Professor and Director of the Technical Entrepreneurship Program; KEEN Faculty Mentor
An award-winning innovator in curriculum and program development, John Ochs joined Lehigh University's Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics department in 1979 and founded and directed its Computer-Aided Design Labs from 1980 to 1999. From 1985-95 he did extensive industry consulting and was involved in the startup of three companies. Since 1996, he has directed Lehigh’s Integrated Product Development (IPD) program. What started as a pilot in 1994 as a 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 program 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.