Lehigh University's Integrated Business & Engineering Honors Program
Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, technology
has had a profound and ever increasing effect on the products
businesses offer, and the processes by which they are produced.
More recently, however, technology has begun to effect the
manner in which business is conducted. Information Age
technology is driving new business concepts including
e-commerce, virtual enterprises, and mass customization.
Technological growth continues at an explosive rate, and, as it
does, commerce and technology become ever more intertwined. A
fundamental understanding of business, technology, and how they
fit together, will be a prerequisite for success in the future
global economy. Lehigh University's Integrated Business and
Engineering Honors Program (IBE) is designed to provide students
with this essential perspective.
The IBE Honors Program directly addresses the constantly changing realities of the new industrial and professional marketplace: rapid technological innovation; diffusion and obsolescence; emergence of new standards; short product life-cycles and decaying margins due to increased global competition; and outcome-focused development and delivery of new products and services. Organizations now seek new forms of competition based on cooperation, often pooling physical and intellectual resources to speed up the profitable design, development, manufacturing and delivery of products and services. These changes in the marketplace demand new capabilities, which can only come with the combination of technology and commerce.
The hallmark of this integrated program will be graduates with a unique set of skills and competencies. In addition to the mastery of the concepts and procedures taught in individual courses in each college, the IBE program develops competencies that require an integrated knowledge from both engineering and business such as:
Competencies are developed through courses, integrative elements and program experience (such as field visits, guest lectures, internships, externships and mentoring). IBE graduates will have combined engineering knowledge with business skills and detailed business tools with a keen awareness of technology issues.
January 1, 2015
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Watch a video of senior IBE students presenting their product ideas in front of a panel of venture capitalists at a tiger session.
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