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UB program helps WNY companies improve operations

By Tracy Puckett

Release Date: May 3, 2017

“This program provides an opportunity to tackle an issue that may be overshadowed by other priorities, or has not been addressed because of shortcomings in expertise or resources.”
Timothy Leyh
TCIE executive director

BUFFALO, N.Y. —University at Buffalo engineering students are ready to help your business improve a process by applying a data-driven methodology that eliminates defects and variance.

UB’s Six Sigma Black Belt Student Certification program can help pinpoint causes of and solutions for inconsistencies that hinder an organization’s performance.

Western New York companies of all types and sizes — from manufacturers and lending institutions to health care providers and nonprofit organizations — are invited to host a program participant for the 2017-18 academic year.  

The two-semester program, administered by the UB Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE), and offered in conjunction with UB’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, focuses on operational excellence by employing the Lean Six Sigma problem-solving approach. The program is in its 12th year and is one of a handful of Six Sigma programs offered by U.S. institutions of higher education.

“This program provides an opportunity to tackle an issue that may be overshadowed by other priorities, or has not been addressed because of shortcomings in expertise or resources,” said Timothy Leyh, TCIE executive director. “A number of companies have seen its value and sign up year after year.”

Students are supported by a Master Black Belt mentor, who has extensive industry experience in applying Lean Six Sigma tools.

The program begins in early September. Company officials meet with the UB team to identify a project that will yield positive results. Students then work 12 to 16 hours per week at the company during the fall and spring semesters.

The cost of sponsorship is $4,999 per student. Those interested in the program should contact Gary Simon, director of business development at TCIE, at 716-645-8837 or ggsimon@buffalo.edu. Sponsor commitments are due by June 2.

TCIE is Western New York's bridge to excellence; it provides a dynamic link between UB’s expert resources and the region’s business community. Its core focus on engineering solutions and operational excellence drives continual improvements, and ignites innovation and technological advantages. For more information on how TCIE can assist Western New York businesses, visit www.tcie.buffalo.edu or call 716-645-8800.

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