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Misiolek, Jedlicka take on new roles as chair and associate chair

As of July 1, 2016, Wojciech Z. Misiolek, Loewy Professor of Materials Forming & Processing and Director of the Loewy Institute, has been appointed chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He succeeds Helen Chan, New Jersey Zinc Professor and professor of Materials Science and Engineering.

Sabrina Jedlicka, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has accepted the position of Associate Chair. She succeeds Charles E. Lyman, professor of Materials Science and Engineering and editor-in-chief of Microscopy and Microanalysis.

Misiolek was a Visiting Scientist at Lehigh working with Professor Betzalel Avitzur from 1987 to 1988 and joined Lehigh in 1997. He is a recognized global leader in advanced materials and processing research, with interests in deformation, powder and machining processes, and applications for structural and biomaterials. He has contributed over 160 publications to the research literature, holds a patent, and has been recognized with many awards from different technical and academic organizations, including the honor of ASM International – The Materials Information Society Fellow, class of 2005. Additionally, Misiolek served as director of Lehigh’s Institute for Metal Forming (IMF), now known as the Loewy Institute, educating students in the principles and applications of metal forming technology, supporting graduate research, and helping industry solve problems in metal processing.

Jedlicka joined Lehigh in January 2008. Her research interests include biomaterials synthesis and characterization, neuroengineering, biointerface design, surface science, and neuronal cell biology. She was recently recognized by the Office of Disability Support Services and the Peer Mentor program for her work in supporting students with disabilities by providing equal access in the form of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

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