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Dr. Chad Kusko, ATLSS Administrative Director and Associate Director for RAMP and PITA, along with William Michalerya, Lehigh’s Associate Vice President, Government Relations and Economic Development and Gene Lucadamo, Industry Liaison Officer for Lehigh’s Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, represented Lehigh University at the announcement of the awarding of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation pilot, titled the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII).  The announcement was made at M-7 Technologies in Youngstown, Ohio, on August 16, 2012.  Funding of the program is through the Department of Defense, and as such, Frank Kendall III, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Acquisition, along with Dr. Rebecca Blank, Acting Secretary of Commerce and Deputy Secretary of Commerce, and Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, made the announcement of the award in Ohio.


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"How do ASCE members encourage policy makers and the engineering community to take the long view rather than focus on the upfront sticker price?"


That's a question Dr. Dan M. Frangopol, the Fazlur R. Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture, posed to fellow educators and industry leaders in civil engineering at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) annual convention in New York City this fall. It's also a question that's propelled him to the forefront of a critically important area of study and practice within the civil engineering community.


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The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA) is a collaboration among the Pennsylvania (PA) Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) Engineering Research Center at Lehigh University, and the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES) at Carnegie Mellon University.  The mission of the PITA Program is to assist the Commonwealth of PA and its companies in increasing operating efficiency and enhancing economic development by:


  1. conducting technology development projects with PA companies;
  2. developing technology leading to new PA companies;
  3. conducting educational outreach programs for the benefit of PA companies and students;
  4. seeding research and technology development projects that attract funding from other sources;
  5. creating an environment linking PA companies, agencies and students to increase the creation and retention of high paying jobs in the Commonwealth; and
  6. enabling PA universities to remain at the forefront of engineering research and education.


We are pleased to announce that funding for the FY2016 PITA program has been provided to ATLSS Engineering Research Center by the PA DCED. ATLSS is now soliciting proposals for PITA projects that fit within the 7 Technology Focus Areas listed below. Proposals are due by Friday, May 13, 2016. Approval memos for selected projects are targeted to be issued by July 1, 2016.

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Lehigh University’s NHERI Experimental Facility will be hosting a 1-day Research Workshop on Monday, November 9th at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.  The objectives of the workshop are:
To provide participants information about the NHERI@Lehigh Experimental Facility capabilities

  • To provide the basics of real-time hybrid simulation through lectures and hands-on demonstrations
  • To understand how the NHERI@Lehigh Experimental Facility capabilities can enhance your research
  • To provide information for preparing NSF proposals which use the NHERI@Lehigh Experimental Facility

Partial travel financial support will be available for on-site participants.  More details, including a registration link and application for the participant financial support, will be available in the near future.  We encourage interested researchers to visit the ATLSS Engineering Research Center ( for updates on the workshop.  Questions regarding the site workshop can be addressed to Dr. Chad Kusko, Administrative Director, ATLSS Engineering Research Center, Lehigh University at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 610-758-5299.



The American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) recently awarded Lehigh's Dan M. Frangopol, the Fazlur Rahman Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture and professor of structural engineering, with its prestigious Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) award for lifetime achievement in civil engineering education.


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Following a one year period of without program funding, we are pleased to announce that Lehigh University, through the ATLSS Engineering Research Center, has again received PITA funding from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for FY13.  The RFP for the program is now open and we invite the submittal of proposals by October 1, 2012. The technical focus areas for PITA proposals include the following areas:

  1. Innovative Infrastructure Systems (IIS)
  2. Information and Systems Technology (IST)
  3. Product and Process Design and Optimization (PPDO)
  4. Biomedical and Health Engineering (BHE)
  5. Environmental and Energy Technology (EET)
  6. Nanotechnology (NANO)
  7. Courses and Outreach Programs (COP)

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With two towers reaching 700 feet into the sky and a span that stretches nearly a mile, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is a familiar beacon to travelers driving from New Jersey to New York City.

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Two Lehigh faculty members were interviewed last week by The Philadelphia Inquirer for an article on the earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on March 11.


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Recent Project

PITA Project: Integrated Framework using Monitoring and Reliability for Improved infrastructure Management under Uncertainty: Phases 1, 2, and 3


The aim of the PITA project is to develop a novel integrated framework using structural health monitoring and reliability technologies for improved bridge management under uncertainty. Through the use of new technologies and the employment of structural health monitoring and reliability approaches, the project is expected to have significant impact on bridge lifetime management practices.


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