metal deformation scientist Prof. Betzalel Avitzur established
the Institute for Metal Forming (IMF) at Lehigh University in 1970. The original objectives of the Institute were to teach the
principles and applications of metal forming technology to graduate
and undergraduate students, to provide instruction and equipment
for graduate research in metal forming processes, and to assist
industry by providing solutions to metal forming problems.
1997, under the leadership of Professor
Wojciech (Wojtek) Misiolek the IMF is conducting
cross-disciplinary research in materials forming and processing.
The general objectives of the Institute are not very different,
however many faculty members and graduate students are working
with their counterparts from other departments using latest
material characterization as well as physical and numerical
modeling techniques to solve current challenges in structural biology and optical materials.