Research Centers and Institutes
Lehigh has developed a number of centers and institutes to provide greater research and academic opportunities for primarily graduate students and faculty. Centers and institutes are generally interdisciplinary and complement the scholarly activities of academic departments and represent scholarship and research based on the expertise and capabilities of a group of faculty members. Frequently, centers relate to the broad-based research needs of government, industry, and the social community.
Research Organizations/ Directors and Staff
Directors and staff members of the university’s research centers and institutes are listed. Complete degree information may be found in the faculty and staff alphabetical listings. In some cases, areas of research interest are given.
All addresses are Bethlehem, Pa. 18015, and the area code is (610).
Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (CAMN) (Center for)
5 E. Packer Ave; 610-758-3850
Martin Harmer, Director (Mat Sci); Chris Kiely, Nanocharacterization Laboratory Director (Mat Sci/Chem Eng); Richard Aronson (Econ); Filbert Bartoli (ECE); Ricky Blum (ECE); Alec Bodzin (Ed); Hugo Caram (Chem Eng); Helen Chan (Mat Sci); Xuanhong Cheng (Mat Sci); John Coulter (Mech Eng); Stephen Cutcliffe (STS); Volkmar Dierolf (Phys); Yujie Ding (ECE); John DuPont (Mat Sci); Sharon Friedman (Journ and Comm); James Gilchrist (Chem Eng); Joachim Grenestedt (Mech Eng); Miltiadis Hatalis (ECE); James Hwang (ECE); Anand Jagota (Chem Eng); Himanshu Jain (Mat Sci); Sabrina Jedlicka (Mat Sci); Kai Landskron (Chem); Tianbo Liu (Chem); Charles Lyman (Mat Sci); Alastair McAulay (ECE); Anthony McHugh (Chem Eng); Steven McIntosh (Chem Eng); Wojciech Misiolek (Mat Sci/Mech Eng); Herman Nied (Mech Eng); Daniel Ou-Yang (Phys); Raymond Pearson (Mat Sci); Jeffrey Rickman (Mat Sci); James Roberts (Chem); Donald Rockwell (Mech Eng); Slava Rotkin (Phys); Richard Sause (Civil & Env Eng); Mark Snyder (Chem Eng); Michael Stavola (Phys); Svetlana Tatic-Lucic (ECE); Jean Toulouse (Phys); Dmitri Vezenov (Chem); Richard Vinci (Mat Sci); Israel Wachs (Chem Eng); Masashi Watanabe (Mat Sci); Edmund Webb (Mech Eng); Zhiyuan Yan (ECE); Xiaohui Zhang (Mech Eng)
Staff: Andrea Harmer, Director of Web Based Instruction; Robert Keyse, TEM/FIB Manager; Katrina Kraft, Financial Manager; Samuel Lawrence, Research Scientist; Gene Lucadamo, Industrial Liaison Officer; Alfred Miller, Research Scientist; William Mushock, SEM Manager; Joan Stanescu, Industrial Liaison Associate; Susan Stetler, Coordinator.
The CAMN, which evolved from the Materials Research Center established in 1964, was formed in 2003 to demonstrate Lehigh University’s commitment to the emerging field of nanotechnology and to expand and apply established strengths in advanced materials research. Its mission is to promote and engage in strategic areas of research and education in advanced materials and nanotechnology that meet the needs of students and industry. Areas of current research include nanoparticle synthesis, catalysis, biomaterials and biotechnology, electronics materials, interfacial kinetic engineering, polymer, ceramic, and metal nanocomposites, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), metals and alloys, microfabricated devices for clinical diagnostics, bio-sensors, and materials modeling.
Innovative Interdisciplinary Research Programs with State and Federal Government. The CAMN is engaged in a variety of government supported research activities. One example has been a multiyear program funded by the Pennsylvania Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority. A University Research Commercialization Grant continues to support collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University to study the control and optimization of material interface behavior and properties. This program supports student research, new equipment for CAMN user facilities, R&D assistance for a range of companies, and advancement of university innovations to commercial applications. CAMN is also leading five universities in a five year Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) for the Office of Naval Research on engineering better materials through the understanding of interphase behavior at the atomic scale.
Projects, Programs and Relationships with Industry. The CAMN Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) facilitates interactions with industry to support R&D needs and create opportunities for collaboration. The ILP connects with a range of technology based companies in need of expertise or laboratory resources, and manages company collaborations with faculty and students. It also helps companies form partnerships to obtain funding, create ideas, and stay competitive. These connections can provide student exposure to industry challenges and practices, and lead to internship and employment opportunities.
The Lehigh Nanotech Network (LNN), founded at Lehigh University in 2004 and administered by CAMN, is an organization of business, education, and government that promotes the understanding and commercialization of nanotechnology. The LNN aims to broaden access to nanotechnology expertise and facilities, facilitate the exchange of ideas and knowledge, encourage member collaborations, and identify opportunities for students to interact and work with industry. LNN member benefits include networking, connection of academic research to commercial applications, information on funding, graduate and faculty contacts, exposure for products and services, and seminars and workshops on nanotechnology issues. The LNN currently includes over 180 organizations including regional economic drivers such as the PA Department of Community and Economic Development, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeast PA, the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, the Manufacturers Resource Center, and the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board.
Multi-user State-of-the-Art Facilities. The CAMN Nanocharacterization Laboratory is a leading center for electron microscopy, with a diverse collection of characterization equipment. The laboratory houses one of the largest collections of electron microscopes of any university in the United States and is utilized and managed by highly skilled scientists and engineers for cutting edge research. The facility currently houses transmission (TEM), scanning (SEM), and scanning transmission (STEM) electron microscopes, a focused ion beam instrument, an electron microprobe, and several scanning probe microscopes. Lehigh is the only university that operates two aberration corrected electron microscopes that can resolve images on a sub-nanometer scale. Lehigh’s Scienta ESCA, one of the best instruments for surface composition analysis via XPS, is the only one in the United States. Since 1970 Lehigh has trained over 5,700 scientists and engineers in electron microscopy through its world renowned annual Microscopy School.
Innovative Educational Courses and Programs. The CAMN facilitates programs of study and research that cross the traditional boundaries of science and engineering curricula, providing a fundamental, broad approach to the field of materials science and nanotechnology. Graduate students participating in research supported by CAMN usually receive a Master of Science or Ph.D. in the science or engineering discipline of their choice, or in an interdisciplinary program such as polymer science and engineering. Financial support for graduate students is available through the CAMN by means of research assistantships.
The CAMN Graduate Certificate Program in Nanomaterials enables students to gain a working knowledge of a broad range of materials, instrumentation, and techniques. Credits earned towards this certificate may be accepted as part of a Masters or Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, or a Masters in Nanomaterials. A Minor in Nanotechnology can also be attained in connection with most engineering and science Bachelor degrees. Some examples of nanotechnology courses offered include Materials for Nanotechnology, Strategies for Nanocharacterization, Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis, Advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy, Advanced Scanning Electron Microscopy, Thin Film Processing and Mechanical Behavior, and Crystallography and Diffraction.
The CAMN coordinates a statewide cooperative graduate course program called the Materials Pennsylvania Coalition (MatPAC), through which the six major Pennsylvania research universities (Lehigh, Carnegie Mellon, Penn State, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, and Drexel) can share specialized materials science and nanotechnology courses live via video conferencing. Through MatPAC, the CAMN also connects students with job opportunities.
For more information, contact Martin P. Harmer, Director, CAMN, Lehigh University, 5 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015-3194; firstname.lastname@example.org; website www.lehigh.edu/nano.
Advanced Technology For Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) Research Center
117 ATLSS Drive, Imbt Laboratories, Mountain Campus 610-758-3525; Fax 758-5902; www.atlss.lehigh.edu
Administration: Richard Sause, Ph.D., Director, Manager, Infrastructure Monitoring Program; James M. Ricles, Ph.D., Deputy Director; Chad Kusko, Ph.D., Administrative Director; Frank E. Stokes, M.S., Manager structural testing program; Peter Y. Bryan, B.S., Manager computer systems; Doris Oravec, B.S., financial services; Geraldine Kery, research coordinator; Elizabeth MacAdam, research coordinator; Richard Sause, Ph.D., Codirector Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA); James M. Ricles, Ph.D., Director RealTime MultiDirectional Testing Facility, (RTMD); Gary Novak, Operations Manager, RealTime MultiDirectional Testing Facility (RTMD)
Faculty Associates: Helen M. Chan, Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering; John N. DuPont, Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering; Dan Frangopol, Ph.D., Structural Engineering; Joachim L. Grenestedt, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics; Wojciech Z. Misiolek, Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering; Clay J. Naito, Ph.D., Structural Engineering; Herman F. Nied, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics; Sibel Pamukcu, Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering; Raymond A. Pearson, Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering; Stephen P. Pessiki, Ph.D., Structural Engineering; James M. Ricles, Ph.D., Structural Engineering; Richard Sause, Ph.D., Structural Engineering; John L. Wilson, Ph.D., Structural Engineering; Shamim Pakzad, Ph.D., Structural Engineering; Muhannad T. Suleiman, Ph.D., Geotechnical Engineering; Paolo Bocchini, Ph.D., Structural Engineering
Faculty Emeritus Associates: John W. Fisher, Ph.D., emeritus, Structural Engineering; John H. Gross, Ph.D., emeritus, Materials Science & Engineering; Le-Wu Lu, Ph.D., emeritus, Structural Engineering; Alan W. Pense, Ph.D., emeritus, Materials Science & Engineering ; Robert Stout, Ph.D., emeritus, Materials Science & Engineering; Ben T. Yen, Ph.D., emeritus, Structural Engineering;
Research/Staff Associates: Ian C. Hodgson, M.S., Infrastructure Monitoring; Thomas M. Marullo, M.S., Software Development/System Administration – RTMD; Sougata Roy, Ph.D., Infrastructure Monitoring/Fatigue; Robin Hendricks, Structural Testing
The ATLSS Research Center is a national center for research and education on structures and materials of the infrastructure. Established in May 1986 with a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Center now addresses the research goals of the NSF, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the U. S. Department of Defense, and numerous national, state, and local industry and government organizations and agencies. Approximately 80 people, including graduate and undergraduate students, research associates, faculty and staff members representing the disciplines important to large structural systems are active at the Center.
