Joseph A. Menicucci Jr., Associate Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
What are your research interests?
What classes are you teaching at Lehigh?
I am currently assigned to teach Chemical Engineering Laboratory I and II at Lehigh University, though I expect to teach many different courses in my career here.
What degrees do you hold and where did you earn them? (Please include postdocs if applicable.)
I earned my B.S., M.S., Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University.
What was your previous institution?
I most recently was employed at Montana State University, but previously taught at Manhattan College and was one of the five faculty members in the College of Engineering at Nazarbayev University, a western-style university located in the capital of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan, when it opened.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I believe that teaching at a university is such an amazing experience because the students have made an active choice to be there. They also have the knowledge, maturity and motivation to assume responsibility for their education. This allows us to focus more on facilitating learning rather than just lecturing at students.
Why did you choose Lehigh?
I first applied for a position at Lehigh University just after completion of my Ph.D. 12 years ago! I knew then (and know now) that the faculty in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, and at Lehigh University provide a world-class education for their students while also making groundbreaking contributions in research and contributing positively to their communities.
Lehigh's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion was also a significant contributing factor to my choice to join the Lehigh faculty. My meeting with Dr. Henri Odi and Dr. Marci Levine during my on-site interview left me quite impressed by the dynamic and forward-thinking approach to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion on campus.
Finally, I am very lucky to join a vibrant department with faculty and staff who are not only talented, but also kind and empathetic. I am quite grateful for the support I've received from everyone here, but especially the staff of the department - Stephanie Smith, Jamie Lenhart, Margie Barry, Paul Bader and Mike Myers.