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Message from the Dean (March 2005)

Welcome to the March 2005 edition of Enginews, the monthly online newsletter of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science.

This issue of Enginews contains two articles about the large amount of favorable media coverage that our college has received in recent weeks. I will summarize some of these exciting stories for you.

Last month, in the space of four days, the New York Times ran two articles about engineering at Lehigh. The first described the investigation by the ATLSS Research Center into New York City's Bronx-Whitestone Bridge. The second discussed Prof. Wei-xian Zhang of our civil and environmental engineering department and his research into the use of nanoparticles to clean contaminated groundwater. His work in environmental nanotechnology has received a lot attention recently, and this is a fine example of it.

In January, Prof. Boon S. Ooi of our Center for Optical Technologies was quoted in an online article in the Wall Street Journal about a major potential breakthrough in optoelectronics made by a young researcher from China.

Early this month, Channel 69 (WFMZ-TV) of Allentown aired a story about the CAMN Forum 2005 hosted by our Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. Channel 69 interviewed Prof. Chris Kiely, director of our nanocharacterization laboratories, about the two state-of-the-art aberration-corrected electron microscopes that Lehigh acquired last year.

In the past two weeks, media from around the country have covered Prof. Arnie Marder of our materials science and engineering department and the seniors in his failure-analysis class, who are analyzing debris from the Columbia Space Shuttle for their semester project. Many of you have seen or read about the class, which has been reported by CNN, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, half a dozen TV stations and more than 100 other newspapers. This is another fine example of exciting opportunities our students are exposed to, in this case, picked up by the press in a most significant way.

It can be time-consuming to accommodate the media, but we should consider this time as a valuable investment. Positive media attention, of course, advances our goal of raising visibility for engineering at Lehigh. Perhaps more importantly, it shows the public, including the children who will be the next generation of engineers, what engineers do, how they work, and how vital their contributions are to society.

I hope you enjoy reading Enginews. As always, feel free to click on the icons and drop a line to Kurt Pfitzer with suggestions for improvement and with ideas for stories and photos.

Best wishes,
S. David Wu

Posted on Saturday, March 05, 2005

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