BUFFALO, N.Y. Western New York companies have the opportunity to improve their operations and achieve measurable gains by hosting students enrolled in the University at Buffalo’s Six Sigma Black Belt Student Certification program in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
A record number of UB seniors and graduate students have applied for the 2011 – 2012 Six Sigma Black Belt Student Certification program, which is administered by UB TCIE (The Center for Industrial Effectiveness) under the university’s Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Department. The program is in its seventh year.
Companies of any size and type may sponsor one or more students. Students pursue a two-semester project targeted at achieving process excellence by eliminating variation. They are supported by a UB Master Black Belt mentor with varied and extensive industry experience, who works with company officials to identify a project that has defined outcomes and achievable results.
“When the economy is struggling, it’s the perfect time to optimize your business strategies and operational efficiencies, and revisit your market presence,” said Timothy Leyh, TCIE executive director.
The program, one of a handful of Six Sigma programs offered by U.S. institutions of higher education, has been steadily increasing enrollment among both U.S. and international students, who cite the program’s pairing of university resources with industry as particularly attractive.