Leidy Klotz is S.E. Liles Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Clemson University, where he has worked since earning his Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering from Penn State in 2008. His scholarship merging design and behavioral science has been consistently funded, including through an NSF CAREER award and through one of the first awards through NSF’s interdisciplinary INSPIRE program. Leidy also plays a lead role in programs, funded by grants from NSF and the Department of Education, in which cohorts of graduate students pursue interdisciplinary research for a more resilient and sustainable built environment. Seven graduates from Leidy’s research team have secured faculty positions, six of whom are from underrepresented groups. Leidy’s ability to engage undergraduate students on similar topics earned him a spot on NerdScholar’s inaugural list of “40 under 40: Professors Who Inspire,” and he has twice been named by students as top teacher in his department and twice been recognized for individual mentoring of Clemson’s top undergraduates. Leidy led the establishment of Clemson’s interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainability as well as Clemson’s chapter of the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program, both of which draw students from diverse majors. Before becoming an academic, Leidy worked managing the design and construction of building projects in New Jersey and before that he played for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds professional soccer team. Most of his family’s climate-changing emissions result from traveling to see grandparents or the beach.
Sustainability through Soccer: Systems-Thinking in Action