Kevin Lease Bio
Dr. Kevin Lease received his PhD from the University of Iowa in Mechanical Engineering in 1994. He then joined the faculty of the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (MNE) Department at Kansas State University (KSU). In 1999 Lease was promoted to Associate Professor in 1999 and then assumed the role of the MNE Graduate Program Director in 2001. In 2008 he assumed the position of the Associate Dean of the Graduate School which he held until 2011. Dr. Lease has served as the chair of the Undergraduate Program multiple times and has been instrumental in multiple ABET accreditation processes. Dr. Lease has been active in the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) through the Technical Committee E-08 on Fatigue and Fracture and the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) though the Fatigue Design and Evaluation Committee.
To support his research, Dr. Lease developed the Mechanical Testing and Evaluation Laboratory (MTEL) within the K-State MNE Department in 1995. This facility supported experimental and computational research and teaching in the areas of deformation, stress, strain, and failure of engineering materials. Through this facility, Dr. Lease primarily focused on fatigue and fracture of metallic materials in support of the aerospace industry.
While at KSU Dr. Lease has supervised numerous research projects funded by a variety of government and industrial sources, including government support through NASA, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, Department of Energy, and industrial support through Cessna, Raytheon, Boeing, John Deere, Ford, and Benecor. Dr. Lease has co-edited one book, been an invited keynote speaker, put on 4 short courses, authored and co-authored several journal articles, and supervised several graduate students. His teaching and research has been recognized by a number of internal and external awards such as the 2004 KSU Myers-Alford Memorial Teaching Award, 2003 KSU MNE Outstanding Educator Award, 2003 Big 12 Conference Faculty Fellowship and the 2002 SAE Ralph Teetor Education Award.
During the summer of 2019, Dr. Lease moved to Lynchburg, Virginia and in the Spring of 2020, Dr. Lease became an Adjunct Professor at Central Virginia Community College (CVCC). He is currently teaching courses part-time for the Mechatronics Program at CVCC and is seeking accreditation to also teach Project Lead the Way courses at CVCC.