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Cheng named Class of 1961 Professor

Xuanhong Cheng, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been selected to receive a Class of 1961 Professorship for 2017-2019. The Lehigh University Class of 1961 established the endowment in 1981 to recognize newly tenured faculty for distinction in research, teaching and service. Selection is based …

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Planet-friendly plastic production

Chris Kiely, professor of materials science and chemical engineering and Li Lu, PhD candidate in materials science, were part of an international team that unlocked the secret of a gold-based catalyst responsible for a new, environmentally-friendly method of producing an industrial chemical known as vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) — used …

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From metallurgy to philanthropy

John M. Thalheimer ’55, former owner of one of the largest processors and recyclers of nonferrous scrap metal in the world, died in December 2016. He was 82. Thalheimer was born in 1934 in Stuttgart, and escaped with his family from Nazi Germany to the U.S. in 1936. He was the first member …

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Process engineer

Global Tungsten & Powders Corp. (GTP) in Towanda, PA is seeking a person responsible for providing technical direction on powder blends in an efficient and timely manner in order to meet department’s on time delivery goals. See the complete job description.

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Material research scientist – Innovation

Armstrong World Industries in Lancaster, PA is seeking a materials scientist with a master’s degree and 5+ years of manufactuiring or industrial experience in wood, metal, plastic, or composite material. See the complete job description.

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Hertzberg awarded ICF gold medal

Richard W. Hertzberg, professor emeritus and distinguished alumnus in the department of Materials Science and Engineering, has won the 2017 Paris Gold Medal from the International Congress on Fracture (ICF) for his contributions to the field of fracture and fatigue. The award was named after Paul C. Paris, Hertzberg’s dissertation …

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New, updated materials courses for Fall 2017

NEW: MAT 398/BIOE 395 – Introduction to Biomaterials (3 credits). Application of materials science and engineering principles to biomedical materials with a focus on polymers, ceramics, and metals. Synthesis and fabrication of biomaterials; structure-property-function relationships related to biocompatibility and bioactivity; nano- to macro-scale characterization; material-tissue interactions; and applications of biomaterials …

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Brigandi first online PhD graduate

Paul Brigandi, an associate research scientist at Dow Chemical Company in Collegeville, earned his doctorate online part time while working full time. Brigandi is the first graduate to earn a PhD in the department’s online program. Brigandi’s thesis is “Electrically Conductive Multiphase Polymer Blend Carbon-Based Composites.” His advisor is Ray …

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