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Management professor earns rare industrial certification

July 3, 2008

KALAMAZOO--A professor in the Western Michigan University Haworth College of Business has earned a certification that is typically earned by those working in industry.

The American Society for Quality has announced that Dr. Marie-Laure Bougnol-Potter, assistant professor in the WMU Department of Management, has earned the ASQ Six Sigma Green Belt certification. The certification recognizes Bougnol-Potter has reached a significant level of professional recognition and proficiency in and comprehension of Six Sigma principles and practices.

In order to sit for the Six Sigma Green Belt examination, applicants must have three years of related work experience. Those with Green Belt certification work on Six Sigma projects, applying tools and techniques from the define, measure, analyze, improve and control (DMAIC) model.

The certification is "a milestone in anyone's career," says Dr. Thomas Carey, chair of the Department of Management. "It is critically important to the classroom and to professional development."

Since the first ASQ examination was given in 1968, more than 100,000 people have taken the path to reaching their goal of becoming certified in their field or profession, including many of whom have attained more than one designation. The American Society of Quality provides certification as a way to provide formal recognition to professionals who have demonstrated an understanding of, and a commitment to, quality techniques and practices in their career.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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