WVU Industrial Extension Events

To learn more about upcoming WVU Industrial Extension and WVMEP events, open enrollment classes, and workshops, you can browse our e-store, or review the current events below.

Innovation Workshop: A Process for Success

August 16, 2018 | Wheeling, WV

Location:
Cabela’s – Wheeling
One Cabela Drive
Wheeling, WV 26509

Time:
9:30am – 1:00pm

Cost:
$50.00/person

Registration Deadline:
August 15, 2018

Questions?

David Carrick
412.327.9119
david.carrick@mail.wvu.edu

Dee Hayes
304.376-3346
deedre.hayes@mail.wvu.edu

Why Innovation?
Whether it be identifying new products, or new processes, companies with a focus on innovation realize 50-100% more growth and profit over a three year period.

Product Innovation
The driving force behind this growth is a common thread between ideas, products, and markets. That thread is often a systematic approach to how companies not only define and evaluate good ideas and their market potential, but also the diversification of existing products and capabilities into new markets as well.

Process Innovation
Using a systematic approach to innovate internal processes and procedures is critical to the success of any company. This allows companies to maintain a competitive advantage over the competition by maintaining a stance as industry leaders, leaving the competition to try and keep up.

About this workshop
Whether you have a new product idea, need to reduce cost, decrease turnaround time, or are interested in ideas for growing your business, this workshop will introduce a systematic process for identifying, vetting, and launching successful ideas. Topics to be discussed include:
– Introduction to Innovation
– Identifying your vision for innovation activities
– Developing and defining good ideas
– Understanding potential threats to the success of an idea
– Calculating the potential financial impacts of ideas
– Choosing the right market for your ideas
– Finding a balance between new ideas and existing products

Northern Panhandle Manufacturers Round Table

August 16, 2018 | Wheeling, WV

Location:
Cabela’s – Wheeling
One Cabela Dr.
Triadelphia, WV 26059

Time:
2:00pm – 4:30pm

Cost:
Free to attend
Registration is appreciated

Questions?
David Carrick
412.327.9119
david.carrick@mail.wvu.edu

Gerald Biser
304.290.8425
gerald.biser@mail.wvu.edu

In a continued effort to support, strengthen, and sustain manufacturing in West Virginia, the West Virginia University Industrial Extension (WVU-IE) & the West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WVMEP) has partnered with the Regional Economic Development Partnership (RED) to host a Northern Panhandle Manufacturers Round Table.

The goal of this round table is to help create a community amongst local manufacturers.  There will be open discussion focused on the challenges and opportunities that you are faced with daily, as well as time to talk with each other about best practices, solutions, and to network.  In addition to the discussion and networking, we will also provide information on topics aimed at strengthening and sustaining your business.

The tentative agenda for this discussion will include:

  • Brief introduction/overview of WVU-IE/MEP, and RED
  • What is cybersecurity, and why it matters to you
  • Labor & employment updates for West Virginia
  • Open discussion:  What are your biggest challenges and opportunities?

2018 Women & Technology Conference

September 10, 2018 | Charleston, WV

Location:
Embassy Suites Hotel
300 Court Street
Charleston, WV 25301

Time:
8:15am – 5:00pm

Cost:
$95.00 – Advance Registration
$110.00 – after September 1, 2018
$65.00 – Student

Accommodations:
Discounted rate of $129
for night for September 9
deadline is August 10

Click here to reserve online
or call (304) 347-8700.
Use reference code “TCW.”

Questions?
Anne Barth
TechConnectWV
304.444.2918
anne@techconnectwv.org

This year’s Women & Technology Conference will feature inspiring women speakers on the cutting edge of technology, value-added educational sessions, quality networking and the 2018 Spirit of Innovation Awards.  Technology touches all aspects of life, and the information shared at the conference will be relevant to all industry sectors and educational institutions.

We are delighted to announce that our opening Keynote Speaker for this year’s Women & Technology Conference is Carroll A. Thomas, Director of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership at the National Institute of Standards and Technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

As Director of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Ms. Thomas leads a nationwide network of centers focused on helping U.S. manufacturers strengthen their supply chain integration and access new technology thereby helping them to compete globally.