ATLSS research areas include: Advanced Structural Systems and Materials; Measurement, Simulation, and Evaluation of Structural Systems; Infrastructure Reliability, Maintenance, and Life-Cycle Performance; Intelligent Structural Systems; and Infrastructure Hazard Mitigation with particular emphasis on Earthquake-Resistant Structures. The research is conducted in close association with engineers and scientists from several Lehigh departments, industry, government, design and professional groups and other universities.
ATLSS has excellent research facilities and equipment, including two world-class structural testing facilities; the Fritz Engineering Laboratory and the ATLSS Multi- Directional Testing Laboratory, in which researchers study large-scale structural subassemblies under static, dynamic, and/or cyclic multidirectional loading with complete computer-controlled experimentation. A recent grant from the NSF created the real-time multi-directional (RTMD) equipment site for large-scale simulation of earthquake effects on structures as part of NSF’s George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES). ATLSS also has outstanding resources for computing, mechanical testing, welding, metallography, and non-destructive evaluation.
Advanced Structural Systems and Materials. Research is conducted on new structural forms and structural systems to promote efficiency through innovation and to promote the competitive use of high-performance steel, concrete, fiber-composites, and mixed systems for bridge, building, and ship-hull applications.
Measurement, Simulation, and Evaluation of Structural Systems. Techniques for measuring and simulating the behavior of structural systems under realistic loading conditions are being developed and implemented in the laboratory and in the field. Lab and field assessments are made on bridge, highway, railway and ship structures for evaluating their behavior under load, and evaluating the effects of corrosion, fatigue, and other damage.
Infrastructure Reliability, Maintenance, and Life-Cycle Performance. Research is conducted on optimal design, maintenance, monitoring and management of infrastructure systems, and on structural health monitoring, structural damage models and assessment, and predicting the remaining life of structures considering uncertainty.
Infrastructure Hazard Mitigation. Research is conducted on engineering processes and structural systems and materials technology to predict and reduce economic losses and injuries from hazard events, such as earthquake, blast, fire, and vehicular impact.
Intelligent Infrastructure Systems. Research is conducted on materials, components, and systems for sensing, processing and utilizing sensor information, and adaptively controlling the behavior of the large-scale structures of the infrastructure.
Educational Opportunities. The ATLSS Center facilitates broad programs of study and research in the fields of structures and materials. Graduate students in the Center’s programs receive master of science, master of engineering, or doctor of philosophy degrees, usually in structural engineering, materials science and engineering, or mechanical engineering. Financial support for graduate students is available through the ATLSS Center by means of fellowships and research assistantships related to sponsored research programs.
Undergraduates participate in the Center’s research through summer internships and academic-year special projects.
For more information, write to Dr. Richard Sause, Director, email@example.com; Chad Kusko, Administrative Director, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Elizabeth MacAdam, Research Coordinator, email@example.com; ATLSS Research Center, Lehigh University, 117 ATLSS Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015-4728; web-site address www.atlss.lehigh.edu.
Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation
11 East Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015-3123, (610) 758-5626 www.lehigh.edu/entrepreneurship
Todd A. Watkins, Ph.D., Executive Director and Arthur F. Searing Professor of Economics; Lisa Getzler-Linn, Director of Administration and Programs
Pasquale J. Costa; Dale F. Falcinelli; William Forster, Ph.D.; William R. Haller; Sandra F. Holsonback, Ph.D.; Michael Lehman, M.D.; Christopher D. McDemus, J.D.; Bruce E. Moon, Ph.D.; Holona L. Ochs, Ph.D.; John B. Ochs, Ph.D.; Neal G. Simon, Ph.D.; Marc de Vinck; Silagh White, Ph.D.
The Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation actively fosters and champions the entrepreneurial culture at Lehigh to advance creativity and innovation for economic, cultural and social development. The Baker Institute is designed to create a culture of entrepreneurship across the university, promote innovative thinking and the realization of entrepreneurial ideas in any field. To that end, the principal goals of the Institute are to:
Nurture the creative entrepreneurial mindset and skills—in any discipline—among students, faculty, staff and the community to develop a culture committed and able to bring about transformative change;
Provide opportunities for Lehigh students of all disciplines and levels to graduate with the skills, experience and attitudes necessary to move creative ideas and new solutions for social problems successfully into sustainable practice;
Provide supporting infrastructure that enables and significantly increases the likelihood of practical scaling up of innovative ideas and technologies to implementation and launch of new organizations.
Based squarely on a cross-university approach, the Baker Institute aims to expand the creative pipeline of innovation-related curricular and extra-curricular opportunities for students, faculty and the broader community. The Baker Institute serves as an umbrella organization to support and help coordinate, deepen and improve synergies among the substantial network of entrepreneurship-related programs on campus. By expanding resources for that network, and serving as a visible central portal, the Institute champions, highlights and promotes entrepreneurship opportunities on campus and throughout the community.
Institute operations include
Strategic oversight for enhancing internal and external exposure and competitively differentiating Lehigh’s overall entrepreneurship activities as a whole greater than its parts;
Managing the Lehigh Entrepreneurs Network of Alumni for outreach and engagement of community and alumni, for students and faculty start-ups;
Offering workshops, seminars and bootcamps to augment curriculum, together with youth and enhanced executive education programs;
Managing and expanding entrepreneurship-related competitions and clubs;
Leveraging opportunities for partnerships with government agencies and economic development organizations (national, state and local).
The Baker Institute also supports the entrepreneurship-related activities of academic departments and programs by:
Funding curricular innovation and materials for
Modifying existing courses to incorporate entrepreneurial thinking;
Piloting new courses in disciplines across the entire university;
Exploring alternative structures for courses and course delivery, such as scheduling outside conventional calendar, short courses, modular courses, and Web delivery;
Organizing cross-college curricular coordination, synergies, and continuous improvement;
Championing the development of new models of faculty, staff and student incentives to reward and promote entrepreneurial pursuits across many fields;
Assisting faculty and student start-ups through
Fostering mentoring relationships,
Proof-of-concept and early stage venture funding, and
Facilitating technology transfer, spin-outs, and other forms of commercial and social venture creation;
Cost-sharing to attract entrepreneurial faculty, researchers, and visiting entrepreneurs for departments across a wide range of disciplines.
The overall objective of the Institute is to cultivate the ability of our students, faculty, staff and community members to develop new ideas that produce innovations and sustainable organizations with economic, technical and social benefit.
Chemical Process Modeling and Control Research Center
Iacocca Hall, 111 Research Drive; 610-758-6654
Mayuresh V. Kothare, Ph.D., codirector; William L. Luyben, Ph.D., codirector; Hugo S. Caram, Ph.D.; William E. Schiesser, Ph.D.,Eugenio Schuster Ph.D.; James T. Hsu, Ph.D.
The mission of the Chemical Process Modeling and Control Research Center at Lehigh University is to advance the theory and application of feedback control techniques, dynamic modeling, optimization and automation, and to apply these tools to a range of chemical and biological systems. A key execution strategy involves close collaboration with industrial partners to identify and solve technological relevant automation problems.
The Center was established in January 1985 through the efforts of faculty members of the chemical engineering department at Lehigh University, leading industrial processing companies, the Ben Franklin Partnership Program of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, coupled with the organizational and financial support of the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The center provides a unique atmosphere for fundamental research, development of specific techniques, application to real industrial processes, and opportunities for advanced education (M.S. and Ph.D.) in chemical process modeling and control for academics and industrial practitioners. Facilities are available for real time testing of new algorithms in experimental process units, development of dynamic simulations of real processes, and the close collaboration with researchers in several other fields of chemical processing.
Interdisciplinary collaboration is encouraged with other research groups, centers, or institutes engaged in biotechnology, polymer processing, environmental science, applied statistics, signal processing, chemical reaction engineering, and process design.
Education. An integral part of the center is the commitment to conduct an outstanding program dedicated to the education of undergraduate and graduate students. The center has and continues to attract top quality students from a large group of well recognized international universities. In addition, each year several industrial companies send employees to receive advanced training and engage in research efforts for particular company technical requirements.
Faculty. The center brings together several faculty members from different engineering disciplines in the university engaged in the research and educational efforts of the center. Visiting faculty from other well recognized universities supplement these researchers and provide opportunities for diversity of thinking and innovative research. All of the associated faculty members are recognized around the world as leaders in their respective fields of specialization. They also serve as consultants to a variety of industries.
Facilities. The Center is located in Iacocca Hall on the Mountaintop Campus of Lehigh University. This building represents a unique facility available to the center as well as the chemical engineering department and the Emulsion Polymers and Bioprocessing Institutes. The center has the use of several dedicated computer facilities with numerous workstation computers continuously available to the students, faculty, and staff. In addition to the local computing network, the center's researchers have access to the Lehigh University central computing facilities and its outside links to other worldwide computing systems and data networks. The center has several laboratories with sophisticated equipment dedicated to process control research work.
