Jordan Moss/College of Engineering
The Engineering Lean and Six Sigma conference (ELSS) took place Sept. 14-16, 2016 in downtown San Antonio and College of Engineering students took home a number of the top prizes at the annual industry conference.
“I am really proud of our students’ active participation at the conference and solid performance in competitions,” said Hung-da Wan, Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems core faculty member and associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. “They brought UTSA recognition, learned from renowned experts in the field, and developed professional connections with them. It is also a promise to Lean Six Sigma community for future workforce. It was a win-win opportunity.”
The UTSA students who received recognition for their work at ELSS were: mechanical engineering Ph.D. student Krishnan Kryshnaiyer, who took home first place in the Best Poster category; and team members Marion Aboytes, Hernan Chavez, Kryshnaiyer, Sue Tankus, and Milad Taherkhorsandi, who won third place in the Best Paper category. Faculty members Krystel Castillo and Frank Chen advised the team.
UTSA sent more than 10 students, two alumni and four faculty members to present or attend the conference. UTSA produced six presentations, five papers, and one poster for the conference. Six UTSA students also volunteered at ELSS.
The ELSS is one of the annual international conferences hosted by the Institute of Industrial and Systems engineers (IISE). The conference provides a platform for researchers, educators and industry leaders in Lean and Sigma Six areas to discuss emerging issues and potential areas for work in the future while sharing their knowledge and experiences with each other.
The ELSS conference has a history going back 40 years, though the name of the event has evolved over time. This year ELSS had about 200 attendees with over 50 presentations, two panels, seven posters, one workshop and one facility tour.
For next year’s ELSS in Orlando, Wan has been selected to be the incoming conference chair.