Facilities, Labs, and Centers

Facilities & Labs

George E. Kane Manufacturing Technology Laboratory
Lehigh University ISE - Lab Automation and Robotics Laboratory

Director of Manufacturing Technology Lab:  Gregory L. Tonkay, Ph.D.
Director of Automation Robotics Lab: Derya Pamukcu, Ph.D. 

The George E. Kane Manufacturing Technology Laboratory is named for Professor George Kane who established the laboratory in 1957. It focuses on equipment, work systems, machinery, and automation systems for today’s manufacturing environment. Its purpose is to provide students with the opportunity to acquire hands-on experience in the use of engineering equipment, systems, and tools. Current and recent research projects in the lab include the machinability of powder metal parts, studies of several nontraditional machining processes, creep feed grinding, and rapid prototyping. This lab is home to the Baja Race Car. 

The Automation and Robotics Laboratory, established in 1981, contains industrial robots used for various applications. A flexible automation cell is also a focus of the laboratory. Research aspects include the intelligent control of discrete event dynamic systems as well as issues related to intelligent robots. Such research is directed to solving real world problems.

Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Computer Lab

Lehigh University ISE - computer labThe ISE Computer Lab in Mohler 121 is a state-of-the-art lab with 38 all-in-one workstations. This computational modeling and visualization facility allows faculty to teach classes that include visualization, computing and simulation. This includes classes such as IE 316/426 Optimization Models and Applications, IE 112 Computer Graphics, IE 305 Simulation and IE 447 Financial Optimization.





Computer Lab in Mohler 444

ISE's second computer lab has 17 workstations. It is available in Mohler Lab room 444. Students use this lab to work on papers, to check e-mail and Course Site, and work on group presentations and projects.

Computational Optimization Research at Lehigh Lab

Director: Ted K. Ralphs, Ph.D.Lehigh University ISE - research lab

Computational Optimization Research at Lehigh Lab, or COR@L, aims at promoting and conducting graduate-level research, primarily in the areas that lie at the interface of optimization and high-performance computing. Research conducted at the COR@L lab in recent years has focused on cutting edge optimization theory and development of several open source optimization software. The lab brings together faculty and graduate students aimed at establishing a multi-disciplinary research agenda. Research findings are disseminated through refereed publications, national and international conferences, and scholarly presentations. This lab was donated by Dr. Gary and Marian Whitehouse ’60, ’62G.


Enterprise Systems Center

Director: Emory W. Zimmers, Jr., Ph.D.

Lehigh University ISE - enterprise systems center

The Enterprise Systems Center (ESC), located in Mohler Lab, has been a national center of excellence in systems engineering and leadership development through experiential learning for several decades.

The ESC engages students along with professors, senior fellows, subject matter experts, and industry partners, who utilize a layered-mentoring approach. This helps companies use existing or develop new technology tools to grow and compete in a global marketplace. Commonly, research teams are interdisciplinary and engage both undergraduate and graduate students. Research efforts are driven by industry needs and historically have been focused in the areas of operations research, analytics, supply chain and logistics, management science, product innovation, sustainability, and agile manufacturing.

Educational goals include developing world class practitioners as well as future leaders. The ESC enables leadership skill set development which helps students to transition from an initial role of individual technical contributor to managerial positions directing the efforts of others in global organizational settings. This is accomplished through course content, projects emphasizing experiential learning, a leadership minor, hosting the student chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and programs such as the Innovation and Leadership Residency (ILR). Students with ESC experience report a great advantage when interviewing with corporate recruiters.