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Manufacturing Operations Management Faculty
MM 4045 - Regulated Industry Compliance
Mr. McKeen is a leading regulatory consultant. He has over 20 years of experience in the medical device industry in a variety of key assignments focusing on rapid product development, clinical study, quality system compliance, and regulatory approval of innovative high quality Class II and III medical devices. He has served as director of regulatory management for St. Jude Medical and director of quality for Phillips Plastics, a leading contract manufacturer. He has held leadership positions at Cardiac Science, Medtronic, and Guidant. Mr. McKeen is active in a wide range of industry associations as chair of the LifeScience Alley Regulatory SIG and member of the LSA 510k Action Committee, as well as a variety of AdvaMed committees. He is a frequent presenter at industry conferences, including LSA and RAPS. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Dallas and an R.A.C. (Regulatory Affairs Certification).
MM 4011—Design of Manufacturing Systems and Simulations
Mr. Boone, who has taught at the University of Minnesota since 2005, is the director of engineering at Shattuck−St. Mary’s School, a private boarding school in Faribault, MN. At Shattuck, he developed a specialized college prep engineering program, for which he recruits students from all around the world. This program combines college-level academics; hands-on design, building, and testing of projects; attendance at engineering conferences and seminars; and touring high-tech companies. Before Shattuck, Mr. Boone spent 13 years in the manufacturing and engineering field. He worked locally at MTS Systems and PaR Systems on a wide variety of projects, including designing and prototyping theme park rides, developing and testing biomedical testing machines, and designing nuclear waste handling equipment. He was also involved in a program to design test equipment for space shuttle booster rockets. Mr. Boone studied mechanical engineering at Iowa State University and has completed a B.S. plus one year of graduate coursework in technology education from the University of Minnesota. He is a dorm parent and lives on the Shattuck campus with his wife, two young children, and their golden retriever, Wally.
MM 3305 − 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing
David Busacker currently serves as a client solutions consultant at SGK, Inc. in northeast Minneapolis. He has been a teaching assistant for MM 3305 for three semesters and joined the class as adjunct faculty in spring 2017. His experiences with continuous improvement at prototyping startup-turned-giant Proto Labs and SGK, a traditional marketing firm in the process of revolutionizing the realm of marketing services, contribute to a deep respect and understanding of intrapreneurship within physical and digital production environments. Paired with a love for CAD, especially CAD instruction, David is excited to empower individuals to ideate, develop, and market innovations in condensed timelines. As a student at the University of Minnesota, he wrote an honors thesis that addressed an emerging opportunity for the peer economy in 3D printing with the rise of cloud resources and social trends. David recently received his degree in industrial and systems engineering.
MM 4012 - Manufacturing Processes and Technology
Dr. Edmonson has been involved in manufacturing for over 25 years in various roles. After postdoctoral work at the University of Illinois and the California Institute of Technology, he joined IBM in Rochester, MN, to work on thin film etching and deposition processes for magnetic head and disk products. During his career at IBM, he worked in both manufacturing engineering and development departments and also managed an engineering group. In 1993 Dr. Edmonson started his own business producing thin film coatings for a variety of clients and consulting to industry on vacuum and thin film processes. Since 1996 he has worked at Pemstar, Inc., now Benchmark Electronics, in Rochester, MN, as a process engineer, engineering manager, program manager, and new process development engineer. In his current position he works with new products for medical, military, and industrial applications. In this role he integrates new materials, attachment, and assembly techniques with electronic controls and customized product enclosures. He holds three patents and has written numerous technical articles on thin film materials and processes. He received his Ph.D. in chemical physics in 1978 from Johns Hopkins University, where he studied energy loss collision processes in the laboratory and upper atmosphere.
MM 3001W - Manufacturing in a Global Economy
MM 4501 - Capstone
Mr. King has over 20 years of manufacturing operations experience, with nearly half in operations leadership positions. After graduation he served in the U.S. Army as a liaison officer for NATO in Europe. Following his service commitment, he began his business career working for a small medical firm in Silicon Valley, which was later purchased by Abbott Laboratories. Since 2000 he has worked in the Chicago and Twin Cities areas in various operations leadership positions, from manufacturing manager to director of operations. He received a B.S. in engineering in 1984 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and attended the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of Monterey. In 2000, he obtained his M.S. in operations and technology management from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
MM 3305 − 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing
Mick Kuehn is a licensed professional engineer and a certified project management professional. He owns Kuehn Diversified Engineering, Inc. (KDE), which consults for large and small companies, championing collaboration and amplifying innovation and growth. He has 20 years of experience incubating technologies, as well as in developing and validating manufacturing processes in the scale-up and launch of new products. As a team leader, Mick creates a context for a higher purpose, establishing genuine respect and engagement for all parties. At St. Jude Medical, Mick used a grassroots approach to reinvent a product development life cycle process to support a $1B business unit that had outgrown old quality systems and received an FDA warning letter, and used DHF/DMR audit tools to drive remediation scope and create best practices for filling gaps. Recently, Mick was elected chairman of the board for Beacon Academy, an independent charter school in Maple Grove. He led the board through strategic planning workshops to structure governance and school leadership in support of continued growth. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University and a BSME from the University of Minnesota.
