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19 minutes | 16 days ago
Solving life’s "What if...?" problems
Matt Bilsky is a Lehigh alum and an entrepreneur. Growing up, he was constantly building and inventing things, and that creator mindset helped him not only design his own PhD program, but start two companies focused on solving those “Wouldn’t it be nice if...?” situations. Here’s the story of how a K’NEX kid became a problem-solving CEO—and what startup life sounds like in the era of COVID-19. Learn more about FLX Solutions in South Bethlehem.Rossin Connection is hosted and produced by Christine Fennessy, with support from the Dean's office at the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science.Talk with us @RossinPodcast.
31 minutes | a month ago
Can cartilage be regrown?
Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones wears down over time. It’s the most common form of arthritis, and it affects more than 31 million Americans. Lesley Chow recently received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for her work on a technique that may someday help cartilage regrow. In this episode, Lesley talks about the role of cartilage in the body, why injuries to it can be so devastating, the novel approach her lab is taking to rebuild it, and why she’s so invested in helping others avoid living in pain. Lesley is the Frank Hook Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.Rossin Connection is hosted and produced by Christine Fennessy, with support from the Dean’s office at the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. Talk with us @RossinPodcast.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
The Astronaut, Part 2
This is the second half of our interview with professor of practice, Terry Hart. It begins in 1978, just after Hart was selected from 8,000 applicants to be one of 35 astronauts known as Group 8, the first to include African Americans, Asian Americans, and women. Hart talks about training for his historic 1984 mission to space, why weightlessness was initially pretty awful, and about the one failure NASA didn’t anticipate. He also explains why he left the astronaut corps, his view on the future of space exploration, and why he calls being named Lehigh University's commencement speaker for the 2020 class, “the honor of my life.” Hart is a professor of practice in the department of mechanical engineering and mechanics at the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh University.Rossin Connection is hosted and produced by Christine Fennessy.
40 minutes | 2 months ago
The Astronaut, Part 1
Terry Hart '68, '88H, is a Lehigh alum and a professor of practice in mechanical engineering and mechanics. He's also a former telecommunications executive, fighter pilot, and astronaut. His life is a series of remarkable stories, some of which he was planning on sharing with students as commencement speaker for the 2020 class. But like everything else, graduation was upended by the pandemic.Host Christine Fennessy caught up with Terry to learn more about the path he took after his own graduation from Lehigh, a path that eventually landed him in NASA's Astronaut Group 8. In part one of a two-part interview, Terry talks about the event that initially captured his imagination about space, the edge engineering gave him as an Air Force pilot during the Vietnam War, the most fortuitous failure of his life, and why Sally Ride was his favorite copilot.
23 minutes | 3 months ago
From injured runner to researcher
At the time, it was the hardest decision he'd ever made. But when Peter Schwarzenberg '16 quit running cross country in his junior year, it was a move that changed his life. Today, he's a PhD candidate in mechanical engineering and mechanics developing a virtual technique that can help doctors better predict healing in tibial fractures. That research made him just one of 10 recipients in the U.S. last year of the Institute of International Education’s Graduate International Research Experiences (IIE-GIRE) program. Read more about Peter and the revolutionary approach he's developing at the @DaileyOrthoLab with assistant professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics, Dr. Hannah Dailey. Tweet ideas or feedback on the show @RossinPodcast.
29 minutes | 3 months ago
Kathleen Egan: Athlete, Activist, CEO
Kathleen Egan is a surfer, skier, environmental activist, and the CEO and cofounder of ecomedes, a company whose mission is to reduce the cost and impact of buildings. She's also an alum of the industrial and systems engineering program at Lehigh. She got her MBA at Harvard Business School, grew seven venture-backed startups with three successful exits, and has held senior leadership positions at companies like Oracle, Revionics, Quri, and Wiser Solutions, Inc. In this episode, Egan talks about her journey to becoming a CEO, about learning to ask for what she wanted, becoming her authentic self (and finally dropping all the football talk), and how she counters the imposter syndrome that, incredibly, still haunts her. She offers advice for students on how to make the impressions that can give them an edge as they start their careers. And finally, she explains how she found her calling in the business of sustainability, and why she has hope that humanity can act in time to address climate change.
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