• Speakers

    Minitab Insights
    Conference 2017

    Chicago, IL | 11-12 September, 2017

    Build Skills. Exchange Ideas. Develop Community.

    2017 Speakers

    Steve Bailey
    Steven P. Bailey, LLC
    Steve Bailey was with DuPont's corporate Applied Statistics Group for over 36 years (1979-2016), most recently as their principal consultant, and led DuPont's Master Black Belt Network over the last 16 years. Steve received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in statistics from the University of Wisconsin. Steve is a Past President and Chairman of the Board of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), an ASQ Fellow, and a Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Black Belt certified by both DuPont and ASQ.

    Experimental Strategies for Factor Screening and Process Optimization

    Erin O’Shaughnessy
    Erin O’Shaughnessy joined Minitab in 2013 as Technical Support Specialist after completing a bachelor’s degree in Applied Statistics from The Pennsylvania State University. As a Technical Support Specialist, she works one-on-one with customers from every industry to help them utilize Minitab’s vast statistical toolkit to come to informed decisions to resolve their day-to-day problems.

    Prior to working at Minitab, she worked at The Pennsylvania State University to help students learn the concepts of elementary statistics and the use of Minitab. During this time, Erin became attuned to understand that people come from a wide variety of disciplines, and not everyone will understand a topic using the same delivery or same level of technical communication. When the opportunity arose in 2016 to become a Minitab trainer, Erin was thrilled to continue to share her knowledge of Minitab and statistics in an additional role.

    Erin specializes in Minitab macros and has written custom scripts that solve customers’ unique problems, such as automating tasks or creating a new feature. She knows that not everyone is a programmer, so she appreciates Minitab’s command language being just as easy to conquer as navigating its user-interface. She has been a presenter at conferences and webinars to help users get started or improve their macros.

    Erin’s goal is to ensure customers feel empowered and determined to complete their projects, because they have a better understanding on a statistical concept and how to use Minitab.

    Fast Track Your Analysis: Automate Repetitive Tasks with Macros
    Greg Eisenbach
    Berry Global
    In his role as a Program Manager for Berry Global, Greg is on the technical front line when it comes to commercializing products from the factory into the marketplace. His daily world requires the practical application of statistical concepts to solve problems. Greg has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University and a master’s in Product Development from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Additionally, Greg holds certifications as a Black Belt and Project Management Professional.

    DOE: A Practical Theory Guide for the Non-Statistician

    Scott Sterbenz
    Ford Motor Company
    Scott Sterbenz is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt at Ford Motor Company. He solves high leverage customer satisfaction and warranty issues on Ford and Lincoln vehicles. Scott is also a volunteer technical advisor for the United States Bowling Congress, the national governing body for the sport of bowling. There, he helps research engineers develop test plans and conduct data analyses to set specifications and conduct research for all aspects of the sport. A licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan, Scott holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan—having graduated first in his class in both programs. In his spare time, Scott enjoys mountain biking and motorcycling. He is also an accomplished bowler, with eleven certified 300 games and a high certified three-game series of 853.

    Industry Examples of Binary Logistic Regression

    Dr. Ken Feldman
    Dr Pepper Snapple Group
    Dr. Ken Feldman, Ph.D. is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Senior Director of the Rapid Continuous Improvement effort at Dr Pepper Snapple Group. He has more than 40 years of experience helping organizations improve quality and performance in a wide variety of industries. Prior to joining Dr Pepper, Ken was a Principal with Accenture Consulting. Previously, he was a SVP in the Quality and Productivity Group at Bank of America, District Director of Performance Improvement at the North Broward Hospital District, and worked at GE Capital doing global LSS training and coaching. Ken has also taught in higher education. Ken has a dual Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Psychology with the distinction of having Dr. W. Edwards Deming, the esteemed quality Guru on his Doctoral Committee. He also holds a MS in Industrial Engineering, a MBA and a Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health.

    Measure for Measure: Do Both Vendor and Customer Need to Do Inspections?

    Jenn Atlas
    Jenn Atlas is interested in helping people solve analytical problems. As a classically trained statistician, Jenn has worked, trained and consulted in the quality improvement industry for more than 20 years. She is the Global Product Manager for Minitab Statistical Software.

