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Lehigh Engineering earns top 35 U.S. News undergrad ranking.

 

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International Trash, Global Entrepreneurs

Lehigh alums weave South American flotsam into sustainable development.

Could owls lead to a better form of stealth technology? Justin Jaworski, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics, is working to better understand the physics of its silent flight.

Lehigh University to host 2015 International Semantic Web Conference ... the 2014 Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series lineup will discuss earthquakes, aesthetics, and innovation in structural design.

Committed student engineers organize “Engineering Our Planet" symposium … grad student innovators turn your laptop and your tablet into BFFs.

Anand Jagota is rethinking surface tension … Sudhakar Neti seeks to harness solar power long after the sun has set… Israel Wachs delivers key lectures at CHF, TSRC conferences.

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A New Beginning for
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With a $20M alumnus gift, Lehigh moves forward on a bold plan to reinvigorate Lehigh’s Mountaintop Campus. Check out Team Xiphias, whose project is among the first to take shape there, along with video and coverage from The Morning Call and Rutgers University's Daily Targum.

Lehigh Ph.D. Esteban Chornet honored with 2013 Don Klass Award for pioneering technology innovations in the field of bioenergy.

Industrial engineering graduate Glenna Stone ’97 is an accomplished interior designer, now running her own design firm. But it didn’t start out that way.

Lewis Hay III '77 named as Operating Advisor for Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.

Faith Clark '78, '87G discusses her path from Lehigh ChE to entrepreneurial success in KeystoneEdge.

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Dear Lehigh Engineers,

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

As the year draws to a close, I extend to all of you my sincere wishes for an enjoyable holiday season. The year 2013 has been one of significant progress for Lehigh Engineering...

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Dean's Note

Wu

Dear Lehigh Engineers and Friends,

As the year draws to a close, I extend to all of you my sincere wishes for an enjoyable holiday season.

The year 2013 has been one of significant progress for Lehigh Engineering. We’re experiencing substantial growth, even in the midst of troubling national engineering enrollment trends. Engineers comprise 45% of Lehigh’s incoming undergraduate class, with more students in our undergraduate and graduate programs than we’ve seen for the past 30 years. Yet the percentage of U.S. college graduates in engineering -- currently at 4.5% -- continues to fall.

Why, you may ask, is Lehigh Engineering following a trend contrary to the national norm? I believe the key reason is that Lehigh takes a very different approach to engineering education, and that the marketplace is taking notice as our message gains greater traction with this generation of students.

We take a holistic view toward engineering education; our curriculum sets out to educate future engineers as well as professionals who would benefit from "engineering thinking" in pursuits such as business, entrepreneurship, law, medicine, and design. Over the past decade, we’ve developed a dozen or so innovative, interdisciplinary programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Undergraduate programs such as Integrated Business and Engineering (IBE), Integrated Degree in Engineering, Art, and Sciences (IDEAS) and Computer Science and Business (CSB) now account for one-quarter of our student body. Similarly, we have developed Professional Masters’ programs -- in emerging cross-disciplinary fields such as Analytical Finance, Technical Entrepreneurship, Energy Systems Engineering, Healthcare Systems Engineering, and Structural Engineering -- to prepare focused and yet well rounded leaders in emerging areas of great societal concern.

This interdisciplinary mindset spills over into all of our majors and programs, and has contributed to a significant increase in women in engineering at Lehigh (28% compared to the national average of 17%) as well as a cultural shift on campus that promotes creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. For example, there were over 50 student-launched companies last year alone, and more than 40% of our students participate in undergraduate research. The energy and creativity of this self-driven learning style serves to draw ever more talented and driven students to our doors.

For our students, the self-driven style of learning is key to success among the complexity of the modern world. The resurgence of Lehigh Engineering can be traced back our roots -- our approach to engineering has never been about preparing students just for the plying of a trade. Our goal is to nurture young people into multidimensional thinkers and leaders with keen judgment, humility, and the confidence to "think outside of the box." In this way, engineering truly represents liberal education for the 21st century.

I wish you a prosperous and exciting New Year, and thank you as always for your interest in Lehigh Engineering.

