Lea is originally from Houston and has also lived in Paris, France and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She graduated from the University of Houston in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and minor in mathematics. Her capstone project was to design and build a pedal boat attachment to collect floating pollutants from bodies of water. She had an internship in the Detroit, MI area which consisted of analyzing greenhouse gas emissions of petroleum refineries.
Lea started graduate school at UT Austin in August 2021, specializing in Thermal-Fluid Systems, and joined the Webber Energy Group in January 2022. She is currently researching the premise of using plug-in electric vehicles to power homes during emergency situations when the electric grid is down. It involves creating a computational tool and investigating how vehicle-to-home solutions compare to other technologies for home backup power. This will be the focus of her master’s thesis. Outside of school and research, she likes baking, spending time with friends, and going to new places.