Alan J. Snyder, the former interim vice dean for research and graduate studies at the Penn State College of Medicine, has been named Lehigh’s new vice president and associate provost for research and graduate studies.
He will serve as the university’s chief research officer, with responsibility for developing and expanding the culture and environment for research, scholarship and creative work. As vice president, Snyder will advise the president and provost on research and graduate and postdoctoral student policies, and work with the senior leadership on strategic planning and research initiatives. He will also provide support and direction for Lehigh’s graduate programs, graduate fellowships, graduate recruiting, and funding of graduate students.
Snyder’s research career has focused mainly on the development, design and testing of mechanical circulatory support systems for patients suffering heart failure. His work has spanned the theoretical consideration of homeostatic mechanisms and the highly practical aspects of design, development and clinical evaluation. In addition to collaborating with surgeons, cardiologists, engineers, nurses, materials scientists and others, Snyder has worked closely with businesses, regulators and National Institute of Health program managers.
For his research accomplishments, he has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Snyder completed his undergraduate and graduate work at Penn State, earning a B.S. in engineering science and a Ph.D. in bioengineering.