Bronco Spotlight: Lakshit Shrivastava

Photo of Lakshit Shrivastava, WMU Alumnus

Master of Science in industrial engineering, 2017

Current Job Title:

Productivity Improvement Engineer 

Current Employer:

United States Steel Corporation 

Describe your current job:

My current job involves statistical data analysis and decision making, which improves our overall productivity. This includes use of different tools like SPC, GD&T, Gauge R&R, etc. Our goal is to increase the efficiency of our steel making process by standardizing them and creating a concurrent engineering environment. Making changes in our overall equipment efficiency increases our quality, safety and profits and decreases our manufacturing lead time and occupational injuries. I am also involved in labor forecasting and scheduling to decrease overtime. I also track different production processes where automation can be involved and install new equipment (IQ,OQ,PQ). We design and install ergonomically approved work space and tools to reduce injuries. 

What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your job?

Working for one of the world's largest steel producing plant every day is challenging. But one of the most challenging part is to create and maintain safe injury-free environment for our employees. As we deal with fast high volume production and heavy machinery, you can never forecast an injury but can prevent them by improving or redesigning employees’ work habits. 

If you had a campus job or internship, how did they impact your career development? 

My campus job and internships really helped me understand work ethic and different work environments. It also helped me increase my overall thinking capabilities and decision making. I believe knowledge is endless but your past or present experience will help you to understand how you want to shape your future.

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