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Photo by Cliff Hollis/ECU News ServicesECU graduate student Brittany Ryan points toward the implementation of her wetlands project, which reduces the Cumberland County landfill's requirements for EPA testing. Completed as part of her Lean Six Sigma training, her work will save the landfill more than $100,000 annually.

Photo by Cliff Hollis/ECU News ServicesECU graduate student Brittany Ryan points toward the implementation of her wetlands project, which reduces the Cumberland County landfill's requirements for EPA testing. Completed as part of her Lean Six Sigma training, her work will save the landfill more than $100,000 annually.

ECU notes: Money-saving projects

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Class projects completed by graduate students enrolled at East Carolina University will save two North Carolina companies more than $1 million over the next decade.

Graduate students Brittany Ryan and Robert Johnson completed their projects while earning the Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt certification. The program is designed to equip students with the methodologies of Lean and Six-Sigma, which focus on streamlining industrial and business processes.


At ECU, completion of an industrial or business process project is a requirement of the course. The project must show certified savings or revenue increase.

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