Noble Laureate Tony Leggett examines the nature of time
Sharing the love of engineering with area middle schoolers
Academic excellence on display at the Undergrad Research Symposium
High honors for Distinguished Alum
James R. Rice '62, '63G, '64 Ph.D., Havard professor and founder of the "J-Integral" receives the Harry Fielding Reid Medal for his contributions in seismology.
Lehigh trustee and ChemE alum Michael J. Yaszemski '77 earns leadership accolades for his work in the orthopaedic community.
Mohamed El-Naggar '01 is one of Popular Science magazine’s "Brilliant 10."
Distinguished alumnus Terrence Hahn '88, '92G is promoted to President and CEO of Transportation Systems at Honeywell International Inc.
University of Buffalo assistant professor Qiaoqiang Gan '10 captures attention for advanced work on photonics.
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Dear Lehigh Engineers,
|S. David Wu
Recently, I was invited to give a keynote address at the annual conference of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), the international organization dedicated to the industrial engineering profession.
I used the opportunity to make the observation that due to slower growth projected for the domestic workforce.
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Dear Lehigh Engineers,
Recently, I was invited to give a keynote address at the annual conference of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), the international organization dedicated to the industrial engineering profession.
I used the opportunity to make the observation that due to slower growth projected for the domestic workforce, the United States needs a significant boost in productivity in order to match the GDP growth and rising living standards of past generations. The sweet spot for productivity enhancement lies in public and regulated sectors such as healthcare delivery, energy production, and infrastructure renewal, which present great challenges for the next generation of engineers.
Engineers must work across disciplines and envision new forms of collaboration as we seek solutions to meet these challenges. Past productivity gains have mostly stemmed from sectors such as computers/electronics, information, manufacturing, and wholesale trade. However, the boosting of productivity in public and regulated sectors is subject to substantially different social, economic, and technological contexts; these require collaboration that extends well beyond engineering.
With the advent of various web technologies, social media, and other collaboration tools, partnership and coalition have become the key ingredients for creative problem solving. Lehigh has long embraced a problem-solving approach toward engineering education. Programs such as Integrated Business and Engineering, Computer Science and Business, and the Integrated Degree in Engineering, Arts, and Sciences are founded upon the idea that solving complex engineering problems requires expertise that complements and extends the engineering perspective. Similarly, Lehigh's Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation motivates interdisciplinary teamwork in the contexts of business and social entrepreneurship.
There is a clear and direct relationship between a nation's ability to innovate and the productivity of its society; there is also a strong correlation between its productivity and competitiveness. Just a few weeks ago, we sent the Class of 2013 out into the world. As that world gets ever more complex, interrelated and competitive, the next generation of technical innovators must learn to partner not only across departments but across continents; Lehigh provides its graduates with the perspective and outlook that will pay dividends throughout their careers and allow them to contribute to this brave new world.
Please drop me a line with your feedback and, as always, thank you for your support of Lehigh Engineering.
S. David Wu, Dean and Iacocca Professor
Lehigh chemical and mechanical engineers shared their knowledge and experience with the eighth-grade students of nearby Broughal Middle School, including hands-on experiments in chemistry and a miniature car race to close out the 2012-13 school year.
First, the middle school students were treated to a visit by the university's student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) to learn about science through interactive demonstrations in chemistry and engineering. The event's purpose was to perform scaled-down experiments and teach the students how chemical engineers take those experiments and related them to the real world.
Among the exercises included creating a substance dubbed "elephant toothpaste," where AIChE members assisted Broughal students in combining soap, water, hydrogen peroxide and potassium iodide in a graduated cyclnder to create an oxygen gas. The mixing of the ingredients resulted in a group of bubbles packed together to form a dense foam.
AIChE member Sean Hoenig '14 stressed the importance of outreach programs like the visit to Broughal in extending "our knowledge and enthusiasm to them so that we’ll continually have a next generation of STEM professionals ... Perhaps a few of the kids will take something from the event and look to pursue a STEM related career one day in college."
Later, on the last day of classes, thirty-two teams of students from Lehigh and Broughal Middle School held a miniature car race outside Packard Laboratory for the engineering students.
The teams, comprised of 118 mechanical engineering juniors and 50 Broughal students, spent the spring semester designing and fabricating Matchbox-style cars in the manufacturing course offered by Lehigh’s department of mechanical engineering and mechanics.
Their collaboration culminated April 26 with the 15th annual Manufacturing Expo on a track set up alongside the Hittinger-Karakash Fountain.
Team Dominations, featuring Lehigh students Amanda Crowley, Eric Curtiss and Michael Curley took first place in the race.
The Kids Choice Award, as voted by Broughal students, went to Team Finn’s Julie Barnett, Greg Owen and Sean Henwood.
One of the main goals of these programs are to promote the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects at Broughal. As a STEM signature school, Broughal offers courses in environmental engineering, robotics and other technical fields.
Click here to read more about the annual race and view photos and video from the event.
A panel of graduate student women shared their thoughts on innovation at a recent program sponsored by Lehigh’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation. The "iDeX: Creative Keys to Success" interactive event featured a hands-on creativity session led by panelists enrolled in Lehigh’s Professional Masters program in technical entrepreneurship.
The six student panelists included:
- Jessica Garcia ’12, CEO & Co-Captain, Tozuda, LLC;
- Diana Guerrero, Martindale Fellow (UK), grad asst, Office of the President;
- Katelyn Noderer '09, M. Eng candidate and co-founder, VenosTech LLC;
- Sokunthea Pen, graduate assistant, Lehigh's College of Education;
- Randi Tutelman ’12, co-founder, Eleanor Kalle;
- and Marcela Zablah '12;
During the hands-on component of the program, the attendees, all of them undergraduate women, divided into groups to create prototypes of something that would improve life at Lehigh.
