Wojtek Misiolek, Loewy Chair in Materials Forming and Processing and Director of the Loewy Institute, welcomed the attendees. Anthony Ventura, Loewy Graduate Fellow, and Patrick Farrell, Provost, offered their reflections. Afterward, Brigitte Loewy Linz, President of the Loewy Family Foundation and the only daughter of Erwin and Margret Loewy, told the captivating story of the Loewy brothers.
After fleeing Nazi Germany just before World War II, Ludwig and Erwin Loewy revolutionized large metal parts manufacturing in England and the United States through the design and construction of enormous forging and extrusion presses. Their presses changed the way fighter planes were built, impacting the outcome of the war and paving the way for the development of the commercial airline industry when the war ended.
Loewy-Hydropress entered the space age with the design of the first motion simulator for the Polaris Missile and the launch pad for the Vanguard Rocket.
The Loewy Family Foundation selected Lehigh University to honor the legacy of Ludwig and Erwin Loewy. Through its more than 20-year commitment, the Foundation has endowed funds for the Loewy Chair in Materials Forming and Processing, a Loewy Visiting Professor, a Loewy Graduate Fellow, a Loewy Post-Doctoral Fellow, a Loewy Laboratory Equipment Fund, and a Loewy General Fund.
The naming of the Loewy Institute celebrates the vision of the Loewy brothers and the generous support of the Loewy Family Foundation to materials science research and education.