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The Center for Industrial Effectiveness | University at Buffalo | January 2020
An antidote for work overload
Since 2013, Sumitomo Rubber USA’s Tonawanda plant has invested in UB’s Student Six Sigma Black Belt Certification program to alleviate workloads. The arrangement is a win-win. Employees receive support from a dedicated resource who manages and leads improvement projects, while budding student engineers gain irreplaceable industry experience and a globally recognized credential. | Read more
Student Black Belt candidates Fanni Kozma and Manimanjari "Manjari" Vemula, at center, pose with their supervisors at Sumitomo Rubber USA. At far left is Anthony Lauria and at far right is Christopher Holzmann.
Unifying clean energy workforce efforts
State University of New York (SUNY) schools tend to operate in siloes when it comes to the topic of renewable energy education. But the scenario is changing, thanks to a SUNY initiative and an extra push from TCIE. Among the developments spurred by collaboration: an online clean energy 101 course, a central domain for discovering SUNY’s expansive energy programs and talks of a federally funded center. | Read more
 
At far right, Ilya Grinberg talks about a trainer in SUNY Buffalo State’s Smart Grid Laboratory to visitors from TCIE and Alfred State College.
What is a digital twin?
The digital twin is an important component of Industry 4.0. Vojislav Kalanovic, UB Professor of Practice in mechanical and aerospace engineering, explains what it is and what it means to business. | Read more
Fortifying a young company and young minds
Three undergraduate UB engineering students are contributing their problem-solving skills to fuel momentum at startup company Smart Walls Construction. The arrangement – made possible with a Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) grant – is advancing development of a telescopic structural wall. It’s also permitting the company founder to invest more time in the networking and entrepreneurial community involvement necessary for growth. | Read more
 
Smart Walls Construction founder Jorge Cueto, second from left, talks with UB engineering students Christopher Borders, Derek Roback and Albert Shaw.
Fighting for a better Brazil
Leonardo Menezes says Brazil is rife with bureaucracy, inefficiency and corruption. He believes blockchain technology is one answer that can help. So convinced is he that he walked away from the corporate world to pursue a higher purpose. A formal education in his home country, plus gaps filled in by UB, are part of his path. | Read more
A year in review
Our 2018-19 Annual Report has arrived! We look back at the fiscal year that was: one characterized by the perpetual march toward enabling digital technologies for all. Check out our year of activity, from the impact of our continuous improvement consulting and engineering assistance, to the growth and evolution of our professional education program. | Read the report
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