Binghamton University
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt: Summer 2014

via Distance Learning starting July 28, 2014

About the Course

Some of today's most respected companies—including GE, Motorola, Allied Signal, and Sun Microsystems—have used Lean Six Sigma to improve their organizations. Join the ranks of these successful corporations and let Lean Six Sigma work for you.

This workshop is designed for Lean Six Sigma team leaders and expands upon the skill set taught in the Green Belt certification. This Lean Six Sigma training course at the Black Belt level gives you valuable business tools to organize, coordinate and lead your organization in achieving process and operational excellence. The course content emphasizes the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) methodology through analytical and quantitative tools as well as project management, leadership and organizational methods.  The coursework includes instruction on modules in practical DMAIC applications, Failure Mode Effects Analysis, Advanced Lean, Advanced DOE, SPC for non-normal distributions, Optimization, Scheduling & Sequencing, Effective and Efficient teamwork strategies as well as a variety of other tools and analysis methodologies.

This offering is a pre-recorded rebroadcast of our Summer 2013 Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB) training program offered by the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering (SSIE) within the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University.

Attendance at this course and a grade of 70% or higher on the open book examination due September 30th ends earns the student a Lean Six Sigma Brown Belt.

The student will then have one year to complete a successful Black Belt Project, at which time the Black Belt will be awarded.  The Black Belt project should solve a real problem in any industry or non-profit agency, using Lean Six Sigma Black Belt principles.  The project must not require disclosure of confidential or proprietary information.  The BU Black Belt team will coach the candidate during the project completion period; however, it is up to the candidate to find a project.  It is often that a unversity student candidate may use a senior project or MS or PhD thesis material as a Black Belt project.  (If the student chooses to use the senior project or MS or PhD thesis material as a Black Belt project, the BU team need not have access to proprietary information used in the project, nor do they need to be on the student's thesis committee.)

A certificate will be provided to those who successfully complete the Binghamton University Lean Six Sigma Black Belt course. Certification is not necessary to use the tools and generate improvements; however some organizations require certifications for internal and new hire employees in roles which require lean six sigma expertise.

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Who Should Attend

This course is open to all current BU students as well as alumni, non-BU students, and members of industry and non-profit and government agencies.

You are eligible to participate in this program if you have a Six Sigma Green Belt (or higher) certification from a recognized program (e.g., the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt program conducted in 2013 or 2014 at BU or the January 2012 by Dartmouth/BU); a technical society such as, but not limited to, the American Society for Quality or the Surface Mount Technical Association; or another University's offering.   Your prior certification can be from a "non-Lean" Six Sigma program.

 

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Requirements

  • Knowledge/education in probability & statistics and/or quality control
  • A Six Sigma Green Belt (or higher) certification from a recognized program (e.g. the LSS Green Belt program conducted in January 2012 by Dartmouth/BU or 2013 training from BU); a technical society such as the American Society of Quality or the Surface Mount Technical Association; or another University's offering. Your prior certification can be from a "non-Lean" Six Sigma program
  • Computer/Laptop with Microsoft Excel. A limited number of laptops are available through our Educational Communications Center (EdComm) through the Audiovisual services in Lecture Hall B-60. There is no cost to use these laptops, however you must be a current BU student. Information regarding this policy can be found at http://www.ecc.binghamton.edu/av/avpolicy.html.
  • It is recommended that participants download a trial version (free for 30 days) of the Minitab software (for statistical analysis - http://www.minitab.com) (http://www.minitab.com/en-US/products/minitab/free-trial.aspx) a day before the start of the training program.  Minitab is available for free for all BU students (https://ssl.binghamton.edu/). 
  • In order to utilize the Collaborate tool for virtual office hours, your computer should also have an updated version of JAVA (http://java.com/en/download/index.jsp)

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Materials Provided

Your fees cover all instructional materials.

Fees also cover:

  • Soft copies of slides. Students will be responsible for printing documents if desired.
  • All students will be provided with access of slides and lectures via Blackboard course management system.  Sessions will be available to view online via ECHO 360 for up to one year.
  • Support via email, phone and virtual office hours with instructors.
  • Grading of take-home exam.
  • Instructor support towards the Black Belt project.
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate of Completion upon successful completion of exam and project
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Distance Learning

This training will only be offered through distance learning.  In order to utilize distance learning, the student must have a computer with a High Speed Internet connection in addition to the other requirements.  Our training uses the university's Blackboard Learn course management system and ECHO360 recordings to deliver lectures, notes and other information.

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Course Outline

Participants should be prepared to proactively schedule their time in order to complete this offering in a timely manner.

  • Links to the pre-recorded sessions and slides will be sent out by Monday, July 28, 2014.  These sessions should be completed during August in order to provide sufficient time to complete the exam.  These links will be available until the end of August 2015 for reference throughout the project. 
  • An open-book take home exam will be distributed by Friday, August 1, 2014.  This comprehensive exam will be due by Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 11:59pm.  Notification of the exam completion will be by early December.
  • A project charter will be due no later than March 15, 2015 with supporting updates to the project due on May 1 and July 1.  The final project is due by September 1, 2015.  Earlier submissions are welcome.

