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January 21, 2013

Success Stories of WMG Students 2011–12

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This week over 600 WMG MSc students from 2011-12 academic year will be celebrating their success and officially receiving their awards from Warwick at their graduation ceremony. At WMG, we are delighted with each student’s success. But sometimes students go beyond their MSc and receive recognition for their hard work in other organisations… Some of this year’s success stories include:

Carlos Serra
 Carlos Serra

MSc Programme and Project Management student Carlos Serra, won the 2012 Postgraduate Student Award by The Association for Project Management. Carlos’s winning paper entitled “The influence of Benefits Realisation Management on the success of projects in Brazil, the United Kingdom and the United States of America” was part of his MSc project dissertation.

Ploytip Jirasukprasert

Ploytip Jirasukprasert, MSc Engineering Business Management student whose paper "A Case Study of Defects Reduction in a Rubber Gloves Manufacturing Process by Applying Six Sigma Principles and DMAIC Problem Solving Methodology" written jointly with her supervisor Dr Jose Garza-Reyes, won the "Best Track Paper Award" under the Lean Six Sigma category of The 3rd International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (IEOM). The paper formed part of Polytip’s MSc dissertation.

MSc Engineering Business Management student Mitul Devpura , has also been credited for his research that he completed at WMG as part of his MSc project. His paper entitled ‘Exploring the Application of Quality Improvement Programmes and ISO Standards in the Indian Marble Mining Sector’ has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management (IJPQM).

Here is an abstract from Mituls' paper summarising the main points…

Mitual Devpura
 Mitul Devpura

“In this era of globalisation, as competition intensifies, providing quality products and services has become a competitive advantage and a need to ensure survival. To ensure such competitive advantage, organisations of different industries around the world have implemented several quality improvement programmes like ISO, TQM and Six Sigma. This paper explores the application of quality improvement programmes in the marble mining Industry of India."

Joong Lee 2
Joong (Kevin) Lee

MSc Engineering Business Management student, Joong Lee’s paper entitled ’A comparative study of the implementation status of Lean Six Sigma in South Korea and the UK’ has been accepted to be presented and published in the 23rd International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM) that will be taking place in in Portugal in June this year.

Here is an abstract from Joong's paper summarising his research...

"Fierce competition and more complex customer needs and demands have forced organisations to continuously improve their operations and the quality of their products and services. Over the last decades, two of the most popular and effective strategies used by organisations to achieve such improvements have been lean manufacturing and Six Sigma. However, as competition and costumer needs and demands evolved and increased, the quest for even more efficient operations and higher quality products and services resulted in the integration of these two strategies to form an improved approach known as Lean Six Sigma. This paper investigates and compares the implementation status of Lean Six Sigma in South Korea and the UK"

In addition to excellent publications and awards, several of last year’s MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship graduates are well on their way to establishing their own companies, which were designed and developed as part of their MSc studies.

Elsewhere in WMG...

And it’s not only our MSc students who have been making us proud this year. Success was also seen in other areas of WMG research and education too…

Warwick Robotics Team

Warwick Mobile Robotics team were winners at the European RoboCup Rescue Championship. The eight-strong team of WMG and School of Engineering students won special awards for Best in Class for Mobility and Best in Class for Manipulation at the four day competition in Germany and were crowned second overall in the competition.


WMG engineering students were named joint winners of the international Electric Vehicle Grand Prix held at Indianapolis. After an action-packed contest, the Warwick Racing team crossed the line in third place, earning them enough points to be crowned joint winners after they were placed second in the outreach competition and fourth in the design competition.

A team of Engineering Doctorate students from WMG took first place in the West Midlands heat of the Engineering Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (Engineering YES). The competition is for UK-based postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers to present a business plan for an imaginary start-up company to a group of shrewd investors and industry experts.

EngD Engineering YES

Congratulations to the above and all our students who worked hard over the past year who we welcome back to Warwick this month for their graduation ceremony. We wish you every success in your future careers and look forward to maintaining strong links with you as Alumni of WMG.

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