March 23, 2009
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Program Provides Cost-Savings for Connecticut Manufacturing During Challenging Times

HARTFORD, CONN Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is offering a unique, new educational program that teaches students to reduce waste, improve processes, and ultimately strengthen Connecticut manufacturing. This program is the only one in the Northeast that enables engineers to simultaneously earn Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification along with a Rensselaer Master of Science (M.S.) in Engineering Science degree. Rensselaer's Industrial Process Management (IPM) program is completed in an accelerated cohort format in approximately 18 months with classes beginning in May 2009.

More than 200 Connecticut employees have completed the IPM program since 2006, saving companies millions of dollars in cost reductions. This previously private program is now open to the general public with the goal of strengthening Connecticut manufacturing. Students work on job-related projects, thus providing a strong return on investment to their companies. In addition, Rensselaer's renowned, expert faculty mentor students to ensure coursework has immediate application in the workplace. Working professionals can take their careers to the next level and maximize their earning potential with this combined degree/certificate program.

The IPM program teaches engineers to use statistical and probabilistic tools to enhance and improve the quality of products and services. A work-related engineering project is an integral component of the program. “IPM has been extremely successful with 12 programs completed in the past four years,” said Robert F. Sheftel, Program Manager, Enrollment Management, Rensselaer Hartford Campus. “Student initiatives have literally saved some companies millions of dollars by reducing waste and improving processes.”

More information and admission requirements can be found on the Web at: www.ewp.rpi.edu/hartford/academics/ipm. Students interested in applying to the program should contact Enrollment Management at (860) 548-2420 or e-mail:

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