PITA Fiscal Year 2011 Projects

ATLSS Summer REU Program 2011

Lead University: Lehigh University
PI: Gary S. Novak, ATLSS Engineering Research Center
PA Industry: SPTS Technologies

In direct support of PITA's Research and Education Technology Area # 8, Courses and Outreach Programs, and PITA Mission Statement #3, conducting educational outreach programs for the benefit of PA companies and students, Lehigh University's Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) Research Center is developing a summer Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program for Summer 2011. The program, named the ATLSSreu Program, will introduce qualified undergraduate engineering and/or science students to a positive Civil Engineering-based research environment at Lehigh University. Goals of the program include inspiring the participants to pursue a graduate engineering degree at a Pennsylvania-based institution while exposing the students to select Pennsylvania companies during site visits. Participating students will be assigned an active research project at Lehigh University and will conduct the research under the direction of the project's Principal Investigator and a graduate student mentor. In addition to introducing the students to research methodologies, the program will expose students professional development workshops and industrial tours at Pennsylvania-based organizations focused on Civil Engineering-related operations. Student deliverables include the submittal of a final report and development of a formal presentation summarizing research findings during the program. Lehigh received 45 applications for this program in 2009.