Powering the Future: Wenxin Liu Awarded Grant from Office of Naval Research

Traditional, centralized power grids—where power is generated, transmitted and then distributed to users—is fast becoming a thing of the past. Such systems are inefficient and vulnerable to attack. In addition, renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, have led to more compact generators. For all these reasons, the future of power is power electronics-based microgrids.

A microgrid is exactly what it sounds like: a small grid. It consists of multiple distributed generators and loads and can work in both grid-connected- or autonomous- modes.

Lehigh engineers among group awarded $2.5M federal transportation grant

Engineering faculty at Lehigh’s P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science are included in a consortium that was recently awarded $2.5 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) in its first round of funding for Regional University Transportation Centers. The multi-year grant is authorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act or the FAST Act, the first federal law in more than a decade to provide long-term funding certainty for surface transportation infrastructure planning and investment.

Triggering immune system to defeat deadly bacteria

If immunotherapy—the harnessing of the body’s immune system—can destroy cancer cells, as has been demonstrated, why not try to trigger the body’s immune system to battle deadly bacteria?

That question drives Marcos Pires’ pursuit of what he calls bacterial immunotherapy or immunobiotics—using the human immune system’s powerful mechanisms of preventing entry and colonization of pathogens to defeat the deadliest, antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Alternative ammonia production method could transform food production

Steven McIntosh wants to transform the way ammonia is produced. He hopes to create a viable alternative to the conventional method, which uses massive amounts of energy and emits harmful carbon dioxide. He’s exploring a sustainable electrochemical method to efficiently drive the chemical reaction that produces ammonia.

NSF CAREER Award supports Lehigh research to improve computational memory systems

Cache, as the saying goes, is king

As you waste your lunch hour scrolling through cat videos, snarky celebrity-bashing memes, and videos from your niece's third birthday party, for just a moment consider the majesty of the system behind the screen that enables such lightning-fast access to literally everything under the sun.

Lehigh research team to investigate a "Google for research data"

NSF supports effort to enable academic researchers of every variety to find the data they need

There was a time—not that long ago—when the phrases "Google it" or "check Yahoo" would have been interpreted as sneezes, or a perhaps symptoms of an oncoming seizure, rather than as coherent thoughts.

Today, these are key to answering all of life's questions.

Global leadership in civil engineering

Lehigh's civil engineering program recognized among best in the world by ARWU

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) recently listed Lehigh's civil engineering program among the best in the world, topped only by programs at Tongji University of Shanghai, China, and the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland.