Registration is now open for ELSS 2017

Join us Sept. 25-27 in Orlando for the latest in Lean and Six Sigma applications, training, research and education and networking with top continuous improvement professionals.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Steven J. Choi

Dr. Choi is a physician leader for New York’s Montefiore Health System, director of Montefiore Network Performance Improvement and executive director of MIPI.

Keynote Speaker: Carey Hobbs

As senior manager of global supply chain procurement and value engineering for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Hobbs focuses on affordability, risk mitigation and CI.

Keynote Speaker: Deborah J. Nightingale

Nightingale is a university distinguished professor at the University of Central Florida. She was formerly director of MIT’s Lean Advancement Initiative.

The Road to Change Starts with a Discussion

Join Jennifer Hooks of the Medical University of South Carolina on June 6 for successful change management solutions, including five core tools, in a free ELSS 2017 webinar.

Submit an abstract to ELSS 2017!

The Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference  showcases advancement in lean and Six Sigma research and applications across a wide range of industries including aviation, education, healthcare, government and manufacturing. The conference provides an opportunity for attendees to gain knowledge, make contacts and learn from academic professionals and practitioners as they share the latest products and services in action.

Submit an abstract for the opportunity to share your work with colleagues and advance discussions of lean and Six Sigma implementation and education.

Lean Six Sigma Applications and Training Track
These presentations share how lean and Six Sigma can be used to achieve world-class performance in a wide variety of applications and industries. Sub-tracks include:

  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Logistics and Supply Chains
  • Government and Nonprofit
  • Service Systems and Retail
  • LSS Training

Lean Six Sigma Research and Education Track
This track will explore basic research and education needs with a focus on clear and practical recommendations for improving the conceptualization, effective implementation and sustainment of lean and Six Sigma initiatives. Sub-tracks include:  

  • Process Improvement
  • Product and Service Design/Development
  • Creating and Sustaining a Lean Six Sigma Culture
  • Lean Six Sigma Education and Pedagogy
  • Administrative Lean in Academia
  • Emerging Topics & the Future of Lean Six Sigma

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What else can you accomplish at ELSS 2017

  • Discover the latest advancements in lean and Six Sigma research and applications across a wide range of industries including aviation, education, healthcare, government, insurance and manufacturing
  • Attend thought-provoking panel discussions led by expert practitioners and researchers in the field
  • Engage in hands-on, in-depth learning during our pre-conference workshops
  • Earning multiple IACET accredited continuing education units (CEUs) when you attend educational sessions
  • Receive a behind-the-scenes look at how other companies operate by attending a facility tour

Early-bird registration is open!

2017 Conference Committee

Conference Highlights 2016

  • Click here to view the conference photo album (Photos taken by Mark Milward, U.S. Naval Submarine Base, New London).

Best Paper Competition

Sponsored by the University of Houston College of Technology.

  • First place: Carlos Fiol, SSMBB, business process consultant, Wells Fargo - "Leveraging Text Data to Improve Complex Service Systems Processes"
  • First runner-up: Dustin Diep and Waleed Mirdad, research assistants, Chinweike Eseonu, Ph.D., assistant professor, Oregon State University - "State of Art Matrix Lean Simulation"
  • Second runner-up: Mario Aboytes, Milad Taherkhorsandi, Hernan Chavez, Krishnan Krishnaiyer, Sue Stankus, Krystel Castillo, and F. Frank Chen, Ph.D., director, University of Texas at San Antonio - "Improving Radio Frequency Identification Accuracy in a Warehouse Setting"

Best Poster Competition

Sponsored by LS2 Performance Solutions LLC.

  • First place: Krishnan Krishnaiyer, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio - "A Lean Approach to Cloud-Based Query Management: Finance Case Study"
  • First runner-up: Manu Khandelwal and Mayur Khandelwal, Crown Cab, Co., and Ertunga Ozelkan, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina - "Orthogonal Lean Six Sigma: Workflow and Documentation System Design"
  • Second runner-up: Johanna Ficatier, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota - "Improving Care Transitions: Reducing 30-Day Hospital Readmissions"