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

Xiphias Racing ahead: Lehigh's supercar concept
Last year, three Lehigh students set out to design a supercar. After a summer on the Mountaintop Campus, their dream is quickly taking form.
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Scholar-Athlete ChemE student wins Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Sophomore Jennifer Markham recognized for achievements as student and in cross-country in 2013.
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Libya Student-turned-Libyan rebel returns to Lehigh
Former engineering student Issa Hakim returned to Lehigh to speak with students about the Libyan Revolution and his participation in the revolution.
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Ray Hickey Probing the vast potential of glass
Ray Hickey '14 understands the versatility of glass: He spent the summer in India on a research internship sponsored by Lehigh's NSF-backed International Materials Institute.
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SideCar Tablets & laptops as BFFs
Three graduate students invented SideCar, a product that elegantly and safely links your tablet to your laptop, while studying in Lehigh's master's in technical entrepreneurship.
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Faculty & Programs

Lehigh Engineering Lehigh Engineering earns Top 35 U.S. News Ranking
The university was rated 30th in nation for "great schools, great prices"
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New Packard Lobby A Welcoming Space
A reshaped, retooled and expanded Packard Lab Lobby will be unveiled in Spring 2014.
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Justin Jaworski The secrets of silent flight
Justin Jaworski, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics, is working to understand the interlocking mysteries of the owl's hearing abilities and the physics of its silent flight.
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ISWC Lehigh to host ISWC 2015
The 2015 International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) -- the leading conference for research on Semantic Web topics -- is coming to the Lehigh Valley.
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Anand Jagota Rethinking surface tension
Ever watched a drop of water form into a bead or a water strider scoot across a pond? Learn more about a property of liquids called surface tension.
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Freedom Tower The Freedom Tower -- and its ties to Lehigh University
Standing at 1,776 feet, New York City's Freedom Tower is now the tallest building in the country. But how is it connected to Lehigh?
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Dan Frangopol Honors for Frangopol at top Chinese universities
The FRK Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering & Architecture was named honorary professor by two of China’s top engineering schools.
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Sudhakar Neti Solar power when the sun goes down
Professor Sudhakar Neti explains why one of the most promising ways to generate clean renewable energy is to convert sunlight into heat.
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Israel Wachs Wachs delivers key lectures at CHF, TSRC conferences
Professor Israel Wachs delivered two recent key lectures for the Chemical Heritage Foundation and Telluride Research Science Center.
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Kelly Schultz 2014 FRK Series lineup announced
Topics will include the transformation of building design to withstand earthquakes, achieving "impossible dreams" in building design and more
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Alumni

Julia Davis Julia Davis '85 named CIO of Aflac
Julia K. Davis '85 has been named by Aflac, Inc., to serve as senior vice president and chief information officer. In this role, the former American Safety Insurance CIO will oversee Aflac’s information technology strategic initiatives.
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Bureo Global trash, international entrepreneurs
Lehigh alums David Stover '07 and Kevin Ahearn '07 weave South American flotsam into sustainable development.
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Lewis Hay III Hay '77 to serve as advisor to private equity firm
Clayton, Dubilier & Rice recently announced the appointment of Lewis Hay III '77 to the role of Operating Advisor, effective January 2014.
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Glenna Stone Engineering an unusual path
Industrial engineering alum Glenna Stone ’97 is an accomplished interior designer, now running her own design firm. But it didn’t start out that way.
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Richard Rizzo Lifetime Achievement Award for Lehigh's Rizzo
Lehigh alum Richard Rizzo awarded the 2013 Sarno Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the casino gaming industry.
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David Smith Lehigh alum Smith named VP at UFP
UFP Technologies names Lehigh alumnus David Smith as its new Vice President of Operations.
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Esteban Chornet Esteban Chornet earns 2013 Klass Award
Lehigh alumnus Esteban Chornet honored with 2013 Don Klass Award for pioneering technology innovations in the field of bioenergy.
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Bernard Zavatone SEF elects Zavatone '93 to board
The Sustainable Energy Fund elects Lehigh mechanical engineering alum Bernard Zavatone ’93 to its Board of Directors.
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Steven Pearce Pearce '83 named GM of Rolled Metal Products
Steven Pearce '83, who earned his BS in chemical engineering at Lehigh, joined the metal service company in July 2013.
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Albert Thomas Sanofi Pasteur subsidiary names Lehigh alum to AVP post
Albert Thomas '85 was promoted to associate vice president and general manager of VaxServe, a Sanofi Pasteur company.
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Faith Clark A Lehigh education, a dinner conversation, and 27 years later...
Faith Clark '78, '87G founded Clark Technology Systems in 1987, fabricating custom-designed lubrication systems for Fortune 500 companies.
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Jay Hammond Remembering wrestling historian Jay Hammond '66
The mechanical engineering alum, known throughout the collegiate wrestling scene, died after a lengthy battle with cancer.
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