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




    Nik Nikolov
    Bruce Thomas

    Chandler-Ullmann Hall

    17 Memorial Drive East

    Lehigh University

    Bethlehem, PA 18015

    Phone: (610)758-4576

    E-mail: nin209@lehigh.edu



    Assistant Professor of Architecture

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



    B.S., Architecture, Bennington College, 1997

    M.Arch., Rice University, 2002


    Nik Nikolov is an Assistant Professor at Lehigh University where he teaches architectural design and technology. He holds a professional Master of Architecture degree from Rice University (2002) and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Bennington College (1997). Additionally, he studied Industrial and Civil Engineering at UACEG, Bulgaria (1992-1995). His theoretical interests focus on environmental design and building technology. He publishes and lectures nationally and internationally. Nik Nikolov is a practicing Registered Architect in the state of Pennsylvania, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).