Author: nrweeden

Sophomore at Michigan Tech majoring in Mechanical Engineering

Covid-19 Can’t Stop Lean

One of the most quintessential aspects of continuous improvement is that there will always be something one can do to reduce waste and no virus can change that. While Michigan Tech’s classes moved online, so did our Office of Continuous Improvement. Our offices may have taken the form of our personal computer desks and nobody can tell if you are wearing pajama pants, but lean principles are still being applied as there are always problems that can be fixed and improved. Thanks to Zoom, kaizen events can continue and uphold our mission of providing a Lean culture to the university.


While some events have been put on hold for the time being, the Office of Continuous Improvement is still proud to be helping coordinate with almost two dozen kaizen events to bring out the best environment that Tech can be. If you have a problem that you think could be solved or an inefficiency to squash, the Office of Continuous Improvement would love to be a tool in your repertoire and assist you in accomplishing your summer goals!

A Kaizen event held via Zoom, with all the comforts of home!

Outside of Kaizen events, the Office of Continuous Improvement also has many tools that can be implemented to improve work, such as an assortment of visual tools and templates to help you maximize your efficiency and reduce waste at home, work, anywhere! With all the time being spent at quarantine, wouldn’t it be great to go through a 5S organization to achieve a tidy and clean home or work environment? We all have plenty of time to spend, let’s make the most of it!
If you would like more information regarding Lean and how it can help you with your job or education, please feel free to reach out to improvement@mtu.edu.


Welcome, Nathan!

Joining the Office of Continuous Improvement is a new student Process Improvement Coordinator (PIC), Nathan Weeden. Nathan is a second year student pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. Please help us welcome Nathan as he gives some introductory information about himself:

Good day everyone,

My name is Nathan Weeden. I was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and for the majority of my life have lived in the moderately sized town of Saline, Michigan. That’s where I spent my time until moving to Houghton, MI to begin my studies at Michigan Tech. I’ve had quite an enjoyable time at the university, as it is a beautiful slice of the country, even if I find myself often bogged down with work. In my spare time I enjoy playing video games, hiking, target sports, and fishing, if the weather permits.

Currently I am undergoing training to become a full-fledged student PIC and am learning the meaning, importance, and applications of Lean thinking. The process has been engaging and I am looking forward to an enjoyable and fruitful experience here at the Office of Continuous Improvement.