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  Tom Laack  

Tom has over twelve years of experience in manufacturing and operations. Tom is a Continuous Improvement Leader for the BloodCenter of Wisconsin, helping transform a diverse, 900 employee, $150M healthcare organization with activities spanning basic research to direct delivery of care, all focused on blood-related discovery, diagnosis, treatment and cures.

Prior to joining the BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Tom worked at GE Healthcare, an $18B division of General Electric, and held the positions of support engineer, production team leader, plant lean leader, and senior lean leader. Tom has helped implement Lean methodologies at more than 50 sites and 10 countries in North America, Europe, and Asia enabling significant improvements in safety, quality, fulfillment, customer satisfaction, inventory, and cost.

Tom has helped facilitate numerous transactional (office) Lean events throughout the world including the areas of customer service, new product introduction, and commercial operations, working at all levels of the organization. Tom has worked with and shadowed world-class Lean consulting companies, including the Shingijutsu Company (Japan), and presented at the annual Association for Manufacturing Excellence conference in 2008.

Tom holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, an MBA from Marquette University, and is Six-Sigma Black Belt certified.

Office Lean Module I
Office Lean Module II


Spring 2015 Engineering Programs Catalog

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Water Technology Certificate
Congratulations to the latest recipients of UWM's Water Technology Certificate:

Erick Shambarger, June 2014

Mary Ellen Bruesch, July 2014
Kathleen Feyrer, July 2014
Rosalind Rouse, July 2014

Six Sigma Black Belt Recipients
Fall 2013
Congratulations to:

Kyle Anderson
Brandon Barbieri
Greg Farrell
Mark Johnson
Lee Jordan
Timothy Kobb
Eric Leal
Kenneth Maglia
Melvin John Mangalindan
Brad Nasgovitz
Jacob Sloan
Cecilia Stingley
Mitch Taylor

Center for the Study of the Workplace
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