Prior to joining the MEP, Ms. Thomas served as the Associate Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Small Business Development Centers.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Thomas was a small manufacturer and retail franchise owner, and she negotiated product deals with over 23,000 U.S. inventors and small manufacturers for electronic retailer QVC and directed marketing efforts for the National Gallery of Art’s vast reproduction portfolio.

With more than 30 years of entrepreneurial and small business development experience, her accomplished public/ private sector career demonstrates her leadership expertise as a catalyst for creating innovative partnerships and advocating economic development by supporting dynamic innovative ecosystems.

Ms. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University in Design and a Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University in International Business.

Who should attend?  Women working in technology fields as well as those interested in pursuing, or migrating to, a technology-focused career.  In addition, anyone interested in exploring ways to bridge the tech gender gap and inspire future generations of girls to pursue STEM fields is encouraged to attend.

Entering the Shale Gas and Chemical Supply Chain

September 19, 2018 | Fairmont, WV

Location:
Advanced Technology Center
Pierpont Community & Technical College
500 Galliher Dr.
Fairmont WV 26554

Time:
9:00am – 2:30pm

Cost:
$50.00/person

Registration Deadline:
September 12, 2018

Questions?
Jerry Biser
304-290-8425
gerald.biser@mail.wvu.edu

Deedre Hayes
304-376-3346
deedre.hayes@mail.wvu.edu

Event Description:
WVMEP/WVU Industrial Extension is working with partners to inform manufacturing companies about existing and emerging shale-manufacturing sectors. A focus is placed on opportunities in the downstream petrochemical economy as a result of the natural gas refinery plants (such as Shell Chemical’s “cracker plant”) that are currently being built or planned. This event will provide information on the industry as well as help to develop a customized market entry plan to enter the Downstream Petrochemical Value Chain.

This event is made available exclusively for manufacturing companies in PA, OH, and WV.

Educational Workshop:
A one-day educational workshop is being presented in multiple locations to explain the benefits of entering the downstream petrochemical value chain and help companies create a plan to connect with industry players.

Below are some of the key points for the workshop agenda:
– Presentation about the downstream petrochemical industry and the latest news on key influencers including Shell’s refinery plant in Beaver, PA.

– Case studies about manufacturing companies who have successfully sold products and services in this value chain.

– Strategy sessions to help each participant develop a customized plan to move forward in the downstream petrochemical economy.

The Governor’s Energy Summit

October 9-11, 2018 | Roanoke, WV

Location:
Stonewall Resort
940 Resort Drive
Roanoke, WV 26447

Time:
TBD

Cost:
TBD

Registration Deadline:
TBD

Questions?
Bradley Harris
304.290-8463
Bradley.C.Harris@wv.gov

Join the West Virginia Department of Commerce and the West Virginia Office of Energy as we bring together hundreds of industry, education and research leaders to discuss new and innovative ways to strengthen

The Mountain State’s energy industry and advance energy development across the country and the globe.

Learn more at www.energysummitwv.com

Lunch & Learn:  What Every Supervisor Needs to Know About Noise & Hearing Conservation

October 11, 2018 | Martinsburg, WV

Location:
Berkeley County Development Authority
300 Foxcroft Ave
Suite 201
Martinsburg, WV 25401

Time:
11:30am – 1:30pm

Cost:
$25.00/person
Lunch will be provided

Registration Deadline:
October 5, 2018

Questions?
Deedre Hayes
304.376.3346
deedre.hayes@mail.wvu.edu

John A. Frazer, Ph.D., CSP
304.303.3110
john.frazer@mail.wvu.edu

According to OSHA, 22 million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year. Last year, U.S. business paid more than $1.5 million in penalties for not protecting workers from noise.

While it’s impossible to put a number to the human toll of hearing loss, an estimated $242 million is spent annually on workers’ compensation for hearing loss disability.

