Regional ASCE Spring Meeting in Corpus Christi, April 2003.

-Leelani, P.T., "Masonry Design in Civil Engineering Curriculum at TAMUK," Masonry Professors' Roundtable held in San Antonio, Texas in August, 2003.

-Leelani, P.T., "Assessment and Program Learning Outcomes of the Civil Engineering Program at TAMUK," Technical Session of the ASCE Student Chapter of TAMUK, October 2003.

-Estrada, H., and Leelani, P.T., "Recruiting the Next Generation of Civil Engineers: Summer Engineering Programs for High School Students," Proceedings of the Regional ASEE Conference in Corpus Christi, Texas2004.

-Leelani, P.T., "High-Performing Assessment Process for Improving the Quality of Engineering Programs under ABET EC 2000," Presented to CE Faculty at The University of Akron, August 2004.

-Leelani, P.T., "Enhancing Design and Practical Experiences from Senior Design Courses of Civil Engineering Program at A&M-Kingsville," Proceedings of the Second Annual Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas, April 22, 2005.

-Leelani, P.T. and Minor, J.E., "Incorporation of Structural Design for Hurricanes into Senior Design Courses of Civil Engineering Program at TAMUK," Proceedings of 10th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering CD on May 31 - June 4, 2005 Baton Rough, Louisiana.

-Aguiniga, F., Matakis, K., Estrada, H., Sai, J.O., Leelani, P.T., and Sheldon, J., "Wave Loads on Bridge Decks," as part of the Summary Report 0-5516-S for TxDOT Project: Synthesis of Wave Load Design Methods for Coastal Bridges in August 2006.

-Leelani, P.T. and John Swink, "Reinforced Masonry Design," in progress.

Research Activities with Funding

-"Development of Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory," $250,000 from the Texas Higher Education Specified Budgets in 1979-89.

-"Installation of a Universal Testing Machine," $93,000 from the Special Proposition Fund of TAIU in1985-86.

-"A Microcomputer for Research," $5,000, the TAIU Faculty Research Development Program, 1986.

-"Settlement of Dry Sand Under a Model Rocking Vibrating Footing," $17,732 from the Organized Research Program of TAIU 1987-88.

-"Bonding Strength of Cement Mortars," $4,500, TAIU Faculty Research Enhancement Program, 1988.

-"Cyclic Triaxial Apparatus for Determining Dynamic Properties of Caliche," $83,000 from the NSF, 1989-91 with $50,000 matching from the TAIU Research Enhancement Program.

-"Civil Engineering Research Enhancement," $5,000 per year from Exxon-Parker in 1997-2003.

-Research Funding for $16,248 from TxDOT for serving as an instructor for the Roadway Design Class, DES 111 held in Houston District in December 11-18, 2005 and San Antonio in March 13-17, 2006.

-Joined Civil Engineering Faculty Research Team under the leadership of Dr. Francisco Aguiniga to Conduct Research for TxDOT Project No. 0-5516: Synthesis of Wave Load Design Methods for Costal Bridge in Summer 2006.

Teaching Experience

-1978-79: Part-time instructor at The University of Akron while conducting doctoral research
-1979-1983: Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK)
-1983-1989: Associate Professor at TAMUK
-1989-1996: Professor at TAMUK
-1997-2003: Professor and Chair, Department of Civil Engineering at TAMUK
-2004-present: Professor of Civil Engineering at TAMUK.

Professional Experience

-Government Highway Department of Thailand, served as a project soil engineer 1969-1972.Constructed a major highway with earthwork constructions and asphaltic concrete surface paved for more than 100 kilometers.

-During pursuing Ph.D. degree at The University of Akron, worked for Timmerman Engineering Group,Akron, Ohio in summer 1974.Conducted a series of laboratory geotechnical experiments for a 20-story Ohio Edison Building.OhDOT research.

-During serving as TAMUK faculty, worked as a consulting engineer for the Exxon Company U.S.A., Corpus Christi, Texas in summer 1982 for the following projects:1)Design of foundations for $9,000,000 gas treatment plant at Freer,Texas.2)Design of pier foundations of refinery tower in King Ranch, Texas.3)Review of Exxon-specifications for bidding and construction of roadways.

-Part-time Consulting Engineer for the Maverick Consulting Engineering in 1983-1985. Evaluated the stability and safety of $6,000,000 ship channel using anchored-bulkhead sheet piles at Palacious, Texas.

-Part-time Consulting Engineer for the City of Corpus Christi in 1985-1986. Determined the stability and safety of the Marina Seawalls at Corpus Christi Shorelines, Texas.

-Part-time Consulting Engineer for Amoco Co. in 1986-1987. Designed approximately ten vibrating foundation systems for oil compressors.

-Part-time Consulting Engineer for SAFE Engineering Firm in 1987-1998. Designed a short pier foundation system founded in the expansive soil.

-Part-time Consulting Engineer for Naithsmith Engineering in 1989.Evaluated the safety of concrete centrifugal system and spillway for waste-treatment facilities at McAllen, Texas.

-Part-time Consulting Engineer for the Uranium Resources Inc. in 1990. Investigated the failure of the 36-ft diameter centrifugal clarifier cone for uranium mining in South Texas.

-Part-time Consulting Engineer for the City of Corpus Christi in 1990-1991. Designed the vibrating foundation systems of the centrifugal pumps for sewer treatment plants in Corpus Christi, Texas.

-Part-time Consulting Engineer for the City of Kingsville in 1991-96. Prepared plans for the recreational projects at the east-side developments in Kingsville, Texas.

-Part-time Consulting Engineer for various small engineering projects over the years.The activity has been significantly reduced since I served as Chair of Civil Engineering Department at TAMUK in 1997 to 2003.

Honors and Awards

-1981 Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honorary.
-1982 ASCE Award for Outstanding Services
-1983 ASCE Award for Outstanding Services.
-1987 Outstanding Instructor in Civil Engineering.
-1989, 1994, and 1999 Service Awards from Texas A&M University-Kingsville
-1991 Award for the best paper at the AUTOTESTCON, the IEEE Conference of Systems Readiness Technology, Los Angeles

Professional Affiliations

-International Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering (1982-1998).
-Geo-Engineering Institutes (since 1999)
-American Society of Civil Engineers (Since 1980).
-American Society of Civil Engineers-Corpus Christi Branch (Since 1980)
-University Faculty Association (1990-1994)
-Texas Faculty Association (Since 1997)
-Texas Farm Bureau (Since 1989).
-Texas Parks and Wild Life (Since 1992). 
-Navy League of the United State (Since 2005)

Contact Information

Civil and Architectural Engineering
EC 375
MSC 194 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: (361) 593-2266, 593-2268
fax: (361) 593-2069
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