Associate Professor, Architecture and Civil + Environmental Engineering

Education: Penn State Unversity, PhD in Architectural Engineering; University of Washington, M.S.; Lafayette College, B.S.

Leidy Klotz is jointly appointed in Architecture and in Civil and Environmental Engineering. His scholarship merging design and behavioral science for a more sustainable and resilient built environment has been consistently funded, including through an NSF CAREER award and through one of the first awards through NSF’s interdisciplinary INSPIRE program. Leidy also plays a lead role in programs, funded by grants from NSF and the Department of Education, which support cohorts of graduate students on interdisciplinary research in a more resilient and sustainable built environment. Since 2012, seven graduates from Leidy’s research team have secured faculty positions, six of whom are from underrepresented groups. More about Leidy's research is at www.essoresearch.org. 

Leidy’s ability to engage undergraduate students on similar topics earned him a spot on NerdScholar’s inaugural list of “40 under 40: Professors Who Inspire,” and he has twice been named by students as top teacher in his department and twice been recognized for individual mentoring of top undergraduates. Before coming to UVA, Leidy led the establishment of Clemson’s interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainability as well as Clemson’s chapter of the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program, both of which draw students from diverse majors.

Before becoming an academic, Leidy worked managing the design and construction of building projects in New Jersey and before that he played for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds professional soccer team. Most of his family’s climate-changing emissions result from traveling to see grandparents or the beach.

Leidy has over 50 peer-reviewed publications, including his first book.