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Engineering projects highlight busy summer at Lehigh Mountaintop

ChBE, CEE, CSE departments, IDEAS and HSE programs among those tied to projects at the Mountaintop, now in its fifth year.

Since its launch in the summer of 2013, the innovative and acclaimed Mountaintop program has offered Lehigh students the opportunity to challenge themselves to work outside their comfort zones, to work across disciplines to tackle problems of all kinds, and to rethink the very essence of the university experience.

Now entering its fifth year, Mountaintop is poised to evolve in concept and to expand beyond the walls of the Mountaintop campus itself, as Lehigh aims to enable even more students, faculty, and external partners to collaboratively pursue open-ended inquiry and embark on new intellectual pathways, spreading the ethos of Mountaintop into all aspects of the Lehigh experience.

This summer, Lehigh will fund 13 exciting Mountaintop projects, each selected with their potential for continuation and to make real, lasting impacts on our community and our world. This summer, nearly half the projects will have ties to the engineering college, including subjects in the departments of chemical and biomolecular engineering, structural engineering and computer science.

“Mountaintop has been an important step forward for Lehigh, delivering to students a powerful learning experience that is unique in the world of higher education,” said Khanjan Mehta, vice provost for creative inquiry and director of the Mountaintop initiative. “Building on our wonderful successes, our goal now is to help students and faculty conceive, develop and deliver on high-impact Mountaintop projects that will further bolster Lehigh’s reputation as a hands-on university that not only takes on great problems, but strives to solve them.”

The engineering-related projects slated for this summer at Lehigh Mountaintop are:

  • Advancing 3D Concrete Printing: Methods, Materials, and Applications (Team includes CEE faculty Paolo Bocchini, John Fox and Clay Naito)
  • Beyond Paper and Pencil: Creating an App to Assess Student Motivation (Team includes CSE faculty Mooi Choo Chuah)
  • DataLight, an Interactive New Media Installation (Team includes CSE faculty Eric Baumer)
  • Health Care for All: Reimagining Street Medicine to Improve Healthcare Delivery Models for Vulnerable, Isolated, and Rural Populations (Team includes HSE Director Ana Alexandrescu)
  • Intentional Design: Addressing and Destigmatizing Mental Illness (Team includes IDEAS Co-Director and MechE faculty member Bill Best)
  • Recycled Drywall Gypsum Conversion to High Value Products (Team includes ChBE faculty Jonas Baltrusaitis, Angela Brown and MatSci faculty Himanshu Jain)

Moving forward, Mehta says Lehigh is committed to making Mountaintop a year-round experience, which would represent an important step forward for the initiative. Toward that end, projects will no longer necessarily be limited to the summer months, and for-credit experiences--ranging from smaller, individually led or group-based projects to intensive, multi-semester projects--will be available starting in the Fall of 2017.

"The evolution of Mountaintop bolsters Lehigh’s ability to develop the leaders of tomorrow," said President John Simon. "We are proud of all that we’ve accomplished at Mountaintop over the past four summers, and we look forward to making this powerful experience something that Lehigh students can take part in year-round here on campus, in our local community and around the world."

Read the full story and learn more about all of the 2017 Summer Lehigh Mountaintop projects at the Lehigh University News Center.

-Tim Hyland is Director of Content and Editorial Strategy with Lehigh University's Office of Communications and Public Affairs.

April 27, 2017

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