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Can I talk with someone about the IBE Honors Program?

Please feel free to call or email either of the program co-directors, Prof. Robert H. Storer or Prof. Stephen G. Buell if you have any questions about the IBE Honors Program. If you are applying to Lehigh, maybe you can arrange to visit the University, and both co-directors would be happy to explain this exciting integrated program. Just call or email us to set up an appointment.

During July and August, Prof Storer and Prof. Buell make presentations on the IBE Honors Program at 9:00 on Mondays and Fridays at the Alumni Memorial Building. Call the Admissions Office for details.

If you would like to get in touch with a current student, feel free to email ibecouncil@gmail.com.

Robert H. Storer, 

Prof. of Industrial & Systems Engineering

H. S. Mohler Lab 200
200 West Packer Avenue
Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA 18015

Phone: (610) 758-4436

Fax: (610) 758-4886
email: rhs2@lehigh.edu 
www.lehigh.edu/~rhs2/rhs2.html 

Dr. Robert H. Storer is Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Co-Director of the Integrated Business and Engineering Honors Program at Lehigh University. He received his B.S. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1979, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1982 and 1987 respectively. Professor Storer has taught at Lehigh for 30 years and won numerous teaching awards. His research interests lie in operations research and applied statistics with particular interest in heuristic optimization, scheduling, and logistics. He has published numerous research papers on these subjects.

Stephen G. Buell, Professor of Finance

Rauch Business Center 37
621 Taylor Street
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Phone: (610) 758-3436
Fax: (610) 758-6429
email: steve@lehigh.edu 
www.lehigh.edu/~sgb2/sgb2.html

Stephen G. Buell, professor of finance, began his career at Lehigh as an instructor in 1973 and was promoted through the ranks to full professor of finance in 1995. He was named chairperson of business in 1995 as well, having previously served two years as chair of the department of finance until 1997. He now specializes in corporation finance issues. He was appointed as founding co-director of the Integrated Business and Engineering Honors Program in 1999. A Lehigh alumnus with one degree in engineering and two in business, Buell received the Deming Lewis Faculty Award in 1992, which is given to the faculty member selected by the 10-year reunion class as having “most significantly influenced their educational experience.” He also won the Stabler Award for Excellence in Teaching by a senior member of the faculty in 1986 and the Lehigh University Award in 1982 for excellence in teaching by a junior faculty member. Buell lives in Bethlehem with his wife, Margaret (Lehigh ‘88) and three children, Matt (’17), Emily (’19) and Gabby

Pat J. Costa, Professor of Practice 

476 Rauch Business Center
Bethlehem, PA 18015
610-758- 4108 (office)
610-428- 0116 (cell)
email: pjc6@lehigh.edu

thinkoutsideyourself.weebly.com

Pat Costa, Professor of Practice, in the Integrated Business & Engineering (IBE) Honors Program at Lehigh University earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in marketing from the Pennsylvania State University. Costa is the primary instructor for the IBE Freshman Workshop, the IBE Entrepreneur Independent Study Program, and the IBE Senior Capstone Design Program. Additional teaching responsibilities at Lehigh University include: lead instructor in the introductory course of the Entrepreneur Minor Program and, lead marketing instructor at the Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship at Lehigh University. Prior to coming to Lehigh University, Costa was the president and cofounder of Fiberoptic Medical Products, a medical manufacturing company that specialized in neonatal/pediatric care, and vice president of marketing and communications of Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network. Costa’s many product development achievements include the invention of a fiberoptic medical device used to treat newborn jaundice, a fiberoptic transilluminator used in neonatal transport, and a computerized pulmonary function system used to assess the lung mechanics of neonates on ventilators in real time at the bedside. Costa is skilled in many aspects of product and business development with particular interest in new business start-up, sales strategies and tactics, long-range planning, segmentation analysis, and healthcare marketing.
 
Costa recently published Think Outside Yourself an interactive eBook written for anyone who teaches creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Included are 28 lectures plus in-class activities, critical thinking assignments, and project-based examples that help create an entrepreneurial mindset.