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John Coulter named Interim Dean

Associate dean for graduate studies and research begins new role on July 1.

Introducing Data X

New initiative will expand Lehigh's capacities for teaching, research and learning in computer and data science

Serious recognition

Professors Arindam Banerjee, Bryan Berger & Nader Motee earn awards from National Science Foundation.

Lehigh ChBE grad Cayla Miller '15 scores prestigious fellowship from National Science Foundation ... Assistant professor Jeetain Mittal wins Early Career Research award from the Department of Energy.

MatSci professor Martin Harmer earns major recognition from American Ceramics Society ... MechE assistant professor Justin Jaworski selected for AFOSR's Young Investigator Program.

Lehigh's PORTLab earns major grant to research clean and renewable energy through ocean waves ... CSE assistant professor Jeff Heflin and Lehigh set to host 2015 International Semantic Web Conference.

Team led by ChBE's Israel Wachs announces major advance in natural gas conversion ... ChBE professors Anthony McHugh and William Schiesser releasing new book tracking global carbon dioxide distribution and its effects.


Making cancer irrelevant

Optimizing nanopillars and microfluidics, mechanical engineering associate professor Yaling Liu and a group of researchers seek earlier cancer detection.


Q&A with Kavita Jain-Cocks '16G
Returning home to earn her masters, the Bethlehem, PA native talks about the rise of women in engineering.

Video: Tara Troy, water resources engineering
One of CEE's new assistant professors explains examines the inter-relationships between climate, hydrology and society.

Latest from the student blogs
Joe Lucia on the "Paths of a CEE student" ... Erwin Fuentes and the SAE team ... Ryan Ricciardelli on leaving Lehigh.


Dear Lehigh Engineers,

As the academic year draws to a close, I'm writing to inform you of some important news within the College as well as some exciting developments that are designed to help propel Lehigh forward.

It has been both an honor and a pleasure to have served the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science this past year as its interim dean.

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Dear Lehigh Engineers and Friends,

As the academic year draws to a close, I'm writing to inform you of some important news within the College as well as some exciting developments that are designed to help propel Lehigh forward.

It has been both an honor and a pleasure to have served the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science this past year as its interim dean. Effective July 1, I will be transitioning to the role of director of Data X, a major university-wide strategic initiative just announced by Lehigh this past week. I will also be returning to my role as chair of computer science and engineering. John Coulter, our associate dean for graduate studies and research, has been named interim dean of the College, effective July 1. The search for a permanent dean this past year ended unsuccessfully, and Provost Patrick Farrell has announced that a new search will be initiated early in the fall.

John Coulter has been a member of Lehigh’s mechanical engineering faculty for more than 25 years. Since 2002, he has served as the College’s associate dean for research and graduate studies. He’s also served as co-chair of the university’s strategic task force charged with enhancing graduate studies and research.

Across his quarter century of teaching and research here, John has taught several thousand undergraduate students, mentored 23 doctoral students and 61 masters’ students, and won several awards for curriculum innovation. His research focuses on manufacturing science and intelligent mechanical and material systems. He’s led projects across the university, earning significant federal and industrial research support, as well as the prestigious external recognition from external agencies such as the National Science Foundation and others. Please join me in thanking John for taking on this role at this critical juncture in our College’s progress.

As John takes on this role, I’ll be working to increase the momentum behind Data X, a new and exciting multidisciplinary research and educational initiative that holds tremendous promise for Lehigh, both in our engineering community and beyond. Across society, computational and data-focused sciences are transforming discovery and innovation at every level. Through Data X, Lehigh will expand its faculty in computer science and related fields and prepare students working across all disciplines to understand, create, and collaborate through the latest tools and methodologies available.

Our goal is to develop an academic and research environment founded in data science and the technologies that support it, but purpose-built to integrate the perspectives and needs from all corners of the University, as well as tech-centric industry and academic partners that value a truly interdisciplinary approach. While we’ve launched initial thrust areas in the computer science core, bioengineering, marketing, and digital media, the scope of Data X is limited only by the imagination. It’s impossible to scan today’s headlines without seeing the massive impact of developments in these areas as well as the wide range of unsolved problems that provide fertile ground for a research university like Lehigh. This is a tremendously exciting time, and I’m thrilled to help us chart our path in this new data-infused world.

While I’m enthusiastic about what comes next, I’ll certainly look back fondly on my time as interim dean. I’ve been fortunate to play a role in further developing programs to attract and retain women engineers, and to have bid a heart-felt farewell to the latest generation of incredibly talented graduates who received their degrees earlier this week, pay witness to our multi-faceted student-leaders, and marvel at their creativity and technical prowess. The depth and breadth of their abilities is inspiring, as is the ease with which they seem to bring it all together.

