Herman F. Nied

Packard Lab
19 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Phone Number: 
(610) 758-4128
Herman F. Nied

Areas of Research

Solid and Fracture Mechanics
Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Computational Mechanics
Composites and Functionally Gradient Materials
Computer Simulation of Solids
Electronic Materials
Failure Analysis
Large Structures
Laser Welding and Shaping
Manufacturing Process Design
Modeling and Control
Materials Characterization
Mechanical Characterization
Toughening Mechanisms


Herman F. Nied was appointed professor of Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University in 1995 and served as department chair from 2002 to 2008. His research interests are primarily in polymer processing, flexible composites, fracture mechanics, electronic packaging, MEMS, shock and vibration loading, and welding. Nied and his lab also explore the development of advanced numerical methods with an emphasis on specialized finite element codes for processing simulation and 3-D fracture analysis. The bulk of his work has been supported by Semiconductor Research Corporation, NSF, ONR, DARPA, Ford, and GE.

Prior to joining Lehigh University, Dr. Nied had been a member of the staff of General Electric’s Corporate Research and Development Center in Schenectady, NY. While at GE, he worked on numerous manufacturing problems requiring sophisticated finite element simulation. A particularly fruitful area of research involved the development of mechanical design methodologies for polymers and finite element simulation software for thermoforming processes. In 1990, he and his colleagues received the Saul Dushman Award from GE R&D for their contributions to the development of mechanical technologies for engineering polymers.

Nied is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a member of the American Academy of Mechanics, the Polymer Processing Society, and Sigma Xi, and is recipient of an NSF CAREER award. He has presented a number of keynote addresses at various international conferences on polymer processing and forming, and has published 97 journal papers, conference proceedings, and book chapters. Dr. Nied has graduated 14 Ph.D. and 24 M.S. students, and holds 11 U.S. and three European patents.


Ph.D., Applied Mechanics, Lehigh University, 1981
M.S., Applied Mechanics, Lehigh University, 1978
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester, 1976