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Pitt offers local professionals and companies the region’s only university-level lean six sigma black belt training

PITTSBURGH  (April 11, 2013) … Local professionals seeking local University-level training and certification as Lean Six Sigma Black Belts can take advantage of new program and part-time optional certification program established by the Department of Industrial Engineering in the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering. The program is taught by Shankar Lakhavani, a former Master Black Belt with Eaton Corporation and the American Society of Quality; and Adjunct Faculty in the Industrial Engineering Department.

The LSS Black Belt course, the only university-level Lean Six Sigma Black Belt program offered in the Pittsburgh region, will be offered in Pitt's 2013 summer term, and new students can register to take the course and optional certification as a 'Special Student.' This course also can be applied for credit toward a Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering. 

More information is available by contacting Graduate Program Administrator at gradie@pitt.edu or calling 412-624-9830. Local companies seeking a Lean Six Sigma solution also can submit on-site project work to the class, regardless of whether their employees are taking the course.

"Most professionals achieve Black Belt status through training with consultants or via in-house corporate programs. Pitt's program will be a boon to local professionals without access to either," Lakhavani said. "A Lean Six Sigma Black Belt could save their company around $100,000 - $250,000 per year by improving processes and cost reduction." 

Lean developed as Toyota Production System leading to Lean Manufacturing as a viable strategy to reduce process wastes and improve process velocity to meet customer expectations & demand. Six Sigma has its roots in Motorola's strategy to improve quality and led to the Malcolm Baldridge award for Motorola. Six Sigma improvements reduce variability to meet customer expectation, wants and needs. In the past decade, Lean and Six Sigma merged as a tool set to give companies the power to cut waste and improve profits; and the Pitt Industrial Engineering Department's program is one of the few that teaches Lean and Six Sigma as a tool-set.


Contact: Paul Kovach