We live in a time of fast-paced, ever-evolving challenges in incredibly important areas such as health, energy and global sustainability. Real world challenges that are nothing like the neatly packaged exercise problems at the end of each chapter in a textbook. They are messy, unstructured and elusive. We believe that tomorrow's leaders will best these challenges by doing more than answering questions that are posed to them; they will ask their own, and question every assumption given.
More than 40% of Lehigh's undergraduate engineering students experience this messy, unstructured style of problem-solving each year through deep immersion in research. It's an exploratory process where students learn to deal with uncertainty. They take clues through previous work to avoid mistakes and build on successes, and ultimately create solutions of their own. In doing so, they develop decision-making instincts, methods of measuring progress, and communication skills that will enable their ideas to be shared and adopted.
Lehigh Engineering supports a wide array of undergraduate research opportunities, including: