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Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt - Summer 2018 via Distance Learning (starting June 11th)

  • Designed for Lean Six Sigma team leaders.
  • Expands upon the skill-set taught in the Green Belt certification.
  • Only offered through distance learning (see requirements section below)
  • Uses the University's Blackboard Learn course management system and Panopto recordings to deliver lectures, notes and other information.
  • Gives valuable business tools to organize, coordinate and lead your organization in achieving process and operational excellence.
  • Emphasizes the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) methodology through analytical and quantitative tools as well as project management, leadership and organizational methods.
  • Instruction on modules in practical DMAIC applications, Failure Mode Effects Analysis, Advanced Lean, Advanced DOE, SPC for non-normal distributions, Optimization, Scheduling & Sequencing, Effective and Efficient teamwork strategies as well as a variety of other tools and analysis methodologies.
  • Pre-recorded rebroadcast of Summer 2013 Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB) training program.
  • Completion of lecture material and a grade of 70% or higher on the open book examination due September 16, 2018 earns Lean Six Sigma Brown Belt.
  • One year to complete a successful Black Belt Project.
  • Certification is not necessary to use the tools and generate improvements (some organizations require certifications for internal and new hire employees in roles which require lean six sigma expertise).
Open to
  • Current Binghamton, non-Binghamton students.
  • Binghamton alumni.
  • Members of industry and non-profit and government agencies.
  • Knowledge/education in probability & statistics and/or quality control.
  • A Six Sigma Green Belt (or higher) certification from a recognized program (e.g. the LSS Green Belt program conducted in January 2012 by Dartmouth/Binghamton or 2013-2017 training from Binghamton); a technical society such as the American Society of Quality or the Surface Mount Technical Association; or another University's offering. Your prior certification can be from a "non-Lean" Six Sigma program.
  • Computer/Laptop with Microsoft Excel.
  • A trial version (free for 30 days) of the Minitab software (for statistical analysis) a day before the start of the training program.  Minitab is available for free for all Binghamton students.
  • Updated version of JAVA.
Materials Provided
  • All Instructional Materials.
  • Soft copies of slides.  Students will be responsible for printing documents if desired.
  • All students will be provided with access of slides and lectures via Blackboard course management system. Sessions will be available to view online via Panopto for up to one year.
  • Support via email, phone and virtual office hours with instructors.
  • Grading of take-home exam.
  • Instructor support towards the Black Belt project.
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate of Completion upon successful completion of exam and project.
Course Outline
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    Participants should be prepared to proactively schedule their time in order to complete this offering in a timely manner.

    Links to the pre-recorded sessions and slides will be sent out by June 11.  These sessions should be completed during June and July in order to provide sufficient time to complete the exam.

    These links will be available until the end of August 2019. 