“You might have an idea and verbally describe it to tons of people, but everyone has a different thought process,” said Tutelman, a technical entrepreneurship student. “By prototyping and building and showing something, you give everyone a visual to look at and understand.”
Prototyping and developing concepts are important to Tutelman’s work. As an undergraduate, she studied design arts and entrepreneurship while helping Amy Mazius ‘13 start a jewelry and accessories company called Eleanor Kalle. In 2011, the pair won first place in the Baker Institute’s Joan F. and John M. Thalheimer ’55 Student Entrepreneurs Competition.
Tutleman said the technical entrepreneurship program has helped her gain experience "from the business side to the creative side" of her company.
The iDeX program was part of Lehigh’s Women’s Empowerment Week, co-sponsored by the Women’s Center, Lehigh Panhellenic, the Baker Institute and other campus organizations.
Read more about the event in the Lehigh University news archive.
Over 525 juniors and seniors were recognized for academic achievement at the 2013 Lehigh University’s Honors Convocation. Held in April at Baker Hall, students earning a GPA of 3.6 or higher were recognized and earned distinctions in other academic areas.
Through the Honors Convocation, Lehigh has honored its outstanding students for decades. The even has provided an opportunity to recognize the academic achievements of Lehigh's juniors and seniors from all majors.
“We salute you, our honor students, for your achievements,” said Lehigh President Alice P. Gast. “We acknowledge what you mean to the life of this university. You are leading in clubs and living groups, and in service to the community. You are running organizations and starting new businesses. You are active, engaged, responsible citizens. You are true leaders. We are very proud of you.”
Graduating senior and chemical engineer Lauren R. Uffelman '13, who will move on to ExxonMobil following graduation, was chosen to speak at this year's convocation.
Uffelman stumbled into Lehigh four years ago, initially unsure of her desire to pursue an engineering degree. However, through her time here, Uffelman says she learned how to study, how to fail, how to recalibrate expectations and how to motivate herself.
"My academic career, though painful at times, has surpassed my highest expectations," Uffelman explained. "I'm not just an engineering student anymore. I’m an engineer, and being able to say that is the best feeling in the world."
Read more about Uffelman's journey that brought her to Lehigh and see the full list of honorees from this year's Honor's Convocation at Lehigh University News.
It's been a successful semester of hacking for Lehigh for Greyson Parrelli '14 and Michael Toth '14.
No, not that kind of hacking.
Parrelli and Toth, both members of the Computer Science and Business (CSB) program, have teamed up to develop a host of unique and useful applications at a series of recent "hackathons" held in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding region.
Alongside partner and computer engineering major Ben Chen '13, the team's latest app won first place at the recent Princeton Hackathon. Toth, Parrelli and Chen developed Tamagetitdone, a Chrome web browser extention that aims to improve your productivity by slowly removing distractions from "time-sucking" websites.
“If you are on unproductive websites late at night, then it will ‘turn off the lights’ on the page, leaving you unable to browse," explained Parrelli. "It’s really cute and got a lot of laughs.”
Tamagetitdone took the top prize in the event's software division, and with it, a check for $1,250.
In April, Parrelli and Toth participated in the second annual LV HACK 2013. The event, held at Northampton Community College, was hosted by Lehigh Valley Tech, a group of technology enthusiasts who meet monthly to share ideas.
The duo earned an honorable mention with their project, Webstagram, a browser extention that allows users to place filters on web pages and send them to their friends, similar to the web application Instagram.
“Webstagram was born out of a recent feeling that Greyson and I had that there is too much content on the web," said Toth. "From there, the leap to applying Instagram-inspired filters to a webpage was natural."
Earlier this year, the team of Parrelli, Toth and Chen, along with computer science major Zachary Daniels '13, went to the PennApps Spring 2013 Hackathon. PennApps is America’s largest student-run hackathon, featuring 91 teams and 320 hackers over a 48-hour span, offering over $10,000 in prizes.
The team earned runner-up honors with SparkTab, an innovative application that allows you perform multiple functions in one location on your web browser, including searches, texting and social media activity.
More important, however, was the national attention gained in the tech community.
“SparkTab led to a write-up in TechCrunch and Yahoo! flying us out to Sunnyvale, California for in-person interviews," Parrelli explained. As a result, three of the team members will be interning at Yahoo! this summer.
“Honestly," Toth said, "I don't think I would have been able to get the offers and opportunities that I did if I hadn't gone to these hackathons.”
Each year, Lehigh's top undergraduate engineering researchers, as nominated by their home departments, showcase their work at the David and Lorraine Freed Undergraduate Research Symposium. This year's event, held on Wednesday, March 20 at the STEPS Concourse, continued the event's nine-year tradition of helping student-competitors hone their communication skills by expressing the significance and complexity of their work -- a key skill for future engineers to master.
More than twenty research presentations vied for prizes and bragging rights, including six presentations from Lafayette College students who are invited each year to participate. Winners, as selected by a judging panel of professional engineers, are awarded travel stipends to attend professional conferences that entail further opportunity for students to promote their work.
First place went to Lehigh materials science and engineering major Nadia Krook '14 for her research on "In Vitro Examination of Poly(glycerol sebacate) Degradation Kinetics: Effects of Porosity and Cure Temperature." Krook conducted her research under the guidance of Dr. Sabrina Jedlicka, assistant professor of materials science and engineering.
