P.C. Rossin College of
Engineering and Applied Science

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.

Israel E. Wachs awarded Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship

With the grant, Wachs will research energy-related topics

Israel E. Wachs, the G. Whitney Snyder Professor in the chemical and biomolecular engineering department at Lehigh University, has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to study at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel during the spring semester of the 2018-19 academic year.

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.

Emeritus professor authors books on numerical algorithms

William E. Schiesser, emeritus professor at Lehigh University, recently authored several books on computer-based solutions to model real-life phenomena, such as the development of Parkinson’s disease.

Schiesser is the Emeritus McCann Professor in the chemical and biomolecular engineering department as well as a former professor in the mathematics department.

His recent books include the following four titles:

Kothare joins editorial board of IEEE journal

Mayuresh Kothare, the R. L. McCann Professor in the chemical and biomolecular engineering department at Lehigh University, has been appointed to the editorial board of an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) society journal.

Kothare will serve as an associate editor of Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC): Systems. The IEEE publication is one of five journals published by the IEEE SMC Society.