The theme of the Spring 2001 DCMME Partners’ Steering Committee meeting was Six Sigma in Manufacturing Organizations. Six Sigma as a business strategy has turned into the hot-button issue of the day. The term itself has evolved into the financial equivalent of a Good Housekeeping seal of approval. First advanced by Motorola around 1986 and advantageously adapted by many organizations, the strategy involves rigorous training in the use of specialized measurement and statistical tools to help improve customer satisfaction by reducing defects in products, processes, and services, cutting costs which is passed on to the customer, eliminating waste, and reducing the cycle time and its variation, which translates to on-time delivery. The list of enterprises adapting the Six Sigma strategy is almost endless and continues to grow, embracing many Fortune 500 companies and their suppliers. However, those organizations that have deployed it successfully, where it has become part of the corporate culture are relatively few. General Electric and Allied Signal fall into this category, resulting in a significant increase in their shareholder value.
Representatives from sixteen companies attended this day-long meeting to discuss (a) how their companies have implemented Six Sigma initiatives (b) what lessons and caveats their companies learned in implementing Six Sigma (c) identified six sigma concepts and tools that have made the most important and useful improvements in quality and productivity (d) what additions can be made to the Krannert curriculum to prepare our students.
Since GE is a leader in this initiative, DCMME invited keynote speakers Cinthy Fanning and Mark Sneeringer from General Electric to give GE’s story. They emphasized that Six Sigma has become a key element of GE’s business strategy, directly linked to financial performance and customer satisfaction. Six Sigma is viewed more than a toolset for quality; it’s a cultural change, aimed at driving operational excellence and a customer-centric focus. Six Sigma has evolved from manufacturing to product development, and now to all commercial business processes at GE. Six Sigma is still a leading corporate focus, even after five years from its introduction at GE. Partly based on suggestions from GE and our corporate partners, we have developed a novel Six Sigma case-based, computer animated simulation learning module to teach Six Sigma concepts and tools. This is being beta tested on our masters students this fall.
DCMME has made seven (8) graduate student awards for the Fall 2001 semester, with the collective GPA of the group being 3.71/4.00. Award amount is $1,000 per semester, for a total of $2,000 during the 2nd year.
2001-02 Recipients: Ron Chauby, Paroon Chadha Noel Marsden, Arunkumar Iyer, Linda Miller, Naveen Pruthi, Neal Shah, and Ashish Johri.
Michael and Jo Ann Allen Graduate Award
Awarded annually to a 2nd year MTM student who demonstrates a high level of enthusiasm for manufacturing management through participation in the Projects in Manufacturing course and the activities of the Operations Club. The award amount for the 2001-02 academic year is $1,500.
2001-02 Recipient: Dan Carney
Ensign-Bickford Manufacturing Scholarship
Ensign-Bickford Foundation gifted an endowed scholarship in manufacturing to be awarded annually to a Krannert management student. This $500 award will alternate between the undergraduate BSIM/MM and graduate MBA/MTM programs. The first MTM scholarship has been awarded to Dennis Maier. The gift was made possible by Ralph Harnett, BSIM '69, president and CEO of Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. Ralph has also served as president of the Krannert School Alumni Association and is a Krannert at the Frontier Campaign Cabinet member.
2001-02 Recipient: Dennis Maier
$3,000 scholarships awarded to 1st year MBA students who have interest in operations and/or manufacturing.
2001-02 Recipients: TBD by Joy Dietz & Chuck Johnson’s Office
Undergraduate DCMME Manufacturing Management Scholars
DCMME funds an aggressive scholarship program designed to attract top-caliber students to manufacturing. Academic performance is the primary criterion for the DCMME scholarships, which consist of cash grants on a semester-by-semester basis.
DCMME has made thirteen (13) undergraduate student awards for the Fall 2001 semester, with the collective GPA of the group being 3.5/4.00. Award amount is $1,000 per semester, for up to four semesters ($4,000). Students may apply at the end of their sophomore year.
2001-02 Recipients: Kristen Bailey, Robert Brown, Tara Emery, Melissa FitzSimons, Sean Gray, Matthew Hall, Tricia Henderson, Jan Martin, Varun Poddar, Jonathan Rundle, Leslie Strezo, Timotius Sugianto, and Betsy Weissinger
3) Poster session
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Honeywell Manufacturing Management Excellence in teaching Awards, Chris Berger/Maqbool Dada
DCMME is pleased to announce that Professors Chris Berger and Maqbool Dada have been selected as the Honeywell Manufacturing Management Excellence in Teaching Award winners for the 2000-01 academic year. This is the sixth year that Honeywell (formerly AlliedSignal) has sponsored an excellence in manufacturing management teaching award.
DCMME invited the undergraduate BSIM/Manufacturing Management minors and graduate Manufacturing & Technology Management (MTM) students to nominate the Krannert faculty member for this award. Professor Berger was selected for his Management of Manufacturing Organizations (OBHR 470), a core class for students in the BSIM/MM program. Prof. Dada was selected for International Operations Management (MGMT 667) and Management of Service Operations (MGMT 564). Both classes are Operations electives in the MTM option.
Professors Berger and Dada were recognized at the Spring 2001 DCMME Partners’ Meeting and received a cash award of $1,000.
We are pleased to announce that DCMME has hired Steven Shade as our new Assistant Director. Steve holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master’s degree from the Krannert School of Management. He is joining DCMME from a position with Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, OR.