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.

Joachim L. Grenestedt
(610) 758-4129
Packard Lab 553
19 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015


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

Areas of Research

Advanced Vehicle Design, Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing, Advanced Vehicle Operation, Suspensions, Unmanned Aircraft