Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Major

Chemical Engineering - Cooperative Education

Research Sponsor

Dr. Richard Elliott

First Reader

Dr. Bi-min Zhang Newby

Second Reader

Dr. Edward A Evans

Abstract

The purpose of the project was to educate students about Six Sigma and to enhance uniformity in submission of Project Management and Teamwork (PMT) projects. The scope of the project was to work with sophomore chemical engineers in the Fall 2015 semester to implement Six Sigma into PMT for fall semester. A set of videos, quizzes, and Excel worksheets were distributed to sophomore chemical engineers to learn the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analysis, Improve, Control) protocol . The limitations with the design of the project were that there was no control group and students had the opportunity not to cooperate. No economic limitations existed.

It was found that 58% of students saw a benefit to using Six Sigma. The final average grade of students who participated in the Six Sigma experience was 55% with the highest average grades scoring at 66% during the Improve step. Another major finding was that students wanted a greater understanding of Six Sigma than what was offered in the semester.

The project was worth completing because of the opportunity for student professional development recognized by industry. Recommendations for future work would be to repeat the exercises incorporated with the DMADV model and adapt/improve the video content.

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