    Lecture Day Session Length (minutes) Topics Instructor
    1 1 1 90 Program Overview, Certification Reqs, Continuous Improvement, Basic Statistics Dr. Mohammad Khasawneh
    2 1 2 90  Lean Tools Dr. Mohammad Khasawneh
    3 1 3 75  Process Capability, DPMO (PPM), DMAIC Problem Solving Framework Dr. Daryl Santos and Dr. Mohammad Khasawneh
    4 1 4 105  DMAIC Problem Solving Framework, Lean Six Sigma, Statistical Process Control Dr. Mohammad Khasawneh and Dr. Daryl Santos
    5 2 1 90  Project Management, Project Selections, Project Charter Ms. Connie Dwyer
    6 2 2 90 Stakeholder Analysis, VOC & VOP, Customer Requirements, Business Problem Solving Dr. Nagen Nagurur
    7 2 3 75 Team Management, Leadership Skills, Team Dynamics Dr. Nagen Nagurur
    8 2 4 110 Critical Success Factors, Balanced Scored Toolset, Kano Analysis, Dasboard Mr. Mike Ford
    9 3 1 90 MSA, Gauge R&R Study Dr. Daryl Santos
    10 3 2 90 Hypothesis Testing, ANOVA, MANOVA. Nonparametric Tests Dr. Shuxia (Susan) Lu
    11 3 3 75 Correlation Analysis, Regression Analysis, Multiple Regression Dr. Shuxia (Susan) Lu
    12 3 4 105 Logistic Regression Analysis, Root Cause Analysis, FMEA, Visual Analysis Dr. Shuxia (Susan) Lu and Dr. Daryl Santos
    13 4 1 90 Factorial Experiment, Fractional Factorial Experiment, Minitab Dr. Shuxia (Susan) Lu
    14 4 2 90 Factorial Experiment, Fractional Factorial Experiment, Minitab - continued Dr. Shuxia (Susan) Lu
    15 5 1 90 Reliability Total Productive Maintenance Dr. Shuxia (Susan) Lu
    16 5 2 90 Theory of Constraints, Process Balancing, Simulation, Process Forecasting, Process Management Plan Dr. Nagen Nagarur
    17 5 3 75 Visual Analyisis, 7 Basic Tools of Quality, 7 New Tools of Quality Dr. Daryl Santos
    18 5 4 105 MANOVA with Minitab, Regression with Minitab, Correlation with Minitab Dr. Shuxia (Susan) Lu
    19 6 1 90 Systems Engineering, House of Quality Dr. Sangwon Yoon
    20 6 2 90 2P/3P, A3 Report, Benchmarking, Heijunka, MultiVoting Planning, Hoshin Planning Mr. Mike Ford
    21 6 3 75 Design for Lean Six Sigma, Piloting a Solution, Action Plans, Conflict Management, 6 Sigma Culture Mr. Mike Ford
    22 6 4 105 Change Management, GEMBA, Kaizen, Pitfalls leading to non-successful Kaizen Events Mr. Mike Ford
    23 7 1 90 Best Practive, Lesson Learned, Control Plans, Short Line Charts, Non-Normal Charts Dr. Daryl Santos
    24 7 2 90 Advanced Statistical Process Control, Sampling and Power Dr. Daryl Santos
    25 7 3 75 Priority Selection Toolset, Financial Analysis, CBA, Progress Review, Improved Tollgate Mr. Mike Ford
    26 7 4 105 Integrated Exterprise Excellence, ISO 9001, Malcolm Baldridge, Job and Market, Exam/Project Discussions Ms. Ying Han and Dr. Daryl Santos
          TOTAL 2345 minutes = over 39 hours    
  • Final examination distributed June 15, 2018.
  • Due September 16, 2018.
  • Overall score of 70% or greater is required to pass the test. Notification of exam completion will be by early December.
  • 40+ hours needed to complete exam.
  • Late submissions and extensions will NOT BE ACCEPTED.
  • Brown Belt certification conferred upon successful completion of the exam.
  • If failed, can retake exam by paying a retake/regrade fee of $200.  Only one retake permitted.
  • Project Charter due no later than February 15, 2019.
  • Supporting updates due on May 1 and July 1, 2019 (Project Checkpoint Measures).
  • Final project due August 31, 2018.  NOTE:  Approval of Project Charter and subsequent Project Checkpoint Measures required prior to submission of final project.
  • Black Belt certification conferred upon successful satisfactory review by the Lean Six Sigma teaching staff.
  • The Black Belt project should solve a real problem in any industry or non-profit agency.
  • The project must not require disclosure of confidential or proprietary information.
  • Binghamton Black Belt team will provide guidance to the candidate during the project completion period; however, it is up to the candidate to find a project. It is often that a University student candidate may use a senior project or MS or PhD thesis material as a Black Belt project.
  • If the student chooses to use the Senior project or MS or Ph.D. thesis material as a Black Belt project, the Binghamton team does not need access to proprietary information used, nor do they need to be on the student's thesis committee.
  • Black Belt project usually takes three to twelve months of work to complete and is conducted by individuals or teams at their place of business within a year of completing the coursework.


This course will be lead by a team of faculty from the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering as well as graduate students and industry professionals.

