Upcoming Events

WVLN Membership Meetings

Join us on January 14, 2021 for our next meeting in Lafayette IN. We will be following all recommended safety procedures.  Details and agenda will be updated in the next few weeks. 


Great opportunity to work with the Industrial Engineering students at Purdue University on an improvement project for your organization.  The projects can be done completely virtually.  Purdue is looking for projects in all types of industries....manufacturing, medical related, financial services, construction, retail, warehousing/distribution, utilities and non-profits.    

Check out the information from Dave Kotterman below and contact Dave directly if you have any questions.  This is a fabulous opportunity to get some of the best student minds in the country to help with your project.  I have worked with a number of Purdue IE students in the past and I will say you will be be impressed with the value they can bring to your project.  Plus they are a lot of fun to work with.....

Contract Dave directly if you have any questions.

"Does your organization have a challenge in its manufacturing operations, supply chain operations, or information systems that’s been on your plate for a while but just haven’t had the resources to address? Let us help you in your continuous improvement efforts with engineering student resources!  You gain solutions in critical operations, they earn course-credit and valuable experience.  It would be great to talk with you about working a senior capstone project that would add value to your processes beginning late January 2021 and ending late April 2021."

"I’m proud to report that the School of Industrial Engineering has recently earned #2 ranking in the nation by U.S. News and World Report 2021).  I am contacting you today, inviting you to engage in an Industrial Engineering Senior Design Capstone project for the Spring 2021 semester.  Deadline to submit a project for consideration is Friday, December 11, 2020."

"If accepted, projects will start by Friday, January 29, 2021.  This past year there were fifty-eight (58) accepted student projects and each company received from 300 to 500 hours of student work per project.  To learn more of benefits and expectations, please see details in the attached letter." 

To register a project, please visit: https://engineering.purdue.edu/IE/corporatepartners/submit-project

 For past projects, please see: https://engineering.purdue.edu/IE/corporatepartners/examples

Dave Kotterman
Director, Industry Relations
School of Industrial Engineering
Purdue University

For more information on IE: https://engineering.purdue.edu/IE


WVLN is a state-wide, member-driven group, focused on applying Lean principles and continuous improvement methods to eliminate waste in business processes so member organizations can gain a competitive edge.  WVLN helps train, connect and encourage members on their lean journeys through the exchange of knowledge and experience.

As fabulous as the presentations are in providing new ideas and training that we can actively use in our organization and personal lives, the profound power of the group is the opportunity to meet, engage, and network with highly motivated individuals and leaders driving improvement in their organizations.

And there will be time for networking, discussion and sharing before, during and after the meeting.

Whether you’re new to process improvement and lean or an experienced practitioner, join us for our next meeting. Connect with peers and share experiences of implementing Lean process to a wide variety of fields, from manufacturing to healthcare to finance. Light refreshments will be provided, followed by guest speakers, a panel discussion, and time to network. 

Non-members of WVLN can attend one or two of our meetings as guests (at no-cost), so feel free to invite a friend/peer who might have interest in attending this special program.

Note: We are always looking for member companies to present an improvement project.  Do you have a project you would like to share with the group?  Do you have a subject you are passionate and knowledgeable about and would like to share? Drop me an email and we will fit you in during an upcoming meeting.

Check out www.wvln.org for more information.

Ready to join the group......
Contact Doug Ellenberger – dellenberger@greaterlafayettecommerce.com