The Enterprise Systems Center (ESC) is a Lehigh University research center in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science that is located at 200 West Packer Avenue, in Mohler Laboratory. It has been a national center of excellence in systems engineering and leadership development through experiential learning for several decades.
Educational goals include developing world class practitioners as well as future leaders. The ESC enables leadership skill set development which helps students to transition from an initial role of individual technical contributor to managerial positions directing the efforts of others in global organizational settings. This is accomplished through course content, projects emphasizing experiential learning, a leadership minor, hosting the student chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and programs such as the Innovation and Leadership Residency (ILR). Students with ESC experience report a great advantage when interviewing with corporate recruiters.
Since its inception, more than 1000 research and development projects with over 400 industry partners have been completed. More than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students from the engineering, business and arts/science colleges collaborated to help achieve a high rate of return on investment deliverables. Research efforts are driven by industry needs and historically have been focused in the areas of operations research, analytics, supply chain and logistics, management science, product innovation, sustainability, and agile manufacturing.
The ESC engages students along with professors, senior fellows, subject matter experts, and industry partners, who utilize a layered-mentoring approach. This helps companies use existing or develop new technology tools to grow and compete in a global marketplace. Commonly, research teams are interdisciplinary and engage both undergraduate and graduate students.