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David R. Arnsdorf
Lecturer for Professional Education, University of Michigan College of Engineering
Senior Analyst, Altarum Institute

Dave Arnsdorf is a senior analyst at the New Vectors, a subsidiary of Altarum Institute working primarily in the lean and six sigma areas. Mr. Arnsdorf has more than 20 years of experience consulting, and is an expert in cost accounting, lean manufacturing, and Six Sigma. Mr. Arnsdorf has facilitated over 50 lean projects in his career and has worked on a variety of other similar efforts. Mr. Arnsdorf developed and regularly teaches a course on Lean Accounting and Metrics and Lean Six Sigma for the University of Michigan. In his previous position, he was the President of the Alaska Manufacturers' Association (AKMA) headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska and founded by Mr. Arnsdorf in April 2000. The AKMA was the Alaskan office of the NIST/Manufacturing Extension Program (MEP). Mr. Arnsdorf earned a BS from Penn State University, and MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in CA, WA, and MI.

Pete Benson, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, University of Michigan

Dr. Benson received his Ph.D. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan. His research interests include market portfolio risk, credit portfolio risk, and collateral debt obligation pricing. He is co-head of RiskMetrics Education and leads development of RiskMetrics' front office products. Previously, Dr. Benson was a risk manager for Greenwich Capital Markets, and in 1994-1996 led the development of JPMorgan's internal risk management

John E Billi, M.D.
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Medical School
Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Michigan

Dr. John E. Billi is Professor of Internal Medicine and Medical Education. He leads the Michigan Quality System, the University of Michigan Health System's unified approach to improve quality, safety, efficiency, and appropriateness using lean tools and philosophy. Dr. Billi's research and leadership interests are in health services delivery and in the use of community consortia for quality improvement. He is active on statewide and regional groups affecting quality of care, pay-for-performance and public reporting. He chairs the Michigan State Medical Society's Committee on Quality, Efficiency and Economics and he is a member of MSMS's Board of Directors.

Yavuz Bozer , Ph.D.
Professor, University of Michigan College of Engineering

Dr. Yavuz Bozer received his M.S.I.E. (1978) and Ph.D. (1985) degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Professor Bozer's professional experience includes full-time employment with SysteCon Division of Coopers & Lybrand (where he was involved in various industrial facility layout and material handling system design projects for major manufacturing and distribution companies) and his fulltime work at the Material Handling Research Center at Georgia Tech. Since joining the University of Michigan, he has been involved in various industrial projects with Daimler-Chrysler, Ford, General Electric, General Motors, Industrial Design Corporation, JOFCO, Optical Imaging Systems, Ryder Integrated Logistics, Steelcase, Sunbeam-Coleman, Virco, and Xycom.


Jerry W. Claunch
Lecturer for Professional Education, University of Michigan College of Engineering
President and Founder of Claunch & Associates, Inc

Jerry W. Claunch is renowned for his leadership and expertise in the areas of Setup Time Reduction and Statistical Quality Improvements. Mr. Claunch has authored four books and numerous professional journal articles. His book Set-Up Time Reduction, published by McGraw-Hill has been described as authoritative and a manufacturing must read.

In addition to being a U-M College of Engineering, Professional Development Program lecturer Mr. Claunch is a highly respected consultant with more than 28 years of implementation experience in Set-up Time Reduction with Claunch & Associates, Inc., a firm he founded in 1983.

John Drogosz, Ph.D.
Lecturer for Professional Education, University of Michigan College of Engineering
Senior Lean Consultant, Optiprise, Inc.

John D. Drogosz, Ph.D. is a Senior Lean Consultant at Optiprise, Inc. and has 10 years of experience. He conducts Lean Enterprise Rapid Improvement workshops at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems and Value Stream Mapping and Rapid Improvement workshops with Johnson Controls in Asia. Dr. Drogosz, a Six Sigma Black Belt, teaches lean accounting, lean engineering and lean manufacturing at the University of Michigan.

Izak Duenyas
John Psarouthakis Professor of Manufacturing Management and of Operations Management at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Izak Duenyas is John Psarouthakis Professor of Manufacturing Management and of Operations Management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and also holds an appointment as of Industrial and Engineering. Duenyas is an expert on lean practices in manufacturing and services. He has worked with many companies including Merck, Pfizer, Teva, Boeing, Xerox, Ford, GM, Cummins, DaimlerChrysler and Steelcase. Dr. Duenyas served as president of the Manufacturing and Services Operations Management Society, 2004-2005 and currently serves as an area editor for Operations Research in manufacturing, service, and supply operations.

