Donald J. Leo, Ph.D.

Dean and UGA Foundation Professor in Engineering

Donald J. Leo, Ph.D.

130 B Coverdell
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
United States

UGA Foundation Professor in Engineering

Dr. Leo is the first permanent dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia. He assumed the position July 1, 2013. Before joining UGA, Dr. Leo served as a professor of mechanical engineering and vice president and executive director of the National Capital Region operations of Virginia Tech. He previously served as associate dean for research and graduate studies at the Virginia Tech College of Engineering. His research focuses on smart materials and he has served as principal investigator on 50 research grants and contracts with approximately $12 million in extramural funding. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 research publications. Dr. Leo is the author of the textbook “Engineering Analysis of Smart Material Systems” (John Wiley and Sons, 2007).

  • Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Buffalo
  • M.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Buffalo
  • B.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professional Appointments
  • Dean, University of Georgia College of Engineering. 2013 – present
  • Vice President, National Capitol Region, Virginia Tech, 2011 – 2013
  • Full Professor, Virginia Tech College of Engineering, 2004 – 2013
  • Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Virginia Tech College of Engineering, 2007 – 2011
  • Associate Professor, Virginia Tech College of Engineering, 2002 – 2004
  • Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech College of Engineering, 1998 – 2004
Awards & Honors

Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Areas of Expertise

Smart Materials


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