Areas of Research. The research activities of the Center span a wide spectrum of problems in large complex chemical process design, dynamical analysis and control, as well micro and nanoscale complex process development, evaluation, dynamical analysis and control. A recently added area of research studies the role of feedback control in biological systems with particular emphasis on neuronal systems encountered in neuroscience and neurology. The research themes emphasize a combination of new theoretical developments, new applications and translation of new theoretical developments to practical problems.
Synthesis and PlantWide Control
During the last decade Center faculty have done pioneering work in the area of plantwide control, which has resulted in the only textbook that covers this important area. There continue to be a number of projects in this area.
On Demand Control of Processes with Multiple Products: This project studies the design and control of processes in which consecutive reversible reactions produce multiple products. The demand for these products can vary, so the process and its control system must be able to produce exactly the desired amount of each individual product. An ideal system has been studied first in which the effect of equilibrium constants and volatilities can be explored. A real chemical system is also being studied (the production of methyl amines).
Design and Control of Tubular Reactors Systems: Adiabatic gasphase exothermic reactions are often carried out in tubular reactors. There are several types of systems: a single adiabatic reactor, multiple adiabatic reactors in series with either intermediate cooling or "cold shot" cooling (mixing some cold feed with the hot reactor effluent) and a cooled tubular reactor. These alternatives are being studied in terms of both steadystate design (which has the lowest total annual cost) and dynamic controllability (which provides the tightest temperature control in the face of disturbances).
Dynamics and Control of Distillation
Reactive distillation is an emerging area in chemical engineering because it offers potential savings in capital and energy costs in some systems, particularly for reversible reactions. A recent project explored several reactive distillation systems: ETBE, methyl acetate, TAME, ethylene glycol and metathesis of pentene. The steadystate economic designs of these systems were studied. Then their dynamics and control were explored. Different types of chemical systems require types of control structures. These columns are sometimes operated using of an excess of one of the reactants and sometimes using exact stoichiometric amounts of the two fresh reactant feeds. Both the process design and the control scheme are different with these two scenarios.
Convex Optimization Techniques in Linear and Nonlinear Process Control
The last few years have seen the emergence of a new class of optimization problems that have been variously referred to as a Linear Matrix Inequalities (LMIs), semidefinite programming (SDP) problems and convex problems. We were one of the first groups to explicitly show the applicability of LMIs in process control by reformulating the modelbased predictive control (MPC) algorithms as LMI problems. There are several classes of problems involving control of systems subject to constraints that are amenable to LMI formulation. These include efficient offline MPC for fast sampling time processes, observerbased nonlinear, MPC, multimodel transition control using MPC, antiwindup, moving horizon estimation and evaluation of robustness, i.e., the impact of model uncertainty on controller performance. These new control algorithms are being tested on numerous application platforms.
Multi-Model and Hybrid Systems Analysis and Control
Hybrid and multimodel systems are a class of systems in which there is interaction between continuous dynamical behavior of systems with discrete switching behavior. For example, systems described by piecewise linear multiple models are continuous and linear within a prescribed region and switch to a different linear model description in a different prescribed region of the statespace. Other examples include switches and overrides that switch one of a family of controllers into the closedloop, based on the operating space and control objective.
Our research in this area has focused on two broad problems (1) control of systems described by multiple piecewise linear models; (2) formulation of saturated systems as switched/piecewise linear models and subsequent antiwindup controller design using piecewise quadratic functions. We demonstrated, through a case study, the control of a highly nonlinear solution copolymerization reactor using multimodel switching MPC. . We have also shown how an appropriate antiwindup controller synthesis problem can be formulated using piecewise quadratic Lyapunov functions.
Dynamics and Control of Micro and Nanochemical Systems
Microchemical systems are a new generation of miniature chemical systems that carry out chemical reactions and separations in precisely fabricated three dimensional microreactor configurations in the size range of a few microns to a few hundred microns. Typical microchemical systems combine fluid handling and reaction capabilities with electronic sensing and actuation, are fabricated using integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing techniques and use silicon and related IC industry materials, polymers, ceramics, glass or quartz as their material of construction.
The goal of this integrated research and education program is to study the unique dynamical properties of such integrated microchemical systems and to develop a framework for designing implementable feedback control techniques for this class of microsystems. Concepts for distributed and boundary control theory will be employed to study the modelbased feedback control formulation of microchemical systems and to develop a technical framework for microsystem controller design. The Integrated Microchemical Systems Laboratory (under the direction of Professor M.V. Kothare) conducts this research as part of the Center.
Control of Biomedical Systems: We are currently working on applying control techniques to emerging problems in biomedical engineering, in particular, in neuroengineering. This involves developing models of ensembles of neurons in the human brain and use of such models in optimizing closed loop neuroprosthetic rehabilitation strategies.
For more information, contact Mayuresh V. Kothare (coDirector) or William L. Luyben (coDirector), Center for Chemical Process Modeling and Control, Iacocca Hall, Lehigh University, 111 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 180154791, (610) 758- 6654, fax (610) 758- 5297, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Developing Urban Educational Leaders (CDUEL) (The Center for)
111 Research Drive; 610-758-6093
George White, Ed.D., Director; Floyd Beachum, Ph.D., Bennett Professor of Urban School Leadership; Jon Drescher, Professor of Practice; Liza Robinson, M.Ed., Projects Director
The mission of CDUEL is to cultivate transformational educational leadership in urban communities by conducting research, developing leadership competencies, and improving leadership practice that enhances student learning and development. The center is committed to leaders who support education at all levels of a community, including teachers, principals, parents and human service workers. Special emphasis is placed on work involving small to midsized urban communities.
Emulsion Polymers Institute
111 Research Drive; 610-758-3602
H. Daniel Ou-Yang, Ph.D., director; Eric S. Daniels, Ph.D., executive director; Bryan W. Berger, Ph.D.; Xuanhong Cheng, Ph.D.; Mohamed S. El-Aasser, Ph.D.; James F. Gilchrist, Ph.D.; Andrew Klein, Ph.D.; Tianbo Liu, Ph.D.; Jeetain Mittal, Ph.D.; Raymond A. Pearson, Ph.D.; James E. Roberts, Ph.D.; Cesar A. Silebi, Ph.D.; Mark A. Snyder, Ph.D.; Dmitri Vezenov, Ph.D.
Originally established in 1975, the Emulsion Polymers Institute (EPI), provides a focus for graduate education and research in polymer colloids. Formation of the institute constituted formal recognition of an activity that had grown steadily since the late 1960s. Recently, the research thrust of the Institute has been broadened to include engineered particles. The new focus is rooted in fundamental scientific-based particle design, but guided by identified applications, while still maintaining a core competency in emulsion polymerization. The rapidly broadening applications for particle technologies in fields such as biotechnology (e.g., drug delivery, imaging, assembly of biocompatible scaffolds), nanotechnology (e.g., directed assembly of hierarchically ordered, functional structures), and others demand a concomitant diversification of the institute to include a broader class of particles: polymeric, inorganic, hybrid, macroionic, metallic, as well as novel particulate composites designed at the nanoscale that will span all industrially-relevant scales.
The institute has close ties with polymer and surface scientists in the Center for Polymer Science and Engineering (CPSE), Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (CAMN), and the departments of chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, and materials science and engineering. These ties reflect the interdisciplinary nature of research that is carried out in the Institute.
Research Activities. Fundamental particle research in the institute spans particle synthesis, particle functionalization, and directed assembly of particles into higher order, functional structures. Continuing emulsion polymers research is a blend of theoretical and experimental problems related to the preparation, characterization, and applications of polymer latexes and are aimed at understanding the kinetics, mechanisms, morphology, and the colloidal, surface and bulk of the latexes. Applications of this fundamental technology, resulting from interdisciplinary research among the faculty associated with the institute, stand to align well with the strategic university and college-level nanotechnology, biotechnology, and energy/environment initiatives. Many projects within EPI achieve what has been the largest obstacle to commercialization of nanotechnology: scalable process design of nanoscale functioning materials. Materials fabricated by EPI researchers are designed to function either as nano- or microscale sensors, material modifiers, or to self-assemble into advanced materials that depend on the nanoscale features of its constituents. In addition, engineered particle technologies developed at EPI and other institutions have allowed for the validation of soft condensed matter theories at scales available to experimentalists. In the biotechnology area, research focuses on diagnostic and therapeutic technology to prepare particles that are biocompatible, biologically specific, easily detectable, and responsive to external controls. In the area of energy, work focuses on a variety of different unique particle technologies that may be used in applications such as catalysis and photocatalysts for the hydrogen economy, photovoltaics and solar cells, and membrane separations. In the environmental area, in addition to seeking novel particle technology for contaminant remediation in water, tailor-made colloidal particles with desirable surface properties, should provide model systems for fundamental insight into surface phenomena, relationships between bacterial adhesion to a surface and cellular bioenergetics, and bacterial transport through unsaturated porous media. Similarly, model porous media constructed by engineered particles could benefit research on the sources, fate and transport of bacteria in the environment, new water treatment technologies for developing countries, and alternative water disinfection technologies.
Research support for institute activities is obtained from industrial organizations through their membership in the Emulsion Polymers Industrial Liaison Program as well as government agencies. Hence some considerable effort is made to relate the research results to industrial needs. Consequently, graduates can find excellent opportunities for employment.