ABus 3510 - Communicating Virtually Across Global Teams in Applied Business Settings
ABus 4023W - Communicating for Results
Ann Lowry has over 20 years of experience as an educator and organizational consultant on topics such as presentational speaking, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution and negotiation, organizational behavior, managing groups and teams, promotional communication, managerial psychology, diversity, and intercultural communication. She is owner and president of Ann Lowry and Associates, an organizational development consulting firm in Minneapolis, where she assists individuals and organizations with leadership and talent development, group and team effectiveness, strategic planning and goal setting, conflict resolution, and conciliation and negotiation. She also teaches at Northland College. She was named one of the University of Minnesota CLA Alumni of Notable Achievement in recognition of her contributions to Minnesota’s businesses. Dr. Lowry has a Ph.D. in organizational communication from the University of Minnesota, an MA in interpersonal communication from the University of Northern Iowa, and a BA in communication and English from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is currently pursuing a second PhD in mind-body medicine with the intention of assisting leaders to improve performance.
ABus 3301 - Introduction to Quality Management
MM 4035 - Supply Chain Management
Mr. Martens has extensive experience in strategy, operations, and transformational change. Currently he serves as chief innovation officer for Hennepin County, leading the Center of Innovation and Excellence. He has served as a senior leader in the following organizations: UnitedHealth Group, University of Minnesota, American Express, Ceridian, and General Electric. Since 2000 he has also been an adjunct faculty member for the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, teaching courses in operations, quality, supply chain management, and managerial accounting. Prior to entering the private sector, Scott served as a naval officer and aviator. Scott has held numerous leadership positions in nonprofit organizations, and since 2010 he has served as a strategy consultant to the Minnesota Make-A-Wish board of directors. He is a CPA and a CPL (certified professional logistician). He earned an M.S. in management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and a B.B.A. in accounting from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
ABus 4012 - Strategic Decision Making and Problem Solving
MM 4102 – Manufacturing Operations
Daniel E. McNamara has been a college professor for more than 35 years and has more than 25 years' experience in project management and in operations management. He currently teaches master's level and undergraduate courses at various Twin Cities universities. He also teaches courses in statistics, operations research, and project management. His research interests include the development of a set of new organic principles of management to be used in today's chaotic environment, as well as the relevance of today's business school research for real-world practitioners. Dr. McNamara holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Dayton and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
MM 4201 - Quality Engineering and Process Improvement
Dr. Nied has over 25 years of manufacturing operations experience, of which more than half have been in leadership positions. As current lean manager for Donaldson Company, Inc., he has global responsibility for enterprise-wide deployment and progressive development of the Donaldson Production System. Earlier roles at Donaldson were as accelerated product development manager, responsible for facilitating all manufacturing-level activities associated with the introduction of new products, and operational excellence manager accountable for coordinating activities of a quality management and lean system based on ISO 9001:2000 & TS16949. Prior to joining Donaldson he worked with the hydraulics division of Eaton Corporation. Dr. Nied received his B.A. in electrical engineering from the University of Toledo, his M.B.A. from Wayne State University, and his D.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. He is a senior member of the American Society for Quality, a Certified Manager of Operational Excellence, a Certified Quality Engineer, and a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
MM 4039 - Manufacturing Outsourcing Decisions
Mr. Sandahl has over 25 years of manufacturing operations experience in the medical device industry, including production planning, manufacturing team leadership, contract manufacturing, purchasing, and global supplier management. He has managed complex high technology component supply chains in 15 countries in environments with demanding quality, reliability, regulatory, and cost objectives. He is currently a Fellow in a supplier and materials management role at Boston Scientific and is engaged in make/buy decisions. He holds a B.S. in business finance from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. in manufacturing systems from the University of St. Thomas.
MM 3205 − Engineering for Manufacturing Operations
Steven Schiveley is director of operations strategy at Boston Scientific, where he and his team are responsible for evaluating acquisition companies and for optimizing BSC's manufacturing network of 15 plants and dozens of external contract manufacturer sites. He has been with BSC for eight years, with prior roles as supplier engineering director, responsible for specifying and qualifying materials used in production; and director of operations, responsible for leading an acquisition manufacturing site. Before BSC, Steven worked at Intel Corporation for 12 years and Target Corporation for two years, in various supplier management, project management, and hardware/software product development roles. He earned two degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: an MBA from its Sloan School of Management and an MS in Materials Science. He also holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and a BS in Political Science from the University of Oregon.