Lehigh University
Lehigh University
President Alice P. Gast


Bradley J. Askins

While pursuing his AB in History at the University of Southern California (USC), Bradley J. Askins developed an interest in modeling complex systems. This led him into graduate studies at USC in computer science and a career in the computer industry.

Askins spent most of his career managing research and product engineering teams at Hewlett-Packard (HP) in the Silicon Valley. His teams were responsible for the performance of the first commercialized Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC) architecture systems to go into general purpose use. Another of his teams conducted research into managing the performance of networks of distributed systems.

Currently, he is an adjunct lecturer in Lehigh University's Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He teaches Introductory Computer Science, as well as graduate courses in his area of specialization.

He also consults in the area of system performance and is a benchmark auditor certified by the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC), a computer-industry consortium dedicated to providing a level playing field on which systems and database vendors can compare their products. Previous to this work, he had significant experience in technology analysis, development of large software systems, and image processing.

His love of music motivated his participation on the board of the Suzuki School of Newton, and he currently serves on the Board of Managers for the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. He has been studying classical guitar since his days at the Suzuki School, where he was usually the tallest student.

A love of urban life and landscapes also led him to co-chair, alongside Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan, the Bethlehem Vision 2012 Steering Committee, which is a task force working to renew Southside Bethlehem.