Lean Division Student Paper Competition Past Winners

2020 Winners

1st Place
Heather Hayes, Julia Holloway, Natasha Infante and Kayshale Ortiz
Clarkson University
"The Empirical Way of LSS: The Case of the OB Clinic"

2nd Place
Safinaz Elhadary and Omar Ashour
Pennsylvania State University, The Behrend College
"Process Improvement of Global Supply Chain of Commercial Aircraft Operations"

3rd Place
Ma. Fernanda Hernandez, Maria Fernanda Martinez and Regina Lardizabal
Universidad de Monterrey
"Transportation Costs Reduction for Frozen Products in a Distribution Center"

2019 Winners

1st Place:
Rafid Janahi
University of Texas at San Antonio
"Implementing Kaizen through a Lean RACE Model: A Case Study"

2nd Place:
Jeremy Heyward
North Carolina A&T State University
"Analysis of Lean Scheduling Practices in a Re-manufacturing Environment"

3rd Place:
Maziar Lotfizadeh
The University of Akron
"Improving Revenue Cycle at Cardiovascular Units using Lean Six Sigma"

2018 Winners

1st Place:
Gabriela Morales
Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM)
"Increase Ambulance Responsiveness Eliminating Waste"

2nd Place:
Sara Koshy
Rutgers University
"A Lean Study of the Returns Process at Capacity LLC"

3rd Place:
Allan Vitangcol
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
"Lean Study of Alexander Library's Shipping and Receiving Department"

2017 Winners

1st Place:
Andrea Montalvo Rodriguez,  Ana Cristina Bastida and Samantha Lankenau
Universidad de Monterrey
"Improving Ambulance Performance Efficiency to Decrease Response Time"

2nd Place:
Alan Howard Jr.
Mercer university
"Manufacturing Process Improvement on Valve Timing Control Production"

2016 Winners

1st Place:
Girish Upreti and Isaac Atuahene
University of Tennesses-Knoxville
"Improving the Hospital Process using Lean Approach"

2nd Place:
Diana Ducoulombier Alvarado and Carlos Alberto Hernandez Hernandez
Universidad Politecnica de San Luis Potosi
"Change of Mezzanine in the Bottled Salsa Line"


1st Place:
Maria-Eugenia Rendon
Universidad de Monterrey
"Increasing Customer Service Level through a Simulation Based Lean Transportation Scheme"

2nd Place:
Stephanie Edith Tristan Butron and Nohemi Guadalupe Almendarez Garcia
Universidad Politecnica de San Luis Potosi
"DMAIC Implementation on the Redesign of the Pulley for Motors"

3rd Place:
Tarkshaya Bhatia, Vidita Gawade, Sameer Lalwani, Dennison Adad and Anvita Tiwari
Rutgers University
"Paramount Metal Finishing: A Lean Analysis"


1st Place:
Victor Garcia-Canales, Carlos Aguilar-Perez and Alejandro Bassol-Davila
Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico
"Reducing Transportation Costs: An Efficiency Improvement Approach"

2nd Place:
Girish Upreti and Isaac Atuahene
University of Tennessee
Christian Gonzalez Davila, Jose Eduardo Calles Aviles, Gala Priscilla Andrade Avelar and Antonio Alberto Rios Herrera
Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico
Valdir de Oliveira Jr.
"Application of Lean and 5S for Redraw Machine in Bellow Industry: A Case Study"

3rd Place:
Victor Hidalgo, Tom Zaccaria, Erik Malich, John Sanchez and Valeed Waqqas
Rutgers University
"The Congestion Level and Wait Time on Line at Livingston Dining Commons of Rutgers University: RU Congested"


1st Place:
Rehab Ali
Nile University
"Investigating the Impact of the Dynamics Associated with Increasing Responsiveness Level on Leanness"

2nd Place:
Javier Arriaga, Ciro Cardenas, Juan-Pablo Rivera, Juan-Carlos Sada and Humberto Campos
Universidad de Monterrey
"A Lean Route to Increase Transportation Agility and Food Freshness"

3rd Place: 
Kshitij Singh Minhas, Siucheuk Fung, Brenda Souza, Shivang Shah and Minh Ngoc Nguyen
Rutgers University
"Lean Six Sigma Study of Rutgers Mail Distribution"


Pu-Yuan Chang
Tunghai University
"Enhancing the Service Efficiency of Non-profit Organizations Through Lean Thinking an VSM Analysis: A Case Study of Assistive Device Resource Centers"


Fabiola Garza
Universidad de Monterrey
"Eliminating Warehousing Waster: An Application"


Mariza Siller, Taide Sanchez and Jair Onofre
Universidad de Monterrey, San Pedro
"Reducing Order Cycle Time through a TOC-Lean Approach: A Case Study"


Inder Dhillon, David Hamilton and Brian Rumao
University of Michigan
"Determining the Effectiveness of Specialized Bank Tellers"