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You're invited! Noble Laureate Sir Anthony Leggett answers "Why Can't Time Move Backwards?" in the March 27 Karakash Distinguished Lecture

Lehigh Silicon Valley connects students to experience and insight across both coasts

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Army Maj. Nicholas Miller '02 '03G uses mobile technology to map the Arlington National Cemetery, capturing attention from The USA Today, Design News, and Soldiers magazine, among other venues.

Engineering Advisory Council member Ann Murtlow '82 named to board of First Internet Bancorp.

CSE's Michael Spear seeks to improve the functional output of multicore processors with colleagues from University of Delaware.

EE alumnus Barry Green '84 named as assistant director for engineering operations at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

The Brown & White features Lehigh's 3D printing capabilities as well as the the newly-created CREATE Club.


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Dear Lehigh Engineers,

S. David Wu
S. David Wu
Dean and
Iacocca Professor

Two very notable College events are quickly approaching, and all members of the Lehigh community and the public are invited to take part. The first event is the annual David and Lorraine Freed Undergraduate Research Symposium. The second event is a public lecture from superfluity pioneer and Nobel Laureate Sir Tony Leggett.

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Dear Lehigh Engineers,

Two very notable College events are quickly approaching, and all members of the Lehigh community and the public are invited to take part. The first event is a public lecture from superfluity pioneer and Nobel Laureate Sir Tony Leggett. The second event is the annual David and Lorraine Freed Undergraduate Research Symposium.

The annual David and Lorraine Freed Undergraduate Research Symposium takes place on March 20 in the STEPS Building concourse. The Symposium is a wonderful celebration of the talented young people who are rising from our classrooms and labs to address today’s global challenges. Supported through a generous endowment from alumnus Andrew Freed '83 in honor of his parents, it's a powerful demonstration of Lehigh Engineering students' problem-solving skills and the variety of opportunities for undergraduates to engage with faculty and graduate students in cutting-edge research.

The second event, a public lecture from superfluity pioneer and Nobel Laureate Sir Tony Leggett, is entitled Why Can’t Time Run Backwards? It is scheduled for 270 Lewis Lab at 4:10pm on Wednesday, March 27. Sir Leggett’s talk, a Karakash Distinguished Lecture, is held in honor of the legendary John J. Karakash (1914-2006). The public lecture will be followed the next day by the Physics Department’s Frank J. Feigl Lecture, also by Sir Leggett, about consequences of quantum mechanics on issues such as quantum entanglement. These lectures mark an excellent opportunity to inspire further discussion among our research community on the connection between modern physics and technological advances in fields such as photonics and microelectronics.

Although these events seem quite different in format and content, both reflect our belief in the power of inquiry-based learning -- a rigorous yet flexible approach to providing students with a broad palette of opportunity for academic self-discovery and achievement.

Both the Undergraduate Research Symposium and the Karakash Lecture underscore the importance of communication in the progress of science and engineering. In the former, we’ll interact with student-researchers as they present their technologies and ideas in a professional setting; in the latter, we will witness a Nobel Laureate conveying complex ideas in an accessible manner. Through each, our students will gain further appreciation for the art of communications -- a crucial but all-to-often neglected skill for engineers.

Please drop me a line with your feedback and, as always, thank you for your support of Lehigh Engineering.

Best regards,
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S. David Wu, Dean and Iacocca Professor
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Student Success

Baker, CREATE club team up for 3D printer workshop

3D printers. They are currently one of the hottest topics in the tech industry, stealing the show at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and showing up on television shows ranging from This Old House to The Big Bang Theory.

Lehigh students and visitors got the chance to participate in a 3D printing workshop in late January and learn more about this emerging technology. A 3D printer is a device that can create a fully detailed 3D object from a model designed on a computer utilizing several types of technology. The workshop outlined these various technologies and explained how each plays a part in bringing the model to life.

The workshop was hosted and presented in partnership between the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation and the university's CREATE club.

CREATE is one of the most recent clubs founded at Lehigh University thanks in part to two engineering students -- Materials Science and Engineering major Brian Friedman '14, the club's president; and vice president Marshall Nill '15, a member of the Integrated Degree in Engineering, Arts and Sciences (IDEAS) program.

