Dr. Kathryn Leonard received her PhD from the Department of Mathematics at Brown University under the supervision of David Mumford. Such a destiny would have shocked her junior-year self, who was an English major arguing passionately against her math requirement. Fortunately for her, the University of New Mexico was unconvinced, thereby forcing her into the calculus class that began her love of math and led to a double major in math and English.
Dr. Leonard's interests arise from the mathematics of computer vision, including shape and texture modeling, which draws on tools ranging from geometry to information theory. Her work has been recognized with a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation and a Henry L. Alder Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Mathematical Association of America. She has received over $1 million in grants from NSF and the W.M. Keck Foundation.
She comes to CSUCI after holding positions at Pomona College, California Institute of Technology, and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. Despite publishing papers in desirable journals, speaking at international conferences, and writing for Popular Science magazine, she still gets no respect from her cats.