A Unique Live Insight into the Application of LSS Techniques to the Operational Challenges of COVID-19 Impact Mitigation in Healthcare Organizations



It's happening Tuesday, March 2nd at 10 am EST


Juan Rivera

As president of the Pyzdek Institute, Juan Rivera brings management and entrepreneurial experience, a dedication to customer service and an educational background in Engineering Management. In 2003, Juan co-founded an innovative and... diverse wastewater engineering firm. He sourced and secured contracts in the public and private sector for the design and construction of wastewater treatment plants, and expanded the company’s range of services to include the distribution of specific biological technologies for wastewater treatment. Juan helped open new markets to include the Northwest, Pacific, and Central regions of Mexico. Juan also brings over ten years of experience in the retail industry where he held leadership roles in operations, customer service and human resources. Juan holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering Management from Arizona State University and he is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.Read more

Chad Laux, Ph.D.

Dr. Laux is currently Associate Professor of Computer & Information Technology at Purdue University, West Lafayette and... has developed a concentrated area in Lean Six Sigma where he teaches Lean Six Sigma Systems at the Undergraduate and Graduate levels in Computer & Information Technology. His teaching attracts a wide variety of student majors including Computer & Information Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology, Supply Chain Management Technology, and Healthcare Policy and Management. During his 13 years in industry, Dr. Laux served primarily in Tier One organizations and managed Quality Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Product Design functions. During that time, Chad received multiple Six Sigma Black Belt certifications and conducted multiple continuous improvement projects.Read more

Elizabeth Cudney, Ph.D.

Dr. Elizabeth Cudney is an Associate Professor of Business Data Analytics in the John E. Simon School of Business at ... Maryville University. She received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University, Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from the University of Hartford, and doctorate in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri – Rolla. In 2018, Dr. Cudney received the ASQ Crosby Medal for her book on Design for Six Sigma. Dr. Cudney received the 2018 IISE Fellow Award. She also received the 2017 Yoshio Kondo Academic Research Prize from the International Academy for Quality for sustained performance in exceptional published works. In 2014, Dr. Cudney was elected as an ASEM Fellow. In 2013, Dr. Cudney was elected as an ASQ Fellow. In 2010, Dr. Cudney was inducted into the International Academy for Quality. She received the 2008 ASQ A.V. Feigenbaum Medal and the 2006 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineering Award. She has published nine books and over 90 journal papers. Dr. Cudney is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. She holds eight ASQ certifications, which include ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, Manager of Quality/Operational Excellence, and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, amongst others.Read more

Sandra Furterer, Ph.D.

Dr. Sandy Furterer is an associate professor at the University of Dayton in the Department of Engineering Management, Systems and Technology.... Furterer has more than 25 years of experience in business process and quality improvements, most recently as vice president of process transformation for a community bank. She holds a doctoral degree in industrial engineering with a specialization in quality engineering from the University of Central Florida, an master’s degree from Xavier University, and bachelor and master of science degrees in industrial and systems engineering from The Ohio State University. Furterer has deep experience helping healthcare organizations improve cross-functional processes and has mentored more than 75 Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt candidates and projects. She has also facilitated and/or mentored dozens of process improvement projects across healthcare, financial services, secondary and higher education, retail, telecommunications, local government, membership, and manufacturing organizations. Furterer is an author or co-author of four reference textbooks on Lean Six Sigma, Design for Six Sigma and Lean Systems, including her latest book: Lean Six Sigma Case Studies in the Healthcare Enterprise published by Springer in 2014.Read more

Jiju Antony

Professor Jiju Antony is recognised worldwide as a leader in Lean Six Sigma methodology for achieving and sustaining process excellence.... He is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (UK), Fellow of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI), Fellow of the Institute of Operations Management (FIOM), and a Fellow of the Institute of the Six Sigma Professionals (ISSP). He is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has trained over 1200 people as Lean Six Sigma Yellow, Green and Black Belts from over 20 countries representing over 170 organisations in the last 10 years.Read more

Manal Alduraibi

Manal Alduraibi is a Ph.D. candidate in Computer and Information Technology at Purdue University, West Lafayette. She received her B.S.B.A. in Business Studies from... Arab Open University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia, and a master's degree in Management Information System from Marywood University, Scranton. Her main research interest centers around the intersection of Six Sigma, Sustainability, and IT Management. As a doctoral student at Purdue University, she is working on several projects on Computer and Information Technology, which resulted in published papers and conference presentations. Recently, she co-authored the article “Lean Six Sigma as an organizational resilience mechanism in health care during the era of COVID-19” in the International Journal of Lean Six Sigma. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt. Manal’s background spans a diverse range of disciplines: IT Management, Lean Six Sigma, Project Management, Risk Management, Leadership, Ethics, Data visualization, Data mining, and Web Design.Read more

Senthilkumar Thiyagarajan

Graduate Industrial Engineer skilled in Six Sigma, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Root Cause Analysis, CAPA and Continuous Improvement. Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Strong research interest in Digital Supply Chain and Industry 4.0.

Gaganpreet Singh Hundal

Result oriented researcher with advanced problem solving and analytical skills. Hardworking attitude with effective communication skills at conveying advanced topics in a relatable manner. Motivational instructor, team leader and research project manager. Adept at learning new skills and cultivating experiences.

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