Educational Opportunities. Graduate students in the Institute undertake dissertation research leading to the master of science or doctor of philosophy degree in existing science and engineering curricula or in the Center for Polymer Science and Engineering. Programs of study are tailored to meet the individual needs of each student and considerable flexibility is permitted in the selection of courses and a research topic. Educational and research opportunities exist for postdoctoral scholars and visiting scientists as well as resident graduate students. In addition, the institute holds a short course each June, “Advances in Emulsion Polymerization and Latex Technology” that typically attracts a number of industrial participants as well as EPI students and is an excellent opportunity to interact with industrial scientists and engineers.
For more information, write to H. Daniel Ou-Yang, Emulsion Polymers Institute, Iacocca Hall, Lehigh University, 111 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015. Please visit our web site at http://fp2.cc.lehigh.edu/inemuls/epi/epi_home_page.htm for further details.
Energy Research Center
117 ATLSS Drive; 610-758-4090
Edward K. Levy, Sc.D.; Harun Bilirgen, Ph.D.; Derek Brown, Ph.D.; Hugo S. Caram, Ph.D.; Joshua M. Charles, M.S.; Vladimir Dobric, Ph.D.; John N. DuPont, Ph.D.; Sharon Friedman, M.A.; Christopher Kiely, Ph.D.; Mayuresh Kothare, Ph.D.; Arnold H. Kritz, Ph.D.; Gerard P. Lennon, Ph.D.; Ursla S. Levy, M.B.A., C.M.A.; Charles E. Lyman, Ph.D.; Vincent Magnotta, M.S., M.B.A.; Sudhakar Neti, Ph.D.; Herman F. Nied, Ph.D.; Sibel Pamukcu, Ph.D.; Donald O. Rockwell, Ph.D.; Carlos E. Romero, Ph.D.; Eugenio Schuster, Ph.D.; Arup Sengupta, Ph.D.; Shivaji Sircar, Ph.D.; Arkady Voloshin, Ph.D.; Edmund B. Webb, Ph.D.; Zheng Yao, M.S.
Energy research at Lehigh involves faculty and students from a wide range of disciplines. The Energy Research Center coordinates the University’s energy research, helping the faculty respond to research opportunities and developments in energy and providing the main point of contact between the university, industry and government for matters dealing with energy research. Originally founded in 1972 as the Task Force for Energy Research, the Center was organized into its present form in 1978.
Energy Research. Research within the Center falls into five major categories. Projects of interest include:
Energy Conversion/Power Generation. This research program area has several components. The largest focuses on the equipment and processes used in large fossil-fired electric power plants, with research on methods of improving power plant conversion efficiency, of reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and of other gaseous pollutants, and of reducing the cost of generating electricity. A second group of projects deals with fusion energy, with an emphasis on the physics of magnetic plasma containment in fusion reactors. Other projects deal with topics such as fuel cell conversion systems, hydrogen production, capture of carbon dioxide, and reduction of fresh water requirements for power plant cooling.
Energy-Related Environmental Research. The Center’s environmental research program deals with air pollution, solid waste, and ground water contamination issues resulting from power generation and energy conversion activities; and reduction of amounts of fresh water required for power plant cooling.
Energy-Related Materials Research. This focus area considers materials issues in the energy field. Examples include high temperature coatings for boiler tubes, welding processes for new alloys, containment vessels for nuclear waste materials, component life prediction, and development of catalysts for pollution control. Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy.The Center’s research program in energy conservation deals with reducing energy use in manufacturing and with the development of high efficiency electric motors. Renewable energy research focuses on utilization of biomass materials as fuels.
Basic Energy Sciences. Faculty and students in engineering and science also carry out research to improve our understanding of the basic phenomena that underlie the knowledge base required for developing new and improved energy technologies.
Educational Opportunities. The Center’s research programs provide opportunities for graduate students interested in working in the energy area. Most of the departments in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, as well as several departments within the College of Arts and Sciences, are active in energy research and offer both masters and doctoral degree programs suitable for studies of energy-related topics.
All degrees are granted by the academic departments and graduate students interested in energy enroll in traditional graduate degree programs in departments of their choice. These students specialize in energy by complementing their programs with a selection of energy-related courses. They pursue their graduate research in energy areas under the supervision of faculty from the Energy Research Center or from other research centers or academic departments.
Financial support for graduate students is available through fellowships and research assistantships.
Outreach and Industrial Liaison Activities. The Center’s Energy Liaison Program is a mechanism for providing consulting and problem-solving to member companies. The Liaison Program also provides opportunities for involving industry in sponsored research projects.
Additional Information. For more information, write to Edward K. Levy, Director, Energy Research Center, Lehigh University, 117 ATLSS Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit our website at www.lehigh.edu/energy
Enterprise Systems Center (ESC)
The Enterprise Systems Center (ESC), an affiliate of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department, was established in 1995. This multidisciplinary center is committed to providing student experiential learning and leadership development through industry value creation. ESC maintains a wide network of regional industry partner relationships to serve as a platform for course projects, summer and co-op projects and leadership immersion activities. The center seeks to advance interdisciplinary research and scholarship relating to information technology, new process development, sustainable manufacturing and improving enterprise systems to regain U.S. global competitiveness. Additional research initiatives focus on discovering new methods for collaboration among academic, industry and government partners through the use of advanced technology and leadership. Emphasis is given to innovative systems approaches to problem-solving. Housed in Mohler Laboratory, the ESC provides undergraduate and graduate students from all four colleges with the opportunity to work on teams with faculty and industry professionals to solve a variety of real world problems. Participation in these work teams, with ESC’s unique layered mentoring, provides students with a level of work experience representative of what they will encounter following graduation. This is often a critical factor in winning highly competitive employment positions. Since its inception, ESC has completed more than 500 projects with industry and government partners. Over 1000 students have benefited from experiential learning and leadership development through involvement with the Enterprise systems Center.
Research Activities. The ESC conducts research into the development and implementation of enterprise strategies to improve the effectiveness of organizations. This research involves the utilization of systems thinking, information technology and leadership approaches that add value to engineering education. In its applied research efforts, the Center focuses on analytics, operational improvements, enterprise resource optimization, sustainable manufacturing for global competitiveness and product development or enhancement. Operational improvement research with partner companies has included the development of decision support systems, processes for workflow analysis and facility reorganization, analysis of constraints and throughput improvement, evaluating sustainable manufacturing opportunities and creating new solutions for supply chain management. Work in enterprise resource optimization has included methodologies for business process reengineering and for the analysis and selection of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. Applied research in product development and enhancement has included the use of computer modeling and simulation along with analysis and evaluation of existing products, and design for manufacturability and assembly support.
Involvement in these applied research activities with industry partners provides Lehigh students with hands on learning experiences built on progressive responsibility and contribution to high impact company projects. From these activities, students gain leadership skills and valuable industry experience.
The creation of technology-enabled educational resources augments traditional learning models. Coupled with knowledge management technology, these resources create integrated learning experiences and materials to support engineering courses. The ultimate objective is to identify key components of innovative behavior and develop the educational methods necessary to transfer to students the skills and experiences that will prepare them for leadership roles in society.
Within the ESC is the Learning Collaboratory, an innovative educational environment designed to promote inquiry-based and competency-driven experiential learning. It enriches the classroom lectures with practical experience through industry partner interactions. The Collaboratory supports team learning, action learning, and the application of technology to augment traditional educational resources
Educational Opportunities. The ESC provides support for courses in the analysis and design of manufacturing systems, decision support systems, computer graphics, computer integrated manufacturing, industrial engineering techniques, experimental projects in industrial engineering and leadership development. These courses are offered through the Industrial and Systems Engineering department. The ISE senior project class utilizes ESC facilities and a video teleconferencing system to step beyond the traditional classroom experience in the preparation and presentation of its culminating project. Graduate studies leading to both masters and doctoral degrees are also available through the Industrial and Systems Engineering department.
The ESC is continuously developing new programs as part of its Leadership Initiative. ESC has founded and is home to the engineering leadership minor, the leadership development course (IE382) named as one of the top curriculum innovations in 2009 by the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the 600-member National Society of Leadership and Success, Lehigh Chapter and the Innovation and Leadership Residency program.
Participation in industry partner projects is open to all Lehigh students, both undergraduate and graduate, regardless of academic major, based on an interview process.
For more information, contact Dr. Emory W. Zimmers, Jr., Director, Enterprise Systems Center, Lehigh University, Mohler Lab, 200 West Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA, 18015 (email@example.com)
Global Islamic Studies, Center for
Office of Interdisciplinary Programs, Maginnes Hall, 9 W. Packer Avenue; 610-758-3996
Rob Rozehnal, Director (firstname.lastname@example.org; 610-758-3335)
The Center for Global Islamic Studies (CGIS) is an intellectual community committed to the interdisciplinary study of Islamic civilization funded with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Cutting across numerous academic disciplines and departments, the Center supports the academic exploration of the diverse cultures and rich historical legacy of the Muslim world—from its roots in Abrahamic prophecy and Greek philosophy, to its long interaction with the West and profound impact on global culture, trade, art and architecture, literature, politics, philosophy, science and religious life, from Morocco to Malaysia to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
CGIS promotes teaching and research designed to take Islamic Studies into and beyond the classroom by offering students, faculty and the broader community a variety of forums for dialogue, debate and experiential learning. The Center's intellectual core is distinguished by three distinct signatures:
an integrated undergraduate academic program that provides Lehigh students with multiple outlets to encounter the diversity and dynamism of global Islam
a comparative, interdisciplinary approach to Islamic studies that goes beyond narrow geographic areas and political issues to explore the broader landscape of Islamic civilization, both past and present
the translation of theory into practice, linking rigorous scholarship on the Muslim world to direct, practical, hands-on learning beyond the boundaries of the Lehigh campus
Research Activities. Through the Mellon Foundation, the GIS provides grants to Lehigh faculty to promote research in interdisciplinary, comparative Islamic Studies.
