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Meet the Instructors

Six Sigma and Lean Management courses are brought to the community by a partnership between Extended Education and the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems.

About the Instructors

Dr. F. Frank Chen, Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Chen has over 20+ years in Lean manufacturing, Lean product development, Lean services, Lean higher education, and Lean and Green/Sustainability integration. Chen is a Luther Brown Distinguished Chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UTSA, founded and directed UTSA's Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems (CAMLS) 2007-2015. Previously, Chen served as the John Lawrence endowed professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech and as a project manager and senior engineer at Caterpillar Inc.

Chen is a NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow, a recipient of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Fellow Award and the Institute of Industrial Engineers Lean Division Teaching Award. Chen holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Dr. Hung-Da Wan, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Wan is the primary instructor of CAMLS short courses in Lean and Six Sigma and core faculty of the Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering master’s program (MS-AMEE) at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Wan is an associate professor and assistant chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He also serves as the director of the Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Laboratory.

Wan is a board member of the Lean Division of Institute of the Industrial Engineers (IIE). He is the recipient of the Best Paper Award of Lean Systems track at the 2013 IIE Annual Conference and the 2015 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) – Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference. Wan holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech University.

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