Integrated Product Development - IPD


Inspiring Excellence

Your Connection to Success

Currently 18 team advisors are working with and mentoring students on 35 teams.

Team Advisors

The faculty and staff of the Baker Institute bring a wealth of experience and domain expertise to the study and practice of entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. They are a dedicated group of professionals with backgrounds and ongoing practice in founding start-ups, venture capital, technology commercialization, deal brokering and technology management, invention, Intellectual Property protection, entrepreneurship related governmental policy and successful exit strategies.


John Akers

Graduate Student Team Advisor
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Matthew Bilsky

IPD TA and Graduate Team Advisor

Matt Bilsky is currently pursuing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University. He graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with an Electrical Engineering minor in 2012, also from Lehigh University. He has owned and operated his own company, Mattcomp Services LLC, since 2003 offering property management, electrical, and computer services. A portfolio of his work can be found at

When not in the lab you can find him free skiing on weekdays and working college ski races on the weekends. During the summers he works as a river guide on the Lehigh River in Jim Thorpe taking groups of guests on biking, hiking, and rafting trips.


Lori Herz

Professor of Practice in Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering

Professor Herz’s academic and professional background is in biotechnology, biochemical engineering, and pharmaceutical processing. She is the Associate Director of the Bioengineering Program and the Professor of Practice in Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at Lehigh, and teaches Metabolic Engineering and the Biotechnology Laboratory. Prior to joining the faculty at Lehigh, Professor Herz worked in the pharmaceutical industry. She joined Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in 2000 as a Technical Investigator supporting the manufacture of sterile liquid and freeze-dried drug products. Her responsibilities included the technology transfer of products from R&D to the manufacturing sites, as well as providing technical support for the production of commercialized pharmaceuticals. Professor Herz later managed early-phase clinical operations and process scale-up of protein therapeutics. Her areas of expertise include sterile drug product manufacture, technology transfer, and regulatory compliance, as well as the development of cell culture, tangential flow filtration, and lyophilization processes. Professor Herz was also employed at International Specialty Products from 1993 to 1995, where she developed and scaled up processes for synthetic polymers.


Sabrina Jedlicka

Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering

Dr. Jedlicka joined the Lehigh faculty in January 2008. Her research interests focus on the fundamental interactions between mammalian cells and cell culture substrates. Specifically, she is interested in developing reproducible, stable biointerfaces that communicate with cells and ultimately modulate cell fate and function. Research in her lab is centered on the novel development of new implantable biomaterials, as well as a variety of characterization methods, including the adaptation of non-traditional methods to biological problems.

Dr. Jedlicka’s research areas include: biomaterials synthesis & characterization, neuroengineering, biointerface design, surface science, and neuronal cell biology. She holds a Ph.D. and MSE from Purdue University and a BSE from Kansas State University.



Chris Kauzmann

Managing Director of the LaunchBayC Accelerator, BioInnovation Workshops, and LehighSiliconValley

Chris Kauzmann graduated from Lehigh in 2013 with a Mechanical Engineering degree and a minor in Entrepreneurship. He is now pursuing a masters degree in Technical Entrepreneurship at Lehigh. He has experience in product development and has worked in the research and development department at a EcoTech Marine for a year and a half. In 2014 he earned his Master’s in Technical Entrepreneurship. He currently working on two start-ups while working for Lehigh’s Baker Institute as Managing Director of the LaunchBayC Accelerator, BioInnovation Workshops, and LehighSiliconValley.


Yaling Liu

Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Bioengineering Program

Yaling Liu conducts interdisciplinary research in micro/nanoengineering for biology and medicine. In particular, he focuses on using combined experimental and computational fluid/solid mechanics approaches to characterize the interfacial phenomena at the micro/nano scale and in biological systems. Efforts in his lab focus on emerging applications in nanomedicine, biosensing, and micro/nanofabrication. These involve multiscale modeling, biofluid mechanics, image-based simulation, MEMS fabrication, microfluidic chip testing, nanoparticle adhesion dynamics, and cell manipulation.

Prior to joining the Lehigh faculty, Liu served as assistant professor of mechanical aerospace engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, and as senior engineer with Seagate Technology, and is recipient of the NSF Early CAREER Development Award as well as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities. He has pursued research through fellowships with Northwestern University and the NSF Summer Institute on Nanoscale Mechanics.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University
  • B.S., Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University

Phone: (610)758-5839


Charles Lyman

Associate Chaire of MSE Department

Charles Lyman received his BS from Cornell and his PhD from MIT, both in materials science. After a post-doctoral position at the University of Oxford, he held faculty and research positions at RPI and DuPont, respectively. Dr. Lyman joined the Electron Microscopy Laboratory of Lehigh University in 1984.

Dr. Lyman’s research interests include electron microscopy and microanalysis of metals, ceramics, and heterogeneous catalysts. He and his students developed the composition-size diagram as a means for correlating the microstructure and activity of supported bimetallic catalysts. Using this method, his group developed a sulfur-tolerant Pt-Rh catalyst for low-temperature reduction of nitric oxide (NOx) from coal-fired power plants. He continues to develop methods of tailoring the surface composition of bimetallic nanoparticles to obtain improved catalytic properties. Lyman has also worked on the microstructure and properties of aluminum alloys, stainless steels, transition metal oxides, and carbon fibers.

Dr. Lyman is Editor-in-Chief of Microscopy and Microanalysis. He is a member of the Microscopy Society of America (president, 1991), the Microbeam Analysis Society (president, 2000), ASM International, and the American Chemical Society. Dr. Lyman has been a co-organizer of the annual Lehigh Microscopy School since 1985. He has co-authored three textbooks and over 100 technical articles.


