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Forward thinkers

Directors named to two cutting-edge programs

Hisham Nabaa, first director of the new Healthcare Systems Engineering (HSE) program, will oversee the professional M.Eng. in HSE while building ties with industry and government. He will also serve as professor of practice in the department of industrial and systems engineering.

“In an increasingly diverse, dynamic and technologically driven healthcare environment, the HSE program will provide solutions in important areas such as resource allocation, healthcare delivery, and patient care and safety,” says Nabaa.

“I believe our program — and more specifically our graduates — will have a profound impact on the quality and efficiency of healthcare.”

Nabaa previously was manager of design and test engineering at PRIMUS Technologies, director at Mercy Health Partners Wilkes-Barre, and director of engineering operations and strategy for Wilkes University’s division of engineering and physics.

The HSE program prepares graduates for engineering and management careers in healthcare at a time when the need for professionals is growing due to the aging population and increasing medical costs.

Martha Dodge, new director of the Energy Systems Engineering Institute (ESEI) and professor of practice in electrical and computer engineering, has big plans for the institute’s M.Eng. in energy systems engineering (ESE).

“The next steps are to broaden the involvement of industry partners and to continue to develop relevant electives that appeal to student and industry needs while utilizing the strengths of Lehigh’s faculty,” says Dodge. “The core program will continue to emphasize interpersonal and leadership development, as well as career planning.”

Dodge retired last year from PPL Electric Utilities, where she led electric planning and engineering and was senior director of the smart grid initiative. She holds a B.S.E.E. and MBA from Lehigh and has 28 years of energy industry experience.

The ESEI coordinates faculty, industry leaders and students who conduct research in energy and power systems. The M.Eng. in ESE prepares graduates for careers in those industries. Every member of the program’s first two classes of graduates has received a job offer.