Gerard P. LennonGerry Lennon

Position: Professor Emeritus
Education: B.S., Civil Engineering, Drexel University; M.S., Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Cornell University
Research Areas & Interest: Groundwater Hydrology, Surface Water Hydraulics, Surface Water/Groundwater Interaction, Subsurface Contaminant Migration, Effectiveness of Remediation Alternatives

Gerard P. Lennon became a Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2020.

He earned his doctorate and master’s degree from Cornell University and his bachelor’s degree from Drexel University, all in civil engineering.  Dr. Lennon served as a faculty member in Lehigh’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for 40 years, starting in 1980 including eight years as associate chairperson, four as associate dean in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, and three as Deputy Provost.  He has been awarded numerous awards including the Lehigh Class of 1961 Professorship, the Lehigh Junior Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching.

His academic research focuses on groundwater hydrology and surface water hydraulics, surface water/groundwater interactions, subsurface contaminant migration, effectiveness of remediation alternatives, and determination of fluid expulsion from geothermal vents in the Oregon Accretionary Prism in the Pacific Ocean, which includes his going on two of the project's 13 Alvin Submersible dives. He has  authored over 75 papers on these topics and other ones such as ABET Accreditation and teaching of design courses.   His groundwater research has been funded by five different federal and state agencies, including an NSF investigation of ocean-bottom geothermal vents in the Alvin Submarine.

As a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, he organized an International Groundwater Symposium and was an associate editor of the Hydraulics Journal.  The courses he taught included Introduction to Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Groundwater Hydrology, Groundwater Contamination, Environmental Modeling, Transportation Engineering, and Civil Engineering Graphics.

Rick WeismanRichard N. Weisman

Position: Professor Emeritus
Education: B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Civil Engineering and Ph.D., Philosophy, Cornell University
Research Areas & Interest: Water Resources Engineering, Hydrodynamics, Evapotranspiration, Sediments, Fluid Mechanics, Coastal Processes, Coastal Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, Hydraulic Modelling, Hydrological Modeling, Watershed Hydrology

Since retiring in January, 2017, Rick Weisman has kept busy at Lehigh in various ways. He continued his involvement in Study Abroad through the Costa Rica Winter Term course on Sustainable Development and the Lehigh in (Galway) Ireland summer program. Although those programs have been on hold through the pandemic, Rick continues helping with the Martindale Student Associates Program through assistance in trip planning and mentoring students through their research and writing. Most recently, he traveled to Alaska with 12 students and other faculty to study the economy and social issues.

On the research front, Rick was asked by some of his department colleagues to help with a PennDOT sponsored project to assess failure modes in highway embankments approaching bridges and to experiment with ways to “build back better.”

Personally, Rick has returned to all his trumpet playing activities: South Side Brass, Lehigh Philharmonic, Mariachi Montana del Sur, Lehigh Valley Pops Orchestra, and the Elm Street Big Band. He also has plently of time to enjoy my family, including his four grandchildren.

John L. WilsonJohn Wilson

Position: Professor Emeritus
Education: B.S., Civil Engineering, Tufts University; M.S., Engineering Mechanics, Yale University; Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
Research Areas & Interest: Modeling, Life Cycle of Structural Systems, Large Structures, Large-Scale Structural Testing, Information Systems Management, Advanced Structural Materials and Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics, Building Systems

Dr. John Wilson conducted research in collaborative information systems and computer modeling and simulation of large complex systems. His current research projects include life-cycle engineering of complex systems and decision science applications in bioinformatics. He has more than 30 years experience in the modeling design and design of complex infrastructure systems and has approximately ninety professional papers. He is former associate director of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center on Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS). He has also served as academic advisor to the Construction Industry Institute (CII).

Dr. Wilson taught courses in Numerical Methods and in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanics and Behavior of Structural Members, and Finite Elements: Theory and Applications in Civil Engineering. He has also taught capstone design courses.