ESTIEM Magazine I Autumn 2016 I Disruptive Technologies

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Each Summer Academy has a different story—what about the last three in Helsinki?


When you read the title of this article, you might have thought: “What is Summer Academy, is it a camping event in the woods or an academic summer course, and what makes it special in Helsinki?”

Coşku Mutlucan

Local Group Istanbul-Yildiz

Summer Academy is a learning and reflecting

The event has been organised for three years by

experience in which you concentrate on ethical topics

Gregory Watson and Local Group Helsinki. Participants

from a leader’s point of view. The project gathers

had the opportunity to learn about the roots of

students from all over the world together with a

Industrial Engineering from the historical development

senior Professor. Each Summer Academy focuses on

of ideas to real life examples of implementations.

different areas with unique reflecting approaches. One

Gregory Watson transfers his knowledge not only with

thing always happens—an unforgettable life-changing

teaching but also by telling about real life experiences,


which gives a broader perspective to the participants. Each participant brought home many tools which will

Summer Academy Helsinki brought a different

boost their role as an industrial engineer. Here you can

approach to the event series during the last three

read some of the participant’s thoughts:

years. The intellectual root of industrial management was introduced to the participants by Gregory Watson, who led the academy as a known pioneer of the six sigma movement. He has held both executive and consultant positions for years; his deep knowledge and many years of expertise provided an intensive learning experience.

Nuno Carneiro Gregory’s Summer Academy was an amazing learning experience. Either as an introduction to studying industrial engineering for the younger ones or a wrap up of all we learnt at the university, which was my case. It was the

One more unique summer has passed with wonderful

perfect complement to our IEM studies. I really

memories. At the end of the second week of July,

feel privileged for having had the opportunity to

participants of Summer Academy Helsinki were on

attend the Summer Academy. From all the 40+

their way to back home; happy, passionate and totally

ESTIEM events I have attended, this was surely

different than how they arrived. They had experienced

one of the best. Thank you Greg!

cumulative learning while enjoying Finnish nature to its fullest.


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