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Director of the Enterprise Systems Center, Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Emory Zimmers

Dr. Zimmers works extensively with companies to identify critical new areas for research and provide experiential learning opportunities for students. He served as Site Director of the National Science Foundation’s Center for Engineering Logistics and Distribution (CELDi) at Lehigh University (2005-2010). He supervises the senior capstone course, which is a requirement for students graduating with a BS in either Industrial Engineering or Information and Systems Engineering. He also headed the team that created the leadership development course, which was a finalist in the Institute of Industrial Engineers’ Innovations in the Curriculum award competition in 2009. He has served as principal investigator on more than 200 research and technology transfer projects with more than 400 industry partners. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Professor Zimmers has responsibility for the efforts to create an innovative curriculum, in partnership with the SAS Institute, to prepare students to become successful practitioners in the Analytics areas. He is also working with a team to finalize the creation of the Enterprise Systems Center Analytics Laboratory. When fully operational, this will be combined with the capabilities which are already in place to facilitate technology enabled small group team meetings with industry partners and class sized connectivity with industry through the ESC Collaboratory. He coauthored a book with Prof. Mikell Groover titled, “CAD/CAM: Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing”. He was awarded the Robinson Award, Lehigh University, for outstanding service to the university community. He was also awarded the 2011 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. This recognized his commitment to innovative teaching and helping his students to practice critical thinking, to develop analytical skills, and to become effective practitioners through experiential learning.
 

Roger Nagel

The Wagner Professor in Computer Science and Engineering, and a Senior Fellow in the Enterprise Systems Center at Lehigh University. He is also the former CEO and Executive Director of the Iacocca Institute. Dr. Nagel is a popular consultant, keynote speaker and guest at executive gatherings and board meetings. He is routinely asked to describe the future of manufacturing, global competition, and the information age. Business Week, Forbes, and Fortune magazine have cited him for his visionary efforts as the father of the virtual corporation concept. Professor Nagel was also the leader of the team which developed the original ideas and concepts for agile manufacturing and global agility strategies. He is co-author of the widely influential business books, “Agile Competitors and Virtual Organizations: Strategies for Enriching the Customer” and “Cooperate to Compete: Building Agile Business Relationships.” Both books are widely acclaimed internationally and are available in more than five languages. Nagel is well known and respected for his work as the visionary leader of the Iacocca Institute at Lehigh. He led the Institute team which produced the book, “21st Century Manufacturing Enterprise Strategy,” with more than thirty thousand copies in circulation. He guided the Institute as it became a gathering place for executives across the world to formulate and share ideas. Nagel conceived and created the Iacocca Institute’s Global Village for Future Leaders of Business and Industry Program and signed cooperative agreements with partnering institutes in Europe, Asia and Latin America. He led the Institute in developing and enhancing the Iacocca Scholars program, bringing executives to campus for seminars, workshops, and in creating the “Crossroad of Knowledge” Program. Nagel has always focused on making a real and positive impact on students through the use of a hands on experienced-based learning.

 

H. Robert Gustafson

Gus is the Senior Fellow for Leadership Development at the Enterprise Systems Center (ESC). He is currently serving as both an Adjunct Professor to Lehigh University and Research Scientist to the ESC. He earned a BS in ChemE from Lehigh University and an MS in Dynamics of Organization from the University of Pennsylvania. He co-teaches the Industrial and Systems Engineering department’s “Leadership Development” and “Senior Project” courses to undergraduate students and created the course “Executing the Business Plan”, which he teaches in the MBA VENTURESeries entrepreneurial concentration. Gustafson also co-created the interdisciplinary Innovation and Leadership Residency program and is an advisor to the National Society for Leadership and Success at Lehigh University. He is currently developing ESC initiatives for improving U.S. sustainable manufacturing and global manufacturing leadership. Gustafson worked ten years for Proctor & Gamble and PepsiCo as a plant manager and then twenty years as an entrepreneur, founding and leading companies involved in U.S. housing exporting, software development and contract manufacturing. His software company won the 2000 Ben Franklin Technology Partners Incubator Gratitude of the year award. Throughout his entrepreneurial career, Gustafson has mentored over a hundred students as interns in the various companies that he founded and/or managed. He is President of the Lehigh Class of 1974.

 

Doug Sunday is serving as a Research Scientist and Mentor for the Lehigh University Enterprise Systems Center. He worked at Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., and APD Cryogenics, Inc. for fifteen years as a plant industrial engineer, an engineering manager and a manufacturing manager. He led process improvement programs, applied statistical process controls, implemented lean/JIT systems and consolidated facilities. Doug worked as the manufacturing manager for the introduction of new products, developing and qualifying new processes and quality assurance techniques that reduced costs over 60%. Doug managed over 100 projects at the Enterprise Systems Center, mentoring over 500 students in a variety of manufacturing companies. He is an expert in using applied statistical and process mapping techniques to highlight major process control and streamlining opportunities, leading to double-digit percentage savings in most cases. Doug's current project work ranges from the application of basic industrial engineering techniques to simulation modeling and energy reduction. He has served as an instructor for project management classes. Doug holds a BS in Psychology and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University.

