Inaugural Le-Wu Lu Memorial Prize Awarded During Sesquicentennial Celebration

Cheng Chen '16 and Dylan Friedgen-Veitch '16 receieved the prize in honor of the late department chair and structural engineering professor.


Le-Wu Lu Memorial Prize Lehigh University Civil and Environmental Engineering

At the close of the civil and environmental engineering department's sesquicentennial celebration in April, Cheng Chen '16 and Dylan Friedgen-Veitch '16 were named the first recipients of the Le-Wu Lu Memorial Prize for Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Presented in recognition of exceptional academic work by one graduating senior in civil engineering and one in environmental, this prize is awarded in memory of Dr. Le-Wu Lu, a former department chair and Bruce G. Johnston Professor emeritus of structural engineering, and honors his illustrious career at Lehigh University.

Lu gained international renown for his research into the strength and behavior of building structures during a Lehigh career that spanned six decades. He earned his Ph.D. in structural engineering here in 1960 and immediately joined the faculty as an assistant professor. He served as department chair from 1994 until 1998, at which point he was awarded the first Bruce G. Johnston Endowed Professorship. He was published extensively, won numerous professional awards, and helped extensively to start both the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and Lehigh's Chinese Bridge Project. He passed away in 2014 at the age of 81.

Chen is from Ruian, a small town in southeast China. She chose to study civil engineering because of her interest in mechanics and math. During her undergraduate career, she engaged in research related to sediment transport, and upon graduating, she decided to continue her studies here at Lehigh as a Master of Science candidate working with Dr. Panos Diplas, department chair and professor of water resources engineering.

Friedgen-Veitch is from West Chester, Pennsylvania. He says he has always been passionate about the environment and knew since middle school that he wanted to be an environmental engineer. After finishing his undergraduate degree, he too chose to pursue a Master of Science at Lehigh, studying and researching with Dr. John Fox, assistant professor of environmental engineering.

Dorothy Lu, the wife of the late professor, congratulated both students on their accomplishments during the ceremony. She also joined them for dinner in Fritz Lab during the opening night of the sesquicentennial event.

By John Gilpatrick


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