The ISE Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to graduates of the department who have distinguished themselves professionally, made significant contributions to society, and through their achievements, have reflected credit on Lehigh University. Recipients are selected by members of the ISE faculty and the department’s Advisory Council.


 

ISE Announces Philip Sheibly '81 as Recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Industry

The Industrial and Systems Engineering Department keeps a strong connection with their alumni and they have been contributing tremendously to our success, in the most various ways, through their own accomplishments and contacts, through their knowledge of the industry needs and trends, and also through their unconditional advice and generous support. One of the means we have to recognize the importance of our alumni community is by presenting the ISE Distinguished Alumni Award of the Year.
 
The ISE Department is delighted to announce Philip Sheibley '81 as the recipient of the 2021 ISE Distinguished Alumni Award.
 
Phil currently serves as chairman of the board for Fiberight, a clean energy company converting MSW to biofuels and other outputs. Phil spent 30 years as a management consultant with Accenture, where he focused on the Life Sciences area, holding a variety of leadership positions including North American Industry Director for Life Sciences and Global Lead for Management Consulting. He also served as a member of the Products Operating Group Executive Committee.
 
Phil's consulting work focused on defining and executing strategies to create leading-edge business capabilities, working with U.S. and internationally headquartered pharmaceutical companies, biotech, and medical product producers, as well as contract research organizations. Phil also played a leadership role in a number of joint-venture and new venture start-up engagements where company operating model and capability strategies needed to be defined for successful launch.
 
Since leaving Accenture in 2010, Phil has focused on venture capital investment and consulting, helping to negotiate and structure financing transactions for early-stage and scale-up stage companies, assisting with scale-up strategy/execution, and participating as a board chair/member and management advisor for several of the companies.
 
Phil holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University, and is currently Vice Chair of the Lehigh board of trustees. He lives in New Canaan, CT, where he also volunteers with EMS and serves as deputy director for the town’s office of emergency management. Phil and his wife Kajsa have two grown daughters.
 
The ISE Department is grateful to our alumni for their support of Lehigh's mission and their valuable contributions to society. We are extremely proud to present Phil with this great honor of our alumni association.
 
 
 
Past recipients include:

2020

ISE Distinguished Alumni Award For Excellence in Industry: David Burdarkin '77, President, JBT AeroTech for John Bean Technologies Corporation

2019

ISE Distinguished Alumni Award For Excellence in Industry: Stacey Cunningham '96, President, NYSE Group

2018

ISE Distinguished Alumni Award in Academia: Mikell P. Groover ′61, Professor Emeritus, Lehigh University

ISE Distinguished Alumni Award For Excellence in Industry: Lawrence E. White ′64, ′65G, ′69 Ph.D., Consultant, Red Jacket Development

2017

ISE Distinguished Alumni Award For Excellence in Industry: Sunil Misser ′88, Chief Executive Officer, AccountAbility

2016

ISE Distinguished Alumni Award in Academia: Ronald G. Askin ′75, Professor of Industrial Engineering, Arizona State University

ISE Distinguished Alumni Award For Excellence in Industry: Richard Verma ′90, U.S. Ambassador

2015

ISE Distinguished Alumni Award For Excellence in Industry: Andy Greenawalt ′76G, Dell (retired)

2014

ISE Distinguished Alumni Award in Academia: J. Michael Harrison ′66, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

ISE Distinguished Alumni Award For Excellence in Industry: Everett Van Hoesen ′55, IBM (retired)

2013

ISE Distinguished Alumni Award For Excellence in Industry: J. Robert Baum ′64, Highmark (retired)

2012

ISE Distinguished Alumni Award in Academia: Arthur F. “Pete” Veinott, Jr. ′56, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

ISE Distinguished Alumni Award For Excellence in Industry: Timothy J. Wilmott ′80, ′81G, Penn National Gaming, Inc.

2011

ISE Distinguished Alumni Award For Excellence in Industry: Irwin Young ′50, Du Art Film Laboratories

2010

ISE Distinguished Alumni Award in Academia: Paul E. Torgersen ′53, Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech

ISE Distinguished Alumni Award For Excellence in Industry: Lee Iacocca ′45, Chrysler (retired)

2009

ISE Distinguished Alumni Award in Academia: Gary Whitehouse ′60, ′62G, Professor Emeritus, University of Central Florida

ISE Distinguished Alumni Award For Excellence in Industry: John McGlade ′76, Air Products