 

Dr. Marangos serves as a Senior Fellow at the Enterprise Systems Center at Lehigh University having taught SAS, simulation, and CAD courses at Lehigh University. He has recently served as the Associate Director of the NSF funded Center for Engineering Logistics and Distribution (CELDi) at Lehigh. Currently a Principal in the Pennsylvania-based consultancy Zephyros, Inc., he has worked internationally as a project engineer and consultant, specializing in heuristic optimization, scheduling, simulation, database design and maintenance, factory layouts, testing and validation of new software and machines, CAD/CAM, and internet communications. One of his active projects is to work with Dr. Zimmers in the modification of a current sophomore course. The new content includes a case study based on an ESC current company project that utilizes SAS analytics and requires the creation of presentation graphics and a formal industry reviewed presentation. Dr. Marangos serves as adjunct professor in the PC Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. It is anticipated that he may serve as content developer for some new course offerings under the SAS/ESC Advanced Analytics Laboratory development program.

 

Joseph Feskanin

A Senior Fellow at ESC, Joseph D. Feskanin has over forty years of progressive management and technical experience focused on Total Quality Management, facilities engineering, design and development of computerized measurement and control systems, automated material-handling systems, and biomedical electronics applications.  He has also been involved in high-volume manufacturing in the electronics, textile, and steel industries.  He has directed start-up operations, interfaced with OSHA and DEP, implemented systems-integration and process-control techniques, and initiated energy-utilization programs, all focused on establishing and improving profitability.

In addition, he has served as an industry mentor between 1990 and 2013 and is currently associated with Libra Consulting. Working with the Enterprise Systems Center he has served as a mentor to Lehigh University students in the Senior Project Capstone Course. He was a member of the Leadership Development Team and most recently has focused on power reduction methods to reduce costs in energy consistent with financial reporting. Previously, as an Engineering Manager at two industrial manufacturing operations, he mentored two to fifteen students who were assigned projects in the plants and were guided and reviewed weekly with regard to progress on the projects.  Final reports were presented in formal video-conferences.

He had been involved as a curriculum advisor/adjunct, serving on an advisory board for twelve years at Lehigh County Community College to develop the Electronic Technology Program.  He also taught solid-state electronics and microcomputer courses.

In addition, he has also taught technology courses at Northampton Community College to electricians and maintenance personnel to upgrade skills in technical and supervisory-level positions.

Joe has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and did graduate work at the University of Connecticut and Western New England College.

 

Thomas Brinker

A Senior Fellow at Lehigh University’s Enterprise Systems Center (ESC) in Bethlehem, PA. At the Lehigh ESC, Tom leads the Analytics Lab operational efforts and mentors student teams in supply chain and analytical projects for various companies. He earned a BS and MS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University. Tom had a 32-year career at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., holding various managerial positions in the Global IT organization. He retired in 2011 as Director, Enterprise & Analytical Solutions, leading the Decision Sciences, Business Intelligence, Knowledge Management, Enterprise Value and Transportation Management Program groups. His areas of emphasis are operations research, analytics, supply chain modeling, logistics, and IT applications development. Prior to Air Products, he worked at the Quaker Oats Company as a plant Industrial Engineer and as a Market Research Analyst with Finance America, a subsidiary of Bank of America. During his career, Tom was an active member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the INFORMS Roundtable, the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), the Council of Logistics Management (CLM), and the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS). In 2005, Tom’s Decision Sciences group at Air Products was awarded the prestigious INFORMS Prize, awarded for effective integration of operations research/management sciences (OR/MS) in an organization. The award is given to an organization that has repeatedly applied the principles of OR/MS in pioneering, varied, novel, and lasting ways. Tom has presented at a number of professional conferences and is published in the Winter Simulation Conference Journal.

 

Joseph Molinari

Joe Molinari has over 30 years of business experience in sales, marketing, real estate development, process management and training. At Air Products and Chemicals, Joe achieved annual sales growth over 10% in the key markets he managed. He has established and integrated alternative channels (inside sales, e commerce) for b2b customers which reduced support costs by $3 million. As Global Process Manager, Joe created and deployed a process management infrastructure which improved productivity by $1 million, reduced cost to comply with Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) by 50% and implemented an SAP based Enterprise Customer Complaint process resulting in a 5% absolute improvement in customer loyalty metric.

