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May 2015
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aboutthedivisionAbout the division

The Lean Division collaborates with IIE to support the mission of the institute, provide member value and promote the entire discipline. Members of this division are interested in advancing their knowledge of lean practices across industry domain. Focus areas include healthcare process improvements, non-traditional lean implementations, use of six sigma and value engineering methods as well as critical thought leadership on various strategic, operational and organizational initiatives. The division members host the annual lean best practice award, the lean teaching award and the lean student paper competition. The lean division is perceived as the voice of technical specialty by developing, maintaining and disseminating a body of technical knowledge in domain of lean and continuous improvement practices.

DivisionboardDivision Board 2014-2015

President: Sharon Johnson, Associate Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Past President: Tina Augustiady, Business Transformation Leader and Master Black Belt, Integrated Supply Network
President-elect:  Laurence Clements - Managing Partner, Convergent Results, LLC
Board Members:
David Cochran,
Associate Professor and Director, IPFW Center of Excellence in Systems Engineering
Brian Galli, Manager of Quality Measurement and Lean Practicioner, EmblemHealth
Sampson Gholston, Associate Professor, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Dave Harry, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Trainer, and CEO & President, Process Whisperer™ Consultants LLC
Rajesh Joshi, Director, Product Marketing, Turf & Utility Vehicles, Kubota Tractor Corporation
Tom Shambeau, Industrial Engineering Manager, Deere & Co.
Hun-da Wan, Associate Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio
Aaron Yanuzo, Director, Process Improvement, WVU Healthcare

                                   View pictures of the Board


ConferencechairsConference chairs Conference Track Chairs

 Hung-Da Wan, David Cochran

Applied Solutions:
 Laurence Clements, Rajesh Joshi

Best Practice Award Chair
: MD Sarder

Teaching Award Chair:
 Fazleena Badurdeen                                            

Student Paper Competition Chair:
 Ahad Ali


LeanactivitiesLean Activities at the IIE Annual Conference - Nashville, Tennessee
Get involved and be part of the action. Please join us at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 31 in Room 109 and participate in the judging of the finalists as they present their entries in the Applied Solutions Best Practices awards competition.

View Lean activities at the IIE Annual Conference 


correctionCorrection!  Incorrect answer to Ask the Expert question was published in March 2015 issue of Lean News

The incorrect link to the answer to the Ask the Expert question below was erroneously published in the March 2015 issue of the newsletter. Here's the question and the correct answer.
 How do I convince my leaders and associates to practice lean? Answer

PreconferenceworkshopsBuild Your Lean and Six Sigma Skills with Pre-conference Workshops - IIE Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference 2015
The Engineering Lean & Six Sigma (ELSS) Conference 2015 features two great opportunities to learn new skills during full-day pre-conference workshops on September 30.


Join Brad Bossence, regional vice president of LeanCor Supply Chain Group, for a discussion of Total Supply Chain & Systems Thinking. During this course, you will review lean chain guiding principles, extended value stream mapping, resource allocation, inbound and outbound logistics and more.


Review Rapid Process Improvement with Object-Oriented Simulation with David T. Sturrock, co-founder and vice president of Simio LLC. Learn how to use simulation, rapid modeling and 3-D animation to solve real problems effectively.


Register for ELSS now and add a pre-conference workshop to your registration
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The Lean Division of the Institute of Industrial Engineers is continuously searching for new material to provide to its membership. If you would like to contribute and see your articles in the newsletter and on the website, please submit your article to Larry Clements
, director of the IIE Lean Newsletter at
[email protected]

Articles should be approximately three to four pages in length. It should be single-spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman and in Word format. Graphs, diagrams, pictures and charts can also be included. Please also include a two or three sentence biography; however, they must be in a separate file and saved as a .jpg file. Contact information can be included at your discretion.

We welcome your input. Please send submissions and feedback to Larry Clements, Director of the Newsletter at [email protected]
Please include "Lean e-Newsletter" in the subject line of your message.

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In This Issue



About the division

Division Board 2014-2015


Conference chairs

Lean activities at the IIE Annual Conference


Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference - Preconference workshops

Regular Features 


Ask the Expert - correction

Submit an article


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June 08
Lean Green Belt
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July 20
Financial Management for Engineers

(Norcross, GA)


July 22
Transforming Your Organization

(Norcross, GA)


July 27
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
(Norcross, GA)


Lean Enterprise Master Practioner Certificate 

An IIE certificate program


Lean Facilitator Certificate
A new IIE certificate program


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