Lafayette's Isaac Lavine took second place for his work in "Modeling and Simulation of Hydrogen Diffusion and Reaction in Semiconductor Materials," and Lehigh computer science and business seniors Michael Beddow and Matthew Tessitore took third place for their work in "Phone Analytics for Groundcrew Efficiency." Corrin Pimentel was named the People's Choice award winner for "Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 Effects on Epilepsy." Pimentel, whose interest in the field is spurred by her own battle with epilepsy, conducted her research under the direction of Yevgeny Berdichevsky, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.
Since 2005, the College of Engineering has hosted the annual David and Lorraine Freed Undergraduate Research Symposium. Envisioned by materials science professors Himanshu Jain and Wojciech Misiolek, and endowed by alumnus Andrew Freed '83 in honor of his parents, the symposium showcases undergraduate research achievement and encourages Lehigh students to enrich their learning experience through research. The symposium also aims to challenge its competitors, from both Lehigh and Lafayette, to communicate their ideas to a broad audience.
Krook, Beddow, Tessitore, and three other teams were also selected to present their research at the Lehigh 2013 Academic Symposium, which highlights research from across the university community.
Lehigh chemical engineer and Army Cadet Jeff Holinaty '14 was honored for his recent academic and military achievements with a scholarship from the Society of American Military Engineers (S.A.M.E.).
Holinaty received the honor and the $1,000 award in February during a Scholarship Awards reception held by the Philadelphia S.A.M.E. Post at the Union League in center city.
Said Holinaty, “That is a great honor...and I am thrilled to receive such an award.”
It was high honors for senior engineer and wrestling standout Robert Hamlin '13 at the Lehigh University's 2013 Convocation.
Hamlin, a graduate of the college's materials science and engineering program, was named the Graduating Scholar-Athlete of the Year. On the mat, he was a three-time All-American, two-time NCAA finalist and a two-time EIWA Champion, posting a 107-22 career record, good for the seventh most wins in school history.
In the classroom, Hamlin excelled as well. He was a third-team CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-American in 2012 and carried a 3.41 grade point average in the engineering program.
The program also recognized three other engineers with ties to the athletic program.
Kallie Ziltz '16, a first-year student in the computer science and business program (CSB), took home the Phillip J. Sclar Award for her work as a student manager with the wrestling program. Ziltz managed multiple tasks and traveled with the team during competitions to help with filming and scorekeeping, becoming an invaluable member of the program.
It was also a year of positive transition for wrestler and mechanical engineering student Joey Napoli ’14.
The redshirt junior, wrestling in the 149-pound class since freshman year, took a year of deferred eligibility in order to add strength to handle a bump to 157-pound level.
The strategy worked out well as Napoli, ranked as high as third in the country this year, beat No. 5 Dylan Alton of Penn State while losing a narrow decision to No. 1 Jason Welch of Northwestern.
Last year, Napoli’s class schedule was largely his core classes in mechanical engineering, a major he complements with a minor in aerospace, focusing on aerodynamics.
Napoli understands the importance of making the most of his free time outside of wrestling to concentrate on homework and studies.
"Over my time at Lehigh I figured out how to succeed in school and wrestling," Napoli said. "I think any college student has to learn through time how to balance all their commitments. It was the same situation with me."
A Mountain Hawk today, a Raider tomorrow.
Lehigh University's Billy Boyko '13 is headed to the NFL.
The all-Patriot League linebacker, mechanical engineering graduate and drag racing enthusiast signed with the Oakland Raiders as a rookie free agent, continuing the dream of a career playing on the professional gridiron.
"I started playing football when I was 5 years old," said Boyko. "Football always took precedence. I knew I always wanted to have racing as a hobby, but playing professional football was always a dream of mine. I’m at a loss for words now that I actually have an opportunity to live a dream and fulfill it."
A product of the Lehigh Valley, the Northampton area native was a constant throughout his four years with Lehigh football, playing in 41 games, including 10 starts as a senior, leading the team with 104 tackles.
"Billy was the best defensive player in our league," said Lehigh football head coach Andy Coen. "He was MVP of our football team this year because of what he did."
However, he didn't pick Lehigh for football alone.
“I [also] chose to attend Lehigh because of its outstanding engineering program," Boyko said. "To be a Lehigh student-athlete is a great experience because you can compete on the field and in the classroom."
Boyko's experience with Lehigh could give him the edge at the inside linebacker position, where he is expected to compete as a Raider. Oakland plays a 3-4 defensive scheme, similar to the Mountain Hawks, and with the team light on veteran depth a the linebacker position, Boyko may find himself on the roster come September.
Regardless of the outcome, Boyko credits hard work and perseverance in getting him to where he is today.
"I couldn't feel more blessed to be a part of the Oakland Raiders," Boyko explained. "I'm a blue collar type of guy out of Northampton and came to Lehigh with a great opportunity to become a mechanical engineer. I take pride in the fact that nothing was handed to me and feel very accomplished to have earned everything I have up to this point ... The education I received at Lehigh will go a long way in whatever happens on or off the field because the experience I had at Lehigh was life-changing. No matter what happens, I'll always have my Lehigh education to propel me forward in life."
In the March 2013 issue of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, a publication of the American Chemical Society, Rebecca Masel ‘13 and Dalton Smith ‘13 have co-authored a paper with Professor Bill Lubyen entitled "Use of Two Distillation Columns in Systems with Maximum Temperature Limitations".
The paper studies two alternative flow sheets to establish under what conditions a two-distillation column process is more economical than a conventional one-column process in distillation systems with maximum temperature limitations that are encountered when separating thermally sensitive materials. The paper resulted from studies that the students were conducting as part of their process design course CHE233 during the fall 2012 semester.
Faculty & Programs
Panayiotis "Panos" Diplas has been named the new head of Lehigh University's department of civil and environmental engineering.