Educational Opportunities. The launch of the Center for Global Islamic Studies is a pivotal component in the continued expansion of the undergraduate educational experience at Lehigh University. Drawing on the university's experience in building interdisciplinary programs, its institutional commitment to developing the necessary resources, and its substantive relationships with numerous Muslim partners both in the Lehigh Valley and internationally, the Center for Global Islamic Studies plays a central role in the university's mission to provide our students with transformative learning experiences that cross academic disciplines and broaden horizons on today's globalized world.
The Humanities Center provides a physical home as well as intellectual, financial, and organizational support for students, faculty, and staff who wish to come together to participate in humanistic inquiry, understood in the broadest possible terms. We seek to enrich the work of existing academic departments and programs in the humanities, by stimulating a wide range of activities that move beyond and across disciplines, urging members of the community to consider in the freest and fullest ways what humans are or have been, what humans have produced and are producing. We seek to break down the division between work and play, between the classroom and the rest of life. We aim to foster vibrant intellectual inquiry, and to diffuse the energies of such inquiry into the broader culture of the Lehigh campus. Each year, the Humanities Center's advisory board chooses a particular theme for interdisciplinary exploration. "Waste," "Just Globalization," "Contagion," "New Bethlehem," “Speaking Bodies” and “Excess” are recent examples and the center brings a series of distinguished scholars, intellectuals, artists and writers to address related issues.
Research Activities: The Humanities Center fosters interdisciplinary research activity in several ways. Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates may apply for funding to support reading groups, colloquia, conferences and visiting speakers. Graduate students may apply for modest financial support to enable them to travel to present research at academic conferences. The center sponsors a worksinprogress series, which fosters dialogue about ongoing research projects in the humanities. Summer, Individual and Collaborative Research Grants are available for faculty and graduate students. The objective of the grant is twofold: 1) to strengthen the intellectual community of Lehigh’s scholars in the Humanities and 2) to provide support for faculty to pursue a humanistic research project or creative activity and for graduate students to finish their dissertations.
Educational Opportunities: The Humanities Center hosts and sponsors the production of the Lehigh Review, an undergraduate research journal founded in 1992 by the Lehigh humanities faculty. Original articles range in topic and subject across the spectrum of undergraduate study, from English to Economics and Physics. Published annually, the entire publication process—from reviewing submissions to editing to design and illustration—is handled almost exclusively by undergraduate students and supervised by a graduate student instructor. The Humanities Center also hosts a wide range of informal activities to create a lively, unstructured humanistic community.
For more information, contact the Director, M. EdurnePortela at the Humanities Center, 224 West Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015 or by email at email@example.com.
Institute for Interactivist Studies
Interactivism is a philosophical and theoretical approach to modeling multiple biological, mental, and social phenomena. It is attracting interest from scholars and researchers around the world. For a general description, see: http://www.lehigh.edu/~mhb0/InteractivismManifesto.pdf
The primary functions of the Institute for Interactivist Studies are:
to build on the growing interest in the model,
to promote interactivist research,
to give Lehigh greater visibility within this wider community of people involved in the interactivist research program.
The primary focus of the Institute is the sponsoring of Summer Institutes on Interactivism. These are being held biennially, and the tradition is to alternate between North America and Europe for location. We have organized six International Summer Institutes: 2001 at Lehigh; 2003 in Copenhagen; 2005 at Clemson University; 2007 in Paris; 2009 in Vancouver; and 2011 in Syros, Greece. These have attracted philosophers, psychologists, biologists, roboticists, and linguists from more than twenty countries. ISI 2013 is planned for Tampa, Florida.
The Institute also:
sponsors the Interactivist Forum, an email discussion group which currently has about 140 members from some 25 countries,
sponsors an institute web site — http://www.lehigh.edu/~interact/index.html,
encourages and sponsors visiting scholars,
participates in contributing to the journal New Ideas in Psychology, published by Elsevier, and
encourages collaborative work — we currently have about half a dozen publications co-authored by institute affiliates, and special issues on Interactivism in two journals are in press or planned.
For more information, contact Mark Bickhard, Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Institute for Metal Forming
5 E. Packer Avenue; 758-4252
Wojciech Z. Misiolek Sc.D., director, John C. Chen, Ph.D., Xuanhong Cheng, Ph.D., John P. Coulter, Ph.D., John DuPont, Ph.D., Edwin W. Force II, Sabrina Jedlicka Ph.D., Christopher Kiely Ph.D., Samuel Lawrence, Alparlslan Oztekin, Ph.D., Sudhakar Neti, Ph.D., Herman F. Nied, Ph.D., Michael Rex, Jean Toulouse, Ph.D., Kemal Tuzla Ph.D., Masashi Watanabe Ph.D.
The Institute for Metal Forming was established in 1970 to teach the principles and applications of metal forming technology to graduate and undergraduate students, to provide instructions and equipment for graduate research in metal forming processes, and to assist industry with solutions to problems in metal forming.
The main objective of the institute’s research is to conduct cross-disciplinary process engineering studies to better understand and control manufacturing processes and their impact on the microstructural response of a material. The material microstructure developed during processing is responsible for physical properties of the material. Recently, classical metal forming research has been expanded to include projects in powder processing, microstructure characterization and analysis, as well as forming processes for polymers, glasses, and ceramics.
The study of the forming processes encompasses physical and numerical modeling; simulation of microstructure response to process parameters. Computer enhanced analysis of material flow also allows us to optimize tooling design in many manufacturing processes. The combined quantitative results of these techniques may then be compared with experimental data obtained from instrumented metal forming laboratories (such as those maintained at the institute), or from our research partners in industry.
Research Activities. Current research areas include: extrusion of metals, metal and ceramic powders, glasses, polymers, sheet material formability, rolling, wire drawing, forging, semi-solid forming, light-optical and electron-optical micro-texture characterization, tooling design and tooling materials, thermo-mechanical processing of metals, rapid prototyping, rapid tooling, and machinability of the sintered powder materials. Additionally new research projects have been initiated in development of materials for medical and energy applications.
Educational Opportunities. Students interested in metal forming should refer to course offerings in the departments of materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering and mechanics, and industrial and manufacturing systems engineering.
For more information contact Wojciech Z. Misiolek, Director, Institute for Metal Forming, 242 Whitaker Laboratory, Lehigh University, 5 East Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015
International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass
7 Asa Drive. 758-1112. www.lehigh.edu/imi
Himanshu Jain, Eng.Sc.D., Director; Carlo G. Pantano, Ph.D. (Penn State University), Co-Director; William R. Heffner, Ph.D., Associate Director; Sarah Wing, Program Coordinator
Lehigh’s International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass (IMI-NFG) was founded in 2004 on a program by the same name and sponsored by the National Science Foundation under an initiative to advance materials research globally by enhancing coordinated international collaboration between U.S. researchers and educators and their counterparts worldwide. The Institute’s long term goal is the creation of a worldwide network in glass research for new applications, and the development of a new generation of scientists and engineers with enhanced international leadership capabilities. Among all the IMI’s established in the country, IMI-NFG is the only one dedicated to a single class of materials. Specifically on campus, it promotes new activities in glass research through international and national collaborations, and the development of new approaches to the education of glass. Faculty and students from various Departments of Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, and College of Arts and Sciences participate in its activities listed below.
Half of the 20 most significant inventions of the 20th century, as identified by the National Academy of Engineering, would not have materialized without glass. The solutions to 12 of the 14 grand engineering challenges of this century depend on the availability of glass either as a support material or as an active component for sensing, information storage, treatment delivery, etc. The discovery of new phenomena, along with continually improving properties and processing methods, will keep glass at the cutting-edge of technology. Unfortunately, in recent decades glass education has fragmented with the result that a larger number of students is exposed to glassy materials, but with relatively shallow, cursory knowledge that does not prepare them to become a professional glass scientist or engineer. To meet these challenges IMI-NFG is pooling together resources of educational institutions, leading glass companies, national laboratories and professional organizations from across the globe. Thus, it is promoting research through synergistic collaborations and international exchange of researchers at undergraduate to faculty level as well as training glass professionals through internet and other education technology to create a new generation of scientists and engineers with enhanced leadership capabilities.
The programs of IMI-NFG are carried out with the guidance of a US Board of 11 Advisers from as many US institutions, and an International Board of 8 Advisers from as many countries, who also act as ambassadors of the Institute to various technical communities and geographical regions. In addition, 7 senior executives of the world’s leading glass companies help identify the technical areas in greatest need of research and development. To keep the scope of its activities focused, currently IMI-NFG is supporting collaborative research within four thrust areas, viz. active glass, strength of glass, biomedical glass and low-Tg glass. To avoid duplication, the various activities are coordinated with existing glass organizations such as the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council, International Commission on Glass, and Center for Glass Research.
To promote international research collaborations for new uses of glass, and to make glass education available without geographical boundaries, IMI-NFG sponsors and provides support for several programs as summarized below:
International Research Exchange Program, which is available to the faculty, postdocs, graduate students or industry researchers from any institution in the world to establish collaborations with colleagues in USA. This opportunity can be catalytic to building new international teams of complimentary expertise. It has supported numerous short and long term visitors to Lehigh campus, including sabbatical stay of professors from abroad who have taught courses and lectured at Lehigh, and developed new multinational research teams.
