Bell is essential to first responders and military personnel, as a global symbol of life-saving technology. Bell joined the LGO partnership in 2014 to help accelerate the company’s technological and operational excellence. LGO internships at Bell give students exposure to helicopter design, system integration, and analytics-driven supply chain management.
Paul Baxter (LGO ’16)
Location: Grand Prairie, TX
Research topic: Lean optimization
Bell’s Drive Systems Center DSC is a low volume, high variety job shop with hundreds of machines, thousands of parts, and tens of thousands of operations. Paul developed an automated scheduling model, now used at the site. Supervisors now spend less time scheduling jobs, and machines are utilized more efficiently.
Nicholas Dunn (LGO ’18)
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Research topic: Robotics and automation
Nick’s internship project worked with Bell’s initiative to create ways to market on-demand helicopter transportation in urban environments. Autonomous on-demand aircraft design and operations are still in their infancy. Nick produced a conceptual system design for the on-demand mobility system.
Rick Mullen (LGO ’15)
Operational Excellence Manager, Bell Flight
At LGO: MBA and SM Mechanical Engineering
Previous studies: Cal State Sacramento, Mechanical Engineering
Rick served in the U. S. Navy as a nuclear officer in the surface fleet prior to joining LGO. After graduation, Rick joined Bell as a Value Stream Manager in one of Bell’s manufacturing facilities. He now leads the Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement strategy for all of Bell’s global manufacturing and assembly sites.
# of hires in last three years: 3
Typical roles for LGOs at Bell: manufacturing leadership, strategic supply chain, integrated business planning, product design & development