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Leslie is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering with affiliation in Materials Science at the Colorado School of Mines. Her area of expertise is in mechanics of materials under extreme conditions. She earned her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and B.A. in Dance Performance from the University of Michigan, her M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and her Ph.D. in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology. Prior to her faculty position, Leslie was a postdoctoral researcher with K.T. Ramesh at the Johns Hopkins University. A former Lockheed Martin “Skunk Works” engineer, Leslie was a 2013 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellow, a recipient of an ONR Young Investigator Award, and an NSF CAREER award. She is currently an Associate Editor for the journal Strain and a Technical Editor for Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials.
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Research Focus: Dynamic Viscoelastic Constitutive Parameter Identification
PhD - Indian Institute of Technology Indore (Advisor: Dr. Eswar Prasad)
Visiting Scholar - Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Project: Repetitive Impact Loading on Nested Cylinder Polymer Structures
XINGYUAN "ZAZZY" ZHAO
PhD Focus: Understanding Deformation Mechanisms in Highly Oriented MAX Phases Under Compression Across Strain-Rates
MS THESIS: Phase Content Influence on the Mechanical Behavior of Group V Transition Heavy Metal Carbides
PhD STUDENT / SANDIA Summer Intern
Dynamic Failure and Fragmentation of Advanced Steels
PhD STUDENT / Mechanical Engineering Grad Fellow
Impact Investigations on 3D Layered Solids
In Collaboration with Boeing Shock Physics Laboratory, Seattle, WA