Dr. Leung is a nationally acclaimed leader in the design and implementation of innovative programs aimed at developing the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) leaders. As an accomplished scientist, Mary Ann honors and treasures the process of scientific discovery. As the director of major STEM-focused educational programs, Dr. Leung nurtured her passion for connecting students and science by developing and implementing novel and measurably impactful initiatives. At Sustainable Horizons, her combined experience base in science and education formulates the presence that is shaping STEM futures.
As program manager for the Department of Energy (DOE) Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF) program, Dr. Leung evangelized the use of high-performance computing by developing workshops, arranging for large allocations coupled with training and mentoring, and increasing usage of DOE supercomputing resources. During her tenure, the program achieved an unprecedented level of recruitment and fellow and alumni engagement, through a strategic, multifaceted integration of online, regional, professional society, and annual conference activities. As a result of her efforts, in five years DOE CSGF doubled the number and overall quality of applicants, including a doubling and in some cases quadrupling the number of underrepresented minority applications.
At Miami Dade College, Dr. Leung developed and implemented novel programming for cross-engagement of women and under-represented minorities in the Tools For Success program funded through the National Science Foundation STEM Talent Expansion Program. She initiated a rapid start, and then engaged and retained students through online and learning communities, specialized courses, virtual and traditional seminars, peer and faculty mentoring, field trips, and other activities.
A computational chemist by training, Dr. Leung is an experienced author and researcher. Her research interests include the development of scalable, parallel, scientific codes for the investigation of quantum mechanical phenomena as well as science and technology education, workforce development, diversity and inclusion. Her research is published in several peer-reviewed journals and she remains in-demand as a speaker and contributor at national STEM-based initiatives. She chaired the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) 2015 Computational Science and Engineering (CSE15), CSE17, and CSE19 and Supercomputing 2014 (SC14) Broader Engagement (BE) committees, served as Deputy Chair for SC13 BE and co-chaired SC11 BE. She also served on the American Association for the Advancement of Science Committee on Opportunities in Science and was the inaugural Iowa delegate for Vision 2020, a national gender equity imitative. She has worked with middle and high school girl outreach programs and served on advisory boards for Nevada High School science and engineering initiatives and the Ankeny high school workforce committee. She graduated with honors from Mills College, earning a B.A. in Chemistry with a Math minor. Dr. Leung holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Computational Physical Chemistry from the University of Washington.
Dr. Leung’s full CV can be found here: maleung_cv.