  • Constance (Connie) Dwyer, MS '95
    • Gas Operations Supervisor Process Improvement, AVANGRID, Inc.
    • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Villanova University
    • Trainer, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, NYSEG
    • Adjunct Professor, Binghamton University
    • Ms. Dwyer has led and been a member of 12 projects to improve business performance utilizing lean six sigma methodology ranging in quantifiable results from improved efficiency output percentages to more tangible results in the millions of dollars.
  • Michael D. Ford
    • Principal, TQM Works Consulting
    • Adjunct Professor and Corporate Trainer, Penn State University
    • Instructor, APICS
    • APICS' Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and Certified Fellow in Production & Inventory Management (CFPIM) as well as the ASQ's Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE), Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), Certified Quality Auditor (CQA), Advanced Certified Professional Forecaster (ACPF), Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM)
    • B.S. Industrial Engineering, SUNY Buffalo
  • Ying Han
    • Ph.D. candidate, Systems Science and Industrial Engineering, Binghamton University
    • Research Associate, Watson Institute for Systems Excellence (WISE), Binghamton University
    • MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Shuxia (Susan) Lu
    • Associate Professor in Systems Science and Industrial Engineering Department
    • Ph.D., Texas Tech University
    • Research Interests: Reliability, Statistical Process Control, Information Technology, Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Mohammad Khasawneh
    • Professor and Department Chair in Systems Science and Industrial Engineering
    • Associate Director, Watson Institute for Systems Excellence
    • Director, Healthcare Systems Engineering Center
    • Graduate Program Director, Executive Master of Science in Health Systems
    • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Clemson University
    • Research Interests: Healthcare delivery systems, Human factors engineering/ergonomics, Digital human modeling in manufacturing and healthcare
  • Nagen Nagarur
    • Professor in Systems Science and Industrial Engineering Department
    • Assistant Director for Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Manufacturing System, Watson Institute for Systems Excellence
    • Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • Research Interests: Reliability of micro-electronic components, quality control, supply chain modeling
  • Daryl Santos
    • Professor, Systems Science and Industrial Engineering Department
    • Undergraduate Director of Industrial and Systems Engineering
    • Director of Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC)
    • Manager of Electronics Assembly Lab 
    • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
    • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities
    • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • Ph.D., University of Houston
    • Research Interests: Production scheduling and control, engineering optimization, CIM, engineering management, electronics packaging
  • Sang Won Yoon
    • Assistant Professor, Systems Science and Industrial Engineering Department
    • Ph.D., Purdue University
    • Research Interests: Integrated production and service systems, healthcare systems engineering, decentralized decision modeling, collaborative control theory, enterprise collaboration and coordination

Fees & Deadlines

Register by Monday, June 4, 2018 to avoid late fees.

There is a $50 late fee for registrations received on/after June 5 through June 29, 2018.

Registration closes on Friday, June 29, 2018 at noon, EDT.

Organization Type Fee
Industry $1,950
Government, Non-Profit, Full-Time Non-Binghamton Students, Binghamton Alumni Pre-2016 $1,850
Full-Time Current Binghamton Students & Binghamton Alumni Post-2016 $925

Group pricing may be available upon request.

We reserve the right to cancel our sessions.  If canceled, fees will be refunded in full.

Making Payments

Arrangements for payment must be made before the start of the program. 

Payment Type Notes for Payment
Credit Card/Paypal

Link to payment site will be emailed to you within three days of receiving your registration.  We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX or PayPal.


Payable to: Research Foundation Award #77785

Memo: Registrant name and "Black Belt"

Mail to:

Astrid Stromhaug
Watson Industrial Outreach
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • All cancellations must be received in writing (email, fax or letter) by 4 p.m. June 11, 2018.
  • Allow up to three weeks to receive your refund.
  • No refunds for cancellations or non-completion after deadline.
  • Refunds are not issued after the course has begun; however, substitutions may be made anytime before the beginning of the course by informing the Office of Industrial Outreach.
  • If the course is canceled, enrollees will be advised and receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations on confirmed registrations are subject to a $50 administrative fee.

Last Updated: 2/6/18