KIm Ryan, President of Batesville.For the second time in as many years, Hillenbrand leaders were honored with Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production) Awards. The Manufacturing Institute recognized Kim Ryan, President of Batesville (a subsidiary of Hillenbrand, Inc.) and Darci Powers, Director of Lean Development, during a ceremony in Washington D.C.The STEP Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers throughout all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory floor to the C-suite. The awards are part of a larger STEP Ahead Initiative implemented by the Manufacturing Institute to examine and promote the role of women in manufacturing through recognition, research, and best practices for attracting, advancing, and maintaining strong female talent.“I am humbled to be recognized as a leader in manufacturing with the STEP award,” said Ryan. “I hope this program’s intentional focus placed on women encourages future generations of young women to pursue careers in manufacturing.”This year, The Institute recognized 160 women from manufacturing organizations of all types and sizes. Honorees were nominated by their peers, company officials, or professional service firms based on specific contributions made, considering outcomes, such as increased revenues, reduced costs, greater productivity, and improved customer satisfaction.Ryan is an accomplished leader with more than 23 years of experience and expertise in manufacturing organizations. Named president of Batesville in 2011, Ryan sets an example for others by remaining focused on initiatives that create simplicity, alignment, and agility across the enterprise.“It’s an honor to be in the company of such an impressive group of women who are making a difference in their organizations,” said Ryan.Kim started her professional life with Batesville after graduating from Iowa State University and has spent more than two decades contributing to the success of the Batesville, Hillenbrand, and Hill-Rom organizations. She served as a senior executive in each company, leading a variety of functional areas, including finance, strategy, operations, information technology, and division management. Kim is equally active outside of work and in her local community. She serves on the board of Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBALB) and as vice chair of the CREATE Foundation. She has also served on the boards of Margaret Mary Community Hospital, the Southeastern Indiana YMCA, and the Public Works Water Board.Darci Powers, Director of Lean Development at Hillenbrand.A nearly 15-year manufacturing veteran, Darci Powers has an outstanding background in Lean that she readily shares with others. She has maintained a 99 percent plus product fill rate while balancing Batesville’s investment in inventory and distribution costs. She recently moved into a new role as director of Lean Development for Hillenbrand, Inc.“Manufacturing is the ‘heartbeat’ of our company as we strive to deliver quality units to the customer – on time and at the lowest possible cost,” said Powers. “It is an honor to be recognized for my passion for Lean manufacturing. Through the awareness created by this award, I hope more women pursue a career in this industry. ”A recent survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute found that nearly 70 percent of American manufacturing companies have a moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified workers. Manufacturing faces a serious skills gap, part of which can be attributed to an underrepresentation of women in the industry. While women make up approximately 50 percent of the overall labor force, that number is only about 25 percent in manufacturing.
Noah Zucker contributed to this report. Viterbi School of Engineering’s Information Technology Program announced Tuesday the addition of a mobile app development minor, with hopes to prepare students for the growing mobile app development industry.Coded · The new Mobile App Development minor in the Information Technology Program will provide students with the skills to succeed in the mobile app industry, including in mobile game programming. — Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe mobile app development minor comprises 20 units of classes within the information technology program. The topics range from mobile game programming to building high-tech startups.Trina Gregory, a lecturer in the information technology program, said the department created the minor in order to attract students who are interested in designing and developing mobile apps, regardless of their major.“We are hoping to attract students who want to develop mobile apps,” Gregory said. “This minor will complement many majors such as computer science, biomedical engineering, industrial systems engineering, communication, journalism, business and economics.”Gregory said the industry has grown considerably in the past couple of years, and the minor includes ITP courses that help students gain knowledge about the mobile industry.“I taught the first mobile app development course in spring 2009, [and] since then we have been developing and offering [more] courses,” Gregory said. “We hope to grow the minor and continue to add more classes to it.”Additionally, Gregory said the new minor would be particularly lucrative for students looking to be employed in a variety of industries.“It’s so exciting because it’s such a dynamic industry,” Gregory said. “It used to be that companies wanted web developers since every company had a website, and now companies want mobile apps. Companies in all types of industries need mobile app developers.”Anjali Shah, a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering, said the new minor would provide broad skills appropriate for many specific markets.“Speaking from a biomedical perspective, so much of healthcare is transitioning to using mobile apps to help people monitor their health,” Shah said. “This minor is incredibly applicable and applies to all disciplines because everything is becoming viral and mobile.”Some students highlighted the career benefits of understanding this minor.“The use of mobile phones is becoming a huge part of the world’s everyday life,” said Katie Murphy, a freshman majoring in electrical engineering. “In order to make yourself more marketable or a more knowledgeable person, it would really be a great idea to have a basic knowledge of mobile app design.”Kariah Davis, a freshman majoring in electrical engineering who said she would consider taking courses in the minor, said the new minor would be advantageous for students because it appears in several aspects of a students’ daily life.“I do think it is a good thing for students with the way that the world is going now,” Davis said. “There’s apps on my phone, Twitter and Facebook. Viterbi offering it is just going to further that realm of technology, so I think it’s great.”
