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Bruce Laviolette, PhD

I have had a diverse and enjoyable career, including the research and manufacturing industries, politics, government, Department of Defense, education, general construction, aerospace, ships, submarines, electrical construction, SCUBA, and nuclear reactors. I hold numerous undergraduate degrees, having attended Maine Maritime Academy, the University of New Hampshire, the University of the State of New York, George Washington University, Brigham Young University, University of Virginia (Darden), George Washington University, and others where I studied marine, operations, and electrical engineering, education, sociology, sciences, management, and business. I have an MS in Human Resource Management from Golden Gate University and a Ph.D. in the disciplines of Management and Operations Engineering from the Union Institute. While studying for my Ph.D., I interned for three years under Dr. Edwards Deming. Additionally, I studied under the personal tutelage of Philip Crosby, Drs. Peter Fenner, Michael Quinn Patton, Joseph Juran, Peter Drucker, and Russell Ackoff. Dr. Deming, Dr. Fenner, and Dr. Patton were members of my doctoral committee. I have over thirty years of teaching experience. I have written and taught courses, and currently teach PhD and Master’s level courses for several colleges and universities. I am a Subject Matter Expert, Mentor, PhD Committee Member, PhD Chair for several universities. I was credited with bringing ISO9001 to the Navy and have been a pioneer regarding the implementation of ISO9001, ISO14001, AS9100, and OHSAS18001 within the federal government. I had the opportunity to lead the first in the world integration implementation of all four standards. Most exciting for me, the process of achieving these coveted registrations brought major organizational change and significant and acclaimed improvement in services to the federal government, defense industry and the military. Along the way, I have worked with JIT, Six-Sigma, TQM, TOC, MRP II, the Customer-Centered Culture, Balanced Scorecard, QFD, the Baldridge Award, change management, strategic and advanced planning, production control, operations, and logistics. I have worked with numerous state and federal government agencies and private entities as a consultant and teacher of a wide range of management techniques and issues. I was also responsible for the introduction and installation of a tooling management computer system to manage the tooling assets of the entire DOD worldwide, which accounted for nearly a billion dollars in assets. I am now retired from the federal government but continue to consult and teach on issues of quality, operations, management, leadership, and ISO standards. I have been a licensed master electrician, a master SCUBA instructor, aircraft pilot, and am currently a ballroom dance instructor. I presently consult and teach for four universities and colleges. I was one of three awardees internationally, to receive the prestigious Aviation Week Overhaul and Maintenance Magazine award for outstanding achievement in the aerospace industry. I was also awarded the Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine Laurel Award for achievements and impact on the aerospace industry. I am listed in numerous versions of Who’s Who and received numerous awards for my work as a supporting civilian in the military services. I was born and raised in the Dover, NH area, where I was a member of the Boy Scouts and Order of the Arrow and achieved my Eagle Scout Award. I have lived in many parts of the country, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for eleven years, and now reside in the beautiful and historic city of New Bern, NC with my wife. Our blended family includes three adult daughters and a granddaughter and grandson. I enjoy college football, travel, history, family events, ballroom dance, consulting, oceanography, and teaching.

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College of Doctoral Studies