MIT Lean Aerospace Initiative to Keynote at NEPCON East/Electro and Assembly East


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Norwalk, Conn. — Professor Deborah Nightingale, Ph.D. of the MIT Lean Aerospace Initiative will present a keynote presentation, "Transforming the Lean Enterprise Value Stream," on Thursday, May 6, 2004, at noon as part of the NEPCON East/Electro and Assembly East event.

The co-located manufacturing shows will take place May 5 and 6 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Mass. The comprehensive conference program will begin one day earlier on May 4. Combined, the three shows will provide Northeast manufacturers with a single, convenient source for cutting-edge manufacturing solutions at the board, component, and final product assembly levels. In addition, attendees can see even more new products with the concurrent running of The Vision East Show featuring automated machine vision solutions.

In Nightingale's address, free to all registered NEPCON East/Electro and Assembly East attendees and exhibitors, she will share the successes that the MIT Lean Aerospace Initiative has experienced with their implementations of Lean. The presentation will focus on the need for contemporary networked enterprises transforming the entire value stream, including suppliers and partners. Nightingale will explain how applying lean principles to all life cycles, enabling and leadership processes will be required to achieve value for the total enterprise.Nightingale is a professor of practice in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Engineering Systems Division. She serves as the MIT lead on the Lean Enterprise research and product development team within the Lean Aerospace Initiative (LAI). Prior to joining MIT in 1977 she worked for AlliedSignal Aerospace for 17 years, serving in executive leadership positions across the entire enterprise, including global strategy, operations, engineering, and customer-focused roles. She also worked at Wright-Patterson AFB for eight years as a program manager for man-machine modeling and simulation research and development.

Nightingale's professional interests include Lean enterprise integration, strategic leadership, and organizational transformation. She has published more than 40 papers and technical articles. She holds a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from The Ohio State University and M.S. and B.S. degrees in computer and information science from Ohio State and the University of Dayton, respectively. Nightingale is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Past-President and Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

The Lean Aerospace Initiative (LAI) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology helps focus understanding and application of lean, enterprise, and value by building on nearly a decade of generating, consolidating and deploying knowledge around lean principles and practices in industry.

NEPCON East/Electro 2004 takes place May 5 through 6, a month earlier than its traditional June dates, at a new venue, the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Mass.

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