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Hands-on materials camp engages young, aspiring minds

Crystal growing, 3D printing, and explosive demonstrations with thermite — a pyrotechnic substance — were all on the agenda for 16 students from local high schools during Materials Camp at Lehigh last week. The camps, sponsored by ASM International, are offered each summer on several college campuses throughout the country …

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SunShot grant powers solar energy research

Nicholas Strandwitz has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, a national effort to support the use of solar electricity through cost reduction. “SunShot aims to make solar energy a low-cost electricity source through research and development efforts using public and private partnerships,” explained Strandwitz. …

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Producing pure hydrogen efficiently

Chris Kiely and an international team have developed a new low-temperature catalyst for producing high-purity hydrogen gas while simultaneously using up carbon monoxide (CO). The discovery, described in a paper in the journal Science, could improve the performance of fuel cells that run on hydrogen fuel but can be poisoned …

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Jain awarded glass science lecture award

Himanshu Jain was awarded the 2017 Darshana and Arun Varshneya Frontiers of Glass Science Lecture from the Glass & Optical Materials Division of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS). The award was presented in May at the 12th Pacific Rim Conference on Glasses and Ceramics, along with the ACerS Glass and …

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Spring 2017 awards announced

Lehigh published its Dean’s List for Spring 2017 as well as the Student Life Leadership Awards for Spring 2017. Dean’s List status is granted to students who earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses. Student Life Leadership Awards recognize a student’s outstanding …

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ASM meeting agenda has historic roots

On Thursday, May 11, the Lehigh Valley ASM chapter meeting at the Berkleigh Country Club had in attendance some of the Material Science and Engineering department’s most notable individuals. ASM members, faculty, family, and friends celebrated Arlan O. Benscoter’s 80th birthday with a surprise cake. In October 2015, the Metallographic …

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Chan receives Hillman faculty award

Helen Chan received the Hillman Faculty Award at the Faculty/Staff appreciation dinner on May 9, 2017. The recipient is chosen by Lehigh trustees for excellence in teaching, research work, or advancing the interests of the university. Nominations are submitted by full-time faculty members. Chan taught in Austria under a Fullbright scholarship …

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Emerging technology of Additive Manufacturing

The Lehigh Emerging Technology Network’s (LETN) 11th annual Advancing Technologies for Business event was held May 4 in Iacocca Hall. This year the focus was on additive manufacturing (AM) with an emphasis on materials innovations. More than 120 attendees, including affiliates from over 50 industrial and 9 academic institutions, attended …

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Summer on the summit

Lehigh’s Mountaintop Program is an innovative 8- to 10-week summer program in which students work in teams to identify and solve a variety of problems with real-world implications. Students have complete freedom in how to approach their chosen topic, collaborating across disciplines and embarking on creative intellectual pathways. Each Mountaintop …

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Materials honor society members recognized

The new Alpha Sigma Mu members of 2017 were recognized at a ceremony and dinner on April 27. Congratulations to the following honorees: Tom Farinha Zhongrui Liu Buang Zhang Joe Cline Alpha Sigma Mu is the international professional and academic honor society for materials science and engineering. Nick Strandwitz is …

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