June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Purpose: Many female undergraduate Engineering students struggle during their first and second years of college with finding their place and questioning whether they belong in Engineering. It has been shown that mentoring programs can help encourage women to stay in engineering fields and we want to create a program at the University of Dayton to retain more female engineering students. The purpose of this study is to apply Lean Six Sigma tools and methods to design an engineering undergraduate mentoring program to enhance retention of underrepresented females.
Methodology: As part of an engineering management graduate research project, the research assistant leveraged a team of students in the Industrial Engineering Technology program’s undergraduate Lean Six Sigma course to design an engineering mentoring program. The course incorporates real-world lean six sigma experiential learning opportunities so that the students can better learn and apply lean six sigma tools and the DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control) methodology. The team applied Voice of Customer to engage students and faculty to identify the pilot program’s requirements. They used the lean six sigma process design tools and root cause analysis to identify the critical to satisfaction characteristics and the factors that will positively impact success of the mentoring program.
Findings: This is a work in progress, and constitutes the first step in designing and piloting an engineering mentoring program. The program will be piloted, in Spring 2019, based on the findings from the Lean Six Sigma project.
Value: This program will provide mentorship to women engineers throughout their college career as well as support them for a career in engineering in the workplace.
Kloos, E., & Furterer, S. L. (2019, June), Designing an Undergraduate Engineering Mentoring Program to Enhance Gender Diversity through Application of Lean Six Sigma Methods and Tools Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32615
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