Comerica Grant Announcement (High School Workshops)

Comerica Bank – Multiple Partnerships

The Pawley Lean Institute (PLI) at Oakland University has been award a $2,000 grant from the Comerica Charitable Foundation. The grant, the third from Comerica, is specifically targeted to support High School Student Workshops as a partnership with the Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Department.

Dennis Wade, Director of the PLI stated, “This community outreach program allows Oakland University to encourage high school students to engage in STEM (Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering) fields of study. In particular, we want students to explore STEM from both an education and career perspective within engineering, and we thank Comerica for their support.”

“Supporting education is one of our priorities,” explained Janice Tessier, President of the Comerica Charitable Foundation. “The High School Workshop also targets students that may come from low or moderate incomes so that they can evaluate STEM as well higher education opportunities in a university setting. The Comerica Charitable Foundation is proud to support Oakland University’s efforts within the engineering domain.”     

Oakland’s High School Student Workshops program promotes ISE and Lean Learning as it introduces ISE as a field of study to high school students from both a college degree and career perspective. The program consists of three visits from high school classes to the ISE department as a partnership program with the PLI at Oakland University. The program will engage over 100 high school students annually and runs during normal school hours. 

Components to the sessions held at OU include:

  • Hands on, tool orientation
  • Lean/Continuous Improvement exercises
  • Ergonomics using simulation tools
  • Product Life Cycle Management
  • Manufacturing Systems Simulation

According to Dr. Robert Van Til, ISE Department Chair and Pawley Professor of Lean Studies, “We have an excellent partnership with the Pawley Lean Institute that focuses on STEM activities involving lean, ergonomics, and manufacturing. The ISE department (colleagues, students and alumni) have worked diligently to create a unique outreach program. This grant from Comerica will allow us to continue our partnership with the Pawley Lean Institute in highlighting STEM at the K-12 school level.”