After dropping the first two games of a three game set against No. 6 North Carolina over the weekend, the USC baseball team managed to avoid a series sweep with a 5-2 victory over the Tar Heels (8-2) on Sunday.The Trojans (8-3) fell behind 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth, and looked as they would go quietly in the top of the fifth. But with two outs, senior outfielder Garret Houts singled and stole second.Junior second baseman Adam Landecker singled him home and advanced to third on a double by senior first baseman Matt Foat. Both scored on a single by senior catcher Kevin Roundtree. Roundtree moved to third on a double by sophomore third baseman Kevin Swick, and both scored on a single by sophomore shortstop James Roberts before the inning finally came to an end.All told, six straight Trojan hitters reached base, all with two outs, and five players scoring to put USC up 5-1.“It just clicked,” said USC coach Frank Cruz of the big fifth inning. “We just got the hits.”Those five runs were more than enough for Trojan starting pitcher Stephen Tarpley. The freshman did not look like one against one of the best teams in college baseball, going six strong innings, allowing two runs on five hits, with just two walks to his seven strikeouts.“Stephen pitched great,” Cruz said. “He really stepped up and helped us get out with a win.”On Saturday, USC got another great performance on the mound, but senior Ben Mount’s seven and 2/3 innings of one-run ball were not enough as the Trojan fell 1-0 in an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel. Tar Heel starter Chris Munnelly allowed a leadoff single to the very first hitter of the game, and then did not give up another hit over seven shutout innings.“Mount threw really, really well,” Cruz said. “It was a great game, but we squandered our best chance to score.”The chance came in the eighth inning when sophomore outfielder Omar Cotto Lozada singled to start the inning and moved to second on a fielder’s choice. Cotto Lozada advanced to third on a wild pitch. He broke for home on another wild pitch, but was tagged out at the plate. It was one of just two times in the game the Trojans even got a runner into scoring position.While the Trojans competed on Saturday, they were torn apart Friday 11-1. The Tar Heels scored three in the second off of senior pitcher Andrew Triggs and two more in the third to put USC in a 5-0 hole early. The Trojans got one back in the seventh, but their bullpen was decimated for six runs over the final two innings to put the game completely out of reach.The Trojans traveled every player on the team to Chapel Hill “as a reward for their hard work in the fall,” according to Cruz. And while USC lost the series, Cruz said he felt his team grew from the experience of the road trip and level of the competition.“We can take this and grow from it,” Cruz said. “But we can’t look behind at it. We’re always looking ahead.”Ahead for the Trojans is another tough matchup. USC returns home Tuesday to host No. 15 Cal State Fullerton at six p.m. at Dedeaux Field.
Corey Winfield is out of the hospital and resting at home after being stabbed in his right lower back, upper right chest, left abdomen and left wrist Saturday evening, a source told The Daily Orange Monday evening. Winfield, a defensive back who started for Syracuse last season, was one of two victims, along with teammate Chauncey Scissum, of an alleged stabbing by former teammate Naesean Howard.Court documents obtained by The Daily Orange on Monday afternoon stated that Winfield was hospitalized in stable condition as of Monday morning. The document also said that Scissum was hospitalized in critical, but stable condition.The stabbing occurred around 5:50 p.m. on Saturday at 321 Slocum Drive on SU’s South Campus, according to the document. Howard, a former SU defensive back who was kicked off the team in 2014, intentionally and repeatedly used a pocket knife to stab Winfield in four different spots before stabbing Scissum on the right side of his neck, his right upper chest, his left shoulder and his bottom lip, according to the document.Both Winfield and Scissum were transported, at different times, to University Hospital Emergency Room. Howard was arraigned in city court on $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond Monday morning and is due back in court on Friday at 10 a.m. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on April 18, 2016 at 6:37 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+