Gene Goodson, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, University of Michigan Business School

Dr. Gene Goodson implemented lean manufacturing in two industries; leading Johnson Control's seating business growth for nine years and, as CEO, transforming Oshkosh Truck Corporation from single product defense contractor to leadership in two commercial industries. His work now centers on evaluating operations using the Rapid Plant Assessment process and database.

Patrick Hammett, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Six Sigma Programs, College of Engineering
Adjunct-Assistant Professor, Industrial and Operations Engineering

Dr. Hammett is the Co-director for the University of Michigan's College of Engineering's Six Sigma program and teaches courses in the Industrial and Operations Engineering Department. His mastery of the Six Sigma philosophy is translated in the comprehensive course content and training materials he has developed for his on-line Six-Sigma programs. Additionally, Dr. Hammett has co-authored numerous professional journal articles which underscore opportunities for waste management through continued manufacturing process improvements. Thought provoking and insightful his articles, like his courses, provide his readers with relevant content applicable to current organizational needs.
Dr. Hammett's research interests include 3D non-contact measurement systems, dimensional quality and tolerance analysis in the manufacturing build processes. In addition to providing on-line course and project support for ITT Corporation's Six Sigma program he is the principle investigator of various industry sponsored research projects. These projects include "The 3D Non-contact Measurement System for Improving Die Tryout Performance" project funded by NIST-ATP and Center for Automotive Research, Visteon Corporation's funded project "Use of 3D Non-contact Measurement and Functional Build Manufacturing Process Validation to Exterior Molded Lamp Assemblies", CogniTens funded project "Tolerance Adjustment Algorithms and a Functional Build Master Part" and the "Stamping and Body Dimensional Quality" project funded by General Motors Corporation.

Dr. Hammett received his B.S. from Purdue University, his M. Science in Engineering from The University of Michigan as well as his Ph.D. in Industrial Operations Engineering.

Bart Huthwaite, Sr.
Lecturer for Professional Education, University of Michigan College of Engineering
Founder, Institute for Lean Innovation

Bart Huthwaite, Sr. is a world renowned expert inLean Innovation Leadership and the emerging discipline known as_"Innovation Process Management."_  He is the founder of the Institute for Lean Innovation and the developer of the InnovationCUBETM, a process and software tool that replicates the dynamics of innovation.  His latest book is Rules for Innovation Leadership, scheduled for release in summer, 2007.


Deb Liefer
Lecturer for Professional Education, University of Michigan CollegeofEngineering

Deb Liefer is a "hands on" implementer of Lean Manufacturing Systems.  She has over seventeen year's leadership experience in the automotive industry. During this time she also consulted in many diversified manufacturing facilities along with teaching at OhioState Universityand the UniversityofMichigan.  Deb has a Bachelor's Degree in Operations Management, is a Shingo auditor and has expertise in numerous Lean tools.  Today Deb is a full time consultant with clients throughout the United Statesand Mexico.  Positive team building and the ability to lead people are two strengths that are utilized for successful implementation and achievement of goals.
Jeffrey Liker, Ph.D
Lecturer for Professional Education, University of Michigan College of Engineering
Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan

Jeffrey Liker, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized authority on lean manufacturing methods, the Director/Co-Founder of the Japan Technology Management Program (JTMP) and the Value Chain Analysis (VCAP) at the University of Michigan. Dr. Liker has published numerous articles and books. He holds a B.S.E. in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University and a M.S.and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts.

Drew Locher
Lecturer for Professional Education, University of Michigan CollegeofEngineering

Drew has been working to implement innovative Business Management strategies in a wide spectrum of business environments since 1986.  From 1986 to 1990 he participated in the development and delivery of Business Improvement programs for General Electric.  In 1990, Drew left GE to form CMA a consortium of individuals who share a similar business management and improvement vision.  CMA has partnered with the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership to develop and deliver Lean Manufacturing services to NIST MEP's 78 centers throughout the United States.  More recently, he has joined the faculty of the Lean Enterprise Institute, the not-for-profit organization of the authors of "Lean Thinking".  Drew received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware in Mechanical Engineering, as well as a Master of Science degree from Drexel Universityin Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has also received a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Don Lynch is a Lean Six Sigma Corporate Master Black Belt for SKF, Inc. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering as well as an MBA. He has held positions in engineering, quality, product design and management at Ford Motor Company, Diamond Electric Manufacturing and Visteon Corporation. Dr. Lynch holds six ASQ certifications and is the author of many papers on Lean, Six Sigma and Continuous Improvement.

