Siddha Pimputkar earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Ph.D. in Materials from University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He joined the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Lehigh University in 2016 as an Assistant Professor and has since been establishing a lab focused on the bulk and thin-film synthesis of single-crystal nitride materials and other electronic and optically active materials. Current material systems include cubic boron nitride, indium nitride and a variety of ternary nitride systems, including InGaN and AlInN. In addition to research, he teaches a quantum mechanics class and the introduction to material science class and enjoys exciting the next generation of students. Integrating data collection and analysis procedures to the classroom to receive quantitative feedback on the usefulness of different educational approaches is of current interest.
Greg Skutches earned both his Master’s (1997) and Ph.D. (2001) in English with a specialization in Composition and Rhetoric at Lehigh University. He joined the English Department at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania in 1999 and returned to Lehigh in 2006 to establish and direct the Writing Across the Curriculum Program and teach courses in literature and first-year writing. In the fall of 2008, he launched the Technology, Research, and Communication (TRAC) Writing Fellows Program, which has grown into an organization of 85 discipline-based peer writing tutors who, in total, work with more than 1,300 students at Lehigh each semester. His research interests include topics in writing across the curriculum, composition theory, argument theory, and peer learning with a special focus on writing fellows programs.
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