Alex Sanzeni holds a Master's degree in Civil Engineering (received in 2002 at the University of Brescia) and a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering, received in 2006 at the University of Parma (supervisor: Prof. Francesco Colleselli, co-supervisors: Ing. Luigi Belloni from Tehcnital SpA, Prof. A.J. Whittle and Dr. J.T. Germaine from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology). His PhD thesis was concerned with the geotechnical carachterization of of the silty sands of the Venice Lagoon for the construction of the MoSE Project.
His research work is focused on a variety of geotechnical topics, from laboratory testing to monitoring and modelling of the behaviour of geotechnical works. In the past he has been involved in the following research activities: development of laboratory techniques for the preparation of reconstituted and intact sand specimens for further laboratory testing; experimental campaigns to define the mechanical properties of steel slag for reuse in bituminous paving mixtures for flexible road pavements; study of the specific surface area of soils and experimental validation of semi-theoretical equations for predicting the hydraulic conductivity of saturated medium-fine grained soils. More recently, he has conducted studies on the behaviour and bearing capacity of ground screw or screw micropiles, on the onset of shallow landslides due to infiltration in unsaturated natural soils, on the physical-mechanical-hydraulic properties of marble sawing silts for a possible reuse in geotechnical works.
From 2006 to 2017 he has continuously collaborated with the University of Brescia for teaching and research activities whilst conducting his own professional activity in geotechnical engineering.
Since 2017 Alex Sanzeni is a senior research fellow in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Brescia and lecturer of the Master course “Geotechnical Engineering”, 4th year of Architectural Engineering.