Diplas comes to Lehigh after nearly 15 years at Virginia Tech, where he was a professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering. He joins Lehigh as P.C. Rossin Professor effective August 15, 2013.
Diplas was the Founding Director of Virginia Tech's K. S. Baker Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory, which studies the dynamics of water, sediment and contaminant transport through waterways, floodplains and wetlands, focusing on its interaction with structures, vegetation and biota.
His principal fields of research interest are in Environmental, Fluvial & Infrastructure Hydraulics. Diplas is also interested and active in Hydrokinetic Energy Generation, Sustainable Development and was a core faculty member at the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology in the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science at Virginia Tech.
Diplas has earned numerous accolades for his work in the field of civil and environmental engineering, most recently in 2012 as the recipient of both ASCE's H.A. Einstein Award for his significant contributions in the understanding of river mechanics, erosional processes and sediment transport, as well as the K.E. Hilgard Hydraulic Award for the paper, "Turbulent Flow through Idealized Emergent Vegetation."
Diplas, who earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota, has over 75 publications in refereed journals, 74 refereed conference papers, 11 book contributions and numerous invited lectures, keynote addresses and presentations.
Dan Frangopol, the Fazlur Rahman Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture and a professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering (CEE), began 2013 by guest-lecturing on three continents in as many months.
The papers associated with all three lectures were co-authored with Mohamed Soliman, a Ph.D. candidate in CEE’s structural engineering program and a P.C. Rossin Doctoral Fellow in the College of Engineering. The Rossin Doctoral Fellowships are awarded to an elite group of Ph.D. students interested in pursuing academic careers.
Most recently, Frangopol spent March 11 and 12 in Germany at the 23rd Dresden Bridge Symposium, having been selected by the event organizers to present the only English-language plenary lecture there. A German national event, the symposium is organized by Dresden University of Technology’s Institute of Concrete Structures and has attracted as many as 1,350 participants. Frangopol gave a lecture entitled "Life-cycle management of bridges under uncertainty."
In February, Frangopol traveled to Arlington, Virginia for the annual meeting of the American Society of Naval Engineers. Frangopol presented his lecture, “Ship Structural Life-cycle Management” at the two-day technical symposium, featured under the Ship Structures track during “ASNE Day 2013: Engineering America's Maritime Dominance.”
Frangopol was invited to Taipei, Taiwan in early January to attend the The Pacific-Rim Workshop on Innovations in Civil Infrastructure Engineering. As a keynote speaker, Frangopol spoke on the topic of “Integration of reliability, optimization and structural health monitoring in life-cycle management of structures: Emphasis on highway bridges.”
With more than 40 years in the field, Frangopol's contributions, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) “have defined much of the practice around design specifications, management methods, and optimization approaches.” Moreover, his work “has not only saved time and money, but very likely also saved lives.”
Among his most important contributions, however, is a different type of infrastructure — intellectual networks that link the brightest structural engineering minds from all over the world and help guide the development of more sustainable, resilient structural systems.
Frangopol has played a leading role in building an interconnected set of professional networks that drive collaboration around some of his field’s most vexing issues. These networks, formalized through international associations that regularly meet and publish cutting-edge research, support the sharing of crucial information across the global structural research community.
Click here to learn more about how Professor Frangopol is connecting researchers around the world to study life-cycle engineering of structural systems.
Yevgeny Berdichevsky, assistant professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering, has been awarded a one-year, $100,000 Taking Flight Award to support his research into abnormal neural circuitry—a potential cause of epilepsy. The Taking Flight award is given by Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE). CURE uses an advisory board of more than 300 scientists to review and fund the most promising, cutting-edge projects.
Berdichevsky is director of Lehigh University’s Neural Engineering Lab, where students join him in studying neurobiology from an engineering perspective. Berdichevsky develops brain tissue cultures that are compatible with microfluidic and microelectrode devices and, using a combination of engineering and molecular approaches, studies the abnormal functions that result in epileptic seizures.
In recent years, studies have consistently determined that differences between healthy and epileptic brains may go beyond chemical transmitters. Berdichevsky’s goal is to identify the precise roles that signaling molecules used by cells to regulate growth and response to injury play in the development of epilepsy. Ultimately, the goal is to find the right combination of brain pathways that could be completely knocked out, resulting in complete prevention of epilepsy with minimal side effects.
Read more about Berdichevsky in the Lehigh University news archive.
Nobel Laureate Sir Anthony J. Leggett asked that very question during a recent visit to Lehigh University, exploring its scientific, philosophical and theological ramifications.
Leggett, widely acclaimed for his expertise in the theory of low-temperature physics, visited campus for two days as a guest of both the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science and the College of Arts and Sciences.
The 75-year-old Camberwell, London native shared nearly every minute of his time with the university community, presenting two lectures, meeting with students and faculty as well as spending time with a number of fellow scientists.
Leggett's explored the subject of time during the John J. Karakash Distinguished Lecture, exploring the "origin of the 'arrow' of time."
"We can remember the past and predict the future, not vice versa," Leggett explained. "At the very basic level, the laws of physics make no distinction between past and future … the fundamental microscopic laws of classical or quantum-mechanical physics look exactly the same if the direction of time is reversed."
Leggett listed the five "arrows of time" as:
- Thermodynamic: with entropy, or disorder, increasing over time;
- Psychological: people remember the past and try to affect the future;
- Biological: plants and animals grow;
- Electromagnetic: stars and light bulbs emit radiation but do not absorb it;
- Cosmological: the universe is expanding over time
"That the past causes the present and the present causes the future, has never been challenged," said Leggett. "But a revolution on the scale of quantum mechanics could change our ideas regarding the arrow of time."
