From energy to biotechnology to petrochemicals, the endeavors of Lehigh chemical engineers leave their mark across a diverse set of global industries. Students and faculty engage in all aspects of the chemical process industry, from R&D to plant construction and operation. The department, especially through its strong ties to Lehigh's Bioengineering program, also plays a leading role in campus health and biomedical research initatives.
Students and faculty of Lehigh's storied civil engineering program are recognized globally for expertise in structural, environmental, geotechnical and water resource engineering. They leverage facilities such as Lehigh's Center for Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) -- a renowned National Engineering Research Center with unparalleled capabilities in structural engineering and related fields. The department also plays a leading role in the University's STEPS initiative, its sustainable development program, and its thriving and award-winning Engineers Without Borders chapter.
Designed to evolve along with an industry constantly in flux, the department tackles research ranging from artificial intelligence to bioinformatics, computer vision to network safety. Student research is a department priority, and students enjoy opportunities to work on several nationally funded research projects every year. Additionally, the computer science and business program (CSB) is one of just a few programs nationwide to be dually-accredited by the professional governing bodies for computer science and for business.
The department boasts innovative, cross-disciplinary research in fields as diverse as nanotechnology, optical technologies and integrated circuit design, among others. Students at all levels partner with thier peers and faculty on the latest emerging technologies. They also have access to incredible facilities and leading research institutes including the Center for Photonice and Nanoelectronics, and the Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.
One of the nation's earliest systems engineering programs, the department explores and teaches analytics, optimization, and high-performance computing to give students the tools to solve a number of complex industrial challenges in areas such as manufacturing, production, healthcare and financial services.
With direct access to Lehigh's microscopy facility-- within Lehigh's Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, the most advanced university-based center of its kind in the U.S. -- faculty and students are heralded for pioneering research in the fields of polymers, optics, nanotechnology and photonics. The department has been a leader in the development of materials science since the field's earliest days, and hosts an internationally-respected annual Microscopy School for the world's leading nanoscale engineers and scientists.
For years, Lehigh mechanical engineering have become leading experts on the design, construction and operation of machinery -- a field that is once again growing and transforming as society turns to technology for a rapidly-increasing set of applications. Students and faculty engage a wide array of subjects that include fluid mechanics, engineering materials, product design and manufacturing, thermodynamics and control systems, taking advantage of the various labs and instrumentation the department has to offer.