Engineering with an entrepreneurial mindset

Have you ever wanted to install an overhead light fixture but not deal with the headache required to make it a reality?

Re-wiring in any building is taxing process. Ripping apart drywall and placing the desired wiring and putting it all back up is annoying for even the most experienced contractors. Matthew Bilsky, current adjunct professor and recent doctoral recipient in the department of mechanical engineering and mechanics, discovered a solution through an innovative way of thinking.

Energy's future: Nuclear fusion?

Serious discussions of the long-term future of energy use, says Arindam Banerjee, are turning more and more to nuclear fusion, a potential power source that not long ago was considered a distant dream.

Fusion is the process by which the sun generates heat and light. It occurs when two isotopes of hydrogen—deuterium and tritium—collide at great speeds under extreme heat and pressure and fuse to form helium, losing a small amount of mass and releasing huge quantities of energy.

Lehigh-led team develops cross-browser fingerprinting

CSE assistant professor Yinzhi Cao and his group have developed a new way to track web users across browsers.

For good or ill, what users do on the web is tracked. Banks track users as an authentication technique, to offer their customers enhanced security protection. Retailers track customers and potential customers in order to deliver personalized service tailored to their tastes and needs.

A valentine forged from steel

A week from now, most of the nation will be adding their dying roses to the garbage, a sign of another Valentine's Day come and gone.

For the family members and loved ones of students at Lehigh University, however, their "steel roses" will live on for much longer.

Over 100 students from across campus filed into the university's Maker Space at Wilbur Powerhouse in early February to craft a unique Valentine gift and find out more about the various tools and materials the facility has to offer.

Creativity through big data

Team from Lehigh and Northwestern explore use of big data to understand the creative process.

Creativity has long been an intangible concept, says Ting Wang.

The complex process of connecting two seemingly unrelated scientific ideas is difficult to understand.

"It's kind of magic," says Wang, assistant professor of computer science and engineering. "How are you connecting these two thoughts?"

Returning to passive radar

Rick Blum and his team are using advanced signal processing techniques to produce models for radar that can be tools for the design of real-world products.

What do you envision when you think of radar? Massive, rotating antennas at airports tracking your last flight? Colorful precipitation maps presented by your local TV meteorologist? Beams sweeping the sky in search of incoming missiles?