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Message from the Dean (October 2005)

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

This month, we highlight some of the innovative undergraduate research activities by our students. The research of Kwame Atsina in bioengineering, and Kimberly Zubris of chemical engineering, are perfect examples of the vibrant and growing undergraduate research that is currently underway in the College.

In addition to undergraduate research, we are also kicking off the beginning of the 6th Annual Student Entrepreneurs Competition. This year, we’re placing a focus on attracting participation from students outside of the engineering disciplines, working in collaboration with the engineers. These students work across academic boundaries and often times find opportunities at the intersections of their discipline; this competition provides wonderful examples of how multidisciplinary thinking benefits the students.

I’d like to take this opportunity to look ahead to Lehigh’s Founder’s Day, set for October 21. This year’s Founder’s Day is an important one for the College. We will see the installment of several department chairs and endowed faculty chairs. We will also see the dedication ceremony of the Smith Family Laboratory, a new facility that provides the Center for Optical Technologies with new and enhanced capabilities for research that will spur innovation in growing areas such as optical networking, sensor and display technologies, among others. Research in this facility will also help to enable advances in some of our other core research areas such as advanced materials and nanoelectronics; I am excited by the prospect of further synergies developing between optical research and our nanotechnology, biotechnology, and information technology research.

We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the alumni involvement that has made this facility a reality, and we deeply appreciate the active involvement of the university, community, and business leaders who’ve enabled the project to come to fruition in a relatively short time span. A short ceremony is planned to occur on October 21 at 2:45pm in the courtyard adjacent to the Sinclair Laboratory building, and all friends of the College are invited to stop by to learn more about how the facility was developed, and what opportunities it represents for Lehigh.

I hope you enjoy reading Enginews as much as I enjoy telling you about the exciting developments around our college. 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, October 01, 2005

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