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.


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.