Pawley Lean Institute

Pawley Hall, Room 460K
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-4542

Faculty Team Members

Dennis Wade HeadshotDennis L. Wade
Director, Pawley Lean Institute
Department of Organizational Leadership
(248) 370-4542
Read Dennis Wade's bio.
Mark Doman, J.D. 
Pawley Professor in Lean Studies
Special Instructor, Human Resource Development

(248) 370-4271
435C Pawley Hall
Mark Doman received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Prior to joining Oakland, he had 25 years of business experience with Ford and AT&T, where he held various executive positions in human resources, labor relations, and sales and service operations. He led several major organizational change initiatives throughout his career that included employee involvement, quality circles, TQM, Six Sigma, process reengineering, ISO 9000 and corporate restructuring. He is a member of the Michigan State Bar Association and involved in the sections Labor and Employment Law, and Arts, Communication, Entertainment and Sports. 

Mark is a Pawley Professor in Lean Studies at Oakland University in the Department of Organizational Leadership. Prior to joining Oakland University he held various executive positions in operations, human resources and legal. He has led several major organizational change initiatives throughout his career that included corporate restructuring, Lean Workouts and process re-engineering. He is the author of “A New Lean Paradigm in Higher Education: A Case Study.” Quality Assurance in Education, Vol. 19 No. 3, 2011, “How Lean Ready Are You?” Target, Vol. 28 No. 2, 2012 and “The Beginner’s Guide to Lean” Series in Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) Target Online.
David Strubler

435B Pawley Hall
(248) 370-4628
A former business dean at Champlain College and AVP of Graduate & Corporate Education at Kettering University, Professor Dave Strubler serves as Chair of Organizational Leadership in the School of Education and Human Services at Oakland University. He taught graduate courses in lean manufacturing operations for sixteen years at Kettering University from a human resource perspective. Most recently, he co-published "Effect of Sample Size and Process Capability on Variance Control in a Multiple Fill-Head Process" with Associate Professor of Management, Atul Agarwal, from the University of Illinois at Springfield in the Academy of Information and Management Sciences Journal. He was also a continuous improvement consultant for both Oakland University and Avondale School District in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
Anabela AlvesAnabela Alves is Assistant Professor at the Department of Production and Systems/School of Engineering/University of Minho. She holds a PhD in Production and Systems Engineering, being affiliated to Centre for Industrial and Technology Management (CITM). Her main research interests are in the areas of Production Systems Design and Operation; Lean Manufacturing; Project Management and Engineering Education, with particular interest in active learning methodologies such as Project-Led Education (PLE) and Problem based Learning (PBL).

She is author/co-author of more than 60 publications conferences research publications and journal articles and several book chapters. She is permanent member of the Scientific and Organizing Committee of the International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education (PAEE).

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Shannon Flumerfelt 
Pawley Professor in Lean Studies

475C Pawley Hall
(248) 370-3036

Shannon Flumerfelt, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Organizational Leadership at Oakland University and is honored as an Endowed Pawley Professor of Lean Studies. She holds a PhD. in Educational Leadership. Previously, she worked in public school administration, which included designing and leading educational reform initiatives that pioneered 21st Century pedagogy and instructional technology. Dr. Flumerfelt is the recipient of over $1 million in educational grants.

Her scholarly interests include lean knowledge and practice in which she has published four books and multiple articles and presented internationally. She is the leading authority on the application of lean to educational settings. As the former editor of the e-Journal of Organizational Leadership and Learning, she has taught, coached and mentored many educational leaders. She also coordinates the online graduate Education Specialist degree program, educational leadership degree program and was recognized by the Michigan Senate as the OU Educator for Innovative Programming by showing measurable results in raising student subject enthusiasm and achievement. She is active in professional associations related to lean engineering education and competency-based learning, including, ASME, AIAA & CASE.

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Jennifer Wenson
Pawley Professor in Lean Studies
Visiting Professor, Human Resource Development

Jennifer Wenson is a Visiting Associate Professor in the department of Organizational Leadership. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in Human Resource Development as well as the Masters of Training and Development focusing on instruction/facilitation in team building, leadership, organizational development and behavior. Jennifer has taught at OU since 2008 and has been a practicing HRD consultant specializing in “Lean” leadership competencies for over twenty years. She specializes in developing supervisors and team leads at eight to ten different manufacturing facilities strengthening how they communicate and motivate to aid in continuous improvements throughout their organizations. 

Her professional interests involve leadership competencies specializing in the Lean Philosophy as well as instruction in leadership courses in conjunction with Lean programs. Jennifer serves OU as a Mentor in the Honors College and for the HRD Honors Society. She also is also a frequent speaker at HRD Society graduate/undergraduate events as well as in the corporate events.