Both Friedman and Nill, along with club treasurer Nathan Goodman '14 (Marketing), secretary Gongkai Percy Li '14 (Mathematics and Computer Science) and technology officer Steven Bell '15 (Electrical Engineering) welcome all aspiring student innovators and entrepreneurs with looking to take new ideas to the next level.

CREATE plans to hold additional workshops every few weeks throughout the rest of the semester. Visit lehighcreate.com for the latest schedule.

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ChemE senior Shane Welsh 13' sees success on the mat and beyond

For Lehigh's Shane Welsh '13, it was already been a very productive 2013 on the map, with the wrestler knocking off No. 9 Nick Lester of Oklahoma and No. 7 Scott Sakaguchi of Oregon State in late January. Welsh (16-5), the defending EIWA Champion at 149 lbs, is riding an 11-match winning streak, is currently ranked 18th in his weight class and became second Lehigh wrestler this season to be named EIWA Wrestler of the Week.

In addition to being a nationally ranked wrestler, Welsh is finishing up his senior year with the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering.

"Balancing wrestling and engineering is a very tough challenge here at Lehigh," explained Welsh. "We are often working out twice a day for wrestling, so time management was something I had to learn quickly and well. I really enjoy challenging myself on the mat and in the classroom.”

Welsh is also a student in the IBE program and is pursuing a biotechnology minor in addition to his CHE degree. He will be entering an engineering rotational program called the Technical Professional Development Program at Hospira following graduation.

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Innovation, Practice and Invention

Every year, seniors in Lehigh's Integrated Business and Engineering (IBE) honors program confront a room full of "tigers" — entrepreneurs, consultants and business owners associated with Ben Franklin Technology Partners. These "Tiger Sessions" culminate a capstone senior design project that pushes its student-competitors to their entrepreneurial limits.

At a recent Tiger Session in late December, one IBE group pitched NEATCap, a "cap" that reduces the harmful noise to which infants are exposed in neonatal intensive care units (NICU). Over-stimulation caused by jet ventilators, diagnostic alarms and other noises in NICUs can inhibit an infant's sleep habits and slow brain development.

The product is similar to the "MiniMuffs," a similar product on the market, selling for one-tenth of what NEATCap would, but unlike NEATCap, must be disposed of after each use. The four tigers judging the NEATCap presentation praised the students for a professional presentation and innovative product, but also gave constructive feedback, including a recommended reduction in price.

Other IBE products presented included a feedback tool designed to address stroke errors in rowing; "Coffee Joulies," a set of stainless steel 'beans' put into coffee to control its temperature; and an unmanned aerial vehicle prototype whose potential applications include bridge monitoring.

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Academic honors for ChemE student

Jennifer Brown ‘15, a chemical engineering major at Lehigh University,received the William Whigham, Jr. Memorial Prize. Brown, valedictorian of Lackawanna Trail High School in 2011, received this prize in fall of 2012.

The distinguished award is given to the top ranking freshman in engineering with a high cumulative average in the first two semesters.

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Lehigh students stand out in area computer "hackathon" competition

Earlier this month, Lehigh sent a team of students to the PennApps Spring 2013 Hackathon -- America’s largest student-run hackathon with 48 hours, 91 teams, 320 hackers and over $10K in prizes.

The Lehigh team of Greyson Parrelli, Ben Chen, Michael Toth and Zachary Daniels competed and created the project SparkTab. Prior experience with hackathons can be identified through the utility and beauty of the interface, which makes SparkTab simple and easy to use.

SparkTab is kind of like QuickSilverfor your browser -- instead of setting your new tab page to, for example, Google, you would add SparkTab. At the text entry bar, you can perform searches, send texts, and even post to Facebook and Twitter. It is a quicker way to do lots of activities online from one single location, without having to enter a URL or click on search results.

Parrelli, Chen, Toth and Daniels earned runner-up in the competition for their efforts.

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Current, former students hit both coasts for LehighSiliconValley

For Lehigh students and alumni, it was a tale of two coasts.

Current students and alumni were back again for the second annual LehighSiliconValley, a weeklong West Coast immersion program coordinated by Lehigh’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation.

However, this year's event brought an added bonus. Before traveling to California, students spent two days immersed in the East Coast entrepreneurship scene, including a day in New York City, a recent hotbed for venture-backed startups.