Most recently, Joe built a training organization for newly established global shared service centers. Key deliverables included 20 curriculums covering both transaction and soft skill training for 1,100 employees which improved employee time to competency by 30% and improved employee retention by 20%. Joe pioneered the use of blended learning within the organization which reduced training costs by 25%.

Joe is the founder of Joseph R. Molinari and Associates which provides training and project management services, a Consultant in the Lehigh University Enterprise Systems Center and an Adjunct Professor at several colleges including Lehigh University. At the Lehigh Enterprise Systems Center, he assists with new business development and is a mentor/project manager for sales/marketing and Order to Cash process related projects.

Joe holds a Chemistry degree from Rutgers College and an MBA from Drexel University. He completed Executive Education courses at both Duke University Fuqua School of Business and Kellogg School of Management.

Joe served as a Board member and past president of the, Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and raised $600,000 to purchase and rehab a building for the organization. He served as a board member for the Big Brothers Lehigh Valley from 1985-1990 and was Lehigh Valley Big Brother of the Year.

 

William Henry (Bill) is a statistical/predictive analytics consultant and mentor at the Enterprise Systems Center. Mr. Henry has over 25 years in statistical modeling and analytic applications with 5 plus years operating in PhD level analysis. He has SAS proficiency and has worked in SPSS statistics and programing for over 20 years. He partners with expert consultant teams to deliver value to a wide range of needs. Bill is constantly developing new ways to observe and understand companies and big data through sophisticated data analysis. He presents lectures for graduate students at universities and appreciates the mentoring opportunities with Lehigh students in real business projects.  

Bill is an expert in the development and interpretation of validated standardized instruments for both clinical and business systems using experimental methodology. Having credentials and licenses to administer a large range of psychological and systems tests, he is often called upon for diagnostic and corporate evaluations. He is frequently utilized by physicians as well as attorneys to be an expert witness in court. Because of his extensive statistical experience and diagnostic knowledge, one natural outgrowth has been toward organization effectiveness in the corporate environment, both for profit and non-profit.

Currently in a Ph.D. program focusing on statistical metrics, Bill holds a masters degree in psychology from Kutztown University. He obtained his bachelors degree in experimental psychology from La Salle University. He has extensive post-grad work in statistical modeling methodology, parametric and inferential modeling, probability and forecasting.

 

Karin is the Owner and Principal Consultant at Cairns LLC, a management consultancy focused on supply chain and procurement. Cairns strives to enable clients to optimize performance through applying best practices to business processes and use of innovative technology to their domestic and international distribution networks. Cairns goal is to build sustainable business practices and ensure that strong leadership and resource development is in place for fundamental core processes. Karin has over 30 years of experience leading teams in supply chain operations to deliver measurable cost and service improvements to the bottom line. Karin was Director, Distribution & Logistics for Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. a Fortune 500 company which operates in 50 countries and serves markets in energy, chemicals, electronics, manufacturing, healthcare, and food and beverage. Karin is recognized for building and coaching diverse teams that collaborate to deliver excellent customer service. She is expert in procuring and integrating third party logistics services with in-house processes while maintaining regulatory compliance. Her key strengths are in Supply Chain Planning & Improvements, Sourcing & Contracting Logistics Carriers, IT Process Enablement, Visibility of Metrics & Data, Hazardous Material Transport, Inventor Management Process, International Trade & Regulatory Systems, Professional Team Development, Fleet Asset Management & Procurement, and Acquisition Integration.  Karin earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.  Karin currently sits on the Governor appointed PA DOT Rail Advisory Committee and has presented at a number of industry events. Karin has been affiliated with various industry organizations including the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), Pennsylvania State University Transportation Benchmarking Consortium, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association, and American Association of University Women (AAUW). She has an active interest in promoting science and math education programs at all education levels.

 

Dan Hudish has broad business experience gained from 35 years of employment at Avantor Performance Materials (previously Mallinckrodt Baker Inc. and J.T Baker Chemical Company).  His diverse past responsibilities have included: 

  • Vice President, Strategic Development
  • VP & Program Director, Global ERP Implementation
  • Business Director, Microelectronic Materials
  • Business Director, Laboratory Products
  • Director of Materials Management (Planning, Procurement, Logistics)
  • Production Manager – Acids Distillation & Packaging
  • Director of Information Services

Dan’s consulting engagements focus on optimizing people, processes, tools, and metrics.  Areas of expertise include:

  • Business systems analysis, including work process definition and optimization
  • Analysis of data requirements, organization, and quality
  • Preparation and planning for  ERP system implementation
  • Data preparation for performance dashboards, KPI’s, and analytics
  • Establishing processes for strategy development, deployment, and tracking
  • Marketing strategy development and execution planning
  • Organization alignment and candidate evaluation using Requisite Organization concepts
  • Due diligence support for acquisitions and divestitures

Dan graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics & Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Lehigh University. He also completed executive management courses at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business and at the Executive Education Center of Babson College.

 

I. Executive Summary: Victor See is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in Aerospace, Aviation, and Information Technology business areas.  He brings a wealth of expertise in leadership, program management, financial success, profit and loss reporting, both financial and long term budgetary oversight and creating an outstanding corporate and business environment.  He is a strategic advisor and consultant to numerous companies for new start strategies and development, market analysis, corporate culture analysis, and return on investment trades, providing executive IT, Research and Development, and space acquisition expertise to industry, the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense.  He retired from the U.S. Navy as a Rear Admiral (UH) in 2009 and is an experienced leader, manager and effective communicator with exceptional people skills which delivers results.   Significant experience includes:  Leadership, Strategic Planning, Business Development, Executive education and Company Cultural Analysis, Program Management, Innovation and Technology, Teambuilding and Communications.

II. Current & Past Work: Currently, he provides board member and advisory services and strategic consulting services for numerous companies.  Previously he was responsible for the leadership and management of Integrity Applications Incorporated (IAI) and all of it’s program operations.  IAI is an engineering and software services company with a nationwide presence supporting the intelligence community and other civil, defense and intelligence customers with a focus on Government space and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems activities.  IAI is a ‘Great Place to Work’ and was ranked #2 Best Medium Company to work for in America in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the Great Places to Work Institute/Fortune Magazine.  He was a key leader to IAI’s double digit growth each year from 2009 to present.  IAI was also recognized as a 2013 Washingtonian Magazine top ranked company to work for in Washington DC, and a Washington Post Top company for 2015.  He was the singular company representative to Executive Mosaic (EM) industry forum for key interface and coordination, and was Chairman of the EM Intelligence Group in 2013.

Prior to working in industry, he was a Navy two-star holding three jobs leading Navy Space acquisition; as the Communications Director, National Reconnaissance Office, designing, delivering, and operating space systems, terrestrial networks, enterprise systems and information technology systems for the largest US inventory worldwide network; the Program Executive Officer for the U.S. Navy's UHF satellite communications program; and Commander of the SPAWAR Space Field Activity, an organization of military and civilian personnel in space acquisition delivering capabilities to the Navy and Department of Defense.

III.  Miscellaneous: In addition to his executive career, Vic was an Outside Director, Board of Directors, GMV Space Systems, Rockville, MD, as well as a senior consultant to Metispace Technologies and INMARSAT Government Solutions.  He was the Chairman of a large not for profit 501 (c)(3) charity that provided services to the poor of Wyoming county, West Virginia, and the Itmann food bank in Mullens, WV. 

He is a current BoD member of a small systems engineering and software space company in Virginia.  Over the past 20 years, Vic has established himself as a strategic leader in the classified and unclassified space and IT businesses.  He has been a keynote speaker at numerous Global military and commercial satellite communication and Information Technology forums.  He is a featured guest instructor at the NRO’s Acquisition Center of Excellence (ACE) teaching leadership, program management, cultural assessments, and lessons learned. 

IV. Education & Certifications: Victor See obtained his Bachelors of Science in Physics/Oceanography from the United States Naval Academy.  He holds a MS in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and is a certified Defense Acquisition Level III Program Manager via the Defense Systems Management College

 

Scott Kress has recently retired after a 36 year career with the Volvo Truck Group of North America.  His career has proven success in directing the strategic development and implementation of sales and marketing initiatives through a dealer based distribution channel within the North American market.  For eight of those thirty-six years he held the position of Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Volvo Trucks North America.  This responsibility for the total commercial operations of Volvo Trucks is represented by a successful record of simultaneously driving revenue growth, profitability, and market share within the North American markets.  Other positions held were Senior Vice President Fleet Sales and Business Development, Mack Trucks, Inc., Vice President Sales, Volvo Trucks America and Vice President National Accounts, Mack Trucks, Inc.

In addition to his experiences as the top executive of commercial operations in North America, Scott has served as a board member for several entities within the Volvo Group including Volvo Parts North America, Mexico and Canada.  His career also had him involved as a board member and president on a number of industry boards. 

Scott graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in Business Administration with a double major in Management and Marketing.  He also completed a number of executive education courses at Harvard Business School: Strategic Negotiations...Competition and Strategy...and Global Marketing Strategy. 

Scott feels that "Customer Management for Profit and Sales" as well as "Driving Sales Performance through Sales Metrics" are key factors to be addressed for success in most businesses today.