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Institute Staff Member Morose Named Six Sigma Black Belt

Nov. 4, 2005, Lowell, Mass. - Gregory J. Morose, Program Manager at UMass Lowell’s Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI), received an ASQ-Certified Six Sigma Black Belt certification from the American Society for Quality.

A Certified Six Sigma Black Belt is a professional who applies Six Sigma philosophies and principles, including supporting systems and tools in a variety of business situations. A Black Belt understands lean enterprise concepts and can identify non-value-added activities using specific tools.

“I am very proud of Greg for working so hard to earn the Six Sigma Black Belt in a very short time period.  It’s a very well respected certification within the many industries we work with in Massachusetts,” said TURI Director Michael J. Ellenbecker. 

The Six Sigma methodology ties in well with TURI’s mission because it addresses the elimination of wastes and the reduction of materials and energy with a focus on preventing problems rather than dealing with the consequences.

Mr. Morose used the Six Sigma methodology as a tool in his role as project manager at TURI of the New England Lead Free Consortium, an organization that consists of about 20 New England electronics organizations who are searching for, and currently testing, safer alternatives to lead.    

“I think that if I didn’t apply the Six Sigma methodology 18 months ago to help me guide the work of the New England Lead Free Consortium, we’d still be discussing the criteria.  Or worse than that, the Consortium could have just faded out due to a lack of focus and results,” commented Gregory Morose.

Mr. Morose opted out of the four weeks of Six Sigma training even though the certification pass rate without the training is less than 30 percent.  Instead, last fall Mr. Morose took an Introduction to Six Sigma class at UMass Lowell, read and studied many books about the subject, and applied the Six Sigma methodology in his role as project manager of the New England Lead-Free Consortium.  His hard work paid off.  Greg passed the exam the first time he took it, earning the ASQ-Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

For more information about the American Society for Quality, visit www.asq.org.