Leggett offered a second lecture the next day as guest of the department of Physics in Lehigh's College of Arts and Sciences, at the Frank J. Feigl Lecture, titled “Bell’s Theorem, Entanglement, Quantum Teleportation and all that.”
Leggett was the 2003 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics for his contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids, shaping the theoretical understanding of normal and superfluid helium liquids and other strongly coupled superfluids. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Leggett was also knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004 "for services to physics." He currently serves as a Professor of Physics at University of Illinois.
Read more about Leggett's visit to Lehigh in the university news archive.
The exploration into the physics of fluid flows have once again earned international recognition for one of the university's own.
It was announced that Lehigh alum and professor Donald Rockwell '65G, '68 Ph.D., the Paul B. Reinhold Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, has been chosen to receive the 2013 Fluid Dynamics Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
The award honors Rockwell's outstanding contributions to the understanding of the behavior of liquids and gases in motion as related to needs in aeronautics and astronautics.
Rockwell was cited for his advancement in research showing the understanding of the complex physics of vortices that occur in a range of flows—from the breaking of ocean waves to the beating of insect wings to the flow of blood from a catheter.
He was recognized three years ago for his research in Experiments in Fluids, the premiere journal in his field. The entire issue was dedicated to Rockwell for his contributions to the journal and to the field of fluid mechanics.
Rockwell will receive the award at AIAA’s meeting this summer in San Diego and will also deliver the Fluid Dynamics Award Lecture.
Rockwell earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh in 1965 and 1968, respectively. He was appointed to the faculty in 1970.
Read the full story on Rockwell's latest achievment in the Lehigh News area.
S. David Wu, Iacocca Professor and Dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, was invited recently by the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to the industrial engineering profession, to give the keynote address at its Annual Conference and Expo. The annual conference was held May 18-22 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with more than 30 universities, including Lehigh, sponsoring the event.
"Industrial and systems engineers have a tradition of working with other disciplines and extracting the essentials for problem solving," he said. "We want to renew that tradition and form connectivity not only with other engineering professions but also with disciplines in natural sciences, mathematics, business and social sciences."
"Technological and social contexts are changing so fast that no single discipline can grasp the full extent of these complex, interrelated issues," he continued. "With the advent of social media and other collaboration tools, partnership and coalition have become the key ingredients for creative problem solving."
Wu, who was appointed dean of Lehigh's engineering college in 2004, is renowned for his work in operations research, especially in optimization, game theory and statistical analysis. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, Semiconductor Research Corp. and Sandia National Laboratories.
Read the full story in the Lehigh University news archives.
Filbert J. Bartoli, Chandler Weaver Chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been studying ways to improve the performance of solar cells. For the journal Advanced Materials, he and his team (former student Prof. Qiaoqiang Gan of the University of Buffalo and Lehigh adjunct professor Zakya H. Kafafi) reviewed the state of research into a new breed of cell, the plasmonic-enhanced organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices.
Bartoli and researchers worldwide are pursuing the development of ef?cient OPVs made up of polymers and small organic molecules that, if designed correctly, can be fabricated in bulk, potentially becoming as inexpensive as making paint. OPVs made from most molecular and polymeric materials are required to be very thin, due to the short range over which excitons can diffuse in these materials, and the low mobility of charge carriers which must reach the electrodes to generate current. However, at these thicknesses, the active light-harvesting layer of the cell is so thin it leads to poor solar light absorption and low power conversion ef?ciency.
Read the full story in the Lehigh Universtiy news archive.
In late January, the Discovery Channel aired an episode of its show Daily Planet, covering the work of associate professor Clay Naito’s work in understanding the impact of tsunami-borne debris on the built infrastructure.
Naito and colleagues from the University of Hawaii and Oregon State are developing a model they hope will provide justification for a new tsunami chapter being added to the national code – ASCE 7 – that specifies the loads structures must be designed to handle.
To test the forces involved in debris impact, the Lehigh team hoisted a standard, 3.5-ton, 20-foot intermodal shipping container on 30-foot cables. Fully loaded, one container can weigh 53,000 pounds, more than enough to severely damage a structure. The 40- and 50-foot waves of the March 2011 Tohoku tsunami tossed thousands of these containers like sticks at Japanese ports.
For the second year in a row, the Enterprise Systems Center (ESC) and the department of industrial and systems engineering (ISE) have received one of the top honors in the field of operations research. ESC and ISE were recently selected as one of three finalists for the UPS George D. Smith Prize awarded by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). The Smith Prize, offered for the first time last year, was established to strengthen ties between industry and the schools of higher education that graduate young practitioners of operations research.
The department’s annual banquet, which occurred on the heels of this announcement, proved to be the perfect venue to celebrate the award and to and recognize outstanding contributions from students, faculty, and alumni alike. J. Robert Baum ’64, a professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland, received the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award. A member of Lehigh’s Healthcare Systems Engineering Industry Leadership Council, Baum has been chairman of the board of Highmark Inc. since 2005 and was the company’s acting CEO in 2012.
Ralph E. Gomory, a New York University research professor and a founding contributor to the field of integer programming, was the department’s 2013 Spencer C. Schantz ’55 Distinguished Lecturer at the banquet. The lecture series is named for the late Spencer C. Schantz, who earned a B.S. in industrial engineering from Lehigh and later founded U.S. Controls Corporation. The series was established by Schantz’s wife, Jerelyn.
Robert Storer, professor of industrial and systems engineering, won the faculty member of the year award for the third consecutive time, as voted by the department’s students.
Assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering Frank E. Curtis has received the Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Program Award. The five-year, $750,000 award will support Curtis’ work in "Fast, Dynamic, and Scalable Algorithms for Large-Scale Constrained Optimization."
The project will involve the development and implementation of high-performance computing algorithms for solving cutting-edge optimization problems. These include problems that involve data uncertainty, such as predicting supply, demand, and capacity of a given power system.
The DOE awards are designed to bolster the nation's scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work.
Assistant professor of chemical engineering Bryan Berger has been awarded a National Innovation Award at TechConnect World, the world’s largest multi-disciplinary multi-sector conference and marketplace of vetted innovations, innovators and technology business developers and funders. The TechConnect World conference is held in conjunction with the National Innovation Summit and Showcase. In support of the White House and Congressional calls for innovation commercialization initiatives, the Showcase celebrates the Nation's top innovations supported through federal funding programs.
Berger’s award is for his efforts in "Scalable Biosurfactant Synthesis." This method enables engineering of biosurfactants for specific applications through screening and selection from cell culture as well as simplifies downstream recovery and purification steps after synthesis. This invention provides for scalable, constitutive expression, and can be tailored to biomedical, food, cosmetics, materials, energy or other key applications.
Berger, who joined the Lehigh faculty in 2010, earned a Ph.D. from University of Delaware in 2006, and a B.S. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999, both in chemical engineering. He is also affiliated with Lehigh's Bioengineering program.
Distinguished alumni Vincent Pagano Jr. '72, '14P was named as the newest member of the board of directors for L-3 Communications, one of the leading aerospace and defense contract companies in the world.
Pagano, a member of Lehigh University's Engineering Advisory Council (EAC), was appointed to the position in April 2013. L-3 is a top contractor "in Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C³ISR) systems, platform and logistic solutions, and national security solutions," serving customers that include the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Justice. The Manhattan-based company employs nearly 51,000 individuals globally and is also a leading provider of electronic systems used across military and commercial organizations.
An attorney with a focus on corporate law, Pagano joins L-3 after 32 years with Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he served as partner until his retirement at the end of 2012.
Pagano is recognized among the leading capital markets lawyers in the United States and the world by several publications, including The Legal Media Guide to the World's Leading Capital Markets Lawyers, Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business, The Legal 500 US and Who's Who in American Law.
Pagano earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1979. He received his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University and has advanced degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and Rutgers University.
Alissa Thomas '02 originally never really considered her long-term plans following graduation from Lehigh University.
The last decade has been a successful one for Thomas however, with the chemical engineering alum ascending with each experience, including her work at Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, an MBA at Carnegie Mellon to her current home at CIGNA Healthcare.
Thomas immediately began her post-graduate journey with a position at Merck & Co., one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. During her two years there, she worked as a plant engineer in central Pennsylvania, taking on additional project management roles through her training in the manufacturing management development program.
Merck took a hit from the Vioxx scandal in 2004, which seemed like the right time for Thomas to explore other options.
She made the right move, finding a position with GlaxoSmithKline. Thomas enjoyed her four years at GSK, working as a member of a pilot plant that created pharmaceuticals in development that eventually went onto clinical and safety trials.
Thomas shifted directions, deciding to go back to graduate school, and two years later completed her master of business administration at Carnegie Mellon University with a focus on innovation and product development.
After CMU, Thomas found a home with one of the top health service companies in the world -- Cigna Healthcare.
Thomas initially started with Cigna as a product manager, but has since been promoted to Director of State Exchange Implementation, including a role as one of the leaders in the company's Health Insurance Exchange enterprise project. Thomas explained that in 2014, people will be able to purchase healthcare insurance on state exchange websites.
Throughout the last decade, Thomas has used her education and skills acquired at Lehigh in her decision-making on a daily basis.
"Whenever someone asked me why I thought an engineer could do the job," said Thomas, "I told them I believe that my engineering skills help me in everything I do. My professors at Lehigh taught me chemical engineering skills, but they also taught me how to think."
Qiaoqiang Gan '10 Ph.D, assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Buffalo, and a team of graduate students created a more efficient way to catch rainbows, an advancement in photonics that could lead to technological breakthroughs in solar energy, stealth technology and other areas of research. Gan described their work in a paper called “Rainbow Trapping in Hyperbolic Metamaterial Waveguide,” published in the online journal Scientific Reports.
The team developed a “hyperbolic metamaterial waveguide,” which is essentially an advanced microchip made of alternate ultra-thin films of metal and semiconductors and/or insulators. The waveguide halts and ultimately absorbs each frequency of light, at slightly different places in a vertical direction to catch a “rainbow” of wavelengths.
Gan earned a B.S. in materials science and engineering in 2003 from Fudan University in Shanghai, one of the top science and engineering schools in China, where he was awarded the Preeminent Individual Prize for innovation in science and technology.
From Fudan, he went to Beijing, where he earned his master's of engineering degree in 2006 from the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Semiconductors.
Gan graduated from Lehigh in 2010 with a Ph.D and is currently assistant professor at the University of Buffalo and a researcher within the school’s new Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics.
While at Lehigh, Gan helped pioneer a way to slow light without cryogenic gases. Gan, along with professors Fil Bartoli and Yujie Ding, made nano-scale-sized grooves in metallic surfaces at different depths, a process that altered the optical properties of the metal. While the grooves worked, they had limitations. For example, the energy of the incident light cannot be transferred onto the metal surface efficiently, which hampered its use for practical applications.
However, since joining the university, Gan and his team have discovered that hyperbolic metamaterial waveguide solves that problem because it is a large area of patterned film that can collect the incident light efficiently. This discovery could lead to advancements in an array of fields, such as solar panels and other energy-harvesting devices.
