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About the Dean

John P. Coulter

John Coulter, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, was named interim dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science effective July 1, 2015.

Coulter has 25 years of teaching and research experience at Lehigh, as well as several years of industrial experience with Lord Corporation, a multi-national company specializing in materials and devices for vibration and acoustic control.

During his time at Lehigh, Coulter has taught several thousand undergraduate students, mentored 23 doctoral students and 61 master’s students, and won several awards for curriculum innovation that incorporates K-12 students from diverse backgrounds. He’s also served as co-chair of the university’s strategic task force that developed the current vision and implementation plan for enhancing graduate studies and research at Lehigh.

Since 2002, Coulter has served the College as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research. In this capacity, he oversaw a dramatic growth in the size and diversity of the engineering graduate student population, and helped develop a number of popular new engineering and cross-college graduate degree offerings. He also previously served as interim dean of the College in 2004.

His accomplishments at Lehigh have been recognized through continuous federal, state, and industrial research support as well as numerous awards for teaching and research including a prestigious NSF National Young Investigator (i.e. CAREER) award, Lehigh’s first-ever NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow (i.e. PECASE) award, a Future Technology Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers, and two Innovative Curriculum Awards from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

As an individual scholar, he has more than 165 publications as well as several patents, and has led funded research projects with faculty Co-PIs from across the campus including all seven departments in the college of engineering. This activity has generated more than $8.7 million in research and teaching grants along with intellectual property donations to Lehigh valued at approximately $100 million.

In the lab, Coulter and his students conduct research on fundamental issues related to manufacturing science and intelligent mechanical and material systems. He has also organized a number of international conferences, workshops and symposia related to material processing, and has served on three international journal editorial boards.

Coulter earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Delaware, and completed his doctoral studies in mechanical engineering at Delaware in 1987. His graduate studies were supported by a prestigious and nationally competitive DoD Fellowship awarded through the Office of Naval Research.