Student Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

Student Black Belt candidates Fanni Kozma and Manimanjari "Manjari" Vemula, at center, pose with their supervisors at Sumitomo Rubber USA. At far left is Anthony Lauria and at far right is Chris Holzmann.

Does your company have a broken process, or one that could benefit from extra attention? Consider the two-semester Student Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, which affords you a dedicated resource for improving an operation.

Companies in Western New York – from manufacturers and financial institutions to service agencies and non-profits – are invited to host one or more students from UB’s Student Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, a program of TCIE and the UB Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Participants apply the problem-solving approach of Lean Six Sigma to eliminate the root cause of an issue and reduce variation.

What you get

  • A UB senior or graduate student committed to completing a Black Belt improvement project of your choosing
  • Guidance of a UB Master Black Belt advisor who will:
    • Assist in identifying an appropriate project that will yield significant results
    • Provide mentoring and support to the student throughout the entire project
  • Access to a highly skilled potential employee
  • Preferred status for participation in the following year’s Student Six Sigma Black Belt Certification 

What you provide

  • Appropriate project scoping, internal resources and support to complete the project
  • A staff person to serve as a company champion by administering internal project support throughout the entire project
    • An estimated 10 hours/week of contact time with the student is required for a successful project
    • Though desirable, it is not necessary that the champion be a Black Belt
  • Project team members (typically 3 to 6 people) who are involved in the process being addressed

Program schedule and structure

  • Sponsor opportunities are on a first-come, first-serve basis, with commitment required by March 
  • Program kicks off the end of May
  • Student works on site 20 hours per week for the summer semester and 14-16 hours per week for the fall semester
  • Progress meetings between the student, UB Master Black Belt mentor and company project team are held approximately twice per semester
  • Student makes a final report at the conclusion of the project
  • Project ends in December

Program Cost

  • $4,999 per student
    • $250 deposit due with signed agreement
    • Remaining payment due in May