What's Happening

There are always several Kaizen Events taking place across the Michigan Tech campus.  Many departments use these events to improve their processes and reduce waste.  If you are interested in holding a Kaizen Event at Michigan Tech, contact the Office of Continuous Improvement at improvement-l@mtu.edu or call 906-487-3180.

Event Name Sponsoring Department Facilitator Problem Statement Applicable Tools
Lakeshore Center Office Supplies Vice President for Administration Margo O'Brien Supplies are ordered and maintained in multiple areas by several people leading to over inventory, space and duplication of effort. Visual Controls
Standardization
Graduate Degree Completion Process Graduate School Julie Seppala There is currently some confusion about what students need to do, and by when, in order to complete a graduate degree. Process Mapping
Final Pay Process Human Resources Kathy Wardynski
Amie Ledgerwood
The inability to consistently process terminations in an accurate, timely and effective manner.  The flow of information from beginning to end is inconsistent. Process Mapping
Standard Work
Student Org Funds Administration Industry Relations Rick Berkey Gifts and donations are being made to student organizations by industry sponsors.  How these gifts are received and processed is inconsistent. Standard Work
Graduate Admissions Process Chemistry Heidi Reid
Julie Ross
Our current grad application preparation process is cumbersome, time-consuming, and inefficient, leading to wasted time and potential errors.  The application decision process is unclear, leading to delays in notifying applicants of their status. Process Mapping