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Joachim L. Grenestedt

Department: Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics

Position: Professor

Address: Packard Lab 553
19 Memorial Dr. West
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-4129

E-mail: jog5@lehigh.edu


Joachim Grenestedt is professor of mechanical engineering and director of Lehigh's Composites Lab. His expertise is in designing, manufacturing and operating advanced vehicles. Present research focuses on:

  • High-speed boats, slamming testing, new structural concepts (steel-composite hybrids), and new vehicle concepts for drastically improved ride (Suspension boats)
  • Unmanned aircraft for high altitude dynamic soaring,
  • Unmanned boats for characterizing waves, as well as for harbor patrol and riverine operations
  • Unmanned aircraft that can be launched from a cannon

Since joining Lehigh's faculty in 2000 he has used composites in the development of innovative designs, from ship hulls to skis to record-breaking streamliners.


  • D.Sc., Lightweight Structures, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, 1996
  • Ph.D., Lightweight Structures, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, 1992
  • M.Sc., Engineering Physics, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, 1987