Virginia Tech instructor Henry Quesada, Ph.D., is hosting two autumn workshops, in September and October, at the university’s Roanoke Center.

“Reducing Energy Using Lean Thinking”

September 27, 2012 (9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Registration fee: $50

To inspire new visions and strategies that address the most pressing energy challenges for contemporary society, this workshop will create new ideas for usage of Lean Principles in reducing energy use and costs. It will also promote collaboration between scholars working across disciplines on Lean Thinking and Energy.

Attendees will have a better opportunity to understand lean and potential energy savings with the implementation of lean principles into their process. Presentation of an Energy toolkit to identify wastes related to energy, environment, and the processes. Participants will be introduced to Energy Management Systems and their benefits.

“Quantatative Decision Management”

October 18-19, 2012 (8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Registration fee: $400 (includes Certificate of attendance -- ask for CPU credits, two coffee breaks and one lunch per day, material print outs and spreadsheet templates)

Decision-making techniques can be defined as a collection of qualitative and quantitative analytical tools that allows business and process managers to outline and analyze potential scenarios when searching for solutions given a specific problem or situation. Participants in this workshop will learn how to use different quantitative tools to build models and integrate computer applications to solve current business and manufacturing problems.

The two-day session is aimed at managers who wish to increase their decision-making skills by introducing quantitative tools into their work environments, including engineers interested in formulating better planning tools for supply chain management, optimization of manufacturing processes, and general process modeling for continuous improvement. Business process engineers in service industries interested in learning quantitative tools to model and optimize processes also should consider attending as well as marketing researchers looking for proven techniques to analyze marketing data.

Dr. Henry Quesada works for the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech as an expert in business management and operations research. His academic program focuses on process improvement for service and manufacturing firms and he has more than 12 years of experience as a consultant and researcher in medical device components, forest products, microelectronic, financial and telecommunications industry sectors.

For further details or questions please contact Henry Quesada at quesada@vt.edu or 540-231-0978.

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