P.C. Rossin College of
Engineering and Applied Science

Creating new knowledge through groundbreaking research while sharing meaningful insights with tomorrow’s innovators: Lehigh is unique among competitive research universities in insisting upon a true balance between the two.

Lehigh researchers engage in ongoing discovery and innovation that matters — including health and healthcare, energy and its environmental impact, and sustainable infrastructure, as well as crucial fields, such as materials, devices, data science and intelligent systems.

Lehigh clusters scholarly and research capabilities to provide fertile ground for intellectually-stimulating research and practical insight into the realities of their chosen fields.

Grand Challenges:

Engineered Bio and Health Systems

Engineers working with biologists and physicians will develop new therapies, new devices and new diagnostic tools that improve the quality of life while giving people more control over their medical choices. Researchers in this field will work closely with colleagues from Lehigh's forthcoming College of Health.

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Energy and Environment

The unprecedented surge in global energy consumption and increased awareness of climate change have pushed the subject of energy and the environment to the forefront of public debate. For engineers, satisfying society's demands while protecting the environment is a grand challenge that will shape research and educational priorities for decades to come. 

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Cyber Physical Infrastructure

Cyber Physical Infrastructure includes communication and internet systems, electric power systems, food supply systems, materials processing and manufacturing facilities, residential and commercial buildings, shipping and logistics facilities, transportation systems including autonomous city transportation systems, and water and wastewater systems. Lehigh takes a systems-level perspective in addressing the critical need for a safe and sustainable infrastructure.

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Enabling Science and Technology:

Materials, Matter, Devices & Systems

Researchers in this area focus on the characterization of physical and chemical structures, properties, and performance of materials, surfaces, and devices, as well as processing, fabrication, and characterization at various scales. Projects include experimental studies and numerical simulations based on physical, chemical, and biological models. The ability to locate, observe, manipulate and fabricate at the molecular and atomic levels has implications for cancer treatments, alternative fuels, solid-state lighting, environmental remediation, high-bandwidth communications, and a host of other endeavors.

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Data Science and Intelligent Systems

Together with theory and experimentation, computational methods now constitute a third pillar of scientific inquiry. Advanced technologies now allow researchers to build and test models of complex phenomena and then manage and analyze almost unimaginably large volumes of data. Research in this area also includes computing and information technology, which spans artificial intelligence and machine learning, data mining, robotics, software security, computer networking, communication systems, software systems, biomedical image processing, computer vision, mobile healthcare, and web science. This theme further includes research on cybersecurity for a variety of application domains including energy delivery systems, internet of things, smart infrastructure, smart cities, healthcare, data privacy, and secure sensing.

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Spotlight: Interdisciplinary Research Institutes

Lehigh has announced the formation of three Interdisciplinary Research Institutes (IRIs): the Institute for Functional Materials and Devices, the Institute for Data, Intelligent Systems, and Computation, and the Institute for Cyber–Physical Infrastructure and Energy.

Lehigh’s IRIs will create communities of scholars and will catalyze crucial research in areas in which Lehigh can take a leading position on the national and international stage and make lasting societal contributions.

The IRIs are one of the ways the University will realize its vision to build a stronger, more dynamic Lehigh. These Institutes will be supported by a portion of Lehigh’s commitment of more than $150 million toward interdisciplinary research and education with investments focused on faculty and student talent, new research and academic programs that collaborate across colleges, and the expansion of campus facilities dedicated to interdisciplinary research and learning. | LEARN MORE