Leah obtained her B.S. in Astronomy and Mathematics from San Diego State University in 2006, and her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Denver in 2017. As a computational astrophysicist, she studied core-collapse supernova wind-ejecta interactions during her dissertation, and looked at larger scale explosion properties arising from primordial low metallicity progenitors during a postdoc at ORNL in the Physics Division working with the Chimera Supernova group. Her work has involved running simulations on multiple large HPC systems over the years, such as Cori (NERSC), Blue Waters (NCSA), and Stampede and Stampede2 (TACC).

Leah now works with the User Assistance – Production group to provide technical support, training, documentation, and tools for users of NCCS resources. Outside of work, she enjoys doing cross-stitch embroidery, gardening heirloom flowers and vegetables, paddle boarding the many rivers and lakes in East Tennessee, and enjoying sunshine with family and friends.


University of Denver
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
San Diego State University
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)