John P. Coulter, Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, has been named to a prestigious position with the American Society of Engineering, joining the board of directors of its Engineering Research Council (ERC).

The ERC is composed of representatives from engineering colleges, industry, and government. The council discusses issues and exchanges information pertaining to the research activities of ASEE society members.

“My role with the ERC enables Lehigh to keep current with the latest engineering research trends and best practices,” says Coulter. “It also gives Lehigh exposure and influence on a national stage.”

Coulter oversees the operation and continuous enhancement of engineering graduate programs and research throughout Lehigh University. He has served as co-chair of the university’s strategic task force that developed its current vision and implementation plan for enhancing Lehigh’s graduate studies and research. He was appointed interim dean of Rossin College in 2004 and again in 2015.

Coulter is a professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics and has nearly 30 years of teaching and research experience at Lehigh. His research focuses on manufacturing science and intelligent mechanical and material systems. He has led projects with faculty in all of the Rossin College’s eight engineering departments and across the university, generated more than $9 million in research and teaching grants, has written more than 185 professional papers and holds several patents.