Housed atop Lehigh's Mountaintop Campus, the department enjoys a 6:1 student-to-faculty ratio and generates more than $3.5 million in research grants every year. From energy to biotechnology to petrochemicals, the research of Lehigh's chemical engineers is leaving an imprint on countless global sectors. Students in this program participate in all aspects of the chemical process industry, from R&D to plant construction and operation.
This department is recognized around the country for its research on structural, environmental, geotechnical and water resources engineering. The Center for Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems—a renown National Engineering Research Center—falls under the department's purview, and its faculty and students play a significant role in Lehigh's new, highly collaborative STEPS initiative.
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 business.
The department boasts innovative, cross-disciplinary research in fields as diverse as nanotechnology, optical technologies and integrated circuit design, among others. The student-to-faculty ratio is 7:1, giving students at all levels a unique opportunity to partner with faculty on the latest emerging technologies. They also have access to incredible facilities and leading research institutes including the Center for Optical Technologies and the Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.
One of the nation's oldest programs, our department uses high-performance computing to give students the tools to solve a number of complex industrial challenges in areas of manufacturing, production, health care and financial services. In a competitive global marketplace where continuous improvement and cost containment are paramount to survival, our graduates play extremely critical roles and are sought after for their ability to design, improve and optimize processes and systems.
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 their 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, mechanical engineering students have become leading experts on the design, construction and operation of machinery—a field that is growing as global companies turn to technology on a rapid scale. Our students study a wide array of subjects that include fluid mechanics, engineering materials, product design and manufacturing, thermodynamics and control systems.