After more than 150 years as a leader in trailblazer scientific education, Lafayette is richer than ever in student potential and faculty prowess.
To continue to inspire the scientific explorers of the future, we require state-of-the-art spaces designed to catalyze learning and discovery at the intersection of disciplines.
SEEKING INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS: “Today’s biology is an interdisciplinary science in which mathematics, physics, and computer science are highly relevant to major discoveries,” says Professor Eric Ho, a computational biologist who works with students to uncover more effective treatments for Lyme disease and breast cancer using DNA sequencing.
ENSURING SECURE COMMUNICATIONS: To enable secure messaging in financial trading across the global wireless network, a multidisciplinary IDEAL Center student team developed a dynamic algorithm for real-time routing of messages. In addition to computer programming expertise, the solution required analyses of economic, political, and geographic conditions on multiple continents.
BATTLING DANGEROUS DUST: Faculty and students in biology and civil and environmental engineering teamed up to explore the use of biodegradable algae-based biofilm as a clean method of keeping fine dust particles on unpaved roads from becoming airborne and causing significant consequences to the environment and to human health.