The Patton and Claire Lewis Fellowship Program provides Harvey Mudd College students with experience and rigorous study of professional practice as either a Lewis Professional Research Fellow or a Lewis Professional Industrial Fellow. The fellowship is named for Patton Lewis, a former HMC faculty member and professional engineer who devoted his life to applying engineering principles to his work, and Claire Lewis, a home economist, who, as a professional, taught many women home economics topics.
Nancy Lape joined the Department of Engineering at Harvey Mudd College in 2005 and serves as the director of the Patton and Claire Lewis Fellowship in Engineering Professional Practice. Her research focuses on energy-efficient composite gas separation membranes and chemical transport across human skin. Professor Lape received a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota. In 2009, she received a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award.