Research Areas

Quality Engineering, Pattern Recognition, Healthcare Systems Engineering, and Engineering Education
32 awarded grants (27 as PI)
$1,923,683 total funding, $788,941 shared credit

Funded Research Grants


PI, Cultivating a Culture of Ethics in Students Using an Interactive Online Module, Missouri S&T Center for Science, Technology, and Society, $8,034, January 2019 through December 2019, 20% share.

PI, Increasing Student Engagement and Learning in Quality Education through Blended Learning, Missouri S&T eFellow Program, $10,000, June 2018 through August 2019, 100% share.

PI, Development of a Prediction and Intervention Methodology to Increase STEM Completion Rates, Missouri S&T Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence, $15,725, June 2018 through October 2018, 100% share.

PI, Affordable and Open Educational Resources Initiative, University of Missouri, $11,000, February 2018 through December 2018, 100% share.

PI, Incorporating Blending and eLearning in Online Six Sigma Curriculum, Missouri S&T eFellows Program, $4,000, August 2015 through December 2016, 100% share.

PI, Evaluating the Impact of Interactive Technology in the Classroom on Student's Perception of Learning, Center for Educational Research and Teaching Innovation, $1,980, June 2015 through June 2016, 100% share.

PI, Development of a Bed Management Control Tower, Department of Veterans Affairs, $64,532, September 2014 through September 2015, 60% share.

PI, Engineering Gamification for Successful User Engagement in the Knowledge Management System, Department of Veterans Affairs, $56,150, September 2014 through September 2015, 60% share.

PI, Incorporating eLearning in Quality Engineering Curriculum, Missouri S&T Provost's eFellows Program, $4,000, September 2014 through December 2015, 100% share.

PI, Education and Training: Interactive/Automated Lean Exercises for Distance Learning, Department of Veterans Affairs, $98,144, September 2013 through September 2014, 67% share.

PI, Communications: Appointment Notification Optimization, Department of Veterans Affairs, $67,018, September 2013 through June 2014, 67% share.

PI, Knowledge Management: Human Factors Review of the Knowledge Management System, Department of Veterans Affairs, $77,561, September 2013 through September 2014, 67% share.

PI, Optimization for Inspection Sampling: Models, Algorithm and Test, John Deere Engine Works, $49,739, October 2012 through October 2013, 50% Share.

PI, Optimization: Probabilistic Risk Analysis, Department of Veterans Affairs, $62,040, August 2012 through September 2013, 40% Share.

PI, Evolving Work: Veteran Satisfaction with Prosthetics Processes, Department of Veterans Affairs, $65,790, August 2012 through October 2013, 50% Share.

PI, SBIR: Agent-Enabled Logistics Enterprise Intelligence System (AELEIS), U.S. Army SBIR, $106,825, March 2012 through March 2014, 100% Share.

Co-PI, A Framework for Complexity Management in Virtual Forward Operating Base Camps (Phase II), DOD USACE, $358,122, February 2012 through July 2013, 15% Share.

PI, Space: Comparison of PACT Layouts, Department of Veterans Affairs, $56,300, September 2011 through March 2012, 35% Share.

PI, Knowledge Management: Knowledge Management System Support, Department of Veterans Affairs, $59,813, September 2011 through May 2013, 30% Share.

PI, Knowledge Management: Improving Knowledge Sharing through Social Network Analysis, Department of Veterans Affairs, $68,676, September 2011 through May 2013, 30% Share.

Co-PI, A Framework for Complexity Management in Virtual Forward Operating Base Camps (Phase I),¯DOD USACE, $398,932, February 2011 through July 2013, 10% Share.

Co-PI, Systems Engineering Approach for Advanced Materials Application in Aeronautics: "SEAMIAero"¯ Universita  degli Studi di Napoli Federico II's, $96,557, April 2011 through June 2011, 20% Share.

PI, Laser Sintering Cost Modeling Research Study, The Boeing Company, $29,999, March 2009 through October 2009, 100% Share.

PI, Predicting and Reducing Warranty Cost in Early Design, UM Research Board, $20,900, January 2009 through December 2009, 100% Share.

Co-PI, Integrating Lean throughout the Electronics Industry Supply Chain Phase 2, Brewer Science, $36,000, January 2009 through February 2009, 50% Share.

Co-PI, Integrating Lean throughout the Electronics Industry Supply Chain Phase 1, Brewer Science, $12,000, December 2008 through December 2008, 50% Share.

PI, A Tool Based Case Study to Leverage and Balance Lean Risks,¯ NSF Grant through Worcester Polytechnic Institute, $5,000, June 2008 through May 2009, 50% Share.

PI, Integrating Lean Throughout the Supply Chain, Institute of Industrial Engineers (Phase III),¯ $32,700, May 2008 through April 2009, 100% Share.

PI, Applying Lean Techniques in Manual Operations with High Variability, Institute of Industrial Engineers (Phase II), $16,323, March 2008 through December 2008, 100% Share.

PI, Applying Lean Techniques in Design Engineering for an Aerospace Organization, Institute of Industrial Engineers (Phase I), $16,323, January 2008 through February 2008, 100% Share.

PI, Applying Six Sigma in Retail, Wal-Mart Corporate Office, $12,000, December 2007 through April 2008, 100% Share.

PI, Applying Lean in Architectural Woodworking, Cohen Architectural Woodworking, $1,500, December 2007 through December 2008, 100% Share.

Completed Dissertations Advised


Jen Snyder, Ph.D., A Methodology to Predict Community College STEM Retention and Completion, 2018.

Tejaswi Materla, Ph.D., Analyzing Factors Affecting Patient Satisfaction using the Kano Model, 2018.

William Gillis, Ph.D., Development of an Integrative Commissioning Methodology for New Building Construction, 2013.

Kelly Davis, Ph.D., Decreasing Time to Market for a Medical Device: New Methods for the Product Development Process, 2012.

Tyria Riley, Ph.D., A Comparison Analysis of Defensive Routines and Theories-in-Use of Engineering and Non-Engineering Managers, 2012.

William S. Hunter, Ph.D., Real-Time Supply Chain Predictive Methods, 2012.

David Dietrich, Ph.D., Emerging Technology Supply Chain Model for Additive Manufacturing, 2010.

Completed Theses Advised


Raja Anvesh Baru, M.S., A Decision Support Simulation Model for Bed Management in Healthcare, 2015.

Julie Ezzell, M.S., Learning Style Preferences and Quality Function Deployment for Curriculum Development, 2015.

Adebolaji Jobi-Taiwo, M.S., Data Classification and Forecasting Using the Mahalanobis-Taguchi Method, 2014.

Zlatan Hamzic, M.S., Development of an Optimization Model to Determine Sampling Levels, 2013.

Dinesh Kanigolla, M.S., Implementation of Project Based Learning Technique to Enhance Engineering Education, 2013.

Akalpit Gadre, M.S., Development of Virtual Engineering Simulation for Lean Education, 2011.

Anusha Uppalanchi, M.S., Application of Quality Function Deployment in New Product and Service Development, 2010.

Pankaj Pai, M.S., An Analysis of the Integration of Lean and Safety, 2010.

Emily Tucker, M.S., Using Value Stream Mapping for Cost Modeling, 2010.

Kenneth Ombete, M.S., Preventing Chemical Product Failure, 2009.

Parthiv Shah, M.S., Forecasting Using the T-Method, 2008.

Vaibhav Adewar, M.S., A Survey of Quality Management in Call Centers, 2008.

Rodney Kestle, M.S., Lean Six Sigma Supply Chain Case Study: Breakthrough in Trailer Utilization, 2008.