Leshchinsky, Ben

Assistant Professor

Office Location: 
Peavy 273
Email Address: 

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Columbia University in the City of New York, 2012

M.Phil, Civil Engineering, Columbia University in the City of New York, 2010

M.S., Civil Engineering, Columbia University in the City of New York, 2008

B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Delaware, 2007

Areas of Interest: 

Slope stability, Earth Retaining Structures, Railroad Engineering, Geosynthetics, Behavior of Granular Materials, Degradation of Granular Materials, Reinforced Soil

Graduate Students: Spencer Ambauen (MS), Erica Kemp (MS), Yonggui Xie (PhD)


FE 315: Soil Engineering - Winter Term - 4 Credits

Prerequisites: ENGR 213 and CE 311 or CEM 311 or FE 330 

Use of soil in engineering and construction. Identification and classification. Engineering properties of soil: permeability, compressibility, and strength. Compaction principles and methods. Field control of soil engineering projects. 

FE 316: Soil Mechanics - Spring Term - 4 Credits

Prerequisites: FE 315 or CE 372

Soil strength and soil mechanics theories applied to analysis of slope stability, retaining structures, foundations, and pavements. 

CE 57x / FE 57x: Designing with Geosynthetics - Spring Term (2015) - 3 Credits

Use and design with geosynthetics as hydraulic barriers, hydraulic channels, erosion control, and mechanical reinforcement in slopes, walls, subgrades and structures.

Recent Publications: 

Refereed Journal Publications

Ben Leshchinsky, John Sessions, Jeffrey Wimer. “Analytical Design Tool for Mobile Guyline Anchors.” International Journal of Forest Engineering. Under review.

Ben Leshchinsky. “Limit Analysis Optimization of Design Factors for Mechanically Stabilized Earth Wall-Supported Footings.” Journal of Transportation and Infrastructure Geotechnology. Under review.

Dov Leshchinsky, Farshid Vahedifard and Ben Leshchinsky (2014). “Revisiting Bearing Capacity Analysis of MSE Walls: Is It Relevant?” Geotextiles and Geomembranes.

Ben Leshchinsky and Hoe Ling (2013). “Numerical modeling of behavior of railway ballasted structure with geocell confinement.” Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Volume 36, pp. 33-43.

Ben Leshchinsky and Hoe Ling (2013). “Effects of Geocell Confinement on Strength and Deformation Behavior of Ballast.”ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. Volume 139, pp. 340-352.

Hoe I. Ling, Min-Hao Wu, Dov Leshchinsky, and Ben Leshchinsky (2009). “Centrifuge Modeling of Slope Instability.” ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. Pp. 135, 758 (2009).

Farshid Vahedifard, Ben Leshchinsky, and Dov Leshchinsky. “Impact of Cohesion on Seismic Design of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Earth Structures.” ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. (Accepted February 2014)

Refereed Conference Proceedings

Ben Leshchinsky. “Maximum Tensile Loads in Reinforcements for MSE Walls: A Comprehensive Stability Check Revisited with Limit Analysis.” Proceedings of Geo-Congress 2013.

Ben Leshchinsky. “Comparison of Limit Equilibrium and Limit Analysis for Complex Slopes.” Proceedings of Geo-Congress 2013.

Ben Leshchinsky. “Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls: Parametric Study of Reinforcement Tensile Loads under Limit State.” Proceedings of International Symposium on Design and Practice of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Structures 2013. In press.

Ben Leshchinsky. “Enhancing Ballast Performance Using Geocell Confinement.” Proceedings of Geo-Frontiers 2011. Pp 4693-4072 (2011).

Ben Leshchinsky and Hoe Ling. “Revisiting Deformation Analysis for the Kansai International Airport.” Proceedings of the Fourth Biot Conference on Poromechanics. Pp. 1071-1076 (2009).