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H. Robert “Gus” Gustafson

H. Robert Gustafson

Gus is the Senior Fellow for Leadership Development at the Enterprise Systems Center (ESC). He is currently serving as both an Adjunct Professor to Lehigh University and Research Scientist to the ESC. He earned a BS in ChemE from Lehigh University and an MS in Dynamics of Organization from the University of Pennsylvania. He co-teaches the Industrial and Systems Engineering department’s “Leadership Development” and “Senior Project” courses to undergraduate students and created the course “Executing the Business Plan”, which he teaches in the MBA VENTURESeries entrepreneurial concentration. Gustafson also co-created the interdisciplinary Innovation and Leadership Residency program and is an advisor to the National Society for Leadership and Success at Lehigh University. He is currently developing ESC initiatives for improving U.S. sustainable manufacturing and global manufacturing leadership. Gustafson worked ten years for Proctor & Gamble and PepsiCo as a plant manager and then twenty years as an entrepreneur, founding and leading companies involved in U.S. housing exporting, software development and contract manufacturing. His software company won the 2000 Ben Franklin Technology Partners Incubator Gratitude of the year award. Throughout his entrepreneurial career, Gustafson has mentored over a hundred students as interns in the various companies that he founded and/or managed. He is President of the Lehigh Class of 1974.

 

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