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‘Lean Team’ Helps Businesses Improve Efficiency

Monday, February 14, 2011 / Bookmark & Share

BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 14, 2011 – Students in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment have established Lean@VirginiaTech, an organization dedicated to supporting businesses in their quest to become more competitive and profitable.

The student organization supports lean transformation efforts in many types of companies through education and hands-on support.

Urs Buehlmann, associate professor of wood science and forest products, who co-founded Lean@VirginiaTech with graduate students Christian Fricke and Mathias Schmitt, defines lean as “a management philosophy, a management approach. The simplest definition is doing more with less. Lean is eliminating waste, and waste is everything that the customer does not value and thus is not willing to pay for.”

Though based in the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products, Lean@Virginia Tech is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any department or major with an interest in lean concepts. A number of the students involved are also pursuing MBAs with the Virginia Tech MBA program. The student-driven, faculty-supported initiative has two branches — the LeanTeam@VirginiaTech and the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The LeanTeam@VirginiaTech includes students and faculty members involved in supporting lean transformation efforts in companies through training, advising, and problem solving. LeanTeam students work with third parties on real-world problems, take industry excursions, conduct research projects, and present training workshops.

“The LeanTeam is a place where students can enhance their learning of lean concepts by applying their knowledge and experience in practical business settings while benefiting organizations across the commonwealth,” said Paul Winistorfer, dean of the College of Natural Resources and Environment.

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