Panel on Lean Six Sigma
4:00 – 5:00 pm, Monday, August 10, Room 1
Senior Supplier Quality Manager
Novi, Michigan, USA
Professional Development Chair and Past Chair – ASQ Greater Detroit
Steve Sibrel is a business process improvement trainer, coach and auditor with over 35 years of experience in the business and manufacturing world. He is currently working as Senior Supplier Quality Manager at Harman International, a manufacturer of audio and infotainment systems for consumer, professional, and automotive industries, with well-known brands such as JBL, Lexicon, Crown, Infinity, Mark Levinson, Becker and Harman-Kardon. Previously he held a number of engineering and management positions in diverse industries at Applied Materials (Semiconductor), NEC (Telecommunications) and Texas Instruments (Military). He has conducted over 200 supplier audits in North America, Europe, and Asia and is a Lead Auditor for ISO/TS16949, ISO9001, ISO13485, ISO17025, and 21CFR820. He has been the Chair for Professional Development for the ASQ Detroit section since 2008. He received the Distinguished Service Award in 2008 and the Leadership Award in 2013 from ASQ. Current ASQ Certifications held are Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality Engineer, Quality Inspector, Quality Auditor, and Manager of Quality/ Organizational Excellence. He is an adjunct facility member at Macomb Community College. Steve has a BSEE degree from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and an MSEE degree from Southern Methodist University.
Dr. Saso Krstovski, MBB
Lean Manufacturing Coach /Six Sigma Master Black Belt
Van Dyke Transmission Plant, Ford Motor Company, Michigan, USA
Dr. Saso Krstovski works for Ford Motor Company – Van Dyke Transmission Plant as a Lean Manufacturing Coach and Six-Sigma Master Black Belt. With over twenty years of service with Ford Motor Company, Dr. Krstovski has held a multitude of engineering assignments, which includes time working as a Test Engineer, Launch Test Engineer, and Electrical Control Engineer. During his time with Ford Motor Company, Dr. Krstovski has worked in several plant environments and skill teams such as Dearborn Tool & Die Plant, Information Technology, and has held front-line supervision roles managing hourly UAW-Ford production employees. This exposure to new work concepts within Ford has allowed Dr. Krstovski to amass a holistic approach to engineering. As such, Dr. Krstovski has gained an extensive understanding of the Six-Sigma methodologies. As a detail oriented and data-driven engineer, Dr. Krstovski is an invaluable contributor to Ford Motor Company. He is highly distinguished and skilled with problem identification and resolution to avoid time and cost expenditures. Dr. Krstovski recently joined Lawrence Technological University as an Adjunct Professor and is currently teaching in the Engineering Department. Dr. Krstovski’s research interests lie in the area of System Optimization. He continues to collaborate actively with researchers at several universities. Dr. Krstovski provides guidance globally to doctoral candidates on dissertation direction. He graduated from Lawrence Technological University with a Doctorate of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems (DEMS). In addition, to his doctorate degree, Dr. Krstovski has a Masters in Electrical Computer Controlled Systems and a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University. Dr. Krstovski has authored several publications and scientific articles on various engineering topics.
Dr. Adrian Sumarjadi
Director, Global Operational Improvement & Lean Manufacturing
Adrian holds Bachelor degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering with Minor and Business Administration from University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada in 2010. In 2012, He received Lean certification and attended Lean Sigma Green Belt workshop. In addition, He has been a member of PEO (Professional Engineers of Ontario) since early 2014. In August 2016, after spending 3 years of part-time evenings studies, Adrian completed his MBA degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Adrian started his very first career working at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia as a co-op student where he learned the continuous improvement culture in all Toyota’s employees. At the next co-op journey, Adrian worked at Hammond Power Solutions, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada for a year practicing basics lean / Kaizen events which he then grew his passion in Continuous Improvement methodologies (Toyota Production Systems, 5S, and other Lean Manufacturing tools). With Kaizen mindset, Adrian helped organizations achieved practical & excellent operational result by significantly improving the ‘bottom line’ performance while improving its organization’s culture. In addition, Adrian worked in a renewable energy industry as a process engineer for over 1 year where he successfully implemented standard operating procedures to the shop floor and improved up-time of plant equipment as one of the key measurable indicators.
Adrian then returned to automotive industry where he started working as Continuous Improvement Coordinator, then promoted to Regional Lean Manufacturing Manager, and is currently taking a responsibility of Global, Director of Operational Improvement for Powertrain Group of Magna International Inc., Canadian based automotive company. His excellent technical and leadership skills develop strong teams and consistently achieve outstanding results across significant assignments from both professional and academic. Adrian’s motto is ‘as lean practitioner, learning is always a never ending journey’.
Dr. Joseph M. Ogundu
Emerald Global Consulting Inc.
West Bloomfield, Michigan
Dr. Joseph M. Ogundu is the president /CEO of Emerald Global Consulting Inc., a Farmington Hills, Michigan based consulting firm. Dr. Ogundu has extensive experience in academia, leadership, project management, business process excellence, lean transformation, six-sigma, supply chain management and supplier quality, change management, operations, industrial engineering, manufacturing and process engineering, quality engineering and quality assurance. Dr. Ogundu is a lean practitioner and six-sigma practitioner that sees lean six-sigma as operations management philosophy that is based on the relationship between waste reduction and elimination, quality improvement and operations performance measures.
