Bill Best
Bill Best

Packard Lab 215

19 Memorial Drive West

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA 18015

Phone: (610)758-3551

Fax: (610)758-6279

E-mail: wab205@lehigh.edu


Co-director, Integrated Degree of Engineering, Arts, and Sciences

Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program



B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University, 1981

M.S., Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech, 1984


Bill Best is a professor of practice in the mechanical engineering and mechanics department and is the co-director of the IDEAS (Integrated Degree in Engineering, Arts, and Sciences) honors degree. His interests revolve around the technical, social, cultural and political aspects of engineering disasters. Over the course of his 25+ year teaching career, he has taught numerous courses in electrical, mechanical, and bioengineering, and has  developed and taught courses in engineering design, engineering ethics, the social impact of technology, technological catastrophes and the sociology of technology.


Research Interests:

  • Ethical Issues in Engineering
  • Social Implications of Technology
  • Technology and Public Policy
  • Biomechanics
  • Mathematical Modeling of Physiological Systems




    Jenna Lay

    310 Drown Hall
    35 Sayre Dr.
    Lehigh University
    Bethlehem, PA 18015
    Phone: (610) 758-3308
    E-mail: jdl210@lehigh.edu



    Associate Professor of English
    Director of Special Programs (Eckardt, IDEAS, Arts/Engineering)



    B.A., English, SUNY Buffalo, 2002
    Ph.D., English, Stanford University, 2009


    Jenna Lay is an associate professor in the Department of English and oversees three programs in the College of Arts and Sciences (Eckardt, IDEAS, and Arts/Engineering). Her research and teaching interests center on early modern literature, with specific attention to post-Reformation religious culture, poetry and poetics, female authors, and the intersection of manuscript and print technologies. She has been active in graduate education and reform, serving as the Director of Graduate Studies in English from 2015-2019 and as the project director on Lehigh’s NEH Next Generation Humanities Ph.D. Planning Grant from 2016-2017. Her first book, Beyond the Cloister: Catholic Englishwomen and Early Modern Literary Culture, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2016.