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Leah Kunkel

Leah Kunkel

PhD Student, Sustainable Energy, School of Sustainability

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502


  • PhD Student, Sustainable Energy, School of Sustainability


Leah Kunkel is enrolled in the PhD Sustainable Energy program. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Sustainability, both from Saint Louis University. She is interested in studying renewable energy and energy efficiency, having completed previous work in both fields. Leah is originally from St. Paul, MN and is hoping that she doesn't melt in AZ.

Teaching Assistant Experience

  • Physics 1 and 2 lab at Saint Louis University, 2015-2017

Research Assistant Experience

  • Graduate Research Assistant for Urban Planning and Development at Saint Louis University, 2018

Spoken Languages:
Spanish (intermediate); American Sign Language (beginner)


  • MS, Sustainability, Saint Louis University, 2018
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering (Engineering Mathematics minor), Saint Louis University, 2017


External Links

Journal Articles


Seidel, C., S. Jayaram, L. Kunkel and A. Mackowski. 2017. Structural analysis of biologically inspired small wind turbine blades. International Jounral of Mechanical and Materials Engineering 12:19. (link )



Kunkel, L. 2018. Regulatory feasibility of micro vertical-axis wind turbines along medians of traffic corridors. Poster presented at the Powering Forward to Reach New Heights, May 7-10, 2018, Chicago, IL. (link )


Kunkel, L., A. Martinez de Azagra Garelly and M. Reader. 2017. Highway applications of small wind turbines. Poster presented at the Senior Design Symposium, April 27, 2017, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO. (link )

Master's Winner, Three Minute Thesis Competition, Saint Louis University, 2018

Trophée Hydro Jeunes, HydroGala International Water Exhibition

Honors Program, Saint Louis University

Presidential Scholar, Saint Louis University