Donald J. Leo, Ph.D.

Professor and Dean

UGA Foundation Professor in Engineering

Phone: 706-542-1653


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

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

Area of Specialty

  • Smart Materials