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37 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
"You are valued."
When Hannah Dailey says she feels like she's been at Lehigh her whole life, she means it. She did her undergrad in mechanical engineering here, came back for her master's and PhD, and today she’s an assistant professor specializing in medical devices. In this episode, she talks about her journey from "terrified" transfer student to entrepreneur to helping surgeons improve patient care. She also talks about the efforts to get more female students and faculty into mechanical engineering, and the one thing she thinks everyone needs to hear.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.
30 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
Coffee and Cosmetics
How can we get more students interested in chemical engineering? Ask the students. The result of that somewhat novel approach is a new course called Coffee and Cosmetics: Engineering of Consumer Products. In this episode, Professor James Gilchrist shares the origin story of the class, the unique role of its creators, and how for the first time in his teaching career, Gilchrist wasn’t the expert in the room. The episode begins with Gilchrist telling the origin story of his own interest in chemical engineering, what his research means for the lay consumer, and what’s so fascinating (really!) about how paint dries. 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.
26 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
How engineers treat disease
Anand Ramamurthi is the new professor and chair of Lehigh's bioengineering department. In this episode, he talks about his research journey, and how an early fascination with the human body led to the realization that engineers can play a significant role in treating disease. 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.
19 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
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 | Oct 26, 2020
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 | Oct 8, 2020
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 | Sep 24, 2020
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 | Sep 3, 2020
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 | Aug 21, 2020
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.
14 minutes | Jul 8, 2020
Breaking the stereotype
"It took me a long time to find my voice in engineering," says Christina Haden, professor of practice in the department of mechanical engineering and mechanics. According to data from the American Society for Engineering Education, just 21.9 percent of engineering bachelor's degrees were awarded to women in 2018. Haden wants to change that. She helped create Lehigh Women Engineers, a three-day experience that is part of Lehigh's preLUsion program, and designed for self-identifying women. This episode features the faculty, staff, and student voices of this unique and important program that works to break stereotypes, expose imposter syndrome, forge friendships, and make all women feel welcome, represented, and seen as engineers.
23 minutes | Jun 18, 2020
Expanding the worldview of students
On July 1st, Sabrina Jedlicka will become the new associate dean of academic affairs for the Rossin College. In this episode, she talks about how psychology played a big role in who she became as an engineer and as a professor, how a chance meeting with a female mentor shaped her path as a researcher, and how she’ll use her new role as associate dean to broaden the worldview of students, and to help address the inequity in engineering.
26 minutes | Jun 4, 2020
Caring for the COVID Convalescent
Dr. David Adinaro is an alum of the Healthcare Systems Engineering program, and the chief medical officer of the East Orange-Alternative Care Site in East Orange, New Jersey. From early April to about mid-May, he was in the same role in the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey, which had been converted into a temporary medical station meant to ease the burden on local hospitals overwhelmed by coronavirus patients. Dr. Adinaro and his team care for the COVID convalescent, those in the last 5 to 7 days of their hospital stay. In this episode, he talks about the experience of being on the frontlines of the pandemic, why systems engineering matters in healthcare, and the struggle that so many providers feel during this time, about whether or not they're doing enough.
25 minutes | May 26, 2020
The Journey of Onur Denizhan
Onur Denizhan is a PhD student in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, and the recent recipient of the RCEAS Graduate Leadership and Service award. He calls the award “proof of my life at Lehigh.” As an international student from Turkey, the path to such recognition hasn’t always been easy. But Onur has found that his struggles have only made him stronger.
7 minutes | May 13, 2020
“I was pleasantly surprised.”
Ellie Christman is a chemical engineering major and a freshman. Having to finish out her first year at Lehigh at home was a huge bummer, but she’s gotten more out of remote learning than she anticipated.
18 minutes | May 6, 2020
“Hospitals are desperate for solutions.”
A small team at Lehigh led by Brian Slocum brings you inside their labs and work spaces to explain how they are responding to the shortage of personal protective equipment, and made more than 1200 face shields for local healthcare providers.
11 minutes | Apr 28, 2020
“We’re feeling the lack of closure.”
Susan Perry is a professor of practice in the bioengineering department. As the semester comes to a close, Susan shares how she figured out how to teach a lab online, how her students figured out how to build prosthetics at home, and the unusual visitor who crashed her Zoom meeting. She also has a special message for all you seniors. She understands what you're feeling because she feels it, too.
10 minutes | Apr 20, 2020
"It's a hard time to be a senior."
Seanna Corr is a bioengineering major, and a senior. She talks about the goodbyes she didn’t get to say to friends and professors on campus, her worries about the future, and her two secret weapons helping her through it all.
11 minutes | Apr 10, 2020
"There are positives to this."
First-year engineering student Alexander Spivey talks about the challenges he faced when the coronavirus pandemic forced students to leave campus, and how he’s staying focused, and positive.
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