Mehta named Lehigh University's Vice Provost for Creative Inquiry and Director for the Mountaintop Initiative
Khanjan Mehta, director of Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) and assistant professor of engineering design, has been named as Lehigh University's Vice Provost for Creative Inquiry and Director for the Mountaintop Initiative.
“While we are saddened to see Khanjan leave Penn State, I am confident he will make a significant impact at Lehigh," Sven Bilén, head of SEDTAPP and professor of engineering design and electrical and aerospace engineering said. "He has been a dynamic force within Penn State for engaging students in meaningful, research-guided, sustainable, hands-on projects that have a real, lasting impact for students and the communities with which they have engaged.”
Mehta's appointment at Lehigh University will begin on December 30, 2016.
“It has been such an exhilarating journey building up the HESE program over the last decade. I am incredibly proud of my students' accomplishments and the sustainable impact we have had across so many countries," Mehta said.
"This opportunity at Lehigh University was just too good to pass up. This position provides an extremely unique platform to share my passion for creative inquiry across disciplines and cultures and my obsession with delivering social impact," he said. "I am particularly attracted to the boundary-spanning breadth of this role and the ability to work at different levels of abstraction – engaging with students in a brainstorming session, understanding and empowering faculty members, interfacing with community partners, and storytelling to celebrate and elevate innovation.
Mehta will work with Bilén to ensure a smooth transition for HESE leadership and looks forward to engaging with his friends in his new role at Lehigh. "Penn State has prepared me well to embark on this new adventure. I will work with Sven to ensure a smooth transition for HESE leadership and I look forward to engaging with my dear friends at Penn State in my new role at Lehigh University.”
"Penn State has prepared me well to embark on this new adventure."
Learn more about Mehta's appointment in Lehigh University's official release.