Packard Lab 215
19 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015
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.
310 Drown Hall
35 Sayre Dr.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: (610) 758-3308
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.