Kriston Lynch

Graduate Student Team Advisor

Graduate Student Team Advisor


Mark Mahoney

Graduate Student Team Advisor

Graduate Student Team Advisor


Paul Myerson

Professor of Practice in Supply Chain Management

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Temple University, M.B.A.
Paul Myerson is a Professor of Practice in Supply Chain Management at Lehigh University and holds a B.S. in Business Logistics and an M.B.A. in Physical Distribution.

Professor Myerson has an extensive background as a Supply Chain and Logistics professional, consultant and teacher (most recently at both New Jersey City and Kean Universities).

Prior to joining the faculty at Lehigh, Professor Myerson has been a successful change catalyst for a variety of clients and organizations of all sizes, having over 30 years experience in Supply Chain and Logistics strategies, systems and operations that have resulted in bottom-line improvements for companies such as General Electric, Unilever and Church and Dwight (Arm & Hammer).

Professor Myerson created and has marketed a Supply Chain Planning software tool for Windows to a variety of companies worldwide since 1998.

He is the author of the books “Lean Supply Chain & Logistics” (McGraw-Hill, Copyright 2012) and “Lean Wholesale and Retail (McGraw-Hill, Copyright 2014) as well as a Lean Supply Chain and Logistics Management simulation training game and training package (, Copyright 2012-13).

Professor Myerson also writes a column on Lean Supply Chain for Inbound Logistics Magazine and a blog for Industry Week magazine.


Matt Nikbin

Graduate Student Team Advisor

Matt Nikbin is currently pursuing a Master’s of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship at Lehigh University. He graduated with a B.S. in Bioengineering with a focus in pharmaceuticals, also from Lehigh University. Matt hopes to use these skills to earn a position in a Research and Development department of an engineering company.

Matt is an extremely active member of Lehigh’s campus and partakes in many extra-curricular activities. Matt sings in and has held leadership positions in the University Choir, the all-male choir Glee Club, an a cappella group The Lehigh Melismatics, and he sings as a choir member and cantor at St. Anne’s Church. Outside of vocalizing, Matt also gives tours and interviews for the Office of Admissions and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.


John Ochs

IPD Founding Director & Professor

John Ochs founded and directed Lehigh’s Computer-Aided Design Labs in the Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Department from 1980 to 1999. From 1985-95 he did extensive industry consulting and was involved in the startup of three companies. From 1999 to the present, he has directed Lehigh’s Integrated Product Development (IPD) program. What started out in 1994 as the capstone experience for mechanical engineering majors is now cross-listed in engineering, business, and arts with more than 300 students from over 20 majors participating each year. The pilot program for this course won the 1996 American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ curriculum innovation award and the 1997 Newcomen Society’s award for the promotion of America’s free-enterprise system. Ochs joined the Lehigh University mechanical engineering and mechanics faculty in 1979 and became a full professor in 1990. He has directed Lehigh’s Professional Master’s in Technical Entrepreneurship program since 2012.


Susan Perry

Professor of Practice in Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering

Professor Perry received her PhD in Biological Chemistry in 1992, from Penn State University, M.S. Hershey College of Medicine and spent five years at the National Institutes of Health, in the Section of Cellular and Developmental Biology, NINDS, before coming to Lehigh in 1998. Her active areas of research include cell differentiation and directed cell migration for application with bioactive scaffolds and BioMEMs devices. She is a Professor of Practice in Lehigh’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering Program.


Christal Schwenk

Graduate Student Team Advisor

Christal graduated in May 2014 with a B.S. in Bioengineering and is studying for an Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering. She worked with Stryker for her undergraduate IPD project, which is what inspired her to pursue a career in the orthopedics industry, where she hopes to be able to integrate knowledge and skills from both bioengineering and mechanical engineering. Christal served as a Senior Peer Mentor for the Johnson & Johnson and Debut 2 teams last semester, and this semester is advising the Chick Mitt and Optos teams.  She is also taking graduate level IPD this semester, and hopes to be able to use her skills and experience from undergraduate IPD and apply it in the graduate level.  In addition to academics, Christal is a Gryphon in Dravo, a member of Tau Beta Pi, and is involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.


Paul Schroeder

Student Team Advisor

Paul Schroeder graduated from Lehigh University in December 2014 with a B.S. in Cell and Tissue Bioengineering. He has accepted positions as facility advisor for the IPD program as well as assistant lab manager for the Chemistry department for the Spring of 2015. He plans to continue his education by attending the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland, in Fall 2015. At this university he will become a medical doctor for the U.S. Air Force.

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Brian Slocum

Managing Director, Design Labs

Brian Slocum manages the Wilbur Powerhouse Prototyping Lab as well as the Chandler-Ullmann Wood Shop. In addition, Brian teaches courses in metalworking and prototyping and serves as an advisor to IPD teams. Returning to Lehigh (his alma mater) after completing the MFA Design program at North Carolina School of the Arts, Brian has worked both in the Theatre Department and in the Design Arts Program. In addition to his work at the university, Brian most recently, co-founded Isosceles Design Studio, LLC. ‘ a Design Firm specializing in custom furniture and architectural and interior design.


Trevor Verdonik

Graduate Student Team Advisor

Graduate Student Team Advisor


Lauren Villaverde

Graduate Student Team Advisor

Lauren Villaverde graduated from Lehigh University in 2014 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a minor in Engineering Leadership. She is pursuing a Master’s of Engineering Degree in Technical Entrepreneurship, also at Lehigh. Lauren has experience in a professional manufacturing environment gained through her co-op internship at Crayola. Through the Technical Entrepreneurship program Lauren is currently working on launching a company geared toward increasing the percentage of students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). In addition to being an advisor, Lauren also sponsors two IPD teams that are working with her to develop her company’s first product, called Stackablz.