"The Godfather of Venture Capital" Alan Patricof greeted attendees in the big apple as the event's keynote speaker. Patricof, founder of Apax Partners, one of the world's largest private equity firms, told the sutdents to make their own choices in providing funding and selecting areas that excite them.

Following their east coast venture, students and graduates spent another week in California's Silicon Valley. You can follow their experiences on the LSV's Tumblr blog.

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Ryan James

Student athlete Ryan James pulls down national academic honors

Ryan James ’16, a member of the Lehigh University football team, was selected as one of the winners of the 2012 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Award. The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the five winners of the award, with each recipient selected as the best of the best from their region of the country at the high school level.

Winners were recognized solely for their previous accomplishments in high school, even though all play now at the college level. Selected from the 450,000 high school football players covered by the NFF Chapter Network, the winners exemplify some of the best student-athletes in the country.

James, who currently plays on the offensive line for Lehigh, represented the East Region and the Bill Denny Central Jersey Chapter after compiling a 3.8 GPA. Ryan, who intends to declare mechanical engineering as his major, was a member of the National Honor Society at Piscataway High School.

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Internship transforms into employment for ChemE student

Ke “Coco” Xue ’13, a chemical engineering student, traveled back to China for six weeks last summer through Lehigh’s Lee Iacocca International Internship Program. Coco is from Changzhou, a city of more than 3 million people located just west of Shanghai in the province of Jiangsu and decided to come to the United States and Lehigh to pursue a better education.

Xue applied for the international internship her junior year and was placed with Bracalente Manufacturing Group, a family-owned company located 15 miles from Lehigh in Trumbauersville, Pa. BMG owns Bracalente Metal Products in Wujiang, China, about two hours from Xue’s home. Coco encountered a few challenges at the beginning of her internship in Wujiang. Xue needed to learn some business skills and tactics for her internship and took it upon herself to learn learn those traits.

Upon returning to the United States, Xue received the good news that Bracalente had decided to offer her a full-time position when she graduates next May. Xue will work at BMG’s headquarters in Trumbauersville as well as traveling to China.

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Winners announced in 2012-13 EUREKA! Ventures Competition Series

A communication device that allows firefighters to easily speak to each other on the job was the big winner in this year's EUREKA! Ventures Competition Series.

Azim Sonawalla ’12 ’13G, a member of the inaugural class of the Technical Entrepreneurship Master's Degree program, took home the $17,500 grand prize in the competition with the Cool Talk Communicator. Sonawalla, founder of Second Shift Innovations, developed the device, which allows firefighters speak to each other while wearing self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) masks. The product should be available later this year.

The Master's Degree in Technical Entrepreneurship is a one-year, in-residence program that draws upon Lehigh's extensive catalogue of programs dedicated to the teaching of business and technology innovation, building upon the success of such endeavors as Lehigh's Integrated Product Development (IPD) program and the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation.

The EUREKA! Ventures Competition Series seeks student proposals with the potential to make a positive impact through the pursuit of innovative thinking and sustainable business models. Entrants are required to create a business summary, provide technical aspects and briefly communicate the contestant's or team’s ability to execute and succeed in the venture. The contestants must go through interviews and pitch a five-minute presentation on the product.

The Baker Institute holds the event annually and opens the competition to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Click here to view the full list of winners from the competition.

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Faculty & Programs


Science News features paper by ChemE professor, grad student

A paper recently published by Manoj Chaudhury, the Franklin Howes Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, and his graduate student, Partho Goohpattader, has been featured in two major science news publications - AlphaGalileo and Science News.

Chaudhury’s findings could have implications for the removal of water droplets from super-hydrophobic surfaces, such as plant leaves, and show potential to lead to better adhesion of rubber tires on roads as well as in the use of fluids, instead of electronics, to perform a digital operation. Additionally, new MicroElectroMechanical systems (MEMs), based on robotic fingers capable of displacing a small object, could be assisted by noise.

Chaudhury has been part of Lehigh’s ChemE department since 1994.

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Healthcare Systems Engineering unveils new website

Lehigh University's Professional Master's (M. Eng.) degree program in Healthcare Systems Engineering (HSE) announced the launch of a new website that features video from HSE students and industry advisors.

As part of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, the HSE program is designed to provide innovative thinkers with the skills and perspective required to lead health and healthcare organizations in improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery.

