Leigh McCue-Weil

Mechanical engineering associate professor Leigh McCue-Weil
Titles and Organizations

Professor and Department Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Beck Foundation Faculty Fellow

Contact Information

Building: Nguyen Engineering Building
Room 3304
Campus: Fairfax
Phone: (703) 993-6231
Mail Stop: 6E9
Email: lmccuewe@gmu.edu
Social Media
Twitter: @MasonMECHE

Personal Websites


A trailblazer in naval engineering research and engineering education, Leigh McCue combines curiosity, storytelling, and teaching that fosters a diverse environment for women and minorities in STEM.

Leigh McCue is an associate professor and chair of George Mason University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. From June 2015 - December 2018, she was the executive director of the American Society of Naval Engineers. Prior to that, from December 2004 through May 2015, she was an assistant, then associate professor in Virginia Tech’s Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering.

Her research interests are in maritime robotics, nonlinear and chaotic vessel dynamics, and computational fluid dynamics, coupled with an emphasis on fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in engineering. Her work has been supported by ONR, NSF, NASA, the USCG, CSC, QinetiQ, and the Northeast Center for Occupational Safety and Health. Additionally, McCue has participated in the ASEE-ONR Summer Faculty Research Program to work in collaboration with researchers at the Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center and was on sabbatical for the 2011-2012 academic year with the Combatant Craft Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock. 

She received her BSE degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. She earned her graduate degrees from the University of Michigan in Aerospace Engineering (MSE) and Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (MSE and PhD).

Leigh McCue studies how to make ships safer and more stable. She brings this emphasis to the classroom by weaving case studies into her teaching and providing students with hands-on learning and research opportunities in maritime robotics.

Watch the full video on YouTube about McCue's research in ship dynamics and naval engineering.


  • PhD, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, University of Michigan
  • MSE, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, University of Michigan
  • MSE, Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan
  • BSE, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University

Research Interests

  • Vessel Dynamics
  • Chaotic Systems
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics 
  • Maritime Autonomous Systems
  • Verification and Validation
  • Occupational Safety