TRAINING:

This workshop is designed for Lean Six Sigma team leaders and expands upon the skill set taught in the Green Belt certification. The coursework includes instruction on modules in practical DMAIC applications, teamwork strategies as well as a variety of other tools and analysis methodologies. This offering is a pre-recorded rebroadcast of our Summer 2013 Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB) training program.

Lecture
Day
 Session
 Length
Topics
Instructor

1

 1 1 90 minutes Program Overview, Certification Reqs, Continuous Improvement, Basic Statistics Dr. Mohammad Khasawneh
2 1 2 90 minutes Lean Tools Dr. Mohammad Khasawneh
3 1 3 75 minutes Process Capability, DPMO (PPM), DMAIC Problem Solving Framework Dr. Daryl Santos and Dr. Mohammad Khasawneh
4 1 4 105 minutes

DMAIC Problem Solving Framework, Lean Six Sigma, Statistical Process Control

Dr. Mohammad Khasawneh and Dr. Daryl Santos
5 2 1 90 minutes

Project Management, Project Selections, Project Charter

Ms. Connie Dwyer

6 2 2 90 minutes Stakeholder Analysis, VOC & VOP, Customer Requirements, Business Problem Solving Dr. Nagen Nagurur
7 2 3 75 minutes Team Management, Leadership Skills, Team Dynamics Dr. Nagen Nagurur
8 2 4 110 minutes Critical Success Factors, Balanced Scored Toolset, Kano Analysis, Dasboard Mr. Mike Ford
9 3 1 90 minutes MSA, Gauge R&R Study Dr. Daryl Santos
10 3 2 90 minutes Hypothesis Testing, ANOVA, MANOVA. Nonparametric Tests Dr. Shuxia (Susan) Lu
11 3 3 75 minutes Correlation Analysis, Regression Analysis, Multiple Regression Dr. Shuxia (Susan) Lu
12 3 4 105 minutes Logistic Regression Analysis, Root Cause Analysis, FMEA, Visual Analysis Dr. Shuxia (Susan) Lu and Dr. Daryl Santos
13 4 1 90 minutes Factorial Experiment, Fractional Factorial Experiment, Minitab Dr. Shuxia (Susan) Lu
14 4 2 90 minutes Factorial Experiment, Fractional Factorial Experiment, Minitab - continued Dr. Shuxia (Susan) Lu
15 5 1 90 minutes Reliability Total Productive Maintenance Dr. Shuxia (Susan) Lu
16 5 2 90 minutes Theory of Constraints, Process Balancing, Simulation, Process Forecasting, Process Management Plan Dr. Nagen Nagarur
17 5 3 75 minutes Visual Analyisis, 7 Basic Tools of Quality, 7 New Tools of Quality Dr. Daryl Santos
18 5 4 105 minutes MANOVA with Minitab, Regression with Minitab, Correlation with Minitab Dr. Shuxia (Susan) Lu
19 6 1 90 minutes Systems Engineering, House of Quality Dr. Sangwon Yoon
20 6 2 90 minutes 2P/3P, A3 Report, Benchmarking, Heijunka, MultiVoting Planning, Hoshin Planning Mr. Mike Ford
21 6 3 75 minutes Design for Lean Six Sigma, Piloting a Solution, Action Plans, Conflict Management, 6 Sigma Culture Mr. Mike Ford
22 6 4 105 minutes Change Management, GEMBA, Kaizen, Pitfalls leading to non-successful Kaizen Events Mr. Mike Ford
23 7 1 90 minutes Best Practive, Lesson Learned, Control Plans, Short Line Charts, Non-Normal Charts Dr. Daryl Santos
24 7 2 90 minutes Advanced Statistical Process Control, Sampling and Power Dr. Daryl Santos
25 7 3 75 minutes Priority Selection Toolset, Financial Analysis, CBA, Progress Review, Improved Tollgate Mr. Mike Ford
26 7 4 105 minutes Integrated Exterprise Excellence, ISO 9001, Malcolm Baldridge, Job and Market, Exam/Project Discussions Ms. Ying Han and Dr. Daryl Santos
    TOTAL  2345 minutes = over 39 hours    

EXAM: 

A final examination will be distributed and August 1, 2014 and will measure your grasp of the theory necessary to be a successful Black Belt. This open-book and open-notes test is due by September 30, 2014 where an overall score of 70% or greater is required to pass the test. The exam is long and comprehensive.  We recommend that you allot 40+ hours for completing the exam. Late exam submissions will be penalized.  Brown Belt certification is conferred upon successful completion of the exam.

If you fail to achive the minimum percentile required to clear the exam, you can retake the exam by paying a retake/regrade fee of $200.  No more than two exam retakes are permitted in one year.

