Nearly thirty undergraduate and MBA students, along with three faculty members from the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, visited the Saxonburg manufacturing plant of MEDRAD on November 13, 2009.
The students were given a tour of the company’s cleanroom facilities where MEDRAD manufactures many of its high-volume medical devices. Students were exposed to several lean manufacturing and quality management practices in action. Following the tour, the students had an opportunity to interact with managers in the company’s manufacturing, purchasing, warehousing, industrial engineering, and human resource functions. The students discussed topics such as 5-S, Kaizen, supplier selection, preventative maintenance, incentive systems, and corporate culture (as being a subsidiary of the Bayer Corporation). The human resources manager provided the students, including international students, a short overview of the hiring process at MEDRAD.
MEDRAD is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacturing of high-tech medical devices. MEDRAD was awarded the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2003.
Keith Young, a human resources executive at MEDRAD, serves on the Eberly College Business Advisory Council.