Edwin S. Wilsey Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Director, Council on Science & Technology
Associated Faculty, Program in Applied & Computational Mathematics
Affiliated Faculty, Princeton Neuroscience Institute & Quantitative and Computational Biology
Address: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 08544 USA
In 2013 Leonard was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2004 she was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. She is a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and a Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). She has also received the Inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Deparment at the University of Maryland (2012), the University of California at Santa Barbara Mohammed Dahleh Distinguished Lecture Award (2005), the Automatica Prize Paper Award (1999), the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (1998) and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (1995). In 2001 she was the Lise Meitner Guest Professor at Lund University, Sweden and in 2007 a Visiting Professor at University of Pisa, Italy. In 2000 she was the Applied Ocean Science and Engineering Visiting Scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).
Leonard has delivered public lectures as part of the Princeton University President's Lecture series and at the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA). She has also delivered keynote and plenary lectures at conferences including the Frontiers in Applied and Computational Mathematics (FACM) in 2011, the American Control Conference (ACC) in 2010, the Canadian Mathematical Society Winter Meeting in 2009, the International Conference on Robot Communication and Coordination (2009), the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in 2008, the International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems (MTNS) in 2008, the IFAC Workshop on Navigation, Guidance and Control of Underwater Vehicles in 2008, the SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications in 2005, the SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems in 2003, and the IFAC Nonlinear Control Systems Design Symposium (NOLCOS) in 1998.
Leonard has published well over 120 peer-reviewed articles. Leonard received the B.S.E. degree in mechanical engineering from Princeton University in 1985. From 1985 to 1989, she worked as an engineer in the electric power industry. She received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland in 1991 and 1994.