By Jennifer White
Name: Paul Bacle
Programs: Lean Six Sigma, International Programs
Even as a young man, Paul Bacle had dreamed about coming to the United States to study. After careful preparation, he applied and was accepted into UC San Diego Extension’s Lean Six Sigma program, enrolling in the Green Belt course. As an engineering student in France, Bacle chose the Lean Six Sigma program to expand his knowledge of lean management. The program teaches process improvement methodologies and unique problem-solving skills. In addition, the program contains the caveat that each student’s project must be formulated to save a company at least $40,000 in projected annual savings. Partnering with a fellow Lean Six Sigma student, who worked for the City of San Diego, Bacle came up with a way to reduce government inventory and make supplies more readily available to workers. After implementing new processes, the project is expected to save 100 times their initial goal, for a grand total of $4 million – more than 25 percent of the project’s overall $15 million budget.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m from France, and I am here in a study abroad program of six months. I study manufacturing and lean engineering and was chairman of a student-run company last year.
Why did you decide to study at Extension?
I chose to come to UC San Diego Extension for different reasons. First, because of its reputation and the excellence of the classes taught here. And then, the Lean Six Sigma program. I want to develop my knowledge of lean management and this class helped me apply the problem-solving skills I learned in real life. And the last reason was to learn English, meet new people and get to know the culture.
What have you learned in your classes (Lean Six Sigma program)?
In the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt class, I learned how to analyze a problem using data and see what the cause was and how to improve it. It’s not just knowledge; it gives you hands-on experience that you couldn’t have in any other class.