Students enter the HSE program with backgrounds in engineering, science, business, mathematics and other disciplines, and graduate with a broad understanding of the healthcare industry along with the ability to use design thinking as a process for problem solving. They gain the technical skills necessary to analyze healthcare systems, identify inefficiencies and propose solutions or new processes to improve the overall quality and efficiency of healthcare.

Visit the new Healthcare Systems Engineering website at lehigh.edu/hse.

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2013 ESEI Distinguished Lecture Series lineup announced

The speakers for the 2013 Energy Systems Engineering Institute Distinguished Lecture Series were announced, spanning a wide range of topics including the engineer's role in the mitigation of depleted energy, smart grid technologies as well as SGK's role in Marcellus Shale.

On Monday, January 28, Dr. Henry Louie, Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Seattle University, gave a talk entitled "Power to the People: The Role of the Power Engineer in Alleviating Energy Poverty."

On Thursday, January 31, Jim Mooney, Project Engineer at Con Edison, New York, and Greg Forsyth, P.E., PMP, Section Manager, Civil and Transmission Design Engineering at Con Edison, New York, spoke on "Con Edison’s Feeder M29 Harlem River Tunnel."

On Monday, February 25, John McDonald, Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development at GE Digital Energy, discussed "Smart Grid Technologies."

Josh Silverstein '03, Equity Research - E&P at Deutsche Bank and General Partner at SGK, will hold a lecture Tuesday, March 19 on "SGK's investment in Marcellus Shale," also at 4:30 p.m. at 101 STEPS Building.

Finally, energy, oil and gas industry exceutive David Ritter '78, President of The Haymarket Group, will speak at the final lecture of the series on Thursday, April 11, providing "Oil and Gas perspectives in 2013" at 4:00 p.m. at 101 STEPS Building.

The Spring 2013 Energy Systems Engineering Institute Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by IEEE-Power & Energy Society and the Lehigh Engineering Minor Program.

For more information on the Energy Systems Engineering Institute, visit http://www.lehigh.edu/esei.

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Air Force to support control systems research

Nader Motee, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics, received a grant from The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) for his work in "Compressive Feedback Control Design for Spatially Distributed Systems."

AFOSR recently awarded $15 million in grants to 40 scientists and engineers who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program (YIP). The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.

Motee joined the Lehigh faculty in 2011 after receiving a Ph.D in Electrical and Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. He runs the Distributed Control and Dynamical Systems Lab (DCDS) at Lehigh. Motee’s research interests include theoretical foundation of distributed control systems and optimization with applications to power grid, network of autonomous vehicles, and biological systems.

Motee has won several other awards, including the 2008 O. Hugo Schuck Award for Theory from the American Automatic Control Council and the Joseph and Rosaline Wolf Award for Best Ph.D. Dissertation in 2008.

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Professor Munoz-Avila receives NSF Grant for AI research

Hector Munoz-Avila, associate professor of computer science and engineering, recently received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant in the field of goal-driven autonomy (GDA). Munoz-Avila’s research focuses on the creation of adaptive and self-aware programs that are able to understand problems and mistakes and automatically seek solutions. GDA uses reinforcement learning and expectations, allowing the program to think ahead and learn from its mistakes. In the future, GDA programs could be used to allow machinery to, in essence, fix itself, or support the planning and execution of complicated projects.

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Maximizing the power of multicore processors

Michael Spear, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, has been working on a way to expand and maximize the power of multicore computer processors. Thanks in part to a near half-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) division of Computer and Communication Foundations, Spear's efforts continue to move closer to reality. Spear and University of Delaware Computer Science Assistant Professor John Cavazos have teamed up on a collaborative effort aimed at improving the functional output of the standard multicore processor.

Multicore processors entered the mainstream market nearly a decade ago. These processors far outweigh their predecessors, showcasing the ability to run multiple tasks at the same time without a recognizable lag in a computer's overall performance.

Unfortunately, still in its infant stages, programmers continue the struggle to harness the true power of the multicore processor due to the challenges in developing efficient parallel code.

"Though multicore processors become nearly ubiquitous, appearing in every class of compute device from phones through supercomputers, many applications fail to use multicore processors well, " Spear explains. "The challenge is that effective use of multicore requires the programmer to express software as a collection of loosely-coupled tasks, suitable to run in any order. Even new programming languages do not necessarily make this task easy, and writing parallel programs in legacy languages such as Java and C++ are error-prone. We are exploring techniques that can automatically transform existing programs into a form suitable for parallel execution on multicore processors, through a combination of static program analysis, run-time speculation, and guided execution via run-time adaptivity and machine learning."

