Faculty

Bill Best
Bill Best

Packard Lab 215

19 Memorial Drive West

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA 18015

Phone: (610)758-3551

Fax: (610)758-6279

E-mail: wab205@lehigh.edu

Affiliations:

Co-director, Integrated Degree of Engineering, Arts, and Sciences

Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program

 

Education:

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University, 1981

M.S., Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech, 1984

 

Bill Best is a professor of practice in the mechanical engineering and mechanics department and is the co-director of the IDEAS (Integrated Degree in Engineering, Arts, and Sciences) honors degree. His interests revolve around the technical, social, cultural and political aspects of engineering disasters. Over the course of his 25+ year teaching career, he has taught numerous courses in electrical, mechanical, and bioengineering, and has  developed and taught courses in engineering design, engineering ethics, the social impact of technology, technological catastrophes and the sociology of technology.

 

Research Interests:

  • Ethical Issues in Engineering
  • Social Implications of Technology
  • Technology and Public Policy
  • Biomechanics
  • Mathematical Modeling of Physiological Systems

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    Bruce Thomas
    Bruce Thomas

    Chandler-Ullmann Hall

    17 Memorial Drive East

    Lehigh University

    Bethlehem, PA 18015

    Phone: (610)758-3612

    E-mail: jbt1@lehigh.edu

     

    Affiliations:

    Associate Professor of Architecture

    Arts Engineering Advisor

    Co-director, Integrated Degree of Engineering, Arts, and Sciences

     

    Education:

    B.S., Architecture, University of Cincinnati, 1972

    M.Arch., University of California, Berkeley, 1982

    Ph.D, Architecture, the University of  California, Berkeley, 1989

     

    Bruce Thomas teaches architectural history and architectural design in the Department of Art, Architecture and Design at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA. At Lehigh, he is also director of the Arts-Engineering program, and co-director of IDEAS (Integrated Degree in Engineering and Arts and Sciences). Trained as an architect, he came to the field of architectural history from a background of more than a decade of professional practice. He has been a Registered Architect (State of Michigan) since 1981.

     

    Research Interests:

    American architecture and the built environment, particularly in the early 20th century between the wars. and Belgium as well as across the United States, in venues ranging from the Artists Union in London, to Oxford University, to the Savannah Symposium, to the Pennsylvania Classics Association.