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Information/Communication Technologies

Information technology and the engineering disciplines that support it comprise a broad and varied field. You may be interested in designing and developing computer hardware, which might include computers and peripherals, wireless communications and networking systems, semiconductors, microelectronics fabrication, signal processing, fiber optics, digital sensors, Internet technologies and many other products. Perhaps software development may be more to your liking, which could include programming, multimedia development, data mining, computer graphics, compiler design, algorithm design, database management or business systems analysis. You might combine these two perspectives to create integrated systems, such as computer games or cell phones with hardwired programming. Engineers in information technology work in every sector of the economy, from manufacturing and fabrication to communications, entertainment and finance.

Focus Areas

Lehigh students in this field typically explore these topics:

  • Virtual environments, wearable computers, multimedia broadcasts and video compression
  • Digital systems and sensors, fiber optics, wireless networks and compound semiconductors
  • Interconnected networks, computer architectures, processor design, embedded systems and Internet technologies
  • Integration of computer skills, mathematics and knowledge of a specific application (such as logistics or finance) to create efficiency in the operations of industrial, service or financial organizations

Research and Resources

Although information technology is infused throughout all aspects of Lehigh's engineering programs, there are many labs and facilities established across the campus designed for research in specific areas of this field. It is a wide-ranging set of activities and research, including topics such as display technologies, signal processing and communications, Internetworking, wireless infrastructure and networking security, computer and software architecture, graphics and virtual environments, Web modeling and evaluation, mobile robotics, systems experimentation and analysis, and pattern recognition.

Some of the successful projects undertaken by Lehigh faculty and student research teams are as follows:

  • A team of Lehigh engineers joined with colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania and Lockheed Martin to design a self-navigating, self-driving car equipped with videocamera "eyes" and laser range-finder systems that allowed the vehicle to drive itself through a 60-mile course, as part of a DARPA-funded research competition.
  • Lehigh signal processing and communications researchers have found ways to help law enforcement and security officials search for concealed weapons. This has been accomplished by combining visual and "millimeter wave" images to produce one fused digital image that can identify weapons hidden beneath clothing.
  • Students in the "InSyte Lab" work with faculty to better understand how computers think and learn, and to apply that knowledge to the development of games, project planning and decision support systems.
  • Wireless engineering students at Lehigh work to establish multi-tier network models to help provide underserved geographical regions with access to Internet, cell phone and emergency-response services.

Success Stories

The ability to rapidly and effectively process and communicate information is central to success in the modern world. Engineers in Information/Communication Technologies work in every sector of the economy, from manufacturing and telecommunications, to services, entertainment and finance.

Greyson Parrelli and Michael Toth Hacking their way to top of the pack
Engineering majors Michael Toth '14, Greyson Parrelli '14, Ben Chen '13 and Zachary Daniels '13 make significant strides in "hackathon" competitions. more >
Nicholas Miller

Alum develops mobile GPS app to locate Arlington grave sites
Army Maj. Nicholas Miller '02 '03G, develops smartphone app that uses GPS technology for better experience at Arlington. more >

Michael Spear Maximizing the power of multicore processors
CSE Assistant Professor Michael Spear researches how to better utilize functionality of computer processors more >
Guangyu Liu and Jing Zhang

"You build yourself into what you do"
ECE Ph.D. candidates Guangyu Liu and Jing Zhang receive 2012 Scholarships in Optics and Photonics in recognition for semiconductor research. more >

Assistant professor Shamim Pakzad Professor Munoz-Avila receives NSF Grant for AI research
Munoz-Avila receives NSF grant for advances the field of self-aware programming. more >