The Computer Science and Business Program (CSB) at Lehigh University is a joint initiative between the College of Business and Economics and the Computer Science and Engineering department in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. Students who complete this demanding program are awarded a unique joint degree that comes from both colleges. Graduates are equipped with the high-tech and business skills that are crucial at this time where the boundaries between the two fields are becoming increasingly blurred.
The CSB Capstone Program is the culmination of the students' coursework at Lehigh, where they apply their skills working on high-impact projects for corporate sponsors.
Sponsors have the opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest students Lehigh has to offer, while simultaneously contributing to their educations.
Computer Science and Business Capstone Program Director
George Witmer earned a doctorate in Chemical Engineering at the University of Houston, an MBA at Lehigh University, and a bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University. Before his appointment as Director, Witmer worked at Air Products, where he led IT Innovation, and prior to that, R&D Computing. He also worked at PPL and at Lutron as an Enterprise Architect. He has several patents and has presented his work at numerous technical conferences.
Professor of Practice, Computer Science & Engineering
Sharon Kalfut is a Professor of Practice in Computer Science and Engineering at Lehigh. From 2003 to 2018, she served as the Computer Science and Business Capstone Program Director. Kalafut was appointed associate chair in 2011. Kalafut earned a MS in Software Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. She is responsible for teaching introductory programming courses, computer ethics, and the CSB Capstone courses. Prior to coming to Lehigh, Kalafut worked as a software engineer for PPL.
Adjunct Professor, Computer Science and Business
Edwin Yeakel graduated from Moravian College with a bachelor’s degree in Physics, and then earned a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University. Analytical and computational methods were major components of both of these programs of study, which led Prof. Yeakel to devote much of his professional career to developing systems that supported a diverse set of Engineering, Manufacturing, and Operations-related activities. Prof. Yeakel worked at Air Products for thirty-six years. Prof. Yeakel led Air Products’ Enterprise IT Architecture and Innovation activities related to Mobile Computing, Automated Identification and Data Collection (AIDC), Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Applications, and Location-Based Applications. Prof. Yeakel’s work in these areas was instrumental in developing Air Products’ automation and improvement of business processes in Production, Warehouse Management, Asset Management, and Product Delivery. Prof. Yeakel also served as sponsor / advisor on several CSB capstone projects.