Kathleen M. Leonard, Ph.D., P.E.

Kate LeonardProfessor
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Environmental and Water Resources


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Engineering, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Civil Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Civil Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee


Dr. Leonard has over 25 years of experience in teaching and performing research in environmental engineering.  She performs funded research in water/wastewater treatment and environmental assessment.  While at UAH, she has taught courses in water quality control, hazardous waste treatment, environmental design, and environmental impact analysis. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, numerous conference proceedings and book chapters.

Dr. Leonard is a registered professional engineer in the State of Alabama and acts as a consultant on projects for the City of Huntsville, Madison County and private clients.  She has performed designs, environmental impact studies and reports for these clients.

She is a fellow grade member of American Society of Civil Engineers and is active in both local and national committees. She was recently appointed to the ASCE Region 5 Board of Governors. In addition to her support of ASCE, she is also involved in many technical/professional societies including Society of American Military Engineers (Huntsville Post), and Society of Women Engineers (Huntsville Section Charter Member and student chapter advisor.

Research Expertise

  • Wastewater Treatment and Reuse
  • Sustainable Design
  • Ozonation for Water and Hazardous Waste Treatment

Honors & Awards

  • Elected to ASCE Region 5 Board of Governors
  • “2008 Educator of the Year” by Huntsville Women’s Economic Development Council
  • Elected to “Fellow” grade by American Society of Civil Engineers, 2005.
  • Elected to membership at Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership society), 2008
  • Elected to membership to Phi Kappa Phi, honor society, 1998.
  • Awarded the “2007 Outstanding Engineering Professor” by UAH College of Engineering.
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, Huntsville Branch, Professional of the Year, 2004.

Recent Publications

Leonard, K., Blevins, E.,  Nichols, G., “Assessment of a Program to Introduce Minority and Female Students to Transportation Engineering” International Network for Engineering Education and Research, Innovations,  4-22,  2011

Leonard, K., “Design/Build Experience in an Environmental Engineering Course,” Proceedings of 2009 ASCE-EWRI Conference Proceeding, Kansas City, MO, 2009.

Edwards, J. D., Leonard, K.M., Dodson, J., Bradley, S., Lunsman, M., Myers, A., Hubble, B.  “Acceptability and Validity of Older Driver Assessment with the DRIVINGHEALTH® Inventory” Accident Analysis and Prevention, V 40, 1157-1163, 2008.

Leonard, K., “Integrating Design Heuristics in a First-Year Civil Engineering Course,” International Network for Engineering Education and Research, Innovations 2008, #55, 2008.

Zaice, M., and Leonard, K., “Performance of a Small Scale Sequential Batch Flow Constructed Wetland Located in a Temperate Climate,” Small Flows Journal, 2006.

Brown, S. L., Leonard, K. M., Messimer, S.L. “Evaluation of Ozone Pretreatment on Flux Parameters of Reverse Osmosis for Surface Water Treatment,” Journal of Ozonation Science and Engineering, 30: 1-13, 2008.

Leonard, K. M., Key, S. P., and Srikanthan, R., “A Comparison of Nitrification Performance in Gravity-flow and Reciprocating Constructed Wetlands,” Water Pollution: Modeling, Measuring, and Prediction, 7:4, 2003, 293-302.

Leonard, K. M., “Chronicles of Environmental Engineering” Proceedings of ASCE National Conference, Houston, TX, Oct 10-13, 2001.

Leonard, K. M., and Swanson, G. W, “Comparison of Operational Design Criteria for Subsurface Flow Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment,” Water Science and Technology, 43:11, 301-301, 2001.

Leonard, K. M., “Analysis of Residential Subsurface Flow Constructed Wetlands Performance in North Alabama,” Small Flows Journal, 1:5, 2000, 34-39.