Three Lean Graduate Certificates Awarded in 2017-18
September 13, 2018
Three Graduate Certificates in Lean Systems were awarded during the 2017-18 academic year.
Three Graduate Certificates in Lean Systems were awarded during the 2017-18 academic year. “This is the most ever in a single year,” said Dr. M. Abbot Maginnis, Lean Academic program director. The recipients are Matt Hutson, Dr. Amal Iftikhar, and Ankit Jangid. Hutson and Ifitkhar were both graduate students in the College of Public Health and graduated in May. Jangid continues to work on his MS in mechanical engineering.
Matt Hutson, a graduate student in the College of Public Health, earned his MHA in Health Administration, the lean certificate and an Improving Healthcare Value certificate as well. He is currently employed by UKHealthCare, but is spent his summer doing an internship in continuous improvement at Bon Secours in North Carolina.
Amal Iftikhar, a medical doctor, earned her MHA as well from the College of Public Health. She is moving to Texas to pursue a career in continuous improvement in healthcare.
Ankit Jangid is a second year graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering. His family owns a furniture manufacturing plant in India and he hopes to help continue to implement Lean there, as well as building a career related to lean culture in industry.
The certificate improves the marketability of any student who earns it. It provides an opportunity for students from any discipline to gain in depth knowledge and hands-on experience in lean while studying for a degree. Trained lean specialists are highly sought after in several fields including engineering and healthcare. Because Lean can be applied across a wide-range of industries, businesses and organizations, there are numerous sectors that can benefit from its application. The certificate is also available to working professionals without having to enroll in a degree program.