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Lehigh ESC students showcase industry-driven research

Presentations from undergraduate and graduate student researchers on Thursday, September 9, 101 STEPS building

What did you do on your summer vacation? Students within Lehigh’s Enterprise Systems Center (ESC) weren’t exactly poolside: they were hard at work, pursuing research projects ranging from increasing railroad productivity to improving health care provider/patient interaction to delving into solar energy case studies, commissioning new plant production lines, and designing an innovative circuit board test-bed.

Not bad for "vacation."

These students -- 11 undergraduates, 22 masters, and two PhDs -- will present their research and its value for host firms at the ESC's "Industry Driven Research Model Demonstration," on Thursday, September 9, 4-5:30pm in 101 STEPS Building.

The student researchers worked with 15 different companies, from start-ups to Fortune 100 corporate entities, including Alpha Packaging, Ateeco, B Braun, Core-Mark, Kraft Foods, St. Lukes, Mallinckrodt-Baker, MetroTech, MHI, Micro-Clean, Nestle Waters, PB Transit & Rail Systems, Sharp Corp. and Tasty Bakery.

"These students and their work represent powerful case studies of Lehigh University experiential learning and leadership development through the ESC industry research growth model," says Gus Gustafson '74, ESC Leadership Fellow. "They are also great examples of University-led regional economic development and sustainable manufacturing leadership. The presentation will also provide students with an opportunity to sharpen their executive presentation skills and recognition for their work."

Story by Melissa Collins

Posted on Wednesday, September 08, 2010

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