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IIE Annual Conference 2011: Lean Student Paper Competition


Grand Sierra Resort Hotel, Reno, Nev., from May 21-25, 2011


The track on Lean Systems at the IIE Annual Conference included a forum for students to compete in concepts of Lean Systems on information such as simulation, and capacity. A large number of papers in diverse areas related to Lean were received this time. The following winners were awarded:


First Place goes to Fabiola Garza, Nancy López and Carolina Guerra, Departamento de Ingeniería, Universidad de Monterrey, Nuevo León, México for their paper titled "Eliminating Warehousing Waste: An Application".  

Second Place is awarded to Rohan Sakhardanede, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Auburn University, Alabama, USA for his paper titled "A Performance Comparison between Kanban and CONWIP through Simulation."


Third Place is awarded to Fernando de Jesús Duarte Martínez, Daniela Berenice Jasso Zúñiga, María Patricia Martínez López, and Marco Antonio González Herrera, Departamento de Ingeniería Industrial, Instituto Tecnológico de San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, México for their paper titled "Production capacity increase at Combo area (AC+EMD) due to TFR Combo project".


Awards were given at the annual Honors & Awards Banquet during IIE Annual Conference in Reno, Nev., May 21-25, 2011. The first place award will be included in the IIE Annual Award list. Winning papers were presented at the Industrial Engineering Research Conference (IERC) 2011. 


Lean award winners

Pictured above are the award winners and representatives:


Dr. Ahad Ali, Rohan Sakhardanede (2nd place winner), Dr. Black (sponsored of the competition),  Dr. Bernardo Villarreal Celestino (faculty advisor of first place winner), Carolina Guerra, Fabiola Garza, Nancy Lopez, Daniela B. Jasso Zuniga, Fernando de Jesus Martínez, Marco A. González, María Patricia Martínez and their advisor Rosa Hilda Félix Jacquez (3rd place winner team).


Lean Student Paper Track Chair: Ahad Ali


Lean Systems Track Chairs of IERC: 


MD Sarder, University of Southern Mississippi  

Fazleena Badurdeen, University of Kentucky 


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Announcing the Lean Division webinar


How Office Depot's Business Process Improvement (BPI) group is injecting Continuous Improvement into Office Depot's organization 


Wednesday, July 20, 2 p.m. Eastern time


Presenters: Vince Pierce, Vice-president, Business Process Improvement, Office Depot; Laura Wells, Senior Director, Continuous Improvement, Office Depot; Donald Mears, leader of Change Management, Business Process Improvement (BPI) group, Office Depot


Summary: In February 2010, Office Depot created a new Business Process Improvement (BPI) organization with a mission to drive continuous improvement throughout the organization and to create a culture of "excellence in execution". Ten months later, by December 2010, the fledgling BPI had partnered with OD process leaders to not only meet but exceed first year goals by a significant margin. In this webinar find out how the Office Depot BPI team is rising to the challenge of injecting continuous improvement and execution excellence into Office Depot's organizational DNA.

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IIE Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference


Sept. 12-14, 2011 

Westin Atlanta Perimeter North

Atlanta, Ga. 


ENGINEERING LEAN AND SIX SIGMA explores the application and theory of lean and Six Sigma from its historical development. This two-day conference brings together the practitioners and the developers to share the successes and identify the opportunities for applying proven tools and methods. This year, we will have industry and academic tracks


Lean and Six Sigma have their roots in industrial engineering. Lean tools are traditionally developed by industrial engineers to improve productivity and eliminate wastes while Six Sigma tools are originally used by engineering to improve quality, reliability and defect level of products and services. Many problem solving tools used in Six Sigma and lean are also basic IE tools: 5S, theory of constraints, structured brainstorming, cause-and-effect, process mapping, preventive control and error proofing.


For more detailed information and registration, go to the conference website.

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  - Vince Lombardi



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Featured Lean Definition


Learning Curve:  

A graphic representation of the progress in production effectiveness as time passes. Learning curves are useful planning tools, particularly in the project oriented industries where new products are phased in rather frequently. The basis for the learning curve calculation is the fact that workers will be able to produce the product more quickly after they get used to making it.


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