Michael D. Lepech, Ph.D. 1997 RHS graduate
After graduating summa cum laude from Rockford High School in 1997, Dr. Michael Lepech attended the University of Michigan and earned a B.S.E. in civil and environmental engineering in 2000, an M.S.E. in structural engineering in 2002, and his Ph.D. in civil engineering and material science in 2006. He went on to earn his M.B.A. in 2008 in strategy and finance from University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. He also served as a research fellow and research director at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment’s Center for Sustainable Systems from 2006 through 2008.
Currently, Michael is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and fellow at the Center for Sustainable Development and Global Competitiveness at Stanford University. His teaching and research focuses on the creation of new building materials for green infrastructures such as transportation networks, buildings, water infrastructure, and power transmission. He serves on numerous governmental and industry advisory committees in both the U.S. and European Union.
Michael is well-published and recognized for his contribution to the development of “flexible concrete.” Apart from his academic contributions, he is a founding partner in the firm Li, Fischer, Lepech & Associates, specializing in the development and use of this unique concrete material. These engineered cementitious composites offer several advantages over conventional concrete materials. Improved durability, damage resistance, flexibility and sustainability provide new opportunities in the design and building of next generation highways, bridges, buildings and other infrastructure systems.
Internationally recognized for his expertise, Michael has served as a founding director of MECC Technologies Inc., an energy infrastructure firm based in Guangzhou, China, and New China Infrastructure Technologies Inc., an infrastructure development and construction firm based in Dalian, China. He also sits on scientific advisory boards for numerous venture capital firms based in northern California.