22 episodes

Rossin Connection is a podcast about all things Lehigh engineering, and comes to you from the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh University. It’s a show for students, alumni, faculty, and staff—current, former, and future—and for anyone interested in the many creative ways that engineers are solving the world’s problems.

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Rossin Connection is a podcast about all things Lehigh engineering, and comes to you from the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh University. It’s a show for students, alumni, faculty, and staff—current, former, and future—and for anyone interested in the many creative ways that engineers are solving the world’s problems.

    The “Magic” of Materials Engineering

    The “Magic” of Materials Engineering

    Chances are, you’ve never given much (if any!) thought to the films that coat things like your phone charger. But without them–and without their exact dimensions of thickness and hardness–the technology we rely on every day would be useless. In this episode, associate professor Nick Strandwitz explains what he calls the “magic” of atomic layer deposition, a thin film growth technique that, among many other things, helps our computers and smartphones do what they do–and do it fast. He also talks about what makes the discipline of materials science particularly satisfying.

    • 12 min
    Following your dreams

    Following your dreams

    As a kid growing up in Amman, Jordan, Karmel Shehadeh knew she wanted to one day be a professor and a researcher. Today, she is an assistant professor in the department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. And at the end of her faculty profile, she includes an unusual line. It’s not a sentiment you typically come across in such write-ups, but it’s targeted toward a special group of students. In this episode, you’ll find out why she makes a point of including that sentence not only in her profile, but in the acknowledgement section of her research papers.

    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.

    • 13 min
    “They nailed it.” Engineering the James Webb Space Telescope

    “They nailed it.” Engineering the James Webb Space Telescope

    The James Webb Space Telescope launched into orbit on Christmas Day 2021. It’s the largest, most powerful space science telescope that has ever been built. It will enable us to look more than 13 billion years back in time, helping us answer questions like, Where do we come from? and Are we alone?  It took 20 years, thousands of technicians, scientists, and engineers, and 40 million hours to build. One of those engineers is Lehigh alum Scott Willoughby. He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering in 1989, and today he’s the vice president and program manager for the James Webb Space Telescope program at Northrop Grumman. In this episode, he explains why this mission an Apollo moment for science, what makes this telescope a singular marvel of engineering, and how we’re already benefiting from Webb’s development here on earth.

    • 23 min
    An honor, and a challenge

    An honor, and a challenge

    Sibel Pamukcu is an expert in the field of electroremediation of soils and groundwater, and her pioneering research spans more than three decades of work. But Sibel is a pioneer of another sort as well. She was the first woman faculty member of the department of civil and environmental engineering. In this episode, she talks about becoming an engineer, her groundbreaking research, the challenges she faced in her early years in the department, and what she’s learned from her colleagues today that  could have helped her back then.

    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.

    • 16 min
    "You are valued."

    "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.

    • 36 min
    Coffee and Cosmetics

    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.

    • 29 min

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Love this podcast

The Astronaut, Part 1 is wonderfully educational. I’m already excited about Part 2. Great work!