Thanksgiving holiday, registration, BIRTHDAY

Hey all! How’s your week been? Did everyone get through exam week all right? (Be sure to catch up on any lost sleep! Sleep is important. And eat. Don’t skip meals. Tip: Grab a granola bar or buy a snack at Upper to take along with you if you know you won’t have time to stop by later or actually sit down to eat.)

Anyway, Thanksgiving holiday is in what, two weeks? Yeah? Yeah. Two weeks. Two weeks, and we’ll have a break to go overboard on food and laze around in a wonderful food-induced stupor for a weekend. Sounds wonderful and I can’t wait.

Anyway! Don’t start packing up your things just yet, there’s still two more weeks of school. How’s anybody doing in Mech 003? We’re covering torsion and rotational forces right now. Much easier than plastic deformations. I do not like deformation problems. They’re quite pesky. Also, the class midterm average was… I think the lowest in over a decade. Well. Oops. Time to start studying for the final. (Seriously.)

Also! Is everybody ready for REGISTRATION?! Don’t forget to get your PIN and have a list of class sections ready to sign up for! Make sure you’ve got the right times and the proper CRN numbers! Tip: MyEdu.com is a great place to start arranging your schedule, and RateMyProfessor is a good resource to check out your potential professors. (Also, another tip: Early class with a good professor >>>>>>> later class with a bad professor! I know, I know, you don’t want to get up early, but it’s better than completely flopping in a class you could’ve easily done better in, ya know?)

Also, shout-out to my sister, who turned 17 yesterday! Wish I was there to celebrate it with you, but alas, I am ten hours away. Hope your big day went awesomely! 17. Wow. One more year and you can vote, sis! -wipes away tear-

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The Interesting Faculty of the Week: Dr. Edmund Webb III

If you ask any mechanical engineering student here at Lehigh, who is the one of the best professors here in the mechanical engineering department many, many times you will hear the name Professor Webb. So this is why I chose Dr. Webb to be The Interesting Faculty of the Week.

Webb

From my own experience, I have found him to be one of the very best that Lehigh has to offer. So far I have only met a couple intellectuals that portray very complex information in a very simple way that every student understands. I currently have him for my Strength of Materials Course (Mech 012) and even as rigorous as the material has been, I have found to have enjoyed every moment of his class. Here are topics we cover in Mech 012:

“Transverse shear in beams. Mohr’s circle for stress. Plastic yield criteria. Deflection of beams. Introduction to numerical analysis of simple structures. Fatigue and fracture. Column buckling. Stresses in thick-walled cylinders.”

These seems like non-intuitive complex concepts, which they are, but Prof. Webb has managed to help our class understand this so well that we feel very comfortable with this material.

This is Dr. Webb’s Profile in the school’s website;

In his research, Dr. Webb applies simulation techniques across multiple length and time scales to elucidate fundamental phenomena controlling the mechanical response of materials. Current studies include stress evolution in nanostructures and thin films, capillary driven fluid flow in reactive flow systems, and mass and heat transport processes at interfaces between dissimilar materials.

Prior to joining the Lehigh faculty in 2010, Webb spent 12 years with Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. As a national laboratory research scientist, Prof. Webb applied high performance computing resources to a range of materials and mechanics problems, including capillary driven fluid flow, friction mitigation, stress evolution in thin films, nanoscale thermal transport, and liquid droplet impacts. He was recipient of several Recognition Awards from Sandia for various contributions in research and service to the organization.

I was recommended by many upperclassmen to try to take as many courses with him as possible, and so far by the looks of it, I’m sure I will.