Students from universities and institutes around the world will soon begin arriving at UT as part of the International Lean Summer Program in the College of Engineering. Sponsored by the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, the program will bring almost 120 students to campus for a chance to study ways of reducing waste and increasing efficiency while partnering with students from countries around the world, beginning with an opening ceremony at the Foundry at World’s Fair Park on July 7.
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A major gift from two University of Tennessee, Knoxville, graduates has established the first-ever joint faculty positions between the Colleges of Engineering and Business Administration. Chanaka Edirisinghe, professor of statistics, operations, and management science, is the Heath Faculty Fellow in the College of Business Administration. Rupy Sawhney, a professor of industrial and information engineering, is the fellow in the College of Engineering.
More than ninety students from developing countries will converge on the UT campus next month for a College of Engineering program to learn cutting-edge industrial engineering practices and gain cultural experiences. The program, called the Lean Enterprise Summer Program, is intended to allow students from different cultures to work together to accrue the technical knowledge of the practice of creating more value for consumers while using fewer resources and eliminating waste.
Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that are making a difference in their world and the world around them. Professor Rupy Sawhney, head of the Department of Industrial and Information Engineering, wants to see departments at UT become more involved in their respective communities through their actions.
In this story from the News Sentinel, Rupy Sawhney, an associate engineering professor at UT, uses his expertise in “lean management” to help the university find ways to save money.
Planning for significant budget cuts, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has established a Lean Management Office as a permanent function of the campus administration, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek announced today. The move formalizes the university’s commitment to enhancing efficiency and improving processes as it prepares to weather a $40 million cut to its annual state appropriation by July 2011. Federal stimulus dollars have filled the gap, but the one-time funds expire June 30, 2011.