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Lehigh Engineering: Producing Top Scholars

Lehigh alumni have made significant contributions to the scholarly pursuit of engineering. Here are a few examples:

1895, 1922 William Bowie
Civil Engineering, B.S., Ph.D.
Bowie helped unify the triangulation system of North America and establish the American Geophysical Union, whose highest honor is named after him. He was elected to the NAS and to the French Academy of Sciences.
1963 Wai-Fah Chen
Civil Engineering, M.S.
Chen advanced the mathematical theory of plasticity in civil engineering, especially in applying limit analysis methods to geotechnical engineering. He is a member of NAE and an Academician of Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s premier academic institution.
1975 Kenneth R. French
Mechanical Engineering, B.S.
French holds an endowed professorship in finance at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), he helped develop the “three factor model” that challenges traditional thinking about capital asset pricing in financial economics.
1964 James Foley
Electrical Engineering, B.S.
Foley coauthored the text Fundamentals of Interactive Computer Graphics, perhaps the most authoritative work in the field. The founder of Georgia Tech’s Graphics, Visualization and Usability Center, Foley is also CEO of MEITCA and an NAE member.
1960 John Hutchinson
Engineering Mechanics, B.S.
One of the youngest professors ever to receive an endowed chair at Harvard, and a member of NAE, NAS and AAAS, Hutchinson is internationally recognized for contributions to solid and structural mechanics and the mechanics of materials.
1964 James Rice
Theoretical mechanics, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
One of the most accomplished engineering scholars of the last half century, Rice is credited with discovering the “J-Integral,” a critical concept in fracture mechanics. he is a member of NAE, NAS, AAAS and the Royal Society of London.

Heritage Initiative

The Lehigh Engineering Heritage Initiative is a community supported project that recognizes the accomplishments that reflect Lehigh’s undeniable influence on the field of engineering.