Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

May 2011    |    Volume: 43    |    Number: 5

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The good, the bad and the quality

'6 Sigma Samurai' video makes it fun to learn the discipline's basic philosophy 

By David Brandt

An industrial engineering student might be surprised by how much he could learn from a country crooner, a rapping swordsman and a “gangsta” geisha.

Two college friends from Cookeville, Tenn., have put a new spin on Six Sigma instruction. Brett Scudder, a mechanical engineer with Cummins Filtration, and Chris McMichael, a former geotechnical engineer, have written, produced and marketed a video that incorporates country music, rap, classic film and Japanese terminology. The video has been building an audience on the Internet.


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