Personal: I was born and raised in metro Atlanta. I grew up on a farm and loved the outdoors, camping, hiking and playing football. I was also a very creative kid and loved to build things, this is what probably led me to engineering school. I am married and have two boys and one girl (eleven, nine, and seven).
Education: I went to Georgia Tech and received a Bachelor in Applied Mathematics and Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering. I also have an MBA from the University of Louisville and a Master in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech's Distance Learning Program. I recently completed my Ed.D. in Education Leadership and Technology. I am really excited to complete this milestone.
Professional: I starting working for GE Appliances in Louisville KY in 1992. While there, I held many positions in washer, dryer and refrigeration design. I also did some work in washer manufacturing. I left GE in 1998 and went to work for a small medical venture capital firm. I was eager to be more entrepreneurial. I mainly did manufacturing engineering work in this role. It was really fun and gave me taste of what it was like working for a small company. After the dot com bubble burst, I went to work at Vermont American. There I was the core category leader for screw driving. I mainly worked on engineering projects. I took the quality managers position with Vermont American in Toccoa, Georgia in 2002, which brought me back to Georgia. My family and I were eager to get back here. Vermont American was acquired by Bosch and Bosch decided to close the plant end of year 2005. I worked as a QA manager in the transformer business and in the furniture business through 2011. Since then, I have been teaching mostly online. I have been an adjunct for seventeen years (whew time flies).
I frequently have the opportunity to use my quality and manufacturing experience. I have a great deal of six sigma knowledge. I am a certified six sigma green belt and black belt. I have also designed and taught six sigma courses. I am an RAB accredited ISO lead auditor (ISO is a quality standard most manufacturing and design companies wish to be certified in) and have a lot of statistics and quality knowledge. I am also a CQE and a CMQ.