Packard Lab 553
19 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Phone Number: 
(610) 758-4129
Joachim L. Grenestedt

Areas of Research

Advanced Vehicle Design
Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing
Advanced Vehicle Operation
Unmanned Aircraft


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.


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