25th ICPR 2019 Chicago


ICPR25 is
brought to you by
International Foundation for Product Research
International Foundation
for Product Research

Organized by
Missouri University of
Science and Technology
Professional and Continuing Education
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Rolla, MO 65409
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Panel Discussion: Future of the Manufacturing World


The Launch

Lex Tisdale

Ronald Askin,

Arizona State


Gürsel A. Süer,

Ohio University


In this panel, participants will address the future of manufacturing from various perspectives. The discussions will be organized in i) product design issues in the advanced manufacturing era, ii) pathway to Industry 4.0/cyber manufacturing/internet of things, iii) engineering education for the advanced manufacturing, curriculum, disciplines, interdisciplinary work, projects, industry needs, iv) manufacturing sustainability, v) global economies in the coming decades and its influence on the manufacturing industry both in the developed and also developing countries. Panelists come from industry and academia. Industry participants will focus on their own experience, future plans and projections in their organizations. Academicians will share their opinion on future trends in the manufacturing.  We also expect audience participation in this panel at the end with questions and comments.



Michael Giuliano
Chairman of the Board
The Launch Department

Michael Giuliano is frequently requested by name for his results with Fortune 500's Elite and Private Equity (including 39 of the Fortune 100).  A serial entrepreneur, he has successfully designed, developed, patented, and commercialized products in excess of $1B.  Direct P&L experience up to $11B.  A mastery level in the areas of Business Intelligence, Organizational Change, Corporate Alignment, Data Science, Quantitative Analytics, Machine Learning, and Neural Networks.  An active board member and volunteer at several top rated Engineering and Business Schools.

He started his career at tech-giant Intel® where he earned distinct Engineering honors throughout numerous high profile product launches (including Microsoft X-Box®, Apple®, and Pentium4®) and served as Intel's First Lean Content Expert at their Flagship Plant.

Michael is most recognized as the US Patent & Trademark Owner of certifiedlean®, he has trained thousands globally in Shingijutsu style Lean & Hoshin Kanri spanning nearly every industry, discipline, and profession. In 2014, he proudly donated his “certifiedlean®" mark to OhioU.


Lex Tisdale
Director of Manufacturing Engineering, Maintenance
Kenworth Truck Company
Chillicothe, OH, USA

Lex Tisdale is the Director of Manufacturing Engineering, Maintenance, and Facilities for Kenworth Truck Company in Chillicothe, Ohio.  He received his BS in Industrial and Systems engineering from Ohio University, Russ College of Engineering.  He is a 10-year member of the academic board of advisors for the ISE department at Ohio University and a 5-year member of the Board of Visitors for the Russ College of Engineering at Ohio University.

As Director of Manufacturing Engineering for Kenworth, Lex has responsibility for all facilities, manufacturing process equipment, and automation at the Chillicothe plant.  The facility produces 170+ class 8 trucks per day with approximately 2200 employees.  Lex has 34 years of manufacturing engineering and production management experience with focus on automation, process improvement, and new product launch.  He is responsible for introducing robotics at Chillicothe and still leads initiatives in new technologies to impact the cost, capacity, ergonomics, safety, and quality of building trucks.


Ronald Askin
Prof. School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering
Arizona State University, USA

Dr. Ronald G. Askin is professor of industrial engineering in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. He received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University, an MS in Operations Research from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Professor Askin is a fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) and former editor-in-chief of IIE Transactions. He has authored more than 100 publications on the application of operations research and statistical methods to the design and analysis of production systems. He has received several awards for his textbooks and research, including a National Science Foundation (NSF) Presidential Young Investigator Award and the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing Research. In 2017, he was honored with IISE's Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award.


Fatih Tasgetiren
Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering Department,
Istinye University, Istanbul, Turkey

Dr. M. Fatih Tasgetiren is a full professor at Istinye University, Istanbul, Turkey. He is the head of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Istinye University, Istanbul, Turkey. His research focus is on modeling, analysis and optimization of complex systems through the use of computational intelligence methods. He works on the design and development of modern meta-heuristic algorithms to solve discrete/combinatorial/binary as well as real-parameter unconstrained/constrained optimization problems. His main research interest has been on sequencing and scheduling problems (ranging from single machine problems to multi-machine problems such as parallel machines, job-shops, flow shops, hybrid job-shops and flow shops, sequence-dependent and distributed variants). Recently, he works on the development of energy-efficient production scheduling systems as well as architectural design optimization. His current google academic citations are 6430 with an h-index of 36.


Gürsel A. Süer
Professor ISE Department
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio, USA

Dr. Gursel A. Suer joined the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Ohio University after working 12 years at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. He is on the editorial board of various journals. He currently serves as the manufacturing area editor of the Computers and the Industrial Engineering Journal. He has co-chaired two Computers and Industrial Engineering Conferences (1997-Puerto Rico, 2005-Istanbul). He also initiated Group Technology/Cellular Manufacturing Conferences held in Puerto Rico (2000), Ohio (2003), Netherlands (2006), and Japan (2009). Most of his research has been motivated by his projects and observations in industrial settings. He has edited seven conference proceedings and three special issues with different journals. He has published more than 110 papers in journals, edited books, conference proceedings and made more than 100 technical presentations. He has also advised more than 40 graduate students.

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