RJ Lee Group

Eric R. Giannini, Ph.D., P.E.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Eric R. Giannini joined RJ Lee Group’s expert team in 2017 and brings his expertise in concrete durability, test method development, and nondestructive testing. Prior to joining RJ Lee Group, Dr. Giannini was an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at The University of Alabama from 2012 to 2017. At Alabama, he was awarded over $1.8M in external funding as PI or co-PI from a broad portfolio of federal, state, and industry sponsors including the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Federal Highway Administration, Alabama Department of Transportation, and Portland Cement Association (Southeast Region). Over the past 10 years, he has contributed to or led numerous research projects related to alkali-silica reaction (ASR) in concrete, addressing aggregate test methods, assessment and monitoring of field structures, and the development of laboratory mockups to simulate the development of ASR at multiple length and time scales. Dr. Giannini has partnered with experts in NDE and structural health monitoring (SHM) to investigate and validate the potential of new technologies to monitor the progress of ASR in concrete nuclear structures. As a PCA Educational Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, he developed an innovative ultra-rapid autoclave test method to assess the ASR potential of aggregates; this work was continued by a doctoral student under his supervision at The University of Alabama as her dissertation topic, and provided considerable insight into the mechanisms of ASR at very high temperatures and alkali loadings.

Dr. Giannini also has an interest in the potential of bamboo as a construction material; he has directed research on the mechanical properties of bamboo grown and harvested in the U.S. and coordinated an NSF-funded summer research program for undergraduate students focused on the engineering properties and behavior of bamboo.

Dr. Giannini has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He also worked on submarine overhaul and repair projects as a Naval Architect for five years at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, focusing on ship stability (weight and moment control) and dry docking operations. He was a key contributor to the success of emergent repair projects following two grounding incidents. He was named an ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Fellow in 2013 (one of 24 early-career faculty in the US that year) and a PCA Educational Foundation Research Fellow in 2010. Dr. Giannini is active in several technical and professional organizations, including the American Concrete Institute (ACI), ASTM International, RILEM, and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He served as the inaugural chair of the ACI 228-B subcommittee on Visual Inspection from 2012 to 2015.


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Education History

  1. 2012

    Ph.D., Civil Engineering

    The University of Texas at Austin
  2. 2009

    M.S.E., Civil Engineering

    The University of Texas at Austin
  3. 2002

    B.S., Civil Engineering

    University of Virginia

Professional Experience

  1. 2017 - Present
    Principal Investigator
    RJ Lee Group, Inc.
  2. 2012 - 2017
    Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
    The University of Alabama
  3. 2012
    Graduate Teaching Assistant
    The University of Texas at Austin
  4. 2007 - 2012
    Graduate Research Assistant
    The University of Texas at Austin
  5. 2002 - 2007
    Naval Architect
    Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Memberships & Awards

  • Professional Engineer
  • Member
    American Concrete Institute
  • Member
    ASTM International (Committee C09)
  • Senior Member
  • Member
    American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Member
    Chi Epsilon
  • SEC Faculty Travel Grant
  • Teaching Fellow
    ASCE Committee on Faculty Development
  • Best Paper on the Use of Construction Materials
    14th International Conference on Structural Faults and Repair
  • PCA Educational Foundation Fellowship
    Portland Cement Association
  • Graduate Fellowship
    Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin