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Clay Naito travels to Japan to help assess the aftermath of the March earthquake and tsunami.   Networking event and panel on mentoring for women in science and engineering fields.   Lehigh ties for 9th place in the 2011-2012 PayScale College Salary Report.
Arup SenGupta and his students deliver clean water and "the fruits of cutting-edge research" to people all over the world…Dan Frangopol honored by top Chinese institutions…Israel Wachs named Fellow of American Chemical Society.

Faculty from China's Southeast University visit South Mountain to learn more about Lehigh's approach to educating engineers.

CSB students travel to Zambia to refine charity-driven microfinance operations…Casey Rule '11 finds harmony in math, music, and computers through Lehigh's innovative IDEAS honors program.

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Since its inception in 1996, Lehigh's CHOICES camp has been changing perceptions about science and engineering among middle school girls. Designed to be fun and challenging, it's a healthy dose of "I can do this!" for young campers from across the Lehigh Valley.

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Bjorn Tyreus '75PhD is named a duPont Fellow, the company's highest technical achievement....John J. Warwick '76 '78G named dean of engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

If your gold nanoparticles are under-catalyzing, Professor Chris Kiely and his team prescribe a nice, warm bath. Read more>

Bill Maloney '80 helped save "Los 33" trapped Chilean miners in late 2010, and says the incident should serve as a wake-up call here in the U.S. Read more>

Martha Dodge '82 is named director of Energy Systems Engineering after successful leadership roles at PPL. Read more>


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Wu Dear Lehigh Engineers,

This August, we welcomed another record-setting class of first year Lehigh Engineers. For two consecutive years now, engineering enrollment has surged to its highest levels in three decades. At the same time, we are seeing notable increases in quality indicators...

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S. David Wu
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Dean's Note

Dear Lehigh Engineers,Wu

This August, we welcomed another record-setting class of first year Lehigh Engineers. For two consecutive years now, engineering enrollment has surged to its highest levels in three decades. At the same time, we are seeing notable increases in quality indicators such as SAT scores and high-school rankings. The growing demand for our undergraduate and graduate engineering programs is just one bit of good news I'd like to share as we embark on the 2011-12 academic year.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the admission of undergraduate women to Lehigh. Several events during the second weekend of September will recognize this important milestone. On Friday, Sept. 9, Lehigh Engineering will host a networking session and panel discussion titled Engineering Success: The Importance of Mentoring for Women in STEM-related Fields. Composed of successful Lehigh alumnae and current faculty members, the panel will be moderated by Dr. Mary Fernandez, Chair of MentorNet and a research director with AT&T Labs. This lively public discussion begins at 4 p.m. on Friday in 101 STEPS Building.

Recently, the 2011-2012 PayScale College Salary Report reviewed the salaries of graduates from 1,000 schools in the U.S. I'm pleased to report that Lehigh tied with Stanford and Colgate for ninth place nationally in mid-career earning potential, outpacing half of the Ivy League. I think you'll find this an interesting indicator of the value that the market places on a Lehigh education. I invite you to explore our Web site as well as this newsletter to learn more.

Please drop me a line with questions or feedback, and thanks as always for your interest in Lehigh Engineering.

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S. David Wu, Dean and Iacocca Professor
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Student Success

Casey Rule '11 was able to pursue two passions -- music and computer science -- through his participation in Lehigh's innovative Integrated Degree in Engineering, Arts and Sciences (IDEAS) program. IDEAS is a four-year honors program that allows students to get a bachelor’s degree with concentrations in both colleges. "I wasn’t one of those kids who knew exactly what job he wanted since the age of five,” Rule says. “I wanted to do everything, and honestly I still do. So when I found out about the IDEAS program -- a program in which the practical integration of your studies was just as important as your specific concentrations -- that definitely appealed to me." With the help of advisers, Rule buit a program of study that allowed him to gain a depth and breadth of information in fields as diverse as music composition and computer science -- both areas he is passionate about. For more about IDEAS, visit its Web site or check out the YouTube video [VIDEO COMING SOON].

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IPDStudents in Lehigh's Integrated Product Development (IPD) capstone course spent the spring semester knee-deep in well water, potting soil and feasibility studies. It was all part of a semester-long project to come up with innovative, sustainable solutions to South Side Bethlehem's "food insecurity" problem -- a lack of fresh, healthy foods. Student teams from engineering, design arts, and business put their skills to good use to tackle a real-world problem in their own backyard. At the end of the five months, students presented their findings and solutions to a panel of corporate executives, CBE professors and their peers at a May event in the Rauch Business Center.


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A team of students traveled to the African nation of Zambia to help improve the information systems and processes used by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Zambia in its microfinance lending activities. The church-based organization, funded by U.S. donors, provides microfinance loans and oversees varied activities of some 40 congregations that consist of 85 distinct groups. The student team sought to provide an efficient update process for the congregation’s database, located in the Church's main office in the town of Lusaka. The existing process hampered the flow of crucial Information regarding loan activity, borrowers' compliance, requests for additional funding, and other important data used to help manage loan activities and provide feedback to sponsoring donors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the United States. According to team member Armando Berdiel '12, the group is designing a mobile phone application to capture relevant information in the field and upload it directly to the main database. "Most people in the outlying areas do not have access to computers but do have cell phones, thus making this the perfect conduit for information transfer,” he says. "The text messaging function can be used to send the information to the main database, asynchronously if necessary." Along with Berdiel, the team members were Aaron Taylor, Todd Suess, Brian Godshall, all rising seniors in the Computer Science and Business program. Sharon Kalafut, professor of practice in computer science and engineering, advises the team's ongoing efforts, and professor Edwin Kay of the same department traveled with the group to help develop the system. Check out Lehigh on Location: Zambia to learn more about Lehigh activities in that part of the world.

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An avid mountain biker, Devin Tyman '09'11G was originally drawn to Lehigh by photos of the trails on South Mountain. Little did he know that a few years later, he'd be leaving the university with a bachelor's degree, a master's degree and a mountain bike with a wooden frame that he designed himself. "A lot of people think of wood as a weak material compared to metal or composites," he says. "ut I've been working with it for the past six years and I know how strong it can be. I applied some of the engineering and design skills I learned to create something that a lot of people would say is not possible."

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Faculty & Programs

Graduates of Lehigh Engineering have a salary earning potential that is among the most competitive in the United States, according to the results of several recent surveys. Lehigh tied with Colgate and Stanford for ninth overall in the 2011-2012 PayScale College Salary Report, which measures the mid-career salaries of workers with undergraduate degrees from more than 1,000 schools. Graduates who earned an advanced degree beyond a bachelor’s degree were not included in the survey. Lehigh tied with Stanford for eighth in the private research university category. For the full report, visit the PayScale College Salary Report online.
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Israel Wachs, the G. Whitney Snyder Professor of Chemical Engineering, was recently awarded the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) highest honor. Wachs was named an ACS Fellow, an honor bestowed on those who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to the ACS. Wachsserves as director of Lehigh's Operando Molecular Spectroscopy and Catalysis Research Lab. Fewer than 1% of ACS’s members have been awarded the title of Fellow, yet their ranks also include three other Lehigh faculty members: Leslie Sperling, professor emeritus of chemical engineering and also of materials science and engineering; Ned Heindel, the Howard S. Bunn Professor of Chemistry and former ACS president; and, Jim Bohning, Lehigh's chemistry historian and former director of oral history at the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

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Tagore-Sengupta Three years ago, inspired by the teachings of a 20th-century poet, three students, a researcher and an engineering professor created a nonprofit organization with an international vision. Through the Tagore-Sengupta Foundation, the project "Sustainable Treatment of Contaminated Groundwater in Cambodia: Turning a Crisis into an Economic Enterprise," seeks to install a system that removes arsenic from groundwater in 12 Cambodian villages and schools. Developed over the last 15 years by professor Arup SenGupta of civil and environmental engineering and his students, the team's innovative and cost-effective arsenic removal system is currently in use on four continents, including several U.S. states as well as 200 villages in Eastern India, home to the world’s worst arsenic crisis.

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Martha Dodge '82, formerly a senior administrator with PPL Electric Utilities, has been named director of Lehigh's Energy Systems Engineering Institute (ESEI). In this capacity, she will coordinate research projects between the energy industry and ESEI, recruit students to the ESEI’s master’s of engineering in energy systems engineering program, solicit industry and government support, and organize seminars by industry leaders. Dodge, who earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Lehigh, will also serve as professor of practice in the department of electrical and computer engineering.

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STEPSLehigh's Science, Technology, Environment, Policy and Society (STEPS) facility has been awarded a 2011 Green Good Design Award for Green Urban Planning/Landscape Architecture by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. The award recognizes “visionary architects, designers, urban planners, corporations, governments, individuals, and private and public institutions for a design and a public environment based upon the ideals of energy conservation; the reduction of toxic waste and greenhouse gases; the diminishing dependence on fossil fuels; and a sensitivity for waste, pollution, and the depletion of the world’s energy resources.” Officially opened in August 2010, STEPS is a state-of-the-art facility that brings faculty, staff and students in the fields of engineering and the natural and social sciences together under one roof to work seamlessly across boundaries.

