Pre-conference Workshops

Attend the conference. Network with colleagues. Update your skills and put yourself ahead of the game.

Pre-conference workshops offer in-depth, skill-building tools and focus on the topics that you will require for career advancement and professional development. Enhance your learning experience and maximize your networking opportunities by attending one of our pre-conference workshops.

  • Continuing education units (CEUs) and professional development hours (PDHs) are available.
  • You must register for the full conference to participate in a pre-conference workshop.
  • Advance registration accompanied by the additional registration fee is required to reserve a pre-conference workshop seat.
  • Pre-conference workshops will be held Saturday, May 19.

Emotional Intelligence for Technical Professionals

Presenter: Sunny Faronbi, Rehoboth Consulting, Inc.

Workshop Description:

Have you ever wondered why some people who don't have as much knowledge and experience seem to succeed with less effort than those who do? They tend to get promoted more often, receive better job opportunities and are happier in all areas of life, both at work and at home. This is because emotional intelligence affects our success in every single thing we do.

As a technical professional, your emotional intelligence (EQ) determines your ability to effectively work with others and influence them. It is the single greatest contributor to your personal excellence. Your level of EQ will go a long way to determine your success. By learning to maximize your emotional intelligence skills, you can find that unique blend of reason and feeling to achieve the best results in your career.

This 1-day workshop will start you on the path of cultivating the necessary emotional and social skills that will help boost your career and prepare you for your next roles. As your level of emotional intelligence increases, you begin to align yourself with opportunities that will give you success and increase your effectiveness in every area of life.  The workshop includes an Emotional Intelligence talent assessment valued at $175.

Workshop Outline:

  • The importance of Emotional intelligence
  • Where emotions come from
  • Emotional Self-awareness
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Empathy
  • Social Responsibility
  • Optimism
  • Impulse Control
  • Reality Testing  

Workshop Learning Objectives:

  • At the completion of this workshop, the participant would have learned how to:
  • Recognize their emotions and those of others on their teams
  • Estimate the impact of their emotions on their thoughts and actions; and those of others on the team
  • Express emotions in a non-threatening and receptive manner within teams
  • Recognize and articulate how team members feel; and behave in a way that respects their feelings
  • Resist or delay an impulse or temptation to act, thus avoiding rash behaviors and decision making that may derail team efforts and deliverables
  • Establish, develop and maintain mutually satisfying relationships with others on the team
  • Maintain a positive attitude at all times, even in the face of hardship
  • Recognize when emotions or personal bias can cause them to be less objective
  • Act responsibly and show greater concern for others within the project team  

Who Should Attend:

  • Technical professionals
  • Individual contributors
  • Team leaders
  • Supervisors
  • Managers
  • Directors
  • C-Suite Executives

About the Presenter:
A respected leadership coach and speaker, Sunny Faronbi’s professional experience of more than 25 years across 4 continents has provided him with a wealth of knowledge that he constantly draws from.

Trained as an engineer and project manager, Sunny began to learn what it takes to be a leader when he started leading teams of engineers and other professionals on projects across international boundaries. As a project manager, he realized early that he needed to improve his communication and leadership skills. His search led him to find the connections between trust and the leadership behaviors which impacts that trust. It also led him to Toastmasters, where he learned to hone his communication and leadership skills. As he grew in these areas, Sunny saw colleagues and friends trust him more and seek his counsel in the areas of leadership, personal development and professional relationship building.

As a result, Sunny has developed the passion to coach, mentor, teach, write and speak about leadership, communication and building trust within teams. He started Rehoboth Consulting, Inc. in 2009 as a platform for speaking, coaching and training on leadership and emotional intelligence.

Sunny holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ibadan and a Master of Engineering Management degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a Project Management Professional (PMP) credential holder since June 2006. Sunny is a certified Emotional Intelligence coach and also a Coach, Teacher and Speaker with The John Maxwell Team. 

He is known as an engaging speaker and has received excellent reviews from his audiences.


Measurement System Analysis (Gage R&R for attribute and variable data)

Presenter: Merwan Mehta, East Carolina University

Workshop Description:
Manufacturing companies today are pursuing process excellence through the use of Lean Six-sigma principles and tools. Many companies are also adopting design of experiment (DOE) techniques to create a mathematical model of their process to monitor the most prominent inputs. If the measurement system, which consists of the measuring equipment and the human operator, are not consistent and predictable, it may consume a majority of the tolerance spread available for the output. To counter this, it is essential to ascertain that a measuring system does not consume more than 9% of the total variation in the metric. Measurement system analysis (MSA) through gage repeatability and reproducibility (GR&R) studies allow us to ascertain how much variation is introduced by the method a metric of importance is being measured.

In this workshop, a discussion on the various elements that go in to conducting an MSA study to evaluate the extent of GR&R accuracy will be conducted. Hands-on exercises to learn how to collect data and perform a GR&R study for attribute and variable metrics will be undertaken. The data will be analyzed using Excel and Minitab software. Participants will leave the presentation with an appreciation of the importance of GR&R studies before starting any data collection for quality control or a DOE study.

Attendees are asked to bring their own laptops.  You can download the trial version of Minitab in advance of attending the workshop.  

Workshop Outline:

a)     Sources of variation that impact measurement systems
          1. Good parts being rejected
          2. Bad parts being accepted

b)     How to calculate the following in a measurement system
          1. Accuracy or Bias
          2. Repeatability
          3. Reproducibility
          4. Stability, and
          5. Linearity

c)     Hands on MSA
          1. Using M&Ms for attribute GR&R
          2. Metal parts with 2-holes for variable GR&R
          3. Use of Excel and Minitab for calculating GR&R  

Who Should Attend:
The audience level for this session is intermediate. Lean Six-sigma Green Belts, Lean Six-sigma Black Belts, industrial engineers, industrial engineering technologists, shop floor supervisors, mid-level manufacturing managers, design engineers, quality engineers, and anyone with familiarity with gaging and who want to learn how data collection variation can be a major problem in manufacturing should attend this session.  

About the Presenter:
Merwan Mehta, Ph.D., is a Professor at East Carolina University in the College of Engineering and Technology in the Technology Systems Department in Greenville, NC. He coordinates the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering Technology program and graduate certificate in Lean Six-sigma Black Belt. Prior to joining academics in 2004, he has over twenty years of experience in business and industry as a business owner in two businesses, vice-president, manufacturing manager, project director, industrial engineer, machine tool design engineer, and manufacturing engineer. He also works as a Lean Six-sigma process improvement consultant helping businesses become more profitable and productive since 2000. He has been an examiner for the Missouri Quality Award based on the Baldrige criteria for 3 seasons.  

Dr. Mehta conducts workshops in the U.S. and internationally on Lean manufacturing, Lean Six-sigma (White, Yellow, Green and Black-Belt levels), World-class Process Excellence for Executives and Champions, Kanban implementation, total productive maintenance (TPM) and predictive maintenance, value stream mapping (VSM), design for manufacturing and assembly (DFM&A), geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), and design of experiments (DOE). He is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer and Certified Six-Sigma Black Belt. He teaches courses in Engineering Economics at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and has authored a book on the subject titled, “Applied Engineering Economics Using Excel.” His present research interests are enhancing manufacturing and business processes through Lean principles and theory of constraints, and the pursuit of quality and variation control through Six-sigma and design of experiments.