Spotlight on Philanthropy

  • John F. Lenard, P.E., F.ASCE

    John Lenard Spotlight PhotoJohn Lenard was born in Budapest, Hungary, and was exposed to engineering at an early age. His father, Dr. Sando Lenard, was an engineer and his mother, Dr. Lili Lenard, was a neurologist. Mr. Lenard studied at the Technical University of Budapest and received Dipl.Ing. Degree, an engineering degree, in 1956. During the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, John, along with more than 200,000 Hungarians, fled Hungary to escape from the communist regime. In January 1957, John came to the United States as a political refugee.

    Upon his arrival, he obtained a junior engineering position with New Haven Consulting Firm and pursued an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut School of Engineering. It was at this time when Mr. Lenard became a member of the ASCE. After graduation, Mr. Lenard served as town engineer for the Towns of Trumbull and Branford, Connecticut. After getting married, he continued his professional career in New York City where he worked as project engineer for two large, international consulting engineering firms. His projects included regional water supply plans for the Southeastern Massachusetts Planning District, the Susquehanna River Basin, and various Peruvian cities; water treatment plant and distribution mains for the Saigon Metropolitan Water District in Vietnam; and designed the water treatment plant in Rabat, Morocco.

    He also worked for the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Airport water supply, sanitation, industrial waste, and treatment facilities, and other industrial wastewater treatment plants throughout the United States.

    In 1970, he established Lenard Engineering, Inc. (LEI) in Storrs, Connecticut. During the firm's early years, LEI provided civil and environmental engineering services to municipalities, state and federal agencies, and private concerns. From the very beginning, the multidiscipline engineering firm grew rapidly because of Mr. Lenard's background and expertise. LEI quickly became recognized as a leader in the field of water supply engineering and dam design.

    Mr. Lenard has taught engineering at the University of New Haven and the University of Connecticut. John’s wife, Dr. Jean Lucus-Lenard is Professor Emeritus at the University of Connecticut where she taught molecular and cell biology. John and Jean have been married for 53 years.

    Mr. Lenard is an ASCE Fellow and recipient of the Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award. In 2008, endowed a scholarship to encourage students to further their civil engineering education with a focus on water supply or environmental engineering. Mr. Lenard says, “I firmly believe that the future of ASCE is with the students. When I served on the student activities and later the scholarship committee, I saw the need for ASCE to fund student engineering scholarships. I took it upon myself to endow a scholarship for students to further their civil engineering education. I hope my fellow ASCE colleagues will also join me in supporting the next generation of civil engineers."

    You, too, can leave a legacy through your estate, or with an impact gift during your lifetime. To learn more, go to http://legacygift.ascefoundation.org/wills-and-living-trusts, or the ASCE Foundation at 703-295-6342.