Smarter cities, smarter living

Lehigh professor to moderate Congressional panel on intelligent infrastructure

A home thermostat automatically establishes a comfortable environment for its occupants. A washing machine sends a text message when its cycle is complete. Lights throughout a house are controlled with a tap and swipe on a tablet, saving Dad a final trip down the stairs before bed.

Pearson wins premier award for research in adhesion science

As you go about your day, you undoubtedly benefit from the research behind epoxy adhesives, though you might not be aware of them. These industrial-strength synthetic materials are used to hold together your car, snowboard, boat and golf clubs. In fact, wherever a high-strength bond with resistance to environmental conditions is needed, you’ll find an epoxy keeping things coupled.

An epoxy resin starts off as a "liquid reactive polymer" that, when mixed, will undergo a chemical reaction and eventually cure to form a solid plastic material.

Smooth operators: Engineering surgery scheduling

The scheduling of surgeries in a hospital operating room is a process fraught with uncertainty. The most carefully planned day can be upended by the unexpected arrival of a patient requiring an emergency operation. If a surgeon needs more time than expected to complete a procedure, if a patient shows up late or if a nurse has to call out sick, an entire day’s procedures can be delayed.

Got a coastal bridge to retrofit? There's an optimal approach for that

Life-cycle engineering pioneer Prof. Dan Frangopol and former PhD student Alysson Mondoro’s research incorporates—for the first time—three most common failure modes for bridges vulnerable to floods, hurricanes and tsunamis into a risk assessment framework to optimize retrofitting strategies.

Bridges make great metaphors for connection, as in "bridging our differences" and "building bridges." That may be because bridges play such a vital role in connecting people in real life.

Mining for gold in a mountain of data

Lehigh University participates in workshop on new developments in big data optimization algorithms, theory, applications and systems

After shopping at your favorite grocery store week after week, you finally earned a free turkey.

The cashier scanned your loyalty card at every checkout, rewarding you with points toward a holiday turkey or ham - while at the same time sending an itemization of everything you bought to a database.

Rooting out Ebola’s biomechanical enabler

Lehigh University wins NIH grant to unlock mystery of the virus’ interaction with host cells

In some ways, the Ebola virus operates like a vampire; only after it is politely invited in to a host cell does it take up the task of destroying everything in its path.

The virus uses the everyday function of endocytosis—the taking in of matter by a living cell—to gain entry, first attaching to the outer wall before a vesicle forms to draw it into the cell.