Development of Educational Material such as video DVDs and hands-on demonstrations by the leading international glass experts to promote the understanding of glass at all levels. A variety of over 200 video tutorial lectures and overviews of the latest progress is available via Internet to interested students without charge. For example, a full semester course on Optical and Photonic Glasses consisting of 39 lectures is accessible from IMI-NFG’s web site. The teachers at Lehigh and other universities and colleges will find this collection a useful resource for their lectures. Professionals in industry can learn the subject by studying these lectures.
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). This program provides support for the involvement at an early stage of US undergraduates in active glass research during summer at Lehigh / Penn State University or at an overseas institution. Stipends are available for the Lehigh students to participate in glass research during the regular semester as well.
International Conference Travel Scholarship for undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers at US universities to present their work on new functionality in glass at an international meeting. Through this program IMI-NFG hopes to give the new generation of researchers a perspective of current challenges from an international point of view, simultaneously encouraging discussions and collaborations among glass scientists from different parts of the world.
Research Experience for Teachers (RET). This program is for middle and high school teachers, who will then introduce glass knowledge to pre-college students through the popular glass art – glass science interface.
For more information, contact Prof. Himanshu Jain, Director, International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass, Lehigh University, Sinclair Lab 120, 7 Asa Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015. (Tel: 610-758-4217); Dr. Bill Heffner, Associate Director (610-758-6677); Sarah Wing in the IMI Office (610-758-1112). Web site: www.lehigh.edu/imi or e-mail email@example.com.
Lawrence Henry Gipson Institute for Eighteenth-Century Studies
9 W. Packer Avenue; 610-758-4424
Scott Paul Gordon, Ph.D., co-director; Monica Najar, Ph.D., co-director; Michael G. Baylor, Ph.D.; William Bullman, Ph.D.; Marie Helene Chabut, Ph.D.; Stephen H. Cutcliffe, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Dolan, Ph.D.; Lyndon Dominique, Ph.D.; Edward J. Gallagher, Ph.D.; Michelle LeMaster, Ph.D.; James S. Saeger, Ph.D.; John Savage, Ph.D.; Jean R. Soderlund, Ph.D.
The Lawrence Henry Gipson Institute for Eighteenth-Century Studies was established in 1971, to honor one of America’s most distinguished scholars, who served as a long-time member of the faculty at Lehigh. Gipson’s monumental life work, The British Empire Before the American Revolution (15 volumes) was written between 1936 and 1970. Gipson received the Pulitzer Prize in History in 1962 for Volume 10, subtitled, The Great War For Empire. When he died in 1971, Professor Gipson left his entire estate to Lehigh and provided the original endowment for the institute.
Research Activities. The income from the endowment of the institute is used to encourage faculty and student research in the eighteenth century by providing grants to defray travel costs, copying, and other expenses to permit scholars to visit necessary libraries and depositories. The Gipson Institute normally awards one fellowship annually to a Ph.D. candidate enrolled at Lehigh University for dissertation research and writing in any field of eighteenth-century studies. The institute also helps provide additional resources to build the university library's research collections in eighteenth-century studies.
Educational Opportunities. The institute invites leading scholars to give lectures and supports relevant programs such as interdisciplinary seminars and visiting scholars interested in the eighteenth century. Occasional symposia honor Professor Gipson by bringing to campus distinguished scholars to lecture and discuss various topics. The essays generated at the symposia have been published and the institute maintains a continuing close relationship with Lehigh University Press for publishing original manuscripts on the eighteenth century. For more information, write to either of the co-directors, Monica Najar, Department of History, Maginnes Hall, 9 W. Packer Ave., or Scott Paul Gordon, Department of English, Drown Hall, Lehigh University, 35 Sayre Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015.
Martindale Center for the Study of Private Enterprise
Rauch Business Center, 621 Taylor Street, Room 350; 758-4771
J. Richard Aronson, Ph.D., director; Robert J. Thornton, Ph.D., associate director; Todd Watkins, Ph.D., associate director and director of the Microfinance Program; Judith McDonald, Ph.D., associate director and director, Canadian Studies Institute; Anne M. Anderson, Ph.D.; Henri Barkey, Ph.D.; Paul A. Brockman, Ph.D.; Stephen H. Cutcliffe, Ph.D.; James Dearden, Ph.D.; Thomas Hyclak, Ph.D.; Janet M. Laible, Ph.D.; Vincent Munley, Ph.D.; David H. Myers, Ph.D.; Paul Salerni, Ph.D.; Roger Simon, Ph.D.; Richard Weisman, Ph.D.
Faculty Emeriti: Richard W. Barsness, Ph.D.; Carl R. Beidleman, Ph.D.; Raymond Bell, Ph.D.; James Saeger, Ph.D.; Oles M. Smolansky, Ph.D.; Howard R. Whitcomb, Ph.D.
Staff: Sharon P. Bernstein, Program Director; Rosemary H. Krauss, Coordinator; Robert Kuchta, assistant director for marketing.
The Martindale Center for the Study of Private Enterprise, part of the College of Business and Economics, was established in 1980 with a gift from Harry and Elizabeth Martindale. The primary purpose of the center is to contribute through scholarship to the advancement of public understanding of the structure and performance of our economic system.
Attention is focused on the private sector of the economy and on public policies as they influence the private sector. To achieve this end, the center activities include the sponsorship of lectures and conferences, support of faculty research, and administration of the visiting scholar and executive-in-residence programs. The center sponsors and administers the Martindale Student Associates Program (for undergraduates) and the publication of their journal, Perspectives on Business and Economics. The center has established: the Canadian Studies Institute which encourages scholarship dealing with the business and economic environment of Canada and with U.S./Canadian business and economic relations; the Microfinance Program; and along with the Department of International Relations, partners with the U.S. Department of State to offer a lecture series on the Global Political Economy. Started in 2009, along with the College of Business and Economics Graduate Programs Office, the center sponsors Martindale MBA Fellows, an educational exchange with the University of Nottingham (UK).
For more information, write to Dr. J. Richard Aronson, Director, Martindale Center for the Study of Private Enterprise, Rauch Business Center, Lehigh University, 621 Taylor Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015. www.lehigh.edu/martindale
Murray H. Goodman Center for Real Estate Studies
621 Taylor Street; 610-758-4786
Stephen F. Thode, DBA, director
The Murray H. Goodman Center for Real Estate Studies was established in 1988 through a major gift from Murray H. Goodman, ‘48. The center is a self-supporting, interdisciplinary unit of the College of Business and Economics. The center provides financial support and other assistance for courses in real estate and real estate finance, supports scholarly research in real estate, and sponsors joint activities with practitioners in the real estate field.
Educational Opportunities. The center provides resources for the teaching of graduate and undergraduate courses in real estate, real estate finance, and ire@l (Integrated Real Estate at Lehigh). ire@l is a three- to four-year course of study open to all undergraduate students at Lehigh. The ire@l curriculum consists of five core courses, IPRE 001, IPRE 002, IPRE 301, IPRE 347 and IPRE 348, and a mandatory summer internship. Two optional courses, IPRE 101 and IPRE 102, are also part of the curriculum. Additional courses offered include FIN 336- Real Estate Finance, and GBUS 425 - Real Estate Financing and Investing. In addition, the center sponsors a continuing series of seminars and presentations by real estate executives and practitioners through the ire@l program. As part of the ire@l program, the center also serves as a clearinghouse for students seeking internships with real estate firms and related companies.
Research Activities. Consistent with the university’s encouragement of scholarly research, the center provides funding for faculty research in the real estate area. Funding possibilities include: summer faculty research grants; travel, telephone and administrative support; and grants for part-time graduate assistants. The center also maintains a file of sponsored research opportunities available through private foundations, government agencies and practitioner organizations and provides administrative support to faculty applying for such funding.
Practitioner Interaction. The third aspect of the center’s activities is its interaction with practitioners in the real estate field. The increased emphasis on continuing education and research among real estate practitioner organizations, as well as Lehigh’s proximity to major real estate markets, enable the center to engage the practitioner community in a variety of joint projects. These joint projects include: 1) sponsored research projects; 2) continuing education programs and short courses; 3) special conferences and events of national and/or regional interest; and, 4) center-sponsored databases and continuing activities of interest to the practitioner community.
For more information, write to Dr. Stephen F. Thode, Director, Murray H. Goodman Center for Real Estate Studies, Rauch Business Center, Lehigh University, 621 Taylor Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015, or call (610) 758-4786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Philip and Muriel Berman Center for Jewish Studies
9 W. Packer Avenue; 610-758-4869, fax 610-758-4858
Ruth Knafo Setton, Ph.D., Director and Writer-in-Residence; Chava Weissler, Ph.D.; Robert L. Cohn, Ph.D. (Lafayette College); Nitzan Lebovic, Ph.D., the Helene and Allen Apter Chair of Holocaust Studies and Ethical Values. Associated faculty: Bunnie Piltch, M.A.; Roslyn Weiss, Ph.D.; Benjamin G. Wright III, Ph.D.; Laurence J. Silberstein, Ph.D, emeritus.
The Philip and Muriel Berman Center for Jewish Studies, established in 1984, develops, administers, and coordinates a comprehensive program in Jewish studies at Lehigh University. The center is directed by Ruth Knafo Setton, Philip and Muriel Berman professor of Jewish Studies.
Eight faculty members, including three Philip and Muriel Berman professors, teach Jewish studies classes at Lehigh. In 2001, as the result of a gift from Susan Ballenzweig Beckerman, the center established the position of Writer-in-Residence in cooperation with the department of English. In 2007, the Helene and Allen Apter Chair of Holocaust Studies and Ethical Values was created with the generous support of Helene and Allen Apter ‘61 and Lehigh’s College of Arts & Sciences. The center also coordinates the Richard and Susan Master Visiting Professorship in Jewish Studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, a program initiated by Philip and Muriel Berman of Allentown, Pa.
