Lehigh University
Lehigh University


Researchers earn patents and top awards from NSF, AWS, ASME and Dupont

RCEAS faculty and staff have received several significant awards recently.

Svetlana Tatic-Lucic, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.

The grant, given for scientific and technical merit, runs five years and provides up to $320,000 in research support.

Tatic-Lucic, a member of Lehigh’s Bioengineering and Life Sciences Program, will use the grant for a project titled "A System for Extracellular Recording from Patterned Neuronal Networks with Sensing Applications."

Tatic-Lucic, who joined the faculty in 2002, is co-principal investigator on a $1.3-million NSF grant to help develop Lehigh’s undergraduate major in bioengineering. the program. In addition to teaching courses and developing labs in bioelectronics and biophotonics, she runs the new program’s weekly seminar series, which brings speakers to campus to advise students about the field.

In 2004, she won the Alfred Noble Robinson Award for service to Lehigh and unusual promise of professional achievement.

In her research, Tatic-Lucic works with colleagues to study the interactions between microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and cells. From 1994 to 2002, working in industry, she helped develop MEMS devices, including optical devices and mechanical sensors for the auto industry.


* Researchers in the Joining and Laser Processing Laboratory in the department of materials science and engineering have won both of the outstanding paper awards given annually by the American Welding Society.

The A.F. Davis award for the outstanding publication that advances the understanding of welding structural material went to Chad Kusko, John DuPont and Arnold Marder for a paper titled “The Influence of Microstructure on Fatigue Crack Propagation Behavior of Stainless Steel Welds.”

Kusko, who earned a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Lehigh, works at Lutron Electronics Co. Inc. in Coopersburg, Pa.; DuPont is director of the lab and associate professor of materials science and engineering, and Marder is the R.D. Stout Distinguished Professor of materials science and engineering.

The Warren F. Savage award for the outstanding publication that advances the understanding of welding metallurgy went to DuPont, C.V. Robino, J.R. Michael, R.E. Mizia and David Williams for an article titled “Physical and Welding Metallurgy of Gadolinium-enriched Austenitic Alloys for Spent Nuclear Fuel Applications – Part III.”

Robino and Michael serve on the technical staff with Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M. Mizia is Engineering Fellow with the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Williams is vice provost for research and the Harold Chambers Senior Professor of materials science and engineering at Lehigh.


Anand Jagota, director of Lehigh’s Bioengineering and Life Sciences Program and professor of chemical engineering, has been awarded the Dupont Chair at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore for next year.

The chair, instituted by Dupont in the area of materials, life sciences and polymers, provides a cash stipend and travel for Jagota to spend six weeks at the institute’s Materials Research Center in Bangalore.

Jagota was also recently chosen as winner of the 2004 Leighton and Margaret Orr Award from the American Society of Manufacturing Engineers for the Best Paper on Fractures and Failure Investigations.

Jagota was cited for a paper he co-wrote titled “Mechanical Response of Cracked Laminated Plates.” The paper was published by Acta Materialia in 2002.

Posted on Saturday, March 05, 2005

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