    Maximize the Power of Companion: Monte Carlo Simulation and Process Optimization

    Dennis Corbin
    Dennis Corbin is a Technical Training Specialist for Minitab, Inc. He travels the country to conduct various on-site trainings for users of Minitab. Previously, Dennis has worked at Northern Illinois University for six years teaching varying levels of statistical analysis and software use. His extensive education of mathematics and statistical theory has helped him build an applied understanding to help interpret findings in different fields of study. He graduated with his M.S. in Applied Probability and Statistics from Northern Illinois University.

    Ease of Visualizing Data: Telling the Story with Powerful and Accurate Graphical Output

    Fred Eberle
    Hi-Lex Controls, Inc.
    Fred Eberle is a senior technical specialist in the development of gearing, drive motors and power closure devices in the automotive industry. Over the last 28 years he has worked as a gear development engineering the mill gearing, lawn & garden and commercial industrial gear industries. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Eberle’s participation in various AGMA technical committees spans 27 years. He is currently chairman of the Powder Metallurgy Gearing Committee and serves on numerous technical Committees. Eberle is the author of many papers on gearing, component failure, measurement system analysis and process statistics.

    Mechanical Design Life and Capability from Weibull Failure Analysis

    Joel Smith
    Dr Pepper Snapple Group

    In August 2016 Joel joined Dr Pepper Snapple Group as Director of Rapid Continuous Improvement. Previously, Joel held several positions within Minitab Inc. from 2004 to 2016. During his time at Minitab he worked with leading consultants, trainers, and other third-parties to ensure that they had the statistical tools necessary to make their clients achieve excellence. Joel has served as Chair of the ASQ Statistics Division and Chair of the Lean and Six Sigma World Conference and is the author of the Random Thoughts column in Six Sigma Forum Magazine. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an MS in Statistics from Virginia Tech.

    The Five Y’s: Rethinking the Right Response

    Dr. Diane Evans
    Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
    Dr. Diane Evans was previously a professor in the mathematics department at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology from 2001 to 2016, and she joined the engineering management department in 2016. She received her BS and MA degrees in mathematics at The Ohio State University and her MS and PhD in operations research and applied science from the College of William and Mary. Diane received her Black Belt in Six Sigma in 2011 from Purdue’s Technical Assistance Program. Her current research and teaching interests are in probability, statistics, quality control, and Six Sigma. She has published journal articles in the areas of probability, statistics, statistics education, quality control, and Six Sigma, and has published a book in computational probability. Diane won Rose-Yes Hulman’s Dean’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 2007, was named in Princeton Review’s 300 Best Professors in America in 2012, and was selected as one of Microsoft’s 365 “Heroes in Education” in 2012. In 2014, Diane was nominated for U.S. Professor of the Year and Indiana’s Women & Hi Tech’s “Outstanding Educator in STEM.”

    Pinch or a Dash? An Attribute Agreement Analysis Classroom Lab

    Doug Gorman
    Doug Gorman, a Six Sigma Black Belt, joined Minitab in 2000. He has led Minitab training sessions, developed training materials, and consulted with customers to help them gain insight from their data.

    Meet and Exceed Customer Needs Through Design for Six Sigma

    Dr. David Kashmer
    The Surgical Lab, LLC
    Dr. David Kashmer is Chair of Surgery at a 30+, multi-specialty surgeon group in Massachusetts. He specializes in quality control and has shown a statistically significant improvement across multiple hospital initiatives. He established a company in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery that represents innovation in short-term staffing using Lean Startup methodology. He is also the author and creator of an online venue for business model innovation in healthcare, leveraging social media in a HIPAA-compliant, positive way to explain techniques of quality improvement and service-line startup methodology. His passion is to bring advanced quality tools into the healthcare setting.

    Specific Tools to Take You from Volume to Value in Healthcare

    Thomas Rust
    Thomas Rust has worked for an automotive safety products company for more than 15 years. He graduated with B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University. He worked as a Process Engineer, Development Engineer, and Quality Engineer. He studied Six Sigma and certified as a Master Trainer. Thomas taught Six Sigma globally within his company for six years. Besides the automotive industry, he also worked for a healthcare company. Thomas currently supports the facilities in North America in training and developing Quality Engineers.

    Visualizing Your Analysis and the 7 Basic Quality Tools

    Cheryl Pammer
    Cheryl Pammer is the lead designer of Minitab 18. As such, she also works as a Minitab trainer and consultant in order to remain immersed in the day-to-day problems faced by quality practitioners. Drawing on more than 25 years of experience in teaching, statistical consulting, and software development, Cheryl aims to provide the sound statistical strategies and software tools that professionals need to solve the real-world problems they face on the job. Cheryl has 25 years of industry experience and an M.S. in Statistics from The Pennsylvania State University.

