Nicole Friedberg

  • Master Black Belt and Project Manager 
  • Lecturer, Michigan Engineering
  • Instructor, Six Sigma Programs

Nicole has over 15 years of engineering, Lean Six Sigma, and Project Management experience in the defense, aerospace, automotive, financial, and academic industries. She received her Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and earned her MBA from Drexel University with a concentration in Business Analytics. Nicole is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Master Black Belt program. She is also a certified PMI Project Management Professional (PMP).

During her career, Nicole has designed and implemented four Lean Six Sigma training/certification programs and helped develop numerous others. Her focus for training program development is learner-centered, reaching the needs of all students. She has personally facilitated over 80 improvement projects and mentored over 150 Green and Black Belts. As a mentor, Nicole provides valuable project scoping, analysis, and improvement recommendations on projects for many industries in a consultant role.

In addition to Nicole’s Lean Six Sigma experience, she has personally led numerous organizational projects, including:

  • resolving the mission operations schedule disconnect for a satellite program
  • rolling out new products, plans, and rates internationally at a global financial organization
  • supporting the launch of a new engine at an automotive engine manufacturing plant
  • selecting and implementing a software platform at the university. 

Nicole is a graduate of Lockheed Martin’s Operational Leadership Development Program and continued her career to obtain experience in supply chain, system safety engineering, quality engineering, Lean Six Sigma organizations, industrial engineering, and project management.

In addition to teaching in the Six Sigma and Project Management professional education courses, Nicole is a lecturer in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. She teaches capstone project courses for graduate students. In this role, Nicole coaches, mentors, and advises students as they scope their projects through the project execution and to the final written reports. 

Nicole is thrilled to be back at the University of Michigan to pursue her passion for Lean Six Sigma, project management, and teaching.

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