Dear colleagues and friends of the department,

Welcome to the Spring 2018 newsletter of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE) at Lehigh University.

The new year 2018 brought exciting news to kick off the Spring '18 semester. Dr. Israel Wachs was selected as one of only 8  recipients of the Fulbright Senior Fellowship for the State of Israel. Dr. Kelly Schultz was awarded a NSF CAREER award for her  proposed research on the role of Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) in wound healing, combining tools from microrheology with cell biology and biomaterials. The department is now home to 5 NSF CAREER and one DOE Early Career Research  awardees, with an additional 3 NSF CAREER/Presidential Young Investigator awards received by past faculty members in the department.

Faculty research continued to create impact. A journal paper published by Dr. Jeetain Mittal with his students and collaborators was featured in Alzheimer's research media. Likewise, an article published by Dr. Jonas Baltrusaitis with his students was selected as a HOT article by Catalysis Science and Technology. Dr. Anand Jagota won a collaborative NIH grant to study the biomechanics of the Ebola virus-host cell interactions. Dr. Manoj Chaudhury, working with a group of international collaborators, published a paper in Science Advances on the creation of a new liquid diode. Emeritus Professor Dr. William E. Schiesser added four more books to his list of about 21 books covering numerical techniques for  solving differential equations arising in a diverse range of applications that include infectious diseases, Parkinson’s disease, Turing models and biomedical engineering.

We are on target to graduate one of the largest cohort of BS degrees in over a decade – about 68 – in May 2018.  While class size is not an indication of quality, it is always reassuring to know that Chemical Engineering is a highly sought out discipline. Job placement and admission to graduate school for our graduates continues to be robust.

Elsewhere on campus, new institutional growth plans are continuing to take shape. These include the formation of a fifth college – the College of Health – with an associated growth of 1000 undergraduate students, 500 graduate students and the addition of about 100 new faculty members, of which about 50 will be in the new college. In the Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, an in-depth year long strategic envisioning process is bringing together new ideas for growth of research and new paradigms for engineering education. Various faculty members from our department are playing active roles in the strategic planning efforts for these campus initiatives, with more details coming in the fall’18 newsletter.

In early summer on June 2-3, the department will host a two day technical symposium on polymer science and engineering on the occasion of the retirement of Dr. Mohamed El-Aasser to honor his long and distinguished career and impact in the area of emulsion polymers. Dr. El-Aasser spent his entire  46 year academic  career  at Lehigh University, during which time he was appointed as a faculty member at various ranks in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, including department Chair, then served as Dean of RCEAS, Lehigh’s Provost and later as Vice President for International Affairs.

From all of us in the department, we wish you a productive Spring 2018. Please drop us an e-mail with comments – we will be delighted to hear from you.

Sincerely,

Mayuresh Kothare
R. L. McCann Professor and Chair
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
mvk2@lehigh.edu

 

Mayuresh Kothare
Mayuresh Kothare
R. L. McCann Professor and Chair
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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