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Dr. Steven McIntosh appointed Associate Director of the Institute of Functional Materials and Devices

Dr. Steven McIntosh, the Class of 1961 Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has been appointed Associate Director of the newly formed Institute of Functional Materials and Devices (I-FMD). The I-FMD is one of three interdisciplinary research institutes (IRIs) that Lehigh University has established this year. The other two institutes are The Institute for Data, Intelligent Systems, and Computation (I-DISC) and The Institute for Cyber–Physical Infrastructure and Energy (I-CPIE).

Building on Lehigh's long tradition of excellence in interdisciplinary research, Lehigh University announced a bold initiative to establish these three IRIs to bring together synergistic communities of scholars to address grand challenge problems that will impact the nation and the world at large. The thematic focus for these three IRIs emerged from a year-long envisioning process that various faculty members across the university participated in.

Each IRI will have two co-directors who will serve to catalyze new research areas, build new interdisciplinary research teams and help support their success through large extramurally funded projects. There are also plans for developing campus-wide shared user facilities and strong relations with industry and national labs.

In his role as a co-Director of the I-FMD, Dr. McIntosh along with the Director Dr. Himanshu Jain of Materials Science and Engineering, will focus on bringing together Lehigh’s interdisciplinary expertise in the synthesis, fabrication, processing, and characterization of engineered materials including semiconductors, metals, ceramics, composites, polymers and other soft materials.

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