by Brion Hurley
A total of twenty-nine (29) conference attendees arrived one day in advance of the IISE Annual Conference, in order to volunteer their industrial engineering, systems engineering and process improvement skills (Lean, Continuous Improvement, Six Sigma) to help the food bank evaluate the efficiency of their processes.
The event was organized by Christopher Hritz, who is a member of the local IISE Pittsburgh chapter’s leadership team. He has been a volunteer with the food bank for a couple years, and he reached out to Food Bank community engagement coordinator Beci Russell to see if they were interested in our help. They worked together to determine the best way to structure the event, in order to maximize the impact we could have during the 2-hour session.
The areas that the food bank said they wanted help with were: 1) Backpack Kitting, 2) Entrance Lobby and 3) Warehouse redesign proposal evaluation.