About Six Sigma

About Our Instructors

Our Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Six Sigma instructors average 23 years of experience in advanced manufacturing. With backgrounds ranging from Quality Management, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Finance, Technology Development, Product Design, and Process Improvement. Each of them is passionate about providing high-value solutions to help companies reach higher levels of performance. Purdue MEP is pleased to offer comprehensive Six Sigma Programs that includes management seminars, Black Belt and Green Belt training, and on-site implementation assistance. Visit our staff directory here

Industries Served


  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Food processing
  • Foundry
  • Medical device
  • Metal fabrication
  • Plastic-injection mold
  • Wire fabrication


  • Distribution
  • Education
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Reality management
  • Food and Beverage

Six Sigma History

Manufacturing History

  • 1200: Craftsmen begin organizing into guilds
  • 1750: Factory system started in Great Britain
  • 1830: Industrial Revolution
  • 1908: Henry Ford begins production of the Model T
    • Institutes the assembly line
    • Beginning of mass production
    • The start of lean manufacturing practices
  • 1920's: Walter Shewhart suggests that at three sigma from the mean, process correction is required
  • 1941: WWII - quality becomes critical component
  • 1948: W. Edward Deming teaches in Japan
  • 1970: Total Quality Management
  • 1980: Six Sigma, Quality Circles, Just-in-Time, Malcolm Baldridge, ISO 9000

The Origins of Six Sigma

  • 1970's: Mr. Bill Smith, a staff engineer at Motorola's Government Electronics Group (GEG), introduces a statistical approach aimed at increasing profits by reducing process variability.
  • 1990: Mikel Harry appointed head of Motorola Six Sigma Research Institute and becomes the driving force behind the development of “Six Sigma” business management. He coined the terms “Black Belt” and “Green Belt.”
  • 1990: Lean Enterprise
  • 1994: Harry leaves Motorola to form the Six Sigma Academy.

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