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Laura Leo

Laura S Leo

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Research Assistant Professor

Research Assistant Professor


Phone: 574-631-8419

Office: Cushing Hall 312


Ph.D., Environmental Geophysics, University of Messina, IT - Joint Programme between University of Salento, University of Messina and University of Palermo (Consortium of National Universities)- 2011

M.Sc., Physics, University of Salento, IT, 2006

Summary of Activities/Interests

  • Atmospheric boundary layer
  • Urban fluid mechanics
  • Complex terrain weather
  • Field Observations


World’s largest wind-mapping project spins up in Portugal

July 11, 2017

About Perdigao -- Notre-Dame Team Led Science Project --

ND researchers bracing for the mammoth Perdigão wind energy project

July 11, 2017

Fernando, Krishnamurthy, Leo, Notre Dame, Wind Energy, Perdigao

Notre Dame & Better Life Foundation Media Attention in Seychelles

March 26, 2015

Professor Laura Leo fielded questions from Seychelles Media regarding the ASIRI RAWI project. Leo explained the importance of Seychelles and its climate patterns to the project as a whole. She noted that Seychelles is "actually the point of origin of all this, so it is really crucial to understanding how this oscillation and observation will evolve and develop."

ASIRI RAWI Project Featured in Seychelles Newspaper

March 26, 2015

After the Seychelles media, SJO, interviewed Professor Laura Leo and graduate researcher Patrick Conry of Notre Dame, the Seychelles News Agency also featured a story on the research of the Notre Dame team regarding the ASIRI RAWI project. Research is currently being conducted on the island of Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. The goal of the research is to better understand Madden Julian oscillations (MJO), which is the underlying phenomena of rainfall patterns around the equator of the earth. There are also simultaneous studies being conducted in Singapore and Sri Lanka in conjunction with the Seychelles research.

Signing of MOU between Notre Dame and Seychelles

March 26, 2015

The National Meteorological Services of Seychelles and the Better Life Foundation, a local NGO, are partnering with the University of Notre Dame to conduct the ASIRI: RAWI project, a regional study of weather conditions in the Indian Ocean. The Indian Ocean island nations of Sri Lanka and Singapore have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding.