Leah completed her BS in civil engineering in 2016 from Santa Clara University in California. At Santa Clara, she was involved in ASCE and helped develop the engineering peer advising program. For her senior thesis, she worked with an NGO in Nicaragua to redesign a water supply system for a rural community. In 2011, she received the Regan Memorial Award for academic excellence and service to the department. While in California, she became interested in water resources though her experience with the recent drought in contrast to her childhood in the Pacific Northwest. She has held internships with PACE Engineers and the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Her research includes the diagnosis of streamflow signals to improve the transformation of meteorological forcing data. In her free time, Leah is an avid swimmer and Gonzaga basketball fan.