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AICUP recognizing Lehigh research excellence

The Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) represents 83 private colleges and universities within Pennsylvania, providing a variety of services and programs tailored specifically to the needs of independent higher education.

Lehigh, one of 14 schools selected to represent independent higher education's contributions to the Commonwealth during the upcoming first annual Independent College Day at the Capitol, October 18, 2005, will be on hand to recognize research performed by Arnold Marder, professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and a class of undergraduate students. The research examined pieces of the Space Shuttle Columbia, which disintegrated upon reentry over the skies of eastern Texas in 2003.

In the senior-year undergraduate “Failure Analysis” course offered by the Materials Science and Engineering department, students make use of the university’s unsurpassed capabilities in electron and light optical microscopy to study the effects of stress on various materials. Each year, the class studies materials from real-life situations for this purpose – and last year’s class had a unique opportunity to analyze debris to from the space shuttle.

NASA and the Kennedy Space Center sent 50 pieces of the shuttle to Lehigh, including windshield glass and reinforced carbon composite from the wing’s leading edge. Lehigh was the first university NASA asked to analyze the debris, and the Lehigh team presented their findings to NASA in April.

AICUP’s Independent College Day will showcase the significance of Pennsylvania’s independent colleges and universities to the educational, economic, and cultural health of the State. The event will include a press conference and remarks from Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll, President Pro Tempore of the State Senate Robert C. Jubelirer, and Speaker of the State House of Representatives John M. Perzel. Exhibits from 14 independent colleges will be displayed throughout the afternoon, categorized into five areas: Faculty and Student Research (including Lehigh’s NASA display), Medical-Health Professions, Graduate Studies, Community Service, and Cultural Activities.

The event will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2005, 10 am, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. For more information on AICUP or Independent College Day, please visit www.aicup.org.

Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2005

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