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The MSE program breaks down barriers between classroom theory and practical job experience in conducting student projects with area companies. Students conduct these projects in multi-disciplinary teams as part of the capstone class — ISyE 641: Design and Analysis of Manufacturing Systems -- or as independent study projects. They make multiple visits to a company over a 3-4 month period, investigating elements of a selected process or area determined by the company. Using their classroom training, the students gather data, then conduct detailed analysis using sophisticated computer programs to formulate and present recommendations to companies to help them achieve their lead time reduction goals. All projects are conducted under faculty guidance, and students commonly draw upon the wide expertise of UW-faculty in addition to their own prior experiences in developing solutions to company problems.


The most valuable feature of the program for me, is project work. During the four semesters, I was working on five different projects consulting local companies on their lead time reduction efforts. In student teams advised by faculty, I was working on real-world problems at the respective companies with true responsibility for overall system analysis and timely definition of the outcomes.

- Andreas Nitzsche, MSE Graduate '98

Over the past decades, MSE students have investigated, analyzed and helped companies from many different sectors, from manufacturing to biotechnolgy to healthcare.


Past projects




Reducing Flow Time and Increasing Throughput in Double Drum Roller Assembly Line - Wacker Corporation (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) - Capstone Course


Eyeballing the Problem: Reducing Waiting Time in Retina Services - Wisconsin Eye Institute (Waukesha, Wis.) - Capstone Course


Reducing Office Lead Time for Orders of New Custom-Engineered Equipment Orders - Schenck AccuRate (Whitewater, Wis.) - Capstone Course


Reducing Lead Time in Heat Treat Facility that Supports High Variety of Products - P&H Mining Equipment (Milwaukee, Wis.) - Capstone Course


Reducing Manufacturing Lead Times and Finished Goods Inventory Levels - Nelson Container Corp. (Germantown, Wis.) - Hardik Bheda


Analysis of Manufacturing Variation in Filter Manufacture and Relationship to Vehicle Mass Air Flow Sensor - Cummins Filtration (Bloomer, Wis.) - Larry T. Gunderson


Installation Improvement, Design Improvement and Cost Reduction for Vikrell Sheet Molding Compound Shower and Bath Assemblies - Kohler Company (Kohler, Wis.) - Thomas M. Spankowski




Sizing the Selling Organization for Maximum Sales Impact at ZS Associates - ZS Associates - Sankalp Sethi


Design of a POLCA system to reduce lead time between seven QRM cells and heat treat - P&H Mining (Milwaukee, Wis.)


Strategy for reducing lead time of healthcare furniture to improve responsiveness to market - Nemschoff, Inc (Sheboygan,Wis.)


Lead time reduction for quoting process at Danfoss Drives - Danfoss Graham (Milwaukee, Wis.)


Lead time reduction of engineering's response to requests - Renewaire (Madison, Wis.)


Relocation of inventory to improve productivity and organization at Phoenix products - Phoenix Products - Amar Gokhale


Increasing the throughput of the battery automation line - Boston Scientific- Arnav Anand


Lead time reduction for case goods - Nemschoff Inc, (Sheboygan, Wis.) - Ashish Chaudhari-


Lead time reduction for the fabrication process - Hill Manufacturing - Atul Tripathi


Kaizen Event: Single Minute Exchange of Die and Lead time Reduction of Non-conforming report processing - Enerpac Columbus Manufacturing LL - Chatinun Na Chiangmai


Evaluating supplier responsiveness for acheiving build-to-demand production - Wacker corporation - Debjit Roy


Eliminating Assembly rework using bar code technology for 600 series models-Key component verification (KVC) system implementation - Sub-zero Freezer company Inc - Dushyanth choudary Kommi


Lead time reduction and capacity increase strategy in coil manufacturing for electric motors - P&H Mining, (Milwaukee, Wis.)


The developmetn and application of Manufacturing Critical -path Time (MCT) as the supply chain metric for waste and lead time - John Deere - Nathan Stoflet


Assembly-time reduction for stainless steel silo-tanks - Tersainox S.A. - Paul Eppers


Reduction of assembly backlogs - Phoenix Products Company Inc. - Prady Singh


Service Improvement for late delivery performance and emergency call center - Schneider National, Inc. - Varin Meethavorn


Analysis to enable rammer focus factory to shift to make-to-order production - Wacker Corporation - Warren Long


Strategy for reducing lead time of fan filter units - Mayville Products Corp. - Xiaoyin Han