Leila Ladani is professor and director of The Polytechnic School (TPS). She received her doctorate in mechanical engineering from University of Maryland at College Park, in 2007. Prior to that she received her master's degree in mechanical engineering in heat and fluid (with honor) and another master's degree in solid mechanics and her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. She is internationally recognized for her research on advanced and multi-scale manufacturing and mechanics of materials. Ladani’s research, academic involvement and outreach has been supported and recognized by NSF, NAE, NASA, US. Department of State and many others. She has been invited speaker for more than 30 talks, most recently in July 2019, as a key note speaker in Digital Twin Symposium focused on computational techniques in Additive Manufacturing in Melbourne Australia. She was invited attendee of National Academy of Engineering Frontier of engineering conference and has been selected as ASME EPPD Women Engineer. She was selected as Connecticut Women of Innovation Finalist in the category of Academic Innovation and Leadership. She will be utilizing her extensive background in research and academics to broaden the educational and research impact of TPS. She is the editor of Journal of Materials Science and Engineering A and has published more than 120 refereed manuscripts and patents.