About Data X

From cyber security to marketing analytics and bioengineering to the life sciences, computer and data science are transforming discovery and innovation in our economy, our culture and our society. Through the Data X initiative, Lehigh is committed to expanding its faculty working in computer science and related fields and to preparing students working across all disciplines to understand, create and collaborate through the latest technologies and methodologies available to researchers today. 

As a national leader in interdisciplinary teaching and research, Lehigh is dedicated to providing students with distinctive academic experiences that challenge customary approaches to education. Thinking and learning outside the box—and beyond the traditional boundaries of a particular discipline—enables students to find revolutionary solutions to the world’s problems. This lies at the core of the Lehigh experience.

Leveraging this strength alongside superior capabilities in computer science, data analytics, journalism and an ever-broadening range of disciplines, Lehigh has developed the Data X initiative, which will significantly expand the university’s capacities in computer science while increasing access to computer science and data analytics to students working in numerous fields across the university.

Data X will create new opportunities for researchers and students to use computer science and data analytics to support research and innovation in engineering, business, natural and social sciences, and the humanities, enriching the student experience and developing graduates with increasingly sought-after skillsets.

New Faculty, New Frontiers

Lehigh’s commitment to an expansion of faculty in interdisciplinary computer science will yield an increase in both tenure track faculty and professors of practice. Highly qualified new hires will teach and research in fundamental computer science areas, complementing and collaborating with an existing group of exceptional, internationally respected faculty members already working in Lehigh’s core computer science department or in complementary fields, including:

Dan Lopresti, Interim Dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
Anand Jagota, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Director of Bioengineering
Hank Korth, Professor and Interim Chair of Computer Science and Engineering
Georgette Phillips, Dean of the College of Business and Economics
David Griffith, Professor and Chair of Marketing
Donald Hall, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Jack Lule, Professor and Chair of Journalism and Communication
Neal Simon, Professor of Biological Sciences and co-Director, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Bioscience Education Award
Vassie Ware, Professor of Biological Sciences and co-Director, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Bioscience Education Award

Pervasive Computer Science 

Data X will enable Lehigh to meet the increasing demand for computer science and data analytics among students of all disciplines. More Lehigh students than ever before will develop essential computer science skills and gain a competitive advantage in a world where employers across all industries rely upon computer science competency.

Lehigh continues to answer the ever-increasing demand for collaboration, creativity and transformative study through Data X. With an eye toward broader expansion into a wide range of programs and disciplines, initial focus areas of the program will build on existing strengths across Lehigh’s four colleges.

Data X / Bioengineering

Lehigh’s bioengineering program features world-class excellence in education and research and develops critical thinkers and problem solvers in a rapidly evolving field. The incorporation of computer science will allow students to gain deeper insight into complex biological systems.

Data X / Business

A rigorous and relevant course of study, the marketing program at Lehigh provides an experiential environment through which students can acquire professional-level competencies. The addition of computer science will strengthen student skills in data analysis and enable them to better navigate the challenges of an increasingly digital and social media-focused world. 

Data X / Digital Media

Lehigh’s Department of Journalism emphasizes the role of journalism in today’s global society through a program that teaches traditional skills intertwined with modern practice. Computer science will enhance students’ journalistic abilities with essential technical knowledge in an age of digital media, providing them with the capacity to build a means of disseminating the content they’ve created.

Data X / Synergistic Focus Areas

Lehigh's commitment to excellence in computer science and related fields extends beyond the boundaries of Data X, and includes departments and faculty spanning the entire university, from engineering to the arts to the life sciences and more. As data increasingly plays a role in researchers from any field, Lehigh strives to attract faculty capable of understanding data, harnessing data, and putting that data to use in the pursuit of knowledge in unique and innovative ways.

The Provost's Office welcomes feedback from faculty who wish to become involved with Data X. Questions, proposals and more can be sent to Provost Patrick J. Farrell at pvf209@lehigh.edu or Daniel Lopresti, director of Data X, at dal9@lehigh.edu.

Faculty Profile

Anand Jagota

Anand Jagota is professor of chemical engineering and director of Lehigh's bioengineering program at Lehigh. His research interests are in biomaterials, biomechanics, and nanobiotechnology. His group works on properties, processing, and modeling of DNA interactions with nanomaterials, specifically on its hybrids with carbon nanotubes. In another active project, his group works on biomimetic fibrillar interfaces with enhanced adhesion, friction, and compliance achieved by design of near-surface architecture. Currently, Jagota's lab is engaged in research projects in solution-based processing of carbon nanotubes, the biomimetics of fibrillar adhesion, and adhesion and mechanical properties. 

"We're looking for higher-end computer technology and better capturing and management technology. Most importantly, we need innovating minds so that we can actually understand new questions in an unstructured world."

- David Griffith, professor and chair, Department of Marketing