Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Lehigh jumps 5 slots

According to this year's U.S. News and World Report college ranking, Lehigh University jumped from the #37 university in the U.S. to #32 this year. Rock on, employer of mine...

And two South Asia-related Lehigh tidbits:

--Abhi posted on Major Raj Butani, a Lehigh alum and U.S. Army doctor recently returned from Iraq. Lehigh has a profile on him here. He has a really interesting story to tell at Yahoo India.

--Engineering Professor Arun Sengupta received international recognition for research into water purification in rural India. It's a collaborative project with the Bengal Engineering College, among others.

SenGupta has developed a cheap, effective filtration system that removes arsenic from drinking groundwater. With help from students and professors at Bengal Engineering College in India, he has installed his system in 135 villages in the state of West Bengal, India.

Nice work. Getting arsenic and other toxins out of groundwater might be even more impressive, to me at least, than jumping a couple of slots in the U.S. News Ranking. A little more on the kind of work Sengupta is doing here.


brimful said...

Lehigh also got the #3 party school designation, apparently. So your students are probably encouraging the university to rock on as well! ;)

4:53 PM  
Amardeep said...


Still, it's funny that Lehigh seems to be climbing both rankings at once. (One would expect a negative correlation...)

5:43 PM  
Ennis said...

It's now 5 ahead of NYU! Whoohooo! Congrats!

I never did ask you, but do you know Richard Beigel (I think he's still there ...)

10:39 PM  
Kush Tandon said...

Arsenic problem is very serious problem. It is anthropogennic in source that makes it more challenging. Thums-up to Arun.

I gone to some talks by MIT people and really came out "humbled" by the details about parts of Nepal, West Bengal, and Bangladesh are at risk.

2:21 AM  
Michael Higgins said...

Hi Amardeep
School rankings a very important when they go up. When they go down, they are meaningless.

1:31 PM  
Amardeep said...

Ennis, nope, I don't know him. But I am a bit of a hermit (or "internet nerd," as the case may be).

1:36 PM  

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