Knowledge Review ’02

Themed Sessions Clustered the Presentation Process

By Monica Nakamine
February 25, 2002

Every year at Knowledge Review, which is typically held in January, both LFM and SDM students present the results of their internships and student thesis projects to the rest of the LFM-SDM community. This year, from January 31-February 1, 2002, 71 (26 were SDM) presentations were given in three parallel sessions with approximately 50 company representatives attending the various events of Knowledge Review week. According to similar themes among the projects, presentations were clustered into sessions so that discussions would remain central to that particular topic.

"The students’ work is an interesting presentation of real-world company problems, as well as the application of tools and techniques learned on campus to address these problems, typically, with significant benefit to the companies," said Gallagher.

The students who attended, both first- and second-year classes, were equally as impressed.

"I thought it was great to see what’s going on in different companies and industries," said Micah Samuels, LFM ’02. "It seems like many companies have similar problems, and that there is an increased focus on supply chain issues. LFM skills are in demand more than ever, especially with regards to the modeling, optimization, and systems-thinking training."

"I found the Knowledge Review useful in understanding what types of projects are out there," said Vida Killian, LFM ’03.

"I thought Knowledge Review was great," said LFM ’02 Jim Anderson. "The quality of the presentations was very good. I liked having multiple sessions running in parallel so you could pick and choose. I also like the free-form discussions led by the faculty after each session."

There were 11 different session topics:

  • Product Development: Dynamics of Technology & Product Strategy
  • Knowledge Transfer
  • Supply Chain Structure and Optimization
  • Product Development & Lean Principles
  • Organizations and Human Behavior
  • Design and Operation of Manufacturing Systems
  • Product Development: DSM & Project Management
  • Systems Engineering & Systems Architecture
  • Supply Chain and Manufacturing Challenges in Electronics
  • Relationships Between Contract Manufacturers and OEMs
  • Scheduling and Logistics Control

Further details can be obtained from the LFM or SDM thesis site if you would like to learn more about a particular student’s work. Paul Gallagher can also be contacted to follow up on specific projects.