Civil engineering alum William Bast ’79 ’83G, an accomplished professional civil engineer with more than three decades of structural engineering, forensics, and building envelope experience, has been hired by engineering consulting firm LPI to lead a new office in Chicago, according to a press release

Bast was named as a regional director for LPI, which specializes in fitness for service, operability assessment, root cause failure, metallurgical analysis, and nondestructive testing for clients in a variety of industries.

During his extensive career, Bast has assisted in more than 1500 building projects and has been a referenced specialist in over 50 dispute resolution and litigation cases. 

He “is uniquely qualified and well respected,” says LPI’s chief executive officer, Rober Vecchio. “It is his understanding of the entire process that our clients demand and appreciate.” 

Previously, Bast worked for Thornton and Tomasetti for 22 years as a Principal. He is also an active member of several professional organizations, including the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA), Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI), and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).