Other activities of the center include designing and implementing new courses and seminars, an annual lecture series, scholarly colloquia, and academic conferences. Conditions permitting, the center organizes the “Lehigh in Israel” summer program taught by Lehigh faculty and provides financial awards to Lehigh undergraduates for study in Israel through the Howard Ballenzweig Memorial Fund. In addition, the center publishes a book series with New York University Press titled New Perspectives on Jewish Studies.
For more information on the Berman Center and its programs, write to Dr.Ruth Knafo Setton, Director, Philip and Muriel Berman Center for Jewish Studies, Lehigh University, 9 W. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015, or call 610 758-4869 (email@example.com).
Polymer Science and Engineering (Center for)
111 Research Drive; 610-758-3590
M.S. El-Aasser, Ph.D.; Ivan Biaggio, Ph.D.; Manoj K. Chaudhury, Ph.D.; John Coulter, Ph.D.; Gregory Ferguson, Ph.D.; J. Gilchrist, Ph.D.; J. Grenestedt, Ph.D.; Ned Heindel, Ph.D.; A. Jagota, Ph.D.; Andrew Klein, Ph.D.; Tianbo Liu, Ph.D.; A.J. McHugh, Ph.D.; H.F. Nied, Ph.D.; H. Daniel Ou- Yang, Ph.D.; Ray Pearson, Ph.D, director; Steven L. Regen, Ph.D.; James Roberts, Ph.D.; Cesar A. Silebi, Ph.D.; Arkady S. Voloshin, Ph.D.
The Center for Polymer Science and Engineering (CPSE) was formally established at Lehigh University in July 1988. The center provides a unique opportunity for faculty and students from the traditional departments of chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering and mechanics, and physics to perform interdisciplinary research in polymers. The center is an umbrella organization encompassing polymers research and graduate studies at Lehigh University. The center’s primary missions are preparation of first rate scientists and engineers with proficiency in polymers, fostering cross disciplinary polymer research, organizing and teaching continuing education short courses in areas of interest to the polymer industry; and organizing campus wide seminars.
The center’s Polymer Education Committee graduate studies through the academic departments leads to the Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy in Polymer Science and Engineering. Students may also elect to pursue studies towards a classical degree in their respective departments with an emphasis in polymer courses and research. Both advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in polymer science and engineering are offered through the participating departments. Current course offerings include polymer synthesis and characterization laboratory, physical polymer science, organic polymer science, engineering behavior of polymers, rheology, polymer processing, emulsion polymers, polymer blends and composites, colloid science, and polymer interfaces.
Research Activities. The center has a wide range of research activities covering the field of polymers. The following are the major research themes: emulsion polymerization and latex characterization, surface/interfacial aspects of polymer colloids, adhesion, polymer blends and composites, polymerization mechanisms and kinetics, polymerization reactors modeling and control, structure/property relationships of interpenetrating polymer networks, macromolecular chemistry of biopolymers and coal, polymer coatings for corrosion protection, and microelectronic packaging.
Research Facilities. The following research instrumentation is available for the Center for Polymer Science and Engineering: X-Ray Photoelectric Spectroscopy (ESCA), Scanning Auger Electron Spectroscopy, Laser Raman Spectroscopy, Mossbauer Spectroscopy, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of both solids and solutions (NMR) (3 instruments; 90 MHz, 300 MHz and 500 MHz), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) (both conventional and photo-acoustic), a variety of advanced transmission and scanning electron microscopes, modulated differential scanning calorimetry, hi-res-thermogravimetric analysis, instruments for rheological studies (including a Rheometrics ARES system), particle sizing instruments (Coulter N4M, Joyce-Loebl Disc Centrifuge, Capillary Hydrodynamic Fractionation, and Hydrodynamic Chromatrography), Gel Permeation and Gas Chromatography units, Electrophoretic Mobility apparatus, mechanical testing devices such as the srcew-driven Instrons, several computer-controlled servohydraulic fatigue test machines, and Polymerization Reactors, including Bottle Polymerizer, Tubular Reactor, Stirred Tank Reactors with on-line sample analysis for residual monomer and inter faced with computer for control operations.
Educational Opportunities. Programs of study for individual students are designed to meet the student’s interests, the requirements of the academic department, and the student’s dissertation committee. Considerable flexibility is permitted in the selection of courses and a research topic. Lehigh University has been awarding interdisciplinary M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Polymer Science and Engineering since 1975. Graduate students conducting polymer research may also earn the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the classical fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, physics, or mechanical engineering and mechanics. For further information please refer to the Polymer Science and Engineering Program in the section: Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs.
For more information about the center activities, admission to graduate school, or financial aid, contact; Dr. Raymond A. Pearson, Director, Center for Polymer Science and Engineering, 5 East Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015; (610) 758-3857. Dr. James E. Roberts, Chairman, Polymer Education Committee, Lehigh University, 6 East Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015; (610) 758-4841, or Anne Marie Lobley, Coordinator, Lehigh University, 5 East Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015; (610) 758-4222. Please address applications to one of the participating departments. Please visit the web site: http://fp2.cc.lehigh.edu/inpolctr/cpse_home_page.htm or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Promoting Research to Practice - Schools, Families, Communities (Center for)
L111 Iacocca Hall, 111 Research Drive 610-758-3258
Edward S. Shapiro, Ph.D., Director, Linda Bambara, Ph.D.; Mary J. Bishop, Ed.D.; Mary Beth Calhoon, Ph.D., George J. DuPaul, Ph.D.; Lee Kern, Ph.D.; Patricia Manz, Ph.D.; Ageliki Nicolopoulou, Ph.D., George White, Ph.D., Perry A. Zirkel, Ph.D.
The Center for Promoting Research to Practice seeks to develop practical solutions to real problems for those individuals at risk or who have disabilities. All too often research that is created for these individuals remains at the development level and is not disseminated into best practices. Using an interdisciplinary approach and establishing a living laboratory through partnerships with schools, parent and families, and community service and support providers, the Center aspires to distinguish itself as a leader at state, regional, and national levels in addressing the need for the production of research to reach the users and consumers of research. The mission of the Center for Promoting Research to Practice (CPRP) is to generate new knowledge that will favorably impact the lives of individuals with or at risk for disabilities and promote the use of evidence based best practices by schools, families, and community service providers. The Center emphasizes the conducting of applied research, partnership, and dissemination.
Applied Research Opportunities
The CPRP focuses on securing research projects that emphasize bringing research findings from the field and moving them into effective practice with evaluation of outcomes. The projects secured by the CPRP faculty focus on individuals who have identified areas of disability or are considered at risk for developing disabilities. Currently, the Center has research projects examining the most effective intervention strategies for improving behavioral and academic outcomes for students with behavior disorders. One project focuses on understanding effective, scientifically based interventions in educating students who present severe challenges to the schools. Another, focuses on developing training for educators working with students who are diagnosed as having Autism Spectrum Disorder. Recently completed projects include the implementation and evaluation of progress monitoring within a Response to Intervention model of school-wide change in six high need elementary schools in two diverse school districts, evaluation of the Philadelphia homeschool visitor model for infants and toddlers, and a project focused on the evaluation of the Early Reading First initiative to improve early literacy in Head Start preschool children.
The Center forms and maintains partnerships at national, regional, and local levels. Several objectives are established to accomplish this goal. The CPRP assists with the development and implementation of research projects designed in local school districts and intermediate units. Many school districts, particularly small and rural districts, do not have the capacity to engage in widescale research efforts. Yet, these districts often have very significant needs for empirically based decision making. The CPRP provides a cost effective vehicle for these districts to engage in such research efforts. Another level of partnership for the CPRP is interdisciplinary research within the University community. This objective is met through facilitating cross- college and cross-program proposals. Continuous efforts are made to invite colleagues from across departments and colleges in the University to join with faculty in the College of Education in pursuing research interests that are within the mission of the Center. Efforts also continue to conduct research with colleagues across institutions. Past projects have included partner institutions such as University of California Riverside, University of Missouri, University of Pittsburgh, and the James Madison University, the Institute for Learning and Literacy in Allentown, as well as the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network.
The CPRP is a resource for distilling and bringing research findings to the field. Investigators conducting research have published the outcomes of findings in professional journals and outlets. In addition, the CPRP initiates dissemination to parents, teachers, and other practitioners in a format that more easily affects practice.
The Center's mission, goals, current accomplishments, as well as its future initiatives are disseminated to groups both on- and off-campus. Included in its objectives are the development of publicity about the Center itself and outcomes of Center projects through varied forms of communication across campus as well as institutions of higher education, local/state educational agencies, community agencies, and parent groups.
For more information, contact Dr. Ed Shapiro, Director, Center for Promoting Research to Practice, Lehigh University, Room L111 Iacocca Hall, 111 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015; (610-758-3258) or email email@example.com; Web site: www.lehigh.edu/collegeofeducation/cprp
Sherman Fairchild Center for Solid-State Studies
16A Memorial Drive, East
Miltiadis Hatalis, Ph.D., Interim Director; Filbert Bartoli, Ph.D.; Ivan Biaggio, Ph.D.; Slade Cargill, Ph.D. (Emeritus) Sherman Fairchild Professor of Solid State Studies; Volkmar Dierolf, Ph.D.; W. Beall Fowler, Ph.D. (Emeritus); James Hwang, Ph.D.; Ralph Jaccodine, Ph.D (Emeritus) Sherman Fairchild Professor of Solid State Studies; H. Daniel OuYang, Ph.D.; Slavav V. Rotkin, Ph.D; Michael Stavola, Ph.D., Sherman Fairchild Professor of Solid State Studies; Svetlana Tatic-Lucic, Ph.D.; Jean Toulouse, Ph.D; George D. Watkins, Ph.D. (Emeritus), Sherman Fairchild Professor of Solid State Studies; Marvin H. White, Ph.D. (Emeritus), Sherman Fairchild Professor of Solid State Studies.