The team's long-term plans are to release their finalized model and source code as an open-source product.

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2013 Khan Distinguished Lecture Series to kick off this month

The Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series returned in 2013 with a series of lectures, beginning with R. Shankar Nair, Senior Vice President exp US Services Inc.

Nair kicked off the first of three lectures last month with a discussion on "The Evolution of the Skyscraper. The presentation outlined the history of the skyscraper, including several topics, including the invention of the safe passenger elevator, which made tall buildings usable; the invention of the metal-framed structure, which made them economical; the rapid increase in height from the 10-story Home Insurance Building in 1885 to the 102-story Empire State Building that took place just 46 years later.

The lecture continues this month with a visit by Modjeski and Masters Chairman and CEO John M. Kulicki on "Observations on AASHTO Bridge Design." The final lecture in April will feature UC Irvine Research Professor Alfredo H-S. Ang on "Minimizing the Effects of Uncertainties in Developing Reliability-Based Design Criteria."

All of the lectures will be held at Sinclair Lab Auditorium. For more information, visit the Web site at http://www.lehigh.edu/~infrk

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ISE Announces Upcoming Lectures and Events

The department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) announced several key lectures in the coming months, including its signature Spencer C. Schantz Distinguished Lecture Series.

The two-day event will be held April 17-18 and will feature a public and technical lecture by NYU research professor Ralph E. Gomory. Gomory, best known for his mathematical research and technical leadership, ran IBM’s Research Division for 20 years, followed by 18 years as President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Gomory was also a recipient of the National Medal of Science.

Following Thursday's public lecture, the department will hold its annual Alumni Banquet.

In August, ISE will host the 13th annual Modeling and OPtimization: Theory and Applications (MOPTA) conference. The event brings together experts from discrete and continuous optimization. For more information on MOPTA 2013, please visit http://coral.ie.lehigh.edu/~mopta or contact Amanda Fabrizio at amanda.fabrizio@lehigh.edu.

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Ann Murtlow

Ann Murtlow '82 named to board of directors of First Internet Bancorp

Ann Murtlow '82 has been appointed to the board of directors at First Internet Bancorp. First Internet Bancorp, part of the First Internet Bank of Indiana family, is a premier provider of online retail and business banking services nationwide. First Internet Bancorp is a $627 million-asset, online-only bank. Murtlow will join the board in January 2013.

Murtlow recently completed a third term as director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and is currently the principal in her consulting firm, AM Consulting LLC. From 2002-2011, Murtlow was the President and CEO of Indianapolis Power & Light Company, making her one of the few female CEOs in the electric utility industry. In 2010, Murtlow was the recipient of Electric Light & Power magazine’s 2010 Large Utility CEO of the Year Award.

Lehigh caught up with Murtlow, a member of the Engineering Advisory Council (EAC), on her recent success in the latest edition of Resolve.

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Lehigh grad excels on ABC's "Shark Tank"

Dave Petrillo ‘08 captured the attention of the coffee industry in 2011 with a new product that had fans of the hot beverage cheering across the globe. The quest continued in the start of 2013 with an appearance on the ABC investment reality series "Shark Tank" in an effort to secure futher capital for the product. Petrillo, an integrated business and engineering graduate, alongside childhood friend and business partner Dave Jackson, conceived the idea of Coffee Joulies, a bean-sized device that, when placed in a cup of coffee, will regulate its temperature. Petrillo and Jackson won over the judges on the hit ABC series, adding to an already successful 2012 that saw the pair pull in over $575,000 in sales. Petrillo initially raised over $300,000 online for Coffee Joulies in 2011, grabbing national attention in the media, including NPR, Popular Science and ABC News.

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EE grad moves up the ranks at NASA

Barry Green '84 has recently been promoted as the new Assistant Director for Engineering Operations at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), located in Greenbelt, MD. Green has been working at NASA GSFC since 2004. He was formerly the manager of the Energy Center.

The electrical engineering alum works to solve energy problems in an environmentally friendly manner, such as researching hydrogen energy and other "green" alternatives.

Green has received multiple awards during his tenure at NASA, including the Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management and the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal.

