Dr. Leland Weiss is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of Louisiana Tech’s Grand Challenge Scholars Program. Dr. Weiss serves a dual appointment to both the Mechanical Engineering program and the Institute for Micromanufacturing. Dr. Weiss is a 2011 NSF CAREER Award Winner with funded and continuing research that includes many aspects of the Grand Challenges. Energy sustainability and biomedical areas are a particular focus. Dr. Weiss also has several years of industry experience and regularly collaborates with industry on novel research in the Grand Challenge areas.