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Faculty, Alumni, and Students in the Spotlight- Part II

Each month, we publish a listing of the scholarly awards and accomplishments of Lehigh’s world-class faculty members and distinguished alumni and students in engineering. These individuals and their achievements are evidence of the important contributions Lehigh makes every day to the advancement of their fields. We salute their contributions to the academic community, and thank them for demonstrating the Lehigh’s commitment to research excellence.

If you know of an engineering-related award or accomplishment by a member of the Lehigh faculty or by a Lehigh alumnus, please contact us at rossin.news@lehigh.edu.



Herman Nied

Nied elected Fellow of ASME

Herman Nied, chair of the department of mechanical engineering and mechanics, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The 120,000-member organization is the world’s premier professional group for mechanical engineers.

Nied conducts research in polymer processing, fracture mechanics, electronic packaging, and welding. He holds a dozen U.S. and three European patents, serves as technical consultant to a dozen companies, and is author of more than 70 journal articles, conference proceedings and book chapters. He has developed advanced numerical methods with emphasis on specialized finite element codes for processing simulation and 3-D fracture analysis. He has also developed finite element software for the simulation of industrial thermoforming processes and for interface fracture analysis.

Before he joined Lehigh’s faculty in 1995, Nied was a research engineer with GE’s Corporate Research and Development Center and a manager with Norton Co.’s Coated Abrasives Division.

In 2001, Nied shared an Honorable Mention in the ASME Curriculum Innovation Award.

Alton D. Romig

Romig receives National Materials Advancement Award

Alton D. Romig, who earned a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Lehigh in the 1970s, has been chosen to receive the National Materials Advancement Award from the Federation of Materials Societies (FMS) in December.

FMS represents the professional societies, universities and National Research Council organizations that are involved with materials science, engineering and technology.

The National Materials Advancement Award recognizes people who have advanced the effective and economic use of materials and the multi-disciplinary field of materials science and engineering. The award also recognizes Romig’s contribution to the application of the materials profession to national problems and policy.

Romig is senior vice president and deputy laboratory director for Integrated Technology Programs at Sandia National Laboratories, where he has worked more than 25 years.

In 2003, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, perhaps the most prestigious honor bestowed on engineers in the United States.

In 2004, Romig received the materials science and engineering department’s Distinguished Alumni Award.


Himanshu Jain

Jain gives plenary addresses in Brazil

Himanshu Jain, the T.L. Diamond Chair Professor of materials science and engineering, gave plenary addresses recently at the Third International Symposium on Non-Crystalline Solids and at the Seventh Brazilian Symposium on Glass and Related Materials. Jain titled his addresses “The Enlighted Chalcogenide.” The conferences were held in Maringa, Brazil.

Jain, who directs the National Science Foundation’s International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass (IMI) at Lehigh, visited three Brazilian universities to discuss the status of glass research there. As a result of his visit, Jain believes IMI will be able to host three exchange students from Brazil at Lehigh next spring.

Xiaofeng Zhang

Ph.D. alum wins welding honor

Xiaofeng Zhang, who earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Lehigh in 2004, recently won the 2005 Chairman’s Award from the James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation.

The award is the top honor given by the foundation for a paper or project that most significantly advances the art or science of welding relative to quality, safety or productivity.

Zhang, whose graduate research adviser was James Ricles, the Bruce Johnston Professor of civil engineering, was cited for his Ph.D. thesis, which was titled “Seismic Performance of Wide Flange Beam to Deep-Column Moment Connections.”

The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation is dedicated to advancing safe, reliable, and cost-effective arc welding design and practice worldwide.

Jiong Liu

“Outstanding paper” for Ph.D. candidate

Jiong Liu, a Ph.D. candidate in chemical engineering, received second prize in the Outstanding Paper portion of the recent SAMPE (Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering) Fall Technical Conference in Seattle.

Liu’s paper, titled “Crack Growth Along an Aluminum-Epoxy Interface Reinforced by Sol-Gel Coatings,” was co-authored with Manoj K. Chaudhury, the Franklin J. Howes Jr. Distinguished Professor of chemical engineering, who is Liu’s adviser. Other co-authors included four researchers from Boeing Co. in Seattle.

Three outstanding papers were awarded at the conference out of approximately 150 submitted.

Sudhakar Neti

Neti chairs international conference

Dr. Sudhakar Neti, Lehigh professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics, was recently invited to chair a session during the 4th International Heat Transfer, Fluid Dynamics and Thermodynamics Conference in Cairo, Egypt.

The objective of the international conference was to bring together researchers engaged in the application of experimental, analytical or computational heat and mass transfer, fluid flow, and thermophysical properties. Neti presented a paper titled “Air-Water Two-Phase Flow and Heat Transfer in an Inverted U-Bend.” The paper was co-authored with Won Cheol Park, who recently earned his Ph.D. from Lehigh..

Neti’s other research interests include laser velocimetry and laser diagnostic instrumentation, advances in computational methods for flow and heat transfer, two-phase flow and heat transfer, heat and mass transfer in desiccants, power plant performance measurement, transport processes in micro channels, non-Newtonian flow and heat transfer.

Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2006

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