In 2009, the Chinese government recognized Gan's research achievements at Lehigh University when China's Ministry of Education presented him with the 2008 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad. Gan was also selected as one of the 12 winners of the IEEE Photonic Society Student Fellowship in 2009. He holds several patents and has written and published several papers.
Lehigh trustee and chemical engineering alumnus Michael J. Yaszemski '77, '78G was named the 2013 winner of the annual William W. Tipton, Jr. MD Leadership Award.
The Tipton Award was founded through both the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF). It is an award given to a living AAOS Fellow or Candidate Member who best demonstrates leadership qualities through mentorship, diversity and collaboration that offer benefit to the orthopaedic community and its patients.
Yaszemski is chair, division of spine surgery in the department of orthopaedic surgery and also a member of the musculoskeletal oncology division at the Mayo Clinic. He has been chair of the AAOS Device Forum for the last eight years. The Mayo Clinic's orthopedics department is considered the top program in the country.
Moreover, Yaszemski is in his 33rd year with the United States Air Force Reserve, ascending to the rank of Brigadier General. He currently serves as reserve military advisor to the President of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Yaszemski completed his bachelor's and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Lehigh University in 1977 and 1978, respectively, before earning his M.D. at Georgetown, followed by a surgical fellowship at Harvard and a doctorate in chemistry at MIT.
Yaszemski, who also played offensive tackle for the Lehigh football team, is currently a member of the university's Board of Trustees, having joined in 2011.
Terrence Hahn '88, '92G has been promoted to President and CEO of Transportation Systems at Honeywell, a Fortune 100 company that invents and manufactures technologies to address some of the world’s toughest challenges linked to global macrotrends such as energy efficiency, clean energy generation, safety and security, globalization and customer productivity.
Hahn joined Honeywell in 2007 and had most recently served as the company's Vice President and General Manager of Fluorine Products within Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT). In that position, he helped to transform the division into an applications business for heat transfer, structural enclosures, industrial process aids and nuclear fuel solutions.
Prior to joining Honeywell, Hahn spent nearly 20 years with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. as senior director for the company's global Electronic Specialty Materials business based in Taipei, Taiwan. While at Air Products, he also worked as country manager for Malaysia, business development manager for refinery hydrogen, and on-sites manager for Canada. He also was integration business leader for the company's acquisition of Ashland's Electronic Chemicals business in 2003.
Hahn earned his bachelor's and master's degree in materials science from Lehigh University, and achieved his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Hahn is also a member of the Engineering Advisory Council (EAC), an external consulative group of over 20 members that support the dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. The EAC is made up of alumni, professionals and experts who provide strategic guidance to the college across a spectrum of issues and challenge areas.
James R. Rice '62, '63G, '64 Ph.D., the Mallinckrodt Professor of Engineering Sciences and Geophysics at Harvard University, has established himself as one of the most accomplished professors in American history over the last 40 years. From his groundbreaking work in the then-infant world of fracture mechanics to his discovery of the "J-Integral," the distinguished Lehigh alum's contributions to his field have made a positive impact at every turn.
Rice's accomplishments will again take center stage this month in Salt Lake City, as he will be honored as the recipient of the Harry Fielding Reid Medal by The Seismological Society of America (SSA). The award is given to an individual with "outstanding contributions in seismology and earthquake engineering."
Over the last four decades, Rice has delivered on a multitude of critical contributions to the field of earthquake and fault mechanics, with his theories helping to determine how earthquakes could evolve. His experimentation and observations continue to play a major role in determing the problems in the theoretical mechanics of solids and fluids and how they apply to seismology, tectonophysics and surficial geologic processes.
Rice has received other awards for his accomplishments in the field of theoretical mechanics, including the 1994 ASME Timoshenko Medal.
His meteoric rise can be traced back to Bethlehem in 1958, when Rice began his college track at Lehigh University. Quickly discovering an interest in theoretical mechanics, the engineering major worked his way through Lehigh in record time, completing his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in just six years.
During his professorship at Brown University, Rice made what is considered to be his most widely-recognized achievement -- the discovery of the "J-Integral." The "J-Integral" represents the strain energy release rate of non-linear elastic materials. It is used to calculate the energy changes in a general class of solids due to cracking and enables practical applications of non-linear fracture mechanics. His findings were published in the Journal of Applied Mechanics in 1968. He received the ASME Henry Hess Award for his paper, recognized globally as a fracture mechanics benchmark.
Read more about Rice in the College of Engineering's Distinguished Alumni area.
George Kuczynski ’74 always dreamed of working in the power industry. Kuczynski grew up around power plants, his father working at PSE&G for most of his life and Kuczynski himself working at oil-fed power plant all throughout his time at Lehigh. After graduating in 1974, Kuczynski went on to work at PPL. Within three years of working at PPL, Kuczynski had commissioned two power plants in Pennsylvania and had begun work on PPL’s first nuclear power facility in Berwick.
As Kuczynski worked his way up the ranks of PPL, there were many changes in the energy industry. One important change was that power companies could now compete nationally and globally, and with this change Kuczynski was able to help PPL’s company grow and expand. Kuczynski is a strong supporter of safe nuclear energy and is in many ways a leader in his industry.
The Electrical Engineering alum is now a director in PPL Nuclear Development.
Read more about Kuczynski in the Lehigh Alumni Bulletin.
Alex Kamara '65, has been doing a lot since graduation. As one of Lehigh’s first African students, Kamara achieved much. Receiving both a Bachelor in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering while at Lehigh, prepared Kamara for his engineering career. Kamara came to Lehigh with the African Scholarship Program of the American Universities (ASPAU). In a recent interview, Kamara reflects upon his time as an international student at Lehigh in the 1960’s, saying that although he was only one of two African students at the time, it didn’t matter because they “made friends easily and [they] got along.”
