About Us

Developed by a multidisciplinary staff in 2015 at Penn State Lehigh Valley, the IESE program supports student research in many fields: physics, engineering, information science technologies (IST), business and corporate communication. Alongside local businesses, IESE challenges students to develop and promote green energy using LED lighting, the fastest growing sector in the lighting industry. This endeavor is sponsored by Dr. Ken Thigpen, Director of Academic Affairs, in support of undergraduate research. Our faculty, staff and students graciously thank Penn State and the philanthropic support of our corporate partners for making this project possible.

In 2016, IESE was awarded grant money from Penn State’s LaunchBox program, and was featured in the Lehigh Vally Business newspaper, LVB.com. IESE Director,  Dr. Tai-Yin Huang, had this to say, “We set up this program to do something that’s outside the traditional student setting.” IESE students will use these funds to continue developing and researching energy solutions, particularly green energy. “We have a lot of talented students; having them learn in the classroom is very limited. By discussing with peers, with faculty, they learn a lot more,” states Dr. Huang.

Read more about LaunchBox and IESE here.

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The IESE Team

About Pennsylvania State University

Since its founding in 1855, The Pennsylvania State University has had a broad mission of teaching, research, and public service. Renowned for significant contributions to the Arts and Sciences, the Nittany Lions are always seeking new and innovative ways to promote human and economic development. Collaborating with industry leaders creates mutually beneficial relationships that further the innovations of our talented faculty, staff, and students.


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