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Integrating Project Management, Lean-Six Sigma, and Assessment in an Industrial Engineering Capstone Course

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Innovations in the IE Curriculum

Tagged Divisions

Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, Engineering Economy, and Industrial Engineering

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Page Numbers

25.803.1 - 25.803.14



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Ana Vila-Parrish North Carolina State University

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Ana "Anita" Vila-Parrish is a Teaching Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

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Dianne Raubenheimer Meredith College

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Integrating Project Management & Lean-Six Sigma Methodologies in an IndustrialEngineering Capstone CourseThe ability to effectively manage large, complex projects is a skill required of most engineers inindustry today. The skills required to be an effective project manager go far beyond technicalengineering content taught in engineering curriculums. Industry sponsored capstone projectexperiences require students to communicate, deconstruct the large project into manageablepieces, and manage risk and uncertainty. This is a departure from traditional engineeringproblems which have a right answer and typically have a prescribed solution method. In thispaper we discuss a pilot study that evaluates how a structured framework of project management,mimicking industry practices, affects the problem solving process throughout the project lifecycle. Specifically we develop an approach that integrates project management methods andtools with Lean-Six Sigma methods. An additional objective of this research is to develop abetter understanding of the unique aspects of the engineering problem solving process. Weassessed the student’s problem solving strategies, products, and design process reflections usingWolcott’s “Steps for Better Thinking” rubric.

Vila-Parrish, A., & Raubenheimer, D. (2012, June), Integrating Project Management, Lean-Six Sigma, and Assessment in an Industrial Engineering Capstone Course Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21560

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