As society’s focus lands on engineering to help find solutions to some of our most vexing challenges, it is clear that Lehigh Engineers are well-prepared to respond.

Please drop me a line with your feedback and, as always, thank you for your support of Lehigh Engineering.

dean's signature
Daniel P. Lopresti, Ph. D., Interim Dean

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Cayla Miller

ChemE student scores prestigious NSF fellowship
Cayla Miller '15 awarded 2015 National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship.

You Dong

CEE student wins CERRA award
Structural engineering Ph.D. candidate You Dong named as a recipient of the International Civil Engineering Risk and Reliability Association.


Lehigh AiChE bonds with Broughal
A group of Lehigh ChBE majors visited Broughal Middle School to try their hand at motivating younger learners.

Deanna Kocher

IDEAS student honored in first ever Ethics Symposium
Deanna Kocher '17 takes home top engineering prize for her presentation, "Playing God in the Nursery."

Lehigh Formula SAE

A race to the finish
Lehigh Formula SAE heads to Michigan International Speedway for annual College Design Series.

Kelly Moylan

A sucessful combination
Lehigh MatSci major Kelly Moylan '15 caps successful college golf career while graduating with high marks in the classroom.

Steve Boerner

Live. Grow. Launch!
Lehigh TE student Steve Boerner ’15G, alum James Byszewski ’02 create new local space for entrepreneurial development.

Kavita Jain-Cocks

Q&A: Computer engineering grad student Kavita Jain-Cocks
The Bethlehem native, returning home to earn her masters, talks about her on-campus experience and the rise of women in engineering.


Diversity of thought
Lehigh's CHOICES event opens eyes, and doors, to the possibilities of engineering.

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John Coulter

John Coulter named RCEAS interim dean
The College of Engineering's associate dean for graduate studies and research will begin his new role on July 1.

Data X

Lehigh launches Data X
New initiative will expand Lehigh's capacities for teaching, research and learning in computer and data science.

Banerjee, Berger, Motee

Serious recognition from NSF
Professors Arindam Banerjee, Bryan Berger, Nader Motee earn prestigious awards from National Science Foundation.

2015 ISWC

Lehigh to host 2015 ISWC
The leading international conference for research on Semantic Web topics is coming to the Lehigh Valley this fall.

Rossin Fellows

Honoring the legacy of Peter C. Rossin '48
The engineering college honors its benefactor, and its professors and students' versatility.

Ocean Waves

From ocean waves to clean energy
A team of Lehigh faculty members and researchers believe the ocean's waves could provide a uniquely steady source of clean and renewable energy.

Justin Jaworski

Birds of a feather...
Mechanical engineering assistant professor Justin Jaworski explores the aerodynamics of flocking together.

Jeetain Mittal

ChBE professor wins DOE research award
Assistant professor Jeetain Mittal receives Early Career Research award from the Department of Energy.

Israel Wachs

Advancing the understanding of catalytic reactions
Researchers from Lehigh and SIT see new opportunities for converting natural gas into liquid fuels and chemical feedstocks.

STEM Future Day

A future in STEM
"Imagine Your STEM Future Day," a full-day event at Lehigh University, immersed over 250 young women in a college STEM experience.

Martin Harmer

Ceramics researcher receives major recognition
Professor Martin Harmer named Distinguished Life member by American Ceramics Society.

Javier Buceta

Cellular reception
New Lehigh Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering professor Javier Buceta brings life to statistical mechanics -- and vice versa.

McHugh, Schiesser

An interconnected, dynamic phenomenon
A new book by ChBE professors Anthony McHugh and William Schiesser tracks and projects global carbon dioxide distribution and its effects.

Joachim Grenestedt

Scratching the surface
MechE professor Joachim Grenestedt and DynAccess monoski gives top US racers the edge vs. global competition.

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Paul Torgerson

Remembering Paul E. Torgerson '53
Torgerson graduated from Lehigh with a B.S. in industrial engineering in 1953 and was the 14th President of Virginia Tech.

John Baliotti

MechE alum named director for 3D printing company
Pennsylvania-based 3D printing company ExOne has appointed John Baliotti '00 as its Director of Marketing and Business Development.

Christopher West

Go West, young man
Alumnus Christopher West '08 finds passion for sustainable farming through environmental engineering.

Ed Csongradi

Lehigh grad inducted into EPSA Hall of Fame
MechE alum Attila 'Ed' Csongradi ‘67G ‘71G honored for his contributions to the growth of Eastern Pennsylvania soccer.

Tal Cohen

An exercise in entrepreneurship
MechE alumnus Tal Cohen '04 brings fun and safety to working out.

Craig Benson

CEE alum honored for geoenvironmental efforts
ASTM International honors Craig Benson '89 with the A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Achievement Award.

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