High School Seniors to Attend BMW Manufacturing Summer Camp at USC Upstate’s Business School

June 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Spartanburg, S.C. — From manufacturing production processes and the business side of industry, to driving the high-performance final product, 29 rising high school seniors will learn all about how cars come off the assembly line at BMW Manufacturing’s Greer automotive plant at a two-week camp developed as a partnership between BMW Manufacturing and the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate.

From June 13-24, these rising seniors who hail from Spartanburg and Greenville area high schools and home schools will get an introduction to a variety of manufacturing concepts used by many world-class companies including Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma principles, statistical process control, value stream mapping, process capability, hypothesis testing, and analysis of variance. Using catapults, kit cars, and kit helicopters, they will test various theories and learn ways to improve functions, processes and results. Computerized challenges, physical simulations, case studies, and teaching games will be a part of each day’s activities.

Instructors will place an emphasis on honing and improving team work and leadership skills.  The students will also participate in math and science career day discussions and will meet with professionals who use these tools and skills as part of their careers.

Students will spend the majority of time at the Johnson College. However, they will have scheduled visits to the USC Upstate main campus for a tour of campus and the robotics lab, as well as an in-depth visit to BMW Manufacturing and the BMW Performance Center for a tour and test drive. BMW will also have cars (including hybrids) on display at the Johnson College for students to examine.  The camp will end with student team presentations at the Chapman Cultural Center for educators and family.

Students were selected for the camp through a competitive application process and all are in the top tier of their class. The 29 students are:

Blue Ridge High School:
Teri McCloud

Broome High School:
Justin Gilmer

Byrnes High School:
Brandon Grant, Mamiko Higa, Logan Hood, Wilson Hope, John Hope

Chapman High School:
Spencer Baron, Sheldon Smith

Dorman High School:
Yves Cordeau, Matthew DeAngelis

Greer High School:
Brent Beadles, Stephen Kiff

GTC Charter:
David Gaddy, Sarah Zemitis

Hillcrest High School:
Nicholas Timbers

Charles (Chad) Ellis, Corey Hubert

JL Mann High School:
Nigel Dotson, Samuel McCutchen, George Snyder, Neil Wolin

Landrum High School:
John Howell

Mauldin High School:
Myndert Papenhuyzen

Shannon Forest Christian School:
Heather Breisch

Spartanburg Christian Acadamy:
Tucker Meyers, Adam Painter, Alexis Zwilling

Spartanburg High School:
Ashlee Jeter

From BMW Manufacturing, the camp instructors and support are:
Eric Hayler, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt                    
Harold Shigley, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
Ryan Bianchi, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
Brad Stone, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt
Staci Duncan, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt
Donald Wall, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
Mark Fendley, Continuous Improvement Manager
Max Metcalf, Manager, Corporate and Community Relations
Daniel Gubitosa, Performance Center Manager
Ryan Childers, Training and Development Supervisor
Greg Bunner, BMW Tours and Events Specialist

From USC Upstate, the camp instructors are:
Frank Rudisill, Associate Professor of Management
Tim Ellis, Instructor of Engineering Technology Management
Jim O’Connor, Instructor of Management

For further information about the camp, please contact Frank Rudisill at frudisill@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5511 or Mark Fendley at Mark.Fendley@bmwmc.com. Additional information is also available on USC Upstate’s web site www.uscupstate.edu/bmwcamp or the camp Facebook page www.facebook.com/uscupstatebmwcamp. The event tab on the Facebook page contains details about each of the ten days’ activities.