PROJECT: 

Black Belt certification is conferred upon successful satisfactory review of your Black Belt project by the Lean Six Sigma teaching staff. 

The Black Belt project should solve a real problem in any industry or non-profit agency, using Lean Six Sigma Black Belt principles.  The project must not require disclosure of confidential or proprietary information.  The BU Black Belt team will provide guidance to the candidate during the project completion period; however, it is up to the candidate to find a project.  It is often that a unversity student candidate may use a senior project or MS or PhD thesis material as a Black Belt project.  (If the student chooses to use the senior project or MS or PhD thesis material as a Black Belt project, the BU team need not have access to proprietary information used in the project, nor do they need to be on the student's thesis committee.)

The Black Belt project usually takes three to twelve months of work to complete and is conducted by individuals or teams at their place of business within a year of completing the coursework.  Project charter is due no later than March 15, 2015.  Additional information supporting the progress of the project will be due on checkpoints on May 1 and July 1.  Submission of information documenting the final results of the project are due by September 1, 2015. 

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Instructors

This course will be lead by a team of faculty from the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering as well as graduate students and industry professionals.

Constance (Connie) Dwyer, MS '95Connie Dwyer, MS '95

  • Project Manager Business Transformation/Energy Buyer, Iberdrola - USA / New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E)
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Villanova University
  • Trainer, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, NYSEG
  • PhD candidate, Systems Science and Industrial Engineering, Binghamton University
  • Ms. Dwyer has led and been a member of 12 projects to improve business performance utilizing lean six sigma methodology ranging in quantifiable results from improved efficiency output percentages to more tangible results in the millions of dollars.

Michael D. Ford

Michael D. Ford

  • Principal, TQM Works Consulting
  • Adjunct Professor and Corporate Trainer, Penn State University
  • Instructor, APICS
  • APICS' Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and Certified Fellow in Production & Inventory Management (CFPIM) as well as the ASQ's Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE), Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) and Certified Quality Auditor (CQA)
  • B.S. Industrial Engineering, SUNY Buffalo

Ying HanYing Han

  • PhD candidate, Systems Science and Industrial Engineering, Binghamton University
  • Research Associate, Watson Institute for Systems Excellence (WISE), Binghamton University
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Shuxia (Susan) LuShuxia (Susan) Lu

  • Associate Professor in in Systems Science and Industrial Engineering Department
  • PhD, Texas Tech University
  • Research Interests: Reliability, Statistical Process Control, Information Technology, Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Dr. Mohammad T. Khasawneh

Mohammad Khasawneh

  • Professor in Systems Science and Industrial Engineering
  • Department Assistant Director for Health Systems, Watson Institute for Systems Excellence
  • Director, Healthcare Systems Engineering Center
  • Director, Human Factors and Ergonomics Laboratory
  • Graduate Program Director, Executive Master of Science in Health Systems
  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Clemson University
  • Research Interests: Healthcare delivery systems, Human factors engineering/ergonomics, Digital human modeling in manufacturing and healthcare

Dr. Nagen NagarurNagen Nagurur

  • Professor and Department Chair in Systems Science and Industrial Engineering Department
  • Assistant Director for Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Manufacturing System, Watson Institute for Systems Excellence
  • PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Research Interests: Reliability of micro-electronic components, quality control, supply chain modeling

Dr. Daryl Santos

Daryl Santos

  • Professor, Systems Science and Industrial Engineering Department
  • Undergraduate Director of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Director of Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC)
  • Manager of Electronics Assembly Lab 
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities
  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • PhD, University of Houston
  • Research Interests: Production scheduling and control, engineering optimization, CIM, engineering management, electronics packaging

Dr. Sang Won YoonSangwon Yoon

  • Assistant Professor, Systems Science and Industrial Engineering Department
  • PhD, Purdue University
  • Research Interests: Integrated production and service systems, healthcare systems engineering, decentralized decision modeling, collaborative control theory, enterprise collaboration and coordination

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Fees and Registration

LEAN SIX SIGMA BLACK BELT training course (starts July 28, 2014)

SAVE MONEY!  REGISTER BY TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014.

Late fees ($50) apply for registrations received WEDNESDAY, JULY 23 through FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2014.

Registration closes noon on FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2014. This is a FIRM Deadline.

If you have missed the deadline for this offering, please contact wtsnindy@binghamton.edu to be placed on a list to be informed of our next offering.

INDUSTRY:  $1950

GOVERNMENT, NON-PROFIT (including FULL-TIME NON-BU STUDENTS) and BU ALUMNI: $1850

FULL-TIME CURRENT BU STUDENTS and DECEMBER 2013-MAY 2014 BU Graduates: $925

  • Group pricing available to industry upon request.  Contact wtsnindy@binghamton.edu for information.
  • We reserve the right to cancel our sessions if minimum attendance is not met. If we cancel, workshop fees will be refunded in full.

Please visit our registration and fees page for more information.

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Last Updated: 4/11/14