Dr. Ogundu was Adjunct professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering at both Lawrence Technological University, Southfield Michigan and Oakland University, Rochester Michigan, as well Adjunct Professor: Business Administration, Kettering University, Flint Michigan. He thought courses in both undergraduate and graduate levels and the courses were Lean Systems Application, Quality Assurance and Control, Total Quality Management, Operations Research and Stochastic Processes, Manufacturing Processes, Advanced Quality Planning, Supplier Quality, Business Statistics, Lean Six-Sigma, Production Planning and Control, Materials and Inventory Management and Operations Management, Dr. Ogundu worked in the following industries, Automotive, Oil and Gas, Manufacturing, Consulting, Energy and Health Care. Dr. Ogundu is the author of the book “The Relationship between Types of Waste and Operating Performance Measures.
Dr. Ogundu graduated with a Doctorate Degree in engineering and manufacturing systems, Masters in business administration from Lawrence Technological University, Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Wayne State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Tennessee. Knoxville, Tennessee. Dr. Ogundu spent the earlier years of his career in engineering, leader and senior management positions as director and executive director at Country Coach Inc, process engineering manager at DaimlerChrysler AG, Senior Operations leader at Chrysler Corporation, facilities engineer and project manager at Ford Motor Company and Senior Product Engineer at General Motors Corporation. Dr. Ogundu has served as board member of Lawrence Tech University College of Management Alumni Association, Finer Cabinetry & Woodwork Inc., Citation Plastics, LLC., River State Foundation Inc., as well as Board member of Health Care Management department at South University Novi, Michigan Campus. Also, he served as Vice President of Chapter Development Institute of Industrial Engineers SE Michigan/Toledo Chapter from 1991 to 1992.
Dr. Annamalai Pandian
Director, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology Management
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Saginaw Valley State University
University Center, Michigan, USA
Annamalai Pandian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Saginaw Valley State University, Michigan, USA and the Program Director for B.S. in Engineering Technology Management. He worked for Chrysler corporation for more than 13 years continuously while company changed hands from Daimler to Fiat. He has wealth of Body-In-White (BIW) experience in automotive tooling design and processes. He led an Advance Manufacturing Engineering (AME) team that developed & designed tooling and processes for Small Car, Large Car, Sports Car, Luxury SUV, Jeep, Truck and Minivans. The AME team launched vehicles in the assembly plants all over the North America plants. At any given time, he managed numerous automotive vendors and suppliers budget totaling over $50M. The AME launch team was responsible for proving the throughput and quality of the new vehicles per ISO 9001 & 14001 requirements. Seasoned Professional in Lean manufacturing, Project management, Layout optimization, Automation, PLC, Robotics, Systems Engineering, Simulation, FMEA, DMAIC and Six Sigma. Over the past 10 years, he has taught several mechanical and manufacturing engineering courses, including Engineering Mechanics, CAD, Jigs & Fixtures design, Robotics & Machine Vision, Manufacturing Process Eng., and Manufacturing Systems Design and Simulation, Lean Manufacturing, Engineering Technology Management courses and mentored numerous Senior Design Capstone Projects at SVSU and at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. His research interests include 3D printing, Simulation, Automation, DOE, Robotics, ARMA and ANN. He is a member of ASQ, ASEE, and IEOM. He is also a member of the editorial advisory board for the International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management. Journal paper reviewer for many International Journals. He published more than 20 paper presentations and journal articles.
Diversity & Inclusion Panel
Women in Industry and Academia (WIIA)
5:15 – 6:45 pm, Tuesday, August 11, Room 1
Founder and CEO of CADIA
Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement
Cheryl Thompson is the founder of the Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement (CADIA). CADIA supports Diversity and Inclusion for the Automotive Industry by providing professional development for individuals, along with resources, programs and tools that drive organizational evolution. A veteran of the automotive industry, Cheryl has over 30 years of experience at Ford Motor Company and American Axle and Manufacturing in positions ranging from skilled trades, operations, engineering and global leadership. She is trained in diversity and inclusion, career and leadership coaching and is Six Sigma trained and certified as a Black Belt. Cheryl has been recognized as a 2019 Influential Women in Manufacturing Honoree, a 2019 Corp Magazine Salute to Diversity award winner, and is the recipient of two Diversity and Inclusion Awards from Ford Motor Company. A sought-after voice and speaker in the automotive, manufacturing and aerospace & defense industries, Cheryl has performed keynote addresses, workshops and breakout sessions for a number of companies and events, including TEDx Windsor, Women in Manufacturing (WiM), the American Automotive Summit, and Society of Women Engineers (SWE).
Panel Speaker I
Global Technology Planning & Strategy, Body & Chassis
Ford Motor Company
Panel Speaker II
Dr. Donna Bell
Global Director, Technology and Features Strategy and Planning
Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan
Panel Speaker III
Crash Safety Engineer
Ford Motor Company
Panel Speaker IV
Dr. Julia Gluesing
Business Anthropologist and Research Professor
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Panel Speaker V
Willie L. McKether, Ph.D.
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
University of Toledo
Panel Speaker VI
Dr. Nancy Philippart
Co-Director for the Global Executive Ph.D. Track
Wayne State University
General Partner and co-founder of Belle Michigan