Pawley Lean Institute

Pawley Hall, Room 460K
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-4542
lean@oakland.edu

High School Workshops promote Lean Learning and Engineering Opportunities

High School Workshops promote Lean Learning and Engineering Opportunities
High School Workshops

The Pawley Lean Institute and the Industrial Systems and Engineering (ISE) Department have been conducting High School Workshops for the past three years. The program promotes ISE and Lean Learning as it introduces ISE as a field of study to high school students from both a college degree and career perspective. The workshop consists of three visits from high school classes to the ISE department as a partnership program with the Pawley Lean Institute. The program has supported 17 school groups and 325 student participants. Schools participating in the 2018-2019 school year included: Birmingham Seaholm High School, Osborne High School from Detroit Public Schools, Melvindale High School, Pontian ITA, and Boulen Park Middle School from Troy. The program is funded for both the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years.

The program is targeted at high schools in Oakland/Macomb/and Wayne Counties and will reach over 100 high school students per year in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The project is during normal school hours and conducted in the OU Engineering Center.

There are multiple components to the sessions, including:

  • Hands on, tool orientation
  • Lean/Continuous Improvement exercises
  • Ergonomics using simulation tools
  • Product Life Cycle Management
  • Manufacturing Systems Simulation


Both AT&T and Comerica Bank have provided funding to support the workshops.