The Sherman Fairchild Center (SFC) is an endowed Center, which was established through a major grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation and opened in the fall of 1976. The goal of the SFC is to strengthen and further develop a program of excellence in nanoscience and engineering through the integration of research and education for both undergraduate and graduate students – a partnership program between engineering, the physical sciences, and the life sciences. The laboratory houses an interdisciplinary staff consisting of faculty and students from the departments of electrical and computer engineering, materials science and physics. While work on various aspects of solid state science is carried out at many locations on the Lehigh campus, the Sherman Fairchild Center provides the focal point for studies of electronic materials and devices with an emphasis on nanoscience and engineering. The SFC has broadened its research scope in recent years to include emerging areas, such as bioelectronics, biophotonics, and flexible electronics. The SFC, since its inception, has graduated over 180 Ph.Ds.
Research Activities. The Sherman Fairchild Center's faculty and students have a wide range of interests that include experimental and theoretical studies of the physics of defects in nonmetallic solids and of disordered materials; advanced semiconductor processing technology, and semiconductor device, sensor and circuit design, fabrication, and characterization; theoretical modeling of nanoscale devices. The materials systems of interest are equally diverse and include silicon, silicon dioxide, silicon nitride, compound semiconductors, wide bandgap semiconductors (SiC, ZnSe, and GaN), ferroelectrics, glasses, thin film semiconductors as well as non-conventional nanomaterials, such as nanotubes/graphene.
The Sherman Fairchild Center houses several experimental laboratories. The Nanoelectronics Research Laboratory provides processing facilities for the fabrication of advanced CMOS, SONOS nonvolatile memory devices, sensors, and integrated circuits. Available technology includes low pressure chemical vapor deposition, RF, DC and electron beam metallization, plasma chemistry, ebeam nanolithography, photolithography, oxidation, diffusion, and Deep Reactive Ion Etching. The Flexible Electronics and Display Research Laboratory provides research on polysilicon and metal oxide thin film transistors and thin film materials for flexible electronics, sensors and flat panel displays. The Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) Research Laboratory, in collaboration with the Nanoelectronics and Flexible Electronics and Display Research Laboratories, carries out research on sensors and transducers with a focus on biomedical, biometric and other applications. The Compound Semiconductor Research Laboratory has facilities for characterizing high speed devices and microwave integrated circuits.
Individual laboratories, within the Sherman Fairchild Center, provide instrumentation for optical excitation and luminescence, deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) for the study of defects in semiconductors. There are also facilities for the study of Raman spectroscopy ultrasonic attenuation. Theoretical work is facilitated by the university's high-performance computing facilities, including several clusters and dedicated SM and GPU workstations.
Current research programs include work on 1) nanoelectronics, a study of the characterization of small geometry solid state devices with emphasis on high k dielectrics for CMOS transistors; 2) SONOS nonvolatile semiconductor memories for a "semiconductor disk"; 3) active matrix displays; 4) flexible electronics and sensors for applications in health care, homeland security and infrastructure monitoring; 5) MEMS sensors for biological cell stiffness for the study of osteoporosis; 6) the fundamental properties of impurities and simple lattice defects in silicon and wide bandgap compound semiconductors; a variety of methods (crystal growth, diffusion, electron irradiation) are used to introduce defects which can then be studied by spectroscopic techniques; 7) quantum mechanical calculations of the structural, vibrational, and electronic properties of defects in various semiconductors and conducting oxides; 8) the fabrication and characterization of high speed, compound semiconductor integrated circuits; 9) the collective dynamics of partially ordered and disordered ferroelectrics and glasses; 10) photoluminescence and electroluminescence with optical excitation of defects and site selective spectroscopy of defects in solids; 11) nonlinear optics and carrier transport in photoconductors, organic thin films and crystals with research into improving the nonlinear optical response in small organic molecules; 12) biophysics with optical tweezers for trapping and manipulation of biological cells to study intracellular mechanical properties; 13) device physics of nano-carbon materials, theoretical study of nanotube parallel array transistors and diodes, their transport, optical and thermal properties; 14) optical characterization of rare-earths complexes with nanotubes.
Educational Opportunities. Graduate students associated with the Sherman Fairchild Center usually enroll for the master of science or doctor of philosophy degree in the traditional discipline of their choice, such as electrical engineering, materials science, physics, etc., with specific course requirements and research participation coordinated through their advisor and the appropriate department chairperson. Students are financially supported by graduate fellowships provided by the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, government and industrial grants obtained by researchers in the SFC, and/or by university resources, which provides teaching assistantships and research assistantships. These arrangements typically permit graduate students in the general area of solid state studies to take 3 courses per semester in addition to their teaching or research activities. There are numerous opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in the research activities of the center with the support during the summer through the Fairchild Summer Scholars Program.
For more information write to Miltiadis K. Hatalis, Interim Director of the Sherman Fairchild Center for Solid State Studies, Lehigh University, 16A Memorial Drive E, Bethlehem, PA 18015-3184.
Social science research center (ssrc)
The multidisciplinary Social Science Research Center assists university faculty, community groups, government agencies, and businesses with conducting empirical research. The center is unique in its support for the collection and rigorous analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data. Recent past projects range from federally-funded and collaborative scholarly studies to small on-campus studies by undergraduates. Our involvement in projects varies from one-time consulting on specific aspects of a research program to contracts for fully conducting a project from start to finish.
The goals of the SSRC are to expand and support scholarly research in the social sciences by Lehigh faculty; enrich undergraduate and graduate education by providing research training and opportunities for students and course projects; and partner with community-based organizations for program evaluations and needs assessments. Support for the SSRC comes from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and from the university’s Vice-Provost for Research.
Faculty and students affiliated with the SSRC are drawn from across the university and trained in a variety of methodological techniques, including telephone and face-to-face surveys, in-depth and life history interviewing, focus groups, document analysis, analysis of audio and video recordings, geographic information systems (GIS) analysis, and advanced statistical analysis.
SSRC facilities include 6 computer lab work-stations, computer-assisted telephone survey software, computer-assisted qualitative analysis software, GIS and statistics software, professional transcription equipment, and meeting space for collaborative research teams.
For more information, go to the SSRC’s website at http://www.lehigh.edu/ssrc or contact Ziad Munson, Director, Social Science Research Center, 681 Taylor St., Bethlehem PA 18015, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Value Chain Research (Center for)
Rauch Business Center, 621 Taylor St.
Robert Trent, Ph.D. and Lawrence V. Snyder, Ph.D., co-directors; Liuba Belkin, Ph.D.; Jill Brown, Ph.D.; Frank Curtis, Ph.D.; William Forster, Ph.D.; Robert Giambatista, Ph.D.; Lin Lin, Ph.D; Doug Mahony, Ph.D.; Eugene Perevalov, Ph.D; Corinne Post, Ph.D.; Ted K. Ralphs, Ph.D; Catherine Ridings, Ph.D; Nada Sanders, Ph.D; Michael D. Santoro, Ph.D; Katya Scheinberg, Ph.D.; Susan Sherer, Ph.D.; Robert H. Storer, Ph.D; Aurelie C. Thiele, Ph.D; George R. Wilson, Ph.D; S. David Wu, Ph.D; Oliver Yao, Ph.D.; Zach Zacharia, Ph.D.
The Center for Value Chain Research (CVCR) is committed to promoting and conducting research and information exchange through the integration of emerging theory and best practices. The center’s research focuses primarily, but not limited to, value chain planning and development activities, which connects corporate strategy with value chain execution.
Interdisciplinary Research. The CVCR is a joint venture between Lehigh University’s P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the College of Business and Economics. A core group of over 25 faculty members from both colleges is affiliated with the center. The center provides a unique, multidisciplinary approach to research, offering exciting new opportunities for innovation by integrating analytical and quantitative engineering approaches with process-driven and field- based business research.
Research Activities. CVCR faculty perform research in a variety of topics, including logistics and operations, network organization and technology, and value network strategy. The research uses a wide range of tools and methodologies, including network design and analysis, financial engineering, mathematical programming and optimization, advanced planning and scheduling (APS), stochastic processes, auction and bidding algorithms, game theory and economic analysis, parallel and distributed computing, field studies, surveys, case studies, artificial intelligence, and data mining.
What the Center Does
Provides a unique, multidisciplinary approach to research, offering exciting new opportunities for innovation by integrating analytical and quantitative engineering approaches with process-driven and field- based business research.
Brings together scholars and practitioners to establish a multi-disciplinary research agenda for information- enabled inter- and intra-organizational networks.
Conducts professional development seminars and symposiums, APICS certification courses, and executive round tables.
Disseminates research findings through professional conferences, scholarly publications, and curriculum development.
For more information, contact Prof. Robert Trent, Co-Director, (email@example.com), or Prof. Larry Snyder, Co-Director, (firstname.lastname@example.org), Center for Value Chain Research, Lehigh University, Rauch Business Center, 621 Taylor Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015; (610-758-5157). Web site: www.lehigh.edu/cvcr