Paper by ISE faculty wins Optimization Letters Best Paper Award for 2018

A paper written by ISE Associate Professors Frank E. Curtis and Daniel P. Robinson, along with Zachary Lubberts of Johns Hopkins University, has been named the winner of the 2018 Optimization Letters (OPTL) Best Paper Award for their work entitled “Concise complexity analyses for trust region methods.” Optimization Letters is a journal that covers all aspects of optimization, including theory, algorithms, computational studies, and applications.

AI and the fight against human trafficking

Beds. Dressers. Clothing.

All items that raised the suspicions of a state health inspector that “business as usual” at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla., was anything but.

The observation that employees might be living in the spa—a red flag for human trafficking—helped launch a large-scale criminal investigation into the massage parlor and others like it across the state.

AI technique IDs mechanisms of ferroelectric switching

Innovations in material science are as essential to modern life as indoor plumbing―and go about as unnoticed.

For example, innovations in semiconducting devices continue to enable the transmission of more information, faster and through smaller hardware―such as through a device that fits in the palms of our hands. 

Learning how to learn

Through the windows of the Wood Dining Room, the trees were in full tri-colored glory and a trio of hawks carved effortless turns on the wind currents. But no one was paying any attention. Instead, participants in the Robotics Learning Workshop sat in silence, fingers hovered over laptops, focused only on the speaker at the front of the room.

Finally, the answer to a ‘burning’ 40-year-old question

We’ve known for decades that catalysts speed up the reaction that reduces harmful industrial emissions. And now, we know exactly how they do it.

A recent paper by Israel Wachs, the G. Whitney Snyder Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, describes the mechanism, and was the inside back cover story of the September 2, 2019, issue of Angewandte Chemie, a journal of the German Chemical Society.

Energy Systems Engineering alum takes on mentoring, teaching role

PPL Corp. supervising engineer Scott Richard Thomas ’10G ’15 MBA knows the power of connections. 

His nine-years-and-counting career at a major U.S. energy company took off following a research project he did with the utility—a key part of his graduate studies in Lehigh University’s Energy Systems Engineering (ESE) professional master’s program.