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Lean Six Sigma Certification for Forensic Science Professionals

March 14 - September 12, 2017

This Six Sigma Green Belt certification program begins March 14, 2017. It consists of a series of 17 2-hour long sessions delivered over the course of 27 weeks and concluding with a one day face to face finale in Pittsburgh, PA on September 12, 2017. The course will be taught by Timothy D. Kupferschmidt, Chief of Laboratories at the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner. Tim is a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma and has been practicing these improvement methods since 2008.

This course is specifically designed for forensic science professionals, although it is open to all professionals who have a process to improve. The course will follow the six sigma DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) process and incorporate tools used in lean manufacturing, six sigma variation reduction, theory of constraints and many other process and quality improvement tools.

With the instructor’s guidance, participants will select an organizational process that needs improvement. They will be learning a multitude of tools as they work to improve the selected process. Readings, quizzes, project homework and a final project presentation are required for successful completion.  Successful students will be certified as Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.


Class Format and Dates

Sessions, Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm EST

March 14
  • Select project.
March 21, March 28
  • Complete project charter and validate using the voice of the customer.
April 11, April 25, May 2, May 9
  • Determine outputs and inputs to the process.
  • Create data collection plan and collect data on current state of process.
  • Use mapping tools, such as process map, SIPOC, and value stream map.
May 16, May 23, June 6, June 13
  • Determine the critical inputs of the process.
  • Analyze data and determine root causes of problems.
  • Tools may include brainstorming, FMEA, C&E diagrams and root cause analysis.
June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18
  • Generate potential solutions and improvements for the process by selecting and standardizing key steps.
  • Develop a future state process map and value stream map.
  • Develop and implement a pilot solution which will lead to full-scale implementation.
August 1, August 8
  • Develop and implement measurement of key performance indicators, create quality and management system controls.
September 12 at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA
  • A keystone seminar on managing organizational change will be conducted in the morning, to prepare participants to use the knowledge they gained to lead their organizations to implement change in the future.
  • Participants will present their report to the group using a PowerPoint presentation. Successful participants will be conferred their Green Belt Lean Six Sigma Certification during a concluding networking reception.