Civil engineering alum to discuss path from South Mountain to 'the final frontier'

Lehigh University's chapter of National Society of Black Engineers is inviting the entire Lehigh campus community to learn what it takes to get from Fritz Lab to the stars.

On Thursday, September 24 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern, Lehigh alumnus Ted Johnson '87 will present his life and professional experiences during a virtual meeting of the campus chapter of National Society of Black Engineers.

Predicting—and preventing—PPE shortages

Healthcare Systems Engineering alum Leidy Guzman ’16 ’17 M.Eng. tackles process improvement in the era of COVID-19

When patients with COVID-19 began arriving at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, medical staff began burning through disposable face masks, goggles, and gowns.

The situation was so alarming that the hospital quickly tasked Lehigh University Healthcare Systems Engineering alumna Leidy Guzman with calculating how long Tufts’ supply of personal protective equipment, or PPE, would last. 

Developing a faster, simplified COVID-19 test

Kathryn Kundrod ’15 was busy working on her PhD in bioengineering at Rice University when COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in March 2020. She and her research partners began investigating what sort of coronavirus diagnostic testing was available and saw that it wasn’t increasing to the levels they thought it should. 

Georgios Tsampras ’16 PhD: ‘The only way to find out is to try’

Motorsports got him interested in engineering, and earthquakes gave him a focus. From there, structural engineer Georgios Tsampras found his way to SpaceX, where he played a role in the historic mission that’s now coming to a close. Today, he’s on to his next challenge—inspiring, motivating, and supporting his own students—just like Lehigh Engineering did for him.  

OraSure lands federal contract to develop oral COVID-19 antibody test

OraSure Technologies has been awarded a $629,217 contract from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to develop an Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) for the detection of human anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in oral fluid specimens. Currently, there are no oral fluid-based COVID antibody tests available with automated assays. 

Community impact: EMT Philip Sheibley ’81 ’19P

In recognition of National EMS week, Lehigh caught up with industrial engineering alum Philip Sheibley ’81 ’19P, vice chair of the university's Board of Trustees and principal of venture capital firm Fiberight Investment Partners, about being a certified EMT volunteer and captain of the New Canaan EMS squad in his Connecticut hometown. 

Why did you get involved with the New Canaan EMS?