FACULTY AND STUDENT SPOTLIGHTS

image   Xiaolei Huang, an assistant professor of Computer Science & Engineering, has created 4-D computer model (with time as the fourth dimension) of a beating heart to measure the stress and strain that a human heart undergoes as it pumps blood. More...
     
image   Philip Bresnehan '08 , captain and president of the rowing team, gets up at 4:40 a.m. every morning for the first of two daily crew practices, but each day he still finds time for his chemical engineering classes and homework, his duties as an R.A., and working in the OSI (Opportunity for Student Innovation) lab on his hand-held device that tests for toxic chemicals in water. More...
     
image   Anand Jagota, professor of Chemical Engineering and director of the Bioengineering program, is studying the self-cleaning dry adhesive naturally found on the bottom of a gecko’s foot that allows the small creature to run up, down, or sideways on virtually any surface—even when upside down. More...
     
image   Meron Mengistu '03, '08P, who is originally from Ethiopia, will be working with a team at the Institute of Human Virology trying to develop a vaccine against the HIV virus. She earned both undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Lehigh in the area of biological science and bioengineering. More...
     
image   Sean Kessler '08 took only three years to graduate with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, but still had time to do research with the controlled release of medication. More...
     
image   Steve Henry '09 spends 10 hours a week doing research, but he is also part of a number of clubs, and takes time to swim and play the piano. And in his spare time, he’s helping to create better biomedical devices through his research into microneedles. More...
     
image   Kwame Atsina '07 has long been interested in medicine, and his research in Lehigh’s Bioengineering program helped propel him into the Yale Medical School. More...
     
image   Kristen Jellison, assistant professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, seeks to remove a common, yet hardy parasite from the public water system that manages to escape the general water-treatment filters. More...
     
image   Svetlana Tatic-Lucic, P.C. Rossin Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering applies her knowledge of MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) to cell biology and neurobiology. More...
     
image   Clare Rimnac '93G, the first woman to earn a Ph.D. from the department of Materials Science & Engineering, studies artificial knee and hip replacements as part of her job as chair of the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Case Western Reserve University. More...
     
image   Lt. Col. Theodore J. Choma, M.D. '85, who earned a B.A. in Applied Science and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering through the Arts and Engineering program, is the residency program director and chief of spine surgery at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center. More...
     
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Carolyn Scott B.S. 2010, Biopharmaceutical Engineering track, is in her third year of graduate work in the Biomedical Engineering program at the University of Minnesota, where she is working with Dr. Efie Kokkoli on the design and optimazation of self-assembling peptide amphiphile hydrogels for tissue engineering applications. While at Lehigh, Carolyn did research with Professor Sabrina Jedlicka, working with peptide/silica thin films to enhance and support the differentiation of neural progenitor-like cells into oligodendrocytes. She reports, "I loved working in Sabrina's lab, and my undergraduate research experience definitely contributed to my decision to go to graduate school." At Lehigh, Carolyn sang with the university choir and women's ensemble, and her current hobbies are reading for fun, crocheting, and when the weather is warm enough, playing soccer.

     
image   Therese Quinn, B.S. 2010, Biopharmaceutical Engineering track, has been in the Manufacturing Technology Associates Program within Sanofi Pastuer's vaccine division in Swiftwater, PA for the past two years. In this program, she has the opportunity to rotate to different departments. Manufacturing Technology at Sanofi is a group that supports production, and is responsible for the development, execution, and vaildation of vaccine processes. Therese reports, "This past week I rotated to my third depatment and so far it has been a great experience!" At Lehigh, she was involved with Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity, Society of Women Engineers, Leadership Lehigh, and National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Her hobbies include travel and outdoor activities.
     
image   Jamie Macieszek, B.S. 2009, Cell and Tissue Engineering track, is a fourth-year graduate student at the University of Connecticut, where she is pursuing her interest in cellular mechanics and adhesion mechanisms related to sickle cell disease. Recently, she was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association for her work on this project. At Lehigh, she participated in undergraduate research under the direction of Professors Samir Ghadiali and Linda-Lowe Krentz. Her project focused on simulating endothelial cells in flow conditions associated with atherosclerosis. She also had the opportunity to present at the Biomedical Engineering Society Conference as an undergraduate, which she describes as "a highly rewarding experience which familiarized me with current research in the biomedical enigeering field, as well as important networking techniques." In her free time, she enjoys running, swimming, hiking, and cooking, as well as spending time with friends and family.
     
image   Justin Mendelson, B.S. 2010, Cell and Tissue Enginerring track, is currently an Olympus Fellow at the Olympus Corporation of the Americas in an executive management and leadership development program focused on the areas of medical systems imaging, scientific equipment, consumer electronics, and corporate strategy. Additionally, he has started his own website called boldyoungprofessional.com, a resource for young working professionals to network and to discuss career-related topics. After completing his B.S> in Bioengineering and a minor in business, Justin was awarded a Presidential Scholarship from Lehigh, staying on for a fifth year and completing his Masters degree in Management Science and Engineering. During his time at Lehigh, he was involved with the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, Tau Beta Pi Honors Society, Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, Rossin Junior Fellows, Leadership Lehigh, and intramural sports.
     
image   Linda Hendrixson, B.S. 2006, Cell and Tissue Engineering track, was a panelist discussing the importance of mentors at Engineering Success in September 2011. She currently works at Synthes, a global manufacturer for medical devices, serving the spine, trauma, and maxillofacial industries, where she is responsible for complaint handling and recalls in the United States. Linda completed her Master's in Quality Engineering in 2008, as well as her Certificate in Regulatory Affairs. One of her most important undergraduate experiences was an internship that allowed her to choose her own experiences, explore the bioengineering field through a hands-on approach, and get her first job after graduating. While at Lehigh, she also was a varsity swimmer, president of the Student Athlete Council, and co-chair of the COACH program, which involved visiting schools and speaking with the students about the importance of staying active, staying in school, and reaching for your dreams. In her free time, Linda is an avid triathlete.