John E. Leland is Vice President for Research and Executive Director of the University of Dayton Research Institute. He previously served as the institute's director of operations and a division head and as the University of Dayton's director for technology partnerships. Before working at the University of Dayton, Leland worked for the United States Air Force. During the 2002-2003 term, Leland was named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Leland received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1994.