Sankar SenguptaSankar Sengupta, Ph.D.
Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

(248) 370-2218
EC 502D
Sankar Sengupta currently is a faculty member in the Electrical and Systems Engineering Department at Oakland University. He earned a B.S degree in mechanical engineering from I.I.T. Kharagpur in India, an M.S degree in industrial engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Clemson University.

He has more than 12 years of work experience in the process industry. His research interest includes modeling and analysis of manufacturing/service systems, quality control, application of Lean principles in a manufacturing/service system, production planning and control, and modeling and analysis of a supply chain.

He has published technical papers in refereed journals and presented technical papers in international conferences. He is actively involved with the industry to establish a strong tie between OU and local partners. He is a member of IIE, ASQ and SME. 
Robert Van Til, Ph.D.
Pawley Professor of Lean Studies
Professor/Chair Industrial and Systems Engineering

(248) 370-2211
502 EC
Dr. Van Til earned his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University. His academic interests focus on the modeling and control of manufacturing systems as well as digital control theory. He has been involved in joint research and educational projects with companies such as DaimlerChrysler Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Fanuc Robotics Inc.

In addition, he received funding for several projects from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Van Til has served in visiting positions at universities in the Netherlands and Australia.
William Edwards HeadshotWilliam Edwards
Pawley Lean Institute Coordinator
Visiting Instructor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

(248) 370-2211
512 EC
Mr. Edwards graduated from Oakland University with a BSME and BSEE degree. He also holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and is completing his Ph.D. at OU. He joined OU as an instructor following a career in the automotive industry at both Ford Motor Company Chrysler Corporation. His academic interests include a background in Lean Manufacturing. In addition, he joined the Pawley Lean Institute as a coordinator primarily focused on projects and support in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.
Vijayan Sugumaran
(248) 370-2831
442 Elliott Hall 
Vijayan Sugumaran is Professor of Management Information Systems and Chair of the Department of Decision and Information Sciences at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, USA. He was WCU Visiting Professor at Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea from 2010 to 2012. He received his Ph.D in Information Technology from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA. His research interests are in the areas of Agile and Lean Software Development Practices, Service Systems, Ontologies and Semantic Web, Intelligent Agent and Multi-Agent Systems, and Component Based Software Development. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles in Journals, Conferences, and Books. He has edited twelve books and serves on the Editorial Board of eight journals.

His research primarily utilizes the design science paradigm which focuses on designing and developing artifacts and demonstrating their usefulness through empirical or qualitative evaluation. He has published in top-tier journals such as Information Systems Research, ACM Transactions on Database Systems, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Communications of the ACM, IEEE Transactions on Education, IEEE Software and Healthcare Management Science. Dr. Sugumaran is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Intelligent Information Technologies. He is the Chair of the Intelligent Agent and Multi-Agent Systems mini-track for Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 1999 - 2015). Dr. Sugumaran served as Chair of the Information Technology committee for the Decision Sciences Institute. He has served as the program co-chair for the International Conference on Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems (NLDB 2008 and NLDB 2013). He also regularly serves as a program committee member for numerous national and international conferences.
Gene Fliedner
Associate Professor, Operations Management
Decision and Information Sciences Department 

(248) 370-4281
416 Elliott Hall
Gene Fliedner earned his D.B.A. in Operations Management from Indiana University in 1989. His academic interests focus on the interdependent elements of Lean systems, Project Management, Quality Management, and Supply Chain Management. He has published in numerous top-tier academic and practitioner journals. His book, Leading and Managing the Lean Management Process won the 2013 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award.

Dr. Fliedner is also a member of several professional societies. As a member of the international Decision Sciences Institute, he has served in various capacities, including Vice President. As a member of the Midwest Decision Sciences Institute, he has served in various capacities, including President, Secretary, Program Chair and others. In 2010, he received the distinguished Fellows lifetime service award from the Midwest Decision Sciences Institute. As a member of the American Production and Inventory Control Society he served on the board of Directors of the Houston, TX Chapter and he was awarded certification at the Fellows level in 1995.
The Pawley Lean Institute Advisory Council assists in enhancing programs, as well as ensuring their relevance, and in particular as it applies to the student experience. 

Members of the Advisory Council:
  • Bill Artzberger, Partner, Lean Learning Center
  • Robert Bury, Executive Director and CEO, Detroit Historical Society
  • Greg Clark, Executive Director, AT&T
  • Kevin LaComb, President, Fitzpatrick Manufacturing
  • Julia Swanson, Vice President Performance Analytics & Improvement, Henry Ford Health Systems