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"Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand." The words of that old Chinese proverb guided 20 faculty members from China's Southeast University recently as they immersed themselves for two weeks within Lehigh Engineering. Located in Nanjing, Southeast has a full-time enrollment of more than 30,000 students and is one of China’s top 10 science and engineering universities. Its educators came to Lehigh to learn how American engineering students tackle hands-on projects and how they interact with professors. "China’s technical universities are undergoing reforms, especially in engineering education," said Ji-Wen Zhang, deputy director and professor in Southeast University’s School of Civil Engineering. "Our time at Lehigh has been a good opportunity for us to learn new teaching methods that will enhance students’ practical abilities and motivate their interest in engineering."

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Dan M. Frangopol, the Fazlur R. Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture, recently received honors from two top Chinese technical institutions. Frangopol was named an honorary professor of Southeast University in Nanjing and Tianjin University in Tianjin. The distinction is considered by each institution to be its highest academic honor. The two universities recognized Frangopol for the global impact of his contributions to the performance, maintenance, reliability and optimization of civil infrastructure systems. Frangopol also holds an honorary professorship from Tongji University in Shanghai.

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In her role as U.S. Science Envoy on behalf of the U.S. State Department, Lehigh President Alice P. Gast traveled to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in June as part of President Obama’s initiative to strengthen science and education ties. Dr. Gast sought to identify areas for cooperation on energy, education, public-private partnerships, and information technology in meetings with senior government officials, ministers, and representatives from the scientific, education, nonprofit, student and business communities.

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40 Years of WomenOn Friday, September 9, Lehigh Engineering is hosting a panel discussion to kick off the university's year-long celebration of 40 years of undergraduate women at Lehigh. Entitled "Engineering Success: The Importance of Mentoring," the discussion will be moderated by Dr. Mary Fernandez, Chair of MentorNet and a research director with AT&T Labs. Mentoring -- the fine art of providing guidance along the fine line between career decisions and personal goals -- can make all the difference in a young professional's career. As more and more young women smash through once-perceived academic barriers to pursue leadership positions in science and engineering, access to a network of established professional women may help overcome remaining obstacles to success. The September 9 event will offer a lively discussion about the role of mentoring relationships and networking in shaping career paths within engineering, and serve as a unique networking opportunity for women from Lehigh and other regional firms and institutions in STEM-related fields. The panel is free and open to the public.

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It's a well-known fact that women are underrepresented in engineering colleges across the U.S. -- a problem that Lehigh hopes to help rectify with its Charting Horizons and Opportunities in Careers in Engineering and Science camp. Better known as CHOICES, the camp invites sixth through eighth grade girls to campus to complete a series of projects, wokring with college-aged sicence and engineering students as mentors. The entire experience is intended to make science and engineering fun and accessible, sowing the seeds for futures in the field. Check out the photos from this year's camp -- there just may be some members of the Lehigh Engineering Class of 2021.

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Nature ChemistryLehigh researchers are part of a team helping to improve the way that metal nanoparticles are used in catalysis -- the process of making chemical reactions proceed faster. As published in the July 2011 issue of Nature Chemistry, methods for producing these nanoparticles require ligands, a protective agent, to allow them to stabilize. After this stabilization has been achieved, the continued presence of the ligands can negatively impact the reaction. Chris Kiely, the Harold B. Chambers senior professor of materials science and engineering, and Ph.D. student Ram Tiruvalam, with colleagues from the University of Cardiff in Wales, have developed a new method for removing these ligands to improve catalytic activity in a range of reactions. The team has developed a milder alternative for removing the ligands -- a simple hot water wash.

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Professor Charles Lyman and Professor Emeritus Alwyn Eades, both of materials science and engineering, were among 13 scientists from the world of microscopy to have earned the 2011 designation of MSA Fellow from the Microscopy Society of American (MSA). MSA Fellows are senior distinguished members of the Society who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the science and practice of microscopy imaging, analysis and diffraction techniques. The recipients received their awards at the mid-August Microscopy & Microanalysis 2011 meeting in Nashville, TN.

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A team of U.S. and Japanese researchers led by Clay Naito, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, has received support from the National Science Foundation to collect evidence and assess effects of the debris from the March 11 tsunami on the built environment and to examine structural performance of buildings and bridges subject to impact. The team shared what it found in Japan via a rel-time blog, and will use its research results to improve ongoing NSF research and strengthen US-Japan research and collaboration in the field.

