On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, twenty-eight Paper and Bioprocess Engineering students received their Six Sigma Green Belts after completing a semester-long course. The course, led by Dr. Gary M. Scott at SUNY-ESF, included a two-day short course before the start of the spring semester and six additional meetings during the semester. The students were also required to complete a project using the Six Sigma principles.
This year, projects included maple syrup production, wind turbine design, papermaking, and window insulation. At the awards ceremony, students received their certificates of completion and, of course, their green belts.
Six Sigma is a set of methods and tools used for process improvement that uses statistical and non-statistical tools to measure and improve an organization’s performance through process variation reduction. Developed in the 1980’s by Motorola, Six Sigma is used all over the world in organizations as diverse as government agencies, hospitals, banks, as well as the aerospace, paper, chemical, and automotive industries.
Many engineers in industry are trained in Six Sigma by their employers in order to apply the techniques in their careers. Receiving the training now will give our students a head start in their careers.