This lunch and learn seminar will help safety professionals and supervisors improve their workplace hearing conservation programs with practical information on noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), and the latest technology.

Attendees will enjoy lunch during the seminar.

This lunch and learn workshop will cover the:
– Basics of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL)
– Key elements of an effective hearing conservation program
– Impending changes to the noise reduction rating (NRR) and how it impacts participants’ hearing conservation programs
– Employee motivation and training techniques / resources

Entering the Shale Gas and Chemical Supply Chain

October 17, 2018 | Wheeling, WV

Location:
Cabela’s – Wheeling
One Cabela Drive
Triadelphia, WV 26059

Time:
9:00am – 2:30pm

Cost:
$50.00/person

Registration Deadline:
October 10, 2018

Questions?
Jerry Biser
304-290-8425
gerald.biser@mail.wvu.edu

Deedre Hayes
304-376-3346
deedre.hayes@mail.wvu.edu

Event Description:
WVMEP/WVU Industrial Extension is working with partners to inform manufacturing companies about existing and emerging shale-manufacturing sectors. A focus is placed on opportunities in the downstream petrochemical economy as a result of the natural gas refinery plants (such as Shell Chemical’s “cracker plant”) that are currently being built or planned. This event will provide information on the industry as well as help to develop a customized market entry plan to enter the Downstream Petrochemical Value Chain.

This event is made available exclusively for manufacturing companies in PA, OH, and WV.

Educational Workshop:
A one-day educational workshop is being presented in multiple locations to explain the benefits of entering the downstream petrochemical value chain and help companies create a plan to connect with industry players.

Below are some of the key points for the workshop agenda:
– Presentation about the downstream petrochemical industry and the latest news on key influencers including Shell’s refinery plant in Beaver, PA.

– Case studies about manufacturing companies who have successfully sold products and services in this value chain.

– Strategy sessions to help each participant develop a customized plan to move forward in the downstream petrochemical economy.

Understanding Cybersecurity

October 23, 2018 | Charleston, WV

Location:
Holiday Inn
400 2nd Ave SW
South Charleston, WV 25303

Time:
8:30 – 12:00pm

Cost:
$50.00/person

Registration Deadline:
October 19, 2018

Questions?
David Carrick
412.327.9119
david.carrick@mail.wvu.edu

Dee Hayes
304.376-3346
deedre.hayes@mail.wvu.edu

A cause for concern…
Cyber-attacks have quickly become a growing concern for companies of all sizes and industries. Our appetite for technology and being “connected” is quickly outgrowing our ability to protect it, leaving many vulnerable without even realizing it.

Cybersecurity Facts:
– Small & mid-sized businesses are attacked about 4,000 times a day, with manufacturing consistently being a top 5 target

– 60% of small companies are unable to sustain their business over 6 months after an attack

– $445 billion is lost annually to cybercrime and espionage across the entire world economy

– Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and NASA, require compliance to defined cybersecurity requirements

– The automotive industry will soon require compliance to defined cybersecurity requirements

How will this workshop help?
The primary speaker will for this workshop will be Dave Stieren, from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), who was part of the team responsible for creating the NIST 800-171 cyber security standard. Dave will be available to answer your questions and address your Cyber concerns.

If you are like many businesses, you may not know what is expected, or even how to get started. Join the WVU Industrial Extension and the West Virginia MEP for an event focused on understanding cybersecurity and how to best protect your company’s information. Attendees will:
– Learn how to protect their employees and information from cyber-attacks

– Learn what is required to be compliant with current cybersecurity standards

– Learn about DFARS 252.204.7012 and NIST Special Publication 800-171

Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement

October 23-25, 2018 | Martinsburg, WV

Location:
Holiday Inn Martinsburg
301 Foxcroft Ave.
Martinsburg, WV 25401

Time:
8:30am – 4:30pm

Cost:
$1,545/person

Registration Deadline:
October 5, 2018

Questions?
Deedre Hayes
Deedre.Hayes@mail.wvu.edu
304-376-3346

Jerry Biser
Gerald.Biser@mail.wvu.edu
304-290-8425

About This Workshop:
This 3-day Six Sigma Green Belt for Process Improvement is being offered as a collaboration between WVU Industrial Extension/MEP and the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers.