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Professor Sibel Pamukcu has been appointed interim department chair of civil and environmental engineering. Dr. Pamukcu's scholarship focuses on soil and groundwater decontamination using electrochemical technologies, and on development and application of innovative fiber-optic sensors for distributed measurements in geo-media and civil infrastructure. She has most recently served as the associate chair of the CEE department. Previous chair Stephen Pessiki is stepping down after six years and returning to the faculty.

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One of Lehigh's own was recently named a DuPont Fellow, the company's highest technical achievement and an honor shared by only 15 other active employees out of DuPont’s 60,000 worldwide work force. Sweden native Bjorn Tyreus received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Lehigh in 1975 and went on to work in process control engineering and biotechnology. He currently works in the BioChemical Science & Engineering BioMaterials (BCS&E) division of DuPont Central Research & Development (CR&D) and is a world-renowned expert in systems analysis and process control.
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IacoccaLee Iacocca '45 is ensuring that his influence will be felt at Lehigh for decades to come with the formation of the Lee Iacocca International Internships program. The new internship program will provide an array of international work experiences for Lehigh students that will include international co-ops, research experiences, and internships or cohort internships, which are internships led by a Lehigh faculty member that matches Lehigh students with their peers from another country to work as a team on a common problem within a multinational corporation. For more on Lee Iacocca, see the Fall 2011 issue of Lehigh's Alumni Bulletin.

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In August, John J. Warwick '76 '78G was named dean of the College of Engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Previously, he had served as acting vice president for academic affairs of the Nevada System of Higher Education's Desert Research Institute, which conducts cutting-edge applied research in air, land and life, and water quality throughout Nevada, the U.S. and internationally. Warwick earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Lehigh, and his doctorate in environmental engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. Upon earning his degree he joined the University of Texas at Dallas as an assistant professor in the environmental sciences graduate program, and in 1991 joined the University of Nevada faculty.

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Bill Maloney '80 helped develop the plan that rescued the 33 trapped Chilean miners in late 2010. The incident, which riveted a watching world, should serve as a wake-up call here in America, according to the "Last Word" article he wrote for the Winter 2011 issue of Lehigh's Alumni Bulletin. Later in the Spring, Maloney, who earned a degree in industrial engineering from Lehigh, announced his candidacy for the West Virginia Governor's office.

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Air ProductsThomas J. Ward '81 '86MBA has been appointed vice president of Air Products and Chemicals Global Business Support Services, responsible for leading the company's support services for Human Resources, Finance, Customer Engagement, Procurement, Order Management and Delivery Scheduling. Ward joined Air Products in 1981 as a development engineer in the Applied Research and Development group and subsequently held a variety of product management, global marketing and general management positions within the company's gases businesses. Ward served as business director for the company's SAP global implementation and was appointed vice president, Integrated Supply Chain, in 2004. He most recently served as vice president and general manager, North American Merchant Gases. Ward earned his B.S. in metallurgical engineering and M.B.A. from Lehigh University.

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David Pennoni '84, PE has been confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate as a member of the State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists. In this capacity, he will lead the Board's efforts to regulate the practice, licensure and registration of engineers, land surveyors and geologists in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in order to safeguard life, health and property and promote the general welfare. The Board also certifies engineers-in-training and surveyors-in-training. Mr. Pennoni serves as a Regional Vice President and is Principal-in-Charge of Municipal Engineering at Pennoni Associates. He graduated from Lehigh with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.

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NovavaxNovavax Inc. announced the appointment of Dr. Timothy J. Hahn '86 as Senior Vice President of Manufacturing. Dr. Hahn will oversee production of the company's vaccines and vaccine candidates and be responsible for all manufacturing operations at its pilot and commercial launch facility in Rockville, MD. Prior to joining Novavax, Dr. Hahn was Vice President of Antibody Manufacturing and later Vice President of Vaccine Manufacturing at MedImmune, LLC. Previously, Dr. Hahn spent more than 15 years in vaccine manufacturing with Merck & Co. He received his doctorate and Master of Science degrees in chemical engineering from Stanford University and his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University.

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Ralph Kettell II '82, P.E., has joined Valdor Technology International Inc. in a sales leadership capacity. Mr. Kettell received degrees of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE & MSEE) from Lehigh University and has worked as a Consulting Electrical Engineer for several high profile aerospace and industrial engineering companies. He has worked principally as a microwave and radio frequency (RF) circuit and systems design engineer on military, space and commercial programs. Mr. Kettell was the lead RF Engineer at Litton Space Systems on the Space to Space Communications System used in the construction of the International Space Station. He has consulted for many of the largest aerospace firms in the U.S. including 14 years with Northrop Grumman and three years with Lockheed Martin.

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