    Using Normal and Non-Normal Tolerance Intervals to Assess Process Performance

    Gerald Phillips
    Phillips Statistical Consulting, LLC
    Jerry Phillips, MS Statistics, is the owner and managing member of Phillips Statistical Consulting, LLC. Jerry recently retired as Sr. Manager, Biostatistics, from Baxter Healthcare Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of disposable infusion systems and hardware devices. During his 35+ year tenure, he participated on cross-functional teams that included engineering, manufacturing, quality and medical professionals to develop new products and improve existing products through statistically designed experiments. Jerry also developed and delivered statistical training using Minitab that enabled thousands of engineers and scientists to interpret and report statistical results in lay terms. He is continuing to provide statistical consulting and training services through Phillips Statistical Consulting, LLC.

    One Failure Mode or Two?

    Dr. Scott Kowalski
    Dr. Scott Kowalski earned his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Florida with a concentration in Design of Experiments. He has been a Technical Trainer at Minitab, Inc. since 2001 and currently works with Minitab’s international partners on their certified training programs and leads the development of Minitab’s training courses. Scott is on the editorial review board of Quality Engineering. He has published articles in the Journal of Quality Technology, Quality Engineering, Quality Reliability Engineering International, Technometrics, and Quality Progress. Scott was awarded the 2005 Lloyd Nelson Award by ASQ for the paper having “the greatest immediate impact to practitioners.”

    Are Your DOE Screening Designs Definitive?

    SPC: Beyond X-bar and R Charts

    Richard Titus
    Titus Consulting
    As a consultant, educator, and business owner, Richard Titus has long been recognized as a driving force in the fields of continuous improvement and operations management systems. Since 1998, starting as a Wave I Master Black Belt (MBB) at Ingersoll-Rand, he has lead or participated on several successful large scale deployments around the world.

    Rich has worked with dozens of organizations directing their Six Sigma Process improvement and Lean Enterprise deployments, training and project management efforts working on hundreds projects. These organizations represent a wide range of industries including defense, energy and consumer products with products varying from highly engineered low volume to high volume consumer products. He led a design team from a Colombia manufacturing firm in designing a state of the art Lean pump manufacturing plant.

    In August of 2000 Rich began teaching as a Visiting Instructor in the Management Department of Lehigh University’s College of Business and Economics. He is currently an adjunct instructor at Lehigh and has taught as a guest lecturer in the Six Sigma Minor Program at Penn State University, where he is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. He has presented his graduate research in Supplier Selection at two INFORMS national conferences and was nominated for IIE’s Doctoral Colloquium Award.

    The Forgotten MSA’s: Linearity and Bias, Type I Gage, and Attribute Agreement Analysis
    Michael Rusak
    Air Products and Chemicals
    Michael Rusak has spent a majority of his years at Air Products and Chemicals responsible for identifying and integrating leading edge computer technologies in support of technical operations. His proficiencies include automation, robotics, and data analysis. More recently, he has served as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, implementing process improvement techniques to the R&D, engineering technology, healthcare, and information technology communities. He holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and an MBA from Lehigh University.

    Improving Hydrogen Plant Performance by Refining Measurement Detection Confidence

    Pommy Grewal
    Air Products and Chemicals
    Pommy is a Lead IT Advanced Analyst and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Punjab University, India and an M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University. During his twenty years at Air Products and Chemicals, he has supported many business areas including Electronics, Performance Materials, Liquid Bulk Delivery Operations, Healthcare and Information Technology.

    His chemical plant expertise includes simulation modeling and scheduling, inventory management and control of batch managed finished good products, improved information flow in plant construction management and implementation of stable operations in chemicals manufacturing. He has also contributed to the development and engineering of new plant processes using Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma techniques.

    Improving Hydrogen Plant Performance by Refining Measurement Detection Confidence

    Rip Stauffer
    Management Science and Innovation, Inc.
    Rip Stauffer is an enterprise improvement consultant, currently Senior Consultant at Management Science and Innovation, and founder of Woodside Quality Solutions. Rip is an ASQ-Certified Quality Engineer, Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence, Six Sigma Black Belt, and Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He has worked in many industries, including telecommunications, light and heavy manufacturing, hospitality, financial services, medical devices, healthcare, government and the military. He holds an M.S. in Applied Statistics from California State University. He teaches statistics and data-based decision making courses for Walden University.