After graduating Lehigh, Kamara went on to have an internship with Westinghouse Electric Corp and then a fellowship at Cincinnati Gas and Electric. Kamara has over 42 years of experience managing mine operations and managing the expansion of power plants throughout Sierra Leone and Liberia. Kamara also served as the head of the Construction, Engineering, Manufacturing, Management and Technical Services (CEMMATS), a World Bank sponsored-organization.
Read more about Kamara in the Lehigh Alumni Bulletin.
Two distinguished Lehigh alumni were recently lauded by Clarkson University of Potsdam, NY, for their contributions to their fields of endeavor.
Mark Sarkisian '85G, director of seismic and structural engineering in the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, received an honorary doctor of science degree at Clarkson University's 120th Commencement on Saturday, May 11. His career has focused on developing innovative structural engineering solutions for more than 100 major building projects around the world, including the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai,i the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the Al Hamra Fidrous Tower in Kuwait City, and the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California.
At Clarkson’s commencement, another Lehigh alumnus Sitaraman Krishnan ‘03 Ph.D, recently minted associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Clarkson, was awarded the school’s John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award. Krishnan's research interests are in the science and engineering of novel materials, focusing on nanostructured and stimulus-responsive polymer-based materials. After graduating from Lehigh University with a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering, he served as a postdoctoral researcher and a research associate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University, and joined Clarkson's faculty in 2007.
Both Sarkisian and Krishnan were recognized during the ceremony by a third Lehigh alumnus -- Tony Collins '73G '82 Ph.D., the president of Clarkson University.
Over the past few years, many hundreds of the future students and their families who arrived on campus for the first time were greeted in the Alumni Memorial Building by a warm and welcoming man who possessed a particularly uncommon knowledge of the university.
Little did these visitors know the extent of the man's knowledge, the depth of his commitment, or the significance of his impact on Lehigh.
William C. Hittinger '44, '73H, died March 17 at the age of 90. His life was full of the joy of friends and family and of loyal service to his alma mater.
A Bethlehem native, Hittinger graduated from Lehigh with a B.S. in metallurgical engineering. He led an accomplished career in engineering electronics that spanned over six decades. As Executive Vice President of Research and Engineering of RCA, he oversaw the company's ambitious VideoDisc project during the 1970s and 1980s.
Hittinger was an active member of Lehigh's Board of Trustees for over 22 years, including six years as Chairman, culminated by his role as interim President for the 1997-98 school year.
A multi-sport athlete on campus, Hittinger played football for two seasons and also was a member of Lehigh's varsity baseball team. He was inducted into the Lehigh Sports Hall of Fame in 1999 and played a major role in raising money for the school's first fully-endowed wrestling and Dean's scholarships.
Hittinger is survived by his wife of 68 years, Elizabeth, his four children -- three of whom attended Lehigh -- William '71, David '75, Nancy '78 and daughter Patricia, his sisters Ruth Motz and Barbara Waskowitz, as well as 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mohamed El-Naggar '01 has done much since graduating Lehigh with a MechE degree in 2001. In 2010, El-Naggar received a prestigious Department of Defense Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award, from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. And now in 2012, he was named one of Popular Science's "Brilliant 10", the magazine's annual honor roll of the 10 most promising young scientists whose innovations will change the world.
Scientists have known for decades that garden-variety anaerobic bacteria can move electrons to solid rock and that this transfer results in a tiny electrical charge. But exactly how they do so was poorly understood until three years ago, when El-Naggar discovered just how the bacteria grow protein nanowires to shuttle electrons to their surroundings.
Currently, El-Naggar’s lab is trying to harness the microbes’ metabolism to power electrical devices and build new nanostructures. They have already tapped into microbes’ ability to use electrons from both arsenic and sulfur to make primitive arsenic-sulfide semiconductors. A future goal is to use the bacteria’s metabolism to build semiconductors for clean-energy technologies such as solar cells.
It is exciting that El-Naggar’s research to be reported about Popular Science because the scope of the audience is much greater than that of the academic journals that bio-scientists are usually featured in. El-Naggar is currently an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Southern California. In addition to his research interests, El-Naggar is passionate about STEM education and outreach.
Read more about El-Naggar in the Lehigh Alumni Bulletin.
Howard Goldberg ’87 has recently been named the Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategic Partnerships at InterLink Electronics Inc.
Goldberg's duties include corporate business development and in particular supporting investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, strategic product development and partnerships.
Goldberg is an electrical engineering graduate from Lehigh University. He later earned his M.S. and Ph.D. - also in electrical engineering -- at the University of Michigan, with a focus on Micro-electromechnical (MEMS) sensor technology.
Prior to joining InterLink, Goldberg was President of Supply-Chain Services for DEX, Inc.
Jack Kloeber, Jr. ’77, ‘88G is in the business of decision analysis — a scientific method of studying a business' priorities and problems and helping it choose which path to take.
Kloeber entered the private sector six years ago, becoming a partner in Kromite Consulting, a consulting firm in Lambertville, NJ, that applies those very same methods. He became principal of the firm less than a year ago after his business partner left to form another company.
Kromite continues to works closely with its clients, determining the business' priorities first, then gathering information to present them to clients.
Kloeber learned the priniciples of decision-making during a two-plus decade career in the Army. He is thankful for his time with the Army, who helped pay for his education, including his BS and Master's in industrial engineering from Lehigh University.
Kloeber is also currently board member and Fellow of the Society of Decision Professionals, a member of the Decisions Analysis Society and a 20-year member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
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