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Frederick P. Lawrence, Ph.D.

Currently I am the principal in my own engineering and management consulting company that specializes in project management, strategic planning and budgeting, product/technology research and development, operations research/systems analysis, numerical methods and simulation. Previous professional experience includes 23 years as a US Air Force officer in a variety of assignments associated with the research, development, acquisition and operation of US military space systems; three years as a post-doctoral research associate in computer integrated manufacturing; and one year as head of the modeling and analysis department of PRI Automation, a supplier of automated material handling systems to the semiconductor manufacturing sector. Academically, I hold a BS (1968) and an MS (1969) in mathematics from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. (1994) in industrial engineering (engineering statistics and operations research) from Arizona State University. I live in Gilbert, Arizona, which is part of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Arizona is on MST year-round. I have been with the University of Phoenix since the fall of 1999, as a facilitator in the College of Humanities and Sciences (CoHS), the undergraduate and graduate business programs, and the doctoral programs in the College of Doctoral Studies. Courses include college mathematics; research and statistics; critical thinking and decision making; project management; operations management; resource management; criterion development, performance evaluation, and appraisal; testing and measurement; and managerial communication. My hobby is philately (stamp collecting). I exhibit competitively at the US national and international levels, and I am an accredited judge at both levels. In conjunction with participation in international philatelic exhibitions, I visited Canada in 1987 and 1996, London in 1990, South Africa in 1998, the PRC in 1999, Singapore in 2004, Israel and Jordan in 2008, Thailand in 2013, and the Czech Republic in 2018. While in Beijing, I visited the famous Tian'namen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the Chinese National Art Museum, the emperor's Royal Summer Palace, and the Great Wall. In Israel I visited the principal Holy Land sites (Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River, Jerusalem - Old and New City, Caesarea, and Acre), the Rosh Hanikra grottos, Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jaffa, and in Jordan, Amman, the ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Jerash, the Dead Sea, Mt. Nebo, the Crusader castle at Kerak, and the monuments at Petra. Put the Great Wall of China, the surviving Western Wall of the first Jewish Temple (the “Wailing Wall” at the Temple Mount) in Old Jerusalem, and the monuments at Petra on your "must see" list of places to visit sometime during your lifetime. They are singularly impressive! Factoids: • For those of you who follow college football, I was in attendance at Spartan Stadium in the fall of 1966 for the so-called "Game of the 20th Century," the notorious 10-10 tie between Michigan State University (MSU) and Notre Dame. I hung out a few times with Bubba Smith of the MSU team, who went on to well-known careers in the NFL, and then in Hollywood in the Police Academy movies. Bubba Smith passed away in August 2011. • When I was in the Air Force, I worked with Dr. Edward Teller, the "Father of the Hydrogen Bomb" and, later, the originator of the "Brilliant Pebbles" concept of President Reagan's Star Wars missile defense program. Dr. Teller passed away in September 2003, and former President Reagan passed away in June 2004.

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School of Advanced Studies