Dr. David Munch

Dr. David Munch is the Chief Clinical and Quality Officer for Exempla LutheranMedical Centerin Colorado.  He has been leading their Lean Production applications for the past 3 years with substantial improvements in both clinical and non-clinical processes. Exempla's Lean improvements have been featured in the Denver Business Journal and the Colorado Trust/Institute for Healthcare Improvements 100k lives campaign.  He is a frequent speaker on the subject of leadership effectiveness and Lean transformation in healthcare.  Dr. Munch is also on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's High Reliability Advisory Group as well as the planning board for the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI)/Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) annual Colloquium on Clinical Quality Improvement.

James M. Morgan, Ph.D.
Lecturer for Professional Education, University of Michigan College of Engineering
Director, Lean Product Creation, Ford Motor Company

Dr. James M. Morgan is a former Vice President of a Tier One Tool and Engineering supplier with over 24 years of experience in product development. He holds MSE and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan where he completed a three-year comparative study of Toyota and a North American OEM's product development systems. Dr. Morgan has recently joined Ford Motor Company as a Director in North American Product Development.

Huei Peng, Ph.D.
Director, Automotive Engineering Program, and
Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department University of Michigan

Dr. Peng's research interests include modeling and control of hybrid vehicles, fuel cell vehicles and advanced power-train techniques. He has published more than 130 technical papers in referred journals and conferences in related fields. He is the Secretary and Executive Committee member of the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division. Dr. Peng is a 15 year member of SAE.

John Shook
Co-Director, Japan Technology Management Program, University of Michigan

John Shook is. Mr. Shook was the first American employee at Toyota's world headquarters starting in 1983 and that company's first (and still only) American kacho (manager) in Japan. He also served as Deputy General Manager of the Toyota Supplier Support Center, which assists automotive suppliers to implement lean manufacturing. He consults widely on lean manufacturing and is a principal in the TWI Network, a group of lean manufacturing specialists and also works for the Lean Enterprise Institute.

Zoran Filipi, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor,
Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Michigan

Dr. Zoran Filipi is an Associate Research Professor at the U-M Mechanical Engineering Department and the Assistant Director of the Automotive Research Center, a multi-university consortium advancing state-of-the-art modeling, simulation and testing of ground vehicles led by the University of Michigan. His research interests include engine combustion, heat transfer and emissions, integration
of advanced powertrain and vehicle systems and hybrid propulsion. He has published more than 65 technical papers in referred journals and conferences in related fields. He is a member of SAE, ASME, Combustion Institute and Michigan Renewable Fuels Commission.


Victor Li, PhD,
is the E. Benjamin Wylie collegiate chair professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Michigan.

He is the director of the Advanced Civil Engineering Materials Research Laboratory where ECC (bendable concrete) was invented.  Professor Li is a frequent keynote speaker in major national and international conferences and often serves as the invited speaker at society meetings of concrete professionals.  Together with Drs. G. Fischer and M. Lepech, he founded Li, Fischer, Lepech & Associates, a materials consulting firm specializing in the application of ECC in commercial applications.

Professor Li is a recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award at the University of Michigan and the 2005 Stephen Atwood Award, the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member by the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. In 2004, Dr. Li was recognized for his contributions in development of safe, innovative, and environmentally friendly construction materials with an honorary doctoral degree from the Technical University of Denmark.  He is a fellow of ASCE, ASME, and WIF.

Russ Scaffede, an expert on lean manufacturing implementation, is a strong hands-on manufacturing leader who has led successful lean transformations. A former Toyota manufacturing executive and the chief operating architect of the lean transformations at Donnelly Corporation and Tiara Yachts, he is also a past chairman of the Shingo Prize Board of Governors. He is the co-author of <em>The Leadership Roadmap.
Russ joined Toyota as General Manager of Powertrain Operations at Georgetown, Kentucky, after almost twenty years with General Motors. He spent the next several years learning from Toyota's most experienced operational leaders and visiting many high performing lean manufacturing sites, as he studied the much admired Toyota Production System (TPS) and developed his understanding of the critical missing process in most lean manufacturing implementations, which is the integration of a truly participative people-based belief system utilizing the tools for continuous improvement.

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