Workshop Description:
This introductory 3-day course will give you a thorough understanding of Six Sigma and how to eliminate defects through fundamental process knowledge. You’ll be able to quantify the critical quality issues in a company and then apply statistics to provide probabilities of success and failure.

Learn how to integrate principles of business, statistics and engineering to achieve tangible results. As a Six Sigma Green Belt, you will be equipped to support and champion Six Sigma implementation in your organization.

Participants must participate in all three days of the workshop and will take IISE’s Green Belt exam on the final afternoon. The exam is included in the course fee. Participants who pass the exam receive IISE’s Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate.

What You Will Learn:
• Design and develop Six Sigma projects
• Determine process capability
• Employ the DMAIC process
• Perform basic statistical analysis on process measurements
• Prepare root cause analysis
• Support and champion Six Sigma implementation in your organization
• Explain the Six Sigma philosophy

Certification:
Individuals who complete all of the course requirements, including final test, will receive the Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers.

Additional Information:
Please bring a push button calculator.

Innovation Workshop: A Process for Success

November 1, 2018 | Fairmont, WV

Location:
Pierpont Community & Technical College
Advance Technology Center
500 Galliher Dr.
Fairmont WV 26554

Time:
8:30am – 12:00pm

Cost:
$75.00/person

Registration Deadline:
October 25, 2018

Questions?

David Carrick
412.327.9119
david.carrick@mail.wvu.edu

Dee Hayes
304.376-3346
deedre.hayes@mail.wvu.edu

Why Innovation?
Whether it be identifying new products, or new processes, companies with a focus on innovation realize 50-100% more growth and profit over a three year period.

Product Innovation
The driving force behind this growth is a common thread between ideas, products, and markets. That thread is often a systematic approach to how companies not only define and evaluate good ideas and their market potential, but also the diversification of existing products and capabilities into new markets as well.

Process Innovation
Using a systematic approach to innovate internal processes and procedures is critical to the success of any company. This allows companies to maintain a competitive advantage over the competition by maintaining a stance as industry leaders, leaving the competition to try and keep up.

About this workshop
Whether you have a new product idea, need to reduce cost, decrease turnaround time, or are interested in ideas for growing your business, this workshop will introduce a systematic process for identifying, vetting, and launching successful ideas. Topics to be discussed include:
– Introduction to Innovation
– Identifying your vision for innovation activities
– Developing and defining good ideas
– Understanding potential threats to the success of an idea
– Calculating the potential financial impacts of ideas
– Choosing the right market for your ideas
– Finding a balance between new ideas and existing products

Lunch & Learn:  What Every Supervisor Needs to Know About Noise & Hearing Conservation

December 5, 2018 | Wheeling, WV

Location:
Cabela’s – Wheeling
One Cabela Dr.
Triadelphia, WV 26059

Time:
11:30am – 1:30pm

Cost:
$25.00/person
Lunch will be provided

Registration Deadline:
November 30, 2018

Questions?
Deedre Hayes
304.376.3346
deedre.hayes@mail.wvu.edu

John A. Frazer, Ph.D., CSP
304.303.3110
john.frazer@mail.wvu.edu

According to OSHA, 22 million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year. Last year, U.S. business paid more than $1.5 million in penalties for not protecting workers from noise.

While it’s impossible to put a number to the human toll of hearing loss, an estimated $242 million is spent annually on workers’ compensation for hearing loss disability.

This lunch and learn seminar will help safety professionals and supervisors improve their workplace hearing conservation programs with practical information on noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), and the latest technology.

Attendees will enjoy lunch during the seminar.

This lunch and learn workshop will cover the:
– Basics of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL)
– Key elements of an effective hearing conservation program
– Impending changes to the noise reduction rating (NRR) and how it impacts participants’ hearing conservation programs
– Employee motivation and training techniques / resources