Born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Timothy Leung completed his B.A.Sc. degree in the Engineering Physics program at the University of British Columbia in 2000. He was the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Engineering Physics Roy Nodwell Prize, and the EXPO '86 Award from the Faculty of Applied Science. Tim also received his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS). His Ph.D. thesis is entitled A Newton-Krylov Approach to Aerodynamic Shape Optimization in Three Dimensions. Dr. Leung is currently a research associate at UTIAS. His current research project deals with integration of structural and aerodynamic models in a multi-disciplinary analysis and optimization (MDA and MDO) environment, and is also working on a novel approach to geometry parameterization and grid movement using a free-form deformation (FFD) method.
Outside of his research endeavours, Tim is an accomplished violinist and musician. Tim has been a member of the Hart House Orchestra at the University of Toronto since 2001, where he is currently the orchestra's Principal Second Violin. He also serves as the orchestra's publicity manager. Tim made his soloist debut in Ottawa in 2004 with the Overseas Chinese Youth Orchestra, performing the Butterfly Lovers' Concerto to a packed audience. Prior to arriving in Toronto, he was the associate concertmaster of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to 2000. From 2004 to 2011, Tim taught violin and viola at Elite Music Academy in Toronto, where his students have won numerous awards. In recent years, Tim has turned his attention to choral music. He is currently the Choir Director at the the Toronto Chinese United Church, and the coordinator of the Worship and Music task group at the church. He has also conducted the choir at the North Toronto Chinese Alliance Church.
Tim is also an avid cyclist. Last June, he participated in the "Toronto-Niagara-Toronto Overnight" trip, a 334km trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls organized by the Toronto Bicycling Network. In July, Tim participated in the Friends for Life Bike Rally, a six-day cycling event from Toronto to Montreal, to raise awareness and money for people living with HIV/AIDS. This was Tim's third year of participation in the rally. Tim is an organizer for the Love in Motion event organized by the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada. The event raises money or various organizations working for poverty and homelessness issues. Tim will be cycling in a two-week stretch between Winnipeg and Toronto.