Leonard Friesenhahn

Mechanical Distribution s staff pose together on steps on the UT Austin campus.

Leonard Friesenhahn - Associate Director of Mechanical Distribution

Leonard Friesenhahn poses for a photo in front of his office door.

About Leonard

Leonard Friesenhahn is the Associate Director of Mechanical Distribution for UT Austin's Utilities and Energy Management (UEM) department. He has over 30 years of professional experience in several industries, including power plant maintenance, engineering, and project management. Leonard has worked with UEM for 23 years and previously served as a Project Manager for eight years before taking on his current role.

He is passionate about solving maintenance and operational problems within distribution systems and building utility systems. As associate director, he provides guidance based on his engineering expertise and institutional knowledge to support the design and construction teams executing capital improvement projects on campus seeking best-value solutions that provide long-term, reliable service.

Leonard has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

Leonard’s Areas of Expertise

  • Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas 
  • Utility Distribution Infrastructure 
  • Facilities Management 
  • Project Management
About Mechanical Distribution

Mechanical Distribution operates and maintains a network of distribution piping, valves, meters and other components to provide the following services:

  • potable, irrigation, reclaimed, and deionized water
  • steam
  • natural gas
  • compressed air as well as a network of recovered water
  • wastewater and stormwater collection systems

The team also manages the UT Dig Safe program for on-campus excavation/utility tap requests.

Mechanical Distribution Leadership Team

  • Associate Director for Mechanical Distribution: Leonard Friesenhahn, PE
  • Assistant Director for Mechanical Distribution: Jim Shrull, LEED AP
  • Plant Maintenance Supervisor: Thomas R. Parker

Refer to the Mechanical Distribution for more team details.

Contact Information

Email: leonard.friesenhahn@austin.utexas.edu
Office Phone: 512-471-1600