    Testing for Differences using Stages: Exploiting Homogeneity in Time-Series Data

    Bonnie Stone
    Bonnie Stone is a Market Development Manager for Minitab Statistical Software at Minitab, Inc. Prior to Minitab, she worked for CAS Adaptive Solutions, a management consulting firm that specializes in Lean Six Sigma. Bonnie has led Lean Transformations, orchestrated workplace organization improvements, and trained hundreds of Lean Six Sigma Green Belts and Black Belts in a variety of industries such as aerospace, aviation, healthcare, insurance and government contractors. Prior to CAS, Bonnie built a distinguished career in the Space Shuttle Program at the Kennedy Space Center. During her 20+ years in the Shuttle Program, she led organizations responsible for Industrial Engineering, Reliability-Centered Maintenance, Corrective Action, and Risk Management. Bonnie’s professional associations include the American Society for Quality and the Project Management Institute. She is serving as Chair for the upcoming American Quality Institute (AQI) Lean Six Sigma World Conference to be held in March 2018. Bonnie received dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Medical Technology from the University of Memphis. She also holds two advanced degrees: Master of Science in Industrial Optimization from Embry-Riddle University and an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology as well as an MBB and PMP certification.

    Flow Diagrams, Swim Lanes, and Value Stream Maps, Oh My!

    Andrew McDermott
    Lutron Electronics
    Andy McDermott has studied, lived and worked in 3 countries – Ireland, England and USA. His first official introduction to process improvement was during his early years at Ford Motor Company, where he learned and applied the basic foundational blocks of process improvement, under the, “Quality is Job 1” program. His appetite for process improvement was whetted by these initial experiences. He became certified as a BB and then later as a MBB while with Ford. He has also held process improvement leadership positions with AIG, Kraft Foods, ITT and currently with Lutron Electronics.

    Andy received a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College - Dublin, Ireland. He later studied and received a MSc in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Cranfield Institute of Technology – England before moving to the USA, where he studied and received a MSc in Applied Statistics from Villanova, PA.

    A 5-cent Solution to a Million Dollar Solder Problem
    Lauren Migliore
    Crayola, LLC
    Lauren graduated from Lehigh University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in chemical engineering and a minor concentration in economics. She joined Crayola’s engineering team in 2014 where she worked as a Process Improvement Engineer. Project work in this role expanded her educational foundation by highlighting the importance of balancing consumer insights with operational excellence. Lauren recently joined the Continuous Improvement team and works as a Continuous Improvement Professional in Crayola’s manufacturing facilities. She worked to complete a Six Sigma Green Belt in 2015 and is in the process of completing a Six Sigma Black Belt Project. As she communicates with Crayola’s vendor and leads a cross functional team through systematic problem solving, she is able to apply Six Sigma concepts first hand. Lauren is now pursuing an MBA at Lehigh University with a concentration in Supply Chain Management to compliment her technical background.

    Inside Crayola’s Lean Six Sigma Matrix: A New Process Engineer’s Journey

    Charles Harrison
    Salford Systems
    Charles Harrison is a Marketing Statistician at Salford Systems where he uses his statistical modeling background and knowledge of tree-based machine learning to illustrate uses of Salford software in real-world applications. He won second prize in the 2016 EverBank Cup Contest that involved classifying documents into one of sixteen categories and was a member of the second-place team in the 2016 SAS Analytics Shootout where his role was to forecast disease rates. Charles worked as an intern at the Sprint Corporation on their Network Analytics and Forecasting team for three summers, and he spent one summer on the Advanced Analytics team at The J.M. Smucker Company building forecasting models. Charles received his M.S. in Statistical Computing from the University of Central Florida in 2016 where he led ten recitation sections and was the instructor of record for two introductory courses in statistics.

    Introduction to CART Decision Trees

    Amy AlSahsah
    Greene, Tweed and Company

    Amy graduated from Lafayette College with a BS in Chemical Engineering. She has attained MBB status and two certifications in Lean Manufacturing and Leadership while with Tyco Healthcare. At Greene, Tweed she manages continuous improvement, bridging manufacturing and quality goals in rubber and plastics processing and fabrication in Lansdale, PA. For over 20 years her tag line has been “there can always be a better way.” She lives in Allentown, PA with her family and enjoys travelling.

    Effectively Manage Your CI Program

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