Welcome to my personal & research website


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UC Irvine. Born and raised in Germany, I completed my undergraduate education in structural engineering at the University of Applied Sciences (HTWK) Leipzig and continued my graduate education as Fulbright Scholar in the US. I received an MS in Geotechnical Engineering at CSULB and an MS and PhD degree in Structural and Earthquake Engineering at UCLA.  I conducted my PhD research working on the seismic performance of bridge foundations systems.

In 2011 I joined the University of California, Irvine where I manage and teach the geotechnical curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels. I supervise an active group of students with research foci in the field of geotechnical and structural earthquake engineering.

My research interests intersect in the framework of geo-structural response  mechanisms of elements residing at the soil-structure interface.  I conduct small- and large-scale experiments, numerical simulations, and collect case history observations to study the behavior and interaction of super- and substructure systems and elements during hazard events.

Among many professional involvements and interests, I serve as Editor in Chief of the Deep Foundations Journal and as Chair of the National ASCE Earth Retaining Structures committee.

I love to travel, I love photography and am passionate about skiing.

Anne Lemnitzer Lab

Academic Positions

  • Present2011

    Assistant Professor

    University of California, Irvine – Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

  • 20112011

    Visiting Professor

    University of Chile, Santiago

  • 20112009

    Assistant Professor

    California State University, Fullerton – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Education & Training

  • Ph.D.

    Ph.D. in Structural and Earthquake Engineering

    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

  • M.Sc.

    Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Emphasis: Structural and Earthquake Engineering)

    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

  • M.Sc.

    Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Emphasis: Geotechnical Engineering)

    California State University, Long Beach

  • Dipl.Ing.

    Diplom Ingenieur im Konstruktiven Ingenieurbau (Structural Engineering)

    Hochschule fuer Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur (HTWK) Leipzig, Germany

Selected Recognitions and Honors

  • 2018
    NSF Early Investigator (CAREER) Award
  • 2017
    DFI Presidents Award
  • 2017
    Presidents Awards, International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC)
  • 2017
    ASCE-GI Technical Committee of the Year Award (Committee Chair)
  • 2017
    ASCE-GI Best National Chapter of the Year Award - Los Angeles Chapter (Chapter Chair)
  • 2017
    Invited Lecture - 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Santiago, Chile
  • 2014
    University of California Hellmann Fellowship Award
  • 2011
    DFI Young Professor Reserach Paper Award (with Prof. L. Massone)
  • 2010
    DFI Young Professor Research Paper Award
  • 2010
    CSUF Outstanding Educator Award
  • 2004
    Fulbright Scholarhip