Green is married to Sherrie Green '84, graduate of Lehigh's Biological Sciences program and a program manager at the National Science Foundation (NSF). She served as the keynote speaker for Lehigh's Admissions' Diversity Life Weekend dinner last spring.

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Nicholas Miller

Alum develops mobile GPS app to locate Arlington grave sites

Visitors to Arlington National Cemetery can now now navigate the property's 250,000-plus grave site with military precision, thanks to a digital platform featuring a new mobile app that utilizes the power of GPS technology.

The application was developed by Lehigh graduate and Army Maj. Nicholas Miller ’02, ‘03G, Chief Information Officer at Arlington. Miller took over a year to develop the app and plans to improve and upgrade it over the next several years.

The application, the first of its kind for any national cemetery, is a high end digital system providing several functions, including a real-time schedule of planned burials and procession routes as well as aerial photo maps providing grave site locations within accuracy of nearly three inches. The application will even show events as minor as where daily tree prunings are scheduled.

For those without smartphones, visitors will still be able to access the same information on new kiosks located at the cemetery or online at the Arlington National Cemetery Web site.

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Mechanical Engineering alum releases new book unearthing family's history

William Rezak ’63, has lived his life seeking adventure, from college football to cross-country motorcycle journeys and beyond. For his latest experience, the Lehigh alum decided to choose a path that gravitated closer to home.

Channeling his attention away from motorcycles and towards writing, Rezak’s new book, The Arab and the Brit: The Last of the Welcome Immigrants traces the remarkable lives of his ancestors, from Great Britain to Palestine. Narrating their experiences against the backdrop of two world wars and an emerging modern Middle East, the author gives readers a textured and vivid immigrant story.

Rezak was president of Alfred State College from 1993 until his retirement in 2003. He was dean of the School of Technology at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia. Rezak is a mechanical engineer and spent eighteen years in the design and construction of power plants before moving to higher education.

Click here to read the full interview with Rezak.

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Arthur Veinott

2012 ISE Distinguished Alum passes away at 78

The 2012 ISE Distinguished Alum for Achievements in Academia, Arthur "Pete" Veinott ’56, passed away this past December. He was 78. Professionally, Veinott made contributions in the areas of lattice programming, inventory theory and dynamic programming. Throughout his academic career, Veinott was devoted to research and teaching, publishing 56 papers and guiding 27 students to their doctorates. In 1978-79, Veinott won a Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 1986, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), selected as a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). He received the Graduate Teaching Award in 2000-01 from the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. In 2002, Veinott was named an inaugural Fellow of INFORMS, and in 2007, he won the John von Neumann Theory Prize, which he helped to create in 1975.

During his final visit to Lehigh this past April, Veinott was the 2012 Spencer C. Schantz ’55 Distinguished Lecturer, where he gave two lectures. "He was a proud and thankful Lehigh alum. He fondly remembered his time and the opportunities a scholarship gave him, and therefore Pete never forgot to give back to Lehigh. The ISE community will never forget the lectures he gave this past year." said Tamás Terlaky, ISE Department chair and the George N. and Soteria Kledaras ’87 Endowed Chair Professor. Both lecture’s abstracts can be found on the Spencer C. Schantz ’55 Distinguished Lecture web page.

Veinott was an expert in the field of operations research, which applies advanced analytical methods to help managers make better decisions. He made major contributions to the theory of operations research and to its development as a field both at Stanford and nationally. Veinott became a professor at Stanford in 1962 and served until 2009 – a tenure of 47 years. During his career, Veinott played a key role in the creation and development of the Department of Operations Research at Stanford University, including serving as department chair from 1975 to 1985. He also helped found the journal Mathematics of Operations Research. It remains the leading journal for the publication of mathematical contributions to operations research and management science.

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Rex Huppke

Former ChemE student cracks Time magazine Top 10 list

Rex Huppke ’92 was recently named as the writer of one of Time Magazine’s top ten opinion pieces of 2012.

Huppke, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, was praised for his opinion piece on the death of facts in "Facts, 360 B.C.-A.D. 2012."

The piece was spurred into existence after Florida congressman Rep. Allen West declared that 81 members of the House of Representatives were Communists. Huppke's "obituary" for facts is both satirical and witty.

Huppke earned his degree in chemical engineering at Lehigh University before attaining his Master's in Journalism at the University of Missouri.

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