Fellow Wins Poster Contest
2012-2014 Lean Systems Fellow, Jeremy Fugate wins poster contest at international conference.
IR4TD Director Wins Combustion Award
Dr. Kozo Saito was awarded the International Prize of CSJ (Combustion Society of Japan) last week in Japan.
Mayor Proclaims University of Kentucky/Toyota Collaboration Day in Lexington
Serving more than 20,000 people from around the world over the past 20 years, the University of Kentucky Lean Systems Program’s collaboration with Toyota has exceeded expectations. Its success was not only recently celebrated in a letter by Toyota Motor Corporation’s Honorary Chairman Fujio Cho, but was also commemorated by Lexington Mayor Jim Gray declaring Oct. 28, 2014, as “University of Kentucky/Toyota Collaboration Day.”
Articles about the Lean System Program 20th Anniversary
It has been 20 years since the University of Kentucky took its first big step on the road to becoming a world-leading center for lean systems research and training.
The journey began in 1993, when representatives from the UK College of Engineering embarked on a series of discussions with Toyota leaders, regarding the possibility of collaboration in lean knowledge development and manufacturing research and development.
Articles About MeVisit and Dr. William C. Thornbury, MD
One of our speakers at the Lean Users Conference 2013 was Dr. William C. Thornbury, MD from Glasgow, Kentucky. Dr. Thornbury is the inventor of MeVisit, an app for mobile devices that allows you to have a virtual office visit if circumstances permit. For example, if your physician knows that you’ve been taking a perscription for a long time and you need a refill, or you have a cold or similar ailment that doesn’t require special attention. Dr. Thornbury gave his talk at the conference regarding this software advance, how his knowledge of lean contributed, and his belief that in the near future this will be an aspect of everyone’s health care. Several articles about his innovation have been written recently and are linked below.
High tech options let you visit your doctor without going to the office – A story by Cheryl Truman published in the Lexington Herald-Leader July 28, 2013.
How mobility within the Medical Home can positively disrupt healthcare – published in the Summer issue of the Journal of the Kentucky of Family Physicians.
IR4TD and ISM members to speak at Gray Construction
Dr. Kozo Saito, director of IR4TD, Mark Pittman, IR4TD Business/Liaison Officer, and Dr. Fazleena Bauderdeen, Assoc. Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, will be featured speakers at an AE Risk Management Meeting at Gray Construction April 12, 2013.
Dr. Saito will speak about the recently published Seeds of Collaboration, a compilation of essays about the Toyota Production System. The title of Mr. Pittman’s presentation is “So you Want to Start a Company: Brief Reflections on Culture, History and Toyota”. Dr. Badurdeen will talk on “The Total Lifecycle-Based Approach to Enabling Sustainable Manufacturing”. Dr. Saito and Pittman will also join a panel discussion during the meeting.
Marking a Second Article about TPS Book Published in Lexington Herald-Leader
Marking a first for the automotive giant, Toyota has contributed to a book written by a University of Kentucky professor about its vaunted production system and philosophy.
Lean Training Part of Lexington’s Proposal
Partnering with the University of Kentucky’s True Lean program in the College of Engineering is one of the projects Lexington Kentucky Mayor Jim Gray hopes will be funded by the city’s entry into the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge competition for innovative ideas to improve cities. Gray is interested in applying lean principles to city government to improve efficiency.
Toyota & UK collaborate on TPS Book
Saito’s recently released book Seeds of Collaboration: Seeking the Essence of the Toyota Production System attempts to communicate the heart of TPS in a way its creators would recognize and affirm.
Training the Trainers
The University of Kentucky’s Lean Systems Program is perhaps the closest you can come to understanding lean as Toyota sees it. Business Excellence Magazine, January 2012
UK Lean Systems Helps Make Fatter Food Bank
The Freestore Foodbank is working more efficiently this holiday season thanks to the Lean Systems Program in the University of Kentucky College of Engineering. UKNow, December 2011
Toyota Chairman Fujio Cho Visits UK Lean Systems Program
Fujio Cho, chairman of the Toyota Motor Corporation, visited the UK College of Engineering to meet with the Lean Systems group and tour the facility where the program conducts its trainings. UKNow, November 2011
The University of Kentucky Lean Systems Program has helped thousands of organizations in increasing efficiency, cutting waste and improving leadership by teaching a nine-phase lean implementation sequence. UKNow, August 2011