Dr Leonard Lye graduated from the University of Manitoba with a PhD in civil engineering in 1988 and is currently Professor and Associate Dean of Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), Canada. He received the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2003 and was awarded the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland teaching award in 2001. He was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering in 2002, Fellow of Engineers Canada in 2009, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers in 2015, and Fellow of the Engineering Insitute of Canada in 2017.
In addition to his academic role, Leonard is also President of Com-Adv Devices Inc., a company he formed with a former student. They invented the FootworkerTM line of products for improving footwork and fitness for squash and badminton players. This idea was rooted in Leonard’s accomplishments in both sports – from 2004-2008 he was the provincial and Atlantic Masters squash champion. He has also won gold, silver and bronze medals in doubles badminton in the early 1990s. He is level II squash coach and was a junior high school badminton and basketball coach for several years.
Dr Leonard founded the local chapter of two national charities – the Tetra Society of North America, a charity dedicated to helping people with disabilities; and the Taoist Tai Chi Society, dedicated to the health improvement aspect of Tai Chi Chuan. He was a certified Tai Chi instructor for more than 10 years.
Dr Leonard has been involved with Shad at MUN since 2003 as the Engineering/Technology faculty and since 2007 has been the Program Director.