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David Meade

David Meade, Ph.D.

Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management
Western Michigan University
221 S. Quarterline Rd.
Muskegon, MI, 49442
Phone: (231) 777-0593

  • Manufacturing operations management
  • Project management
  • Engineering economic analysis
  • Facilities planning and plant design
  • Lean manufacturing
  • Computer integrated manufacturing (CIM)
  • Simulation – discrete event and financial
  • Powder and liquid painting
  • Sheet metal processing


  • Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, Western Michigan University (2004)
  • M.S. Manufacturing Systems Engineering, University of St. Thomas (2001)
  • B.S. Robotics Engineering Technology, Lake Superior State University (1985



Kumar, S. and Meade, D. (2006). Financial Models and Tools for Managing Lean Manufacturing. Auerbach Publications, Boca Raton, FL

Journal Publications:

Meade, D., Kumar, S., and Kensinger, K. (2008, October). Investigating Impact of the Order Activity Costing Method on Product Cost Calculations. Journal of Manufacturing Systems Vol. 27, Issue 4, Pages 176-189.

Meade, D., Kumar, S., and White, B. Analyzing The Impact of The Implementation of Lean Manufacturing Strategies on Profitability. Journal of the Operational Research Society (accepted for publication: 13 May 2009) doi:10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602657

Meade, D. Kumar, S, and Houshyar, A . (2006). Studying the Effects on Reported Income Due to Rapid Reduction of Inventories from Lean Manufacturing Conversion. Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 25, No. 2. pp. 137-152,

Meade, D. and Kumar, S. (2006). Financial Analysis of a Theoretical Lean Manufacturing Implementation Using Hybrid Simulation Modeling. Transactions of the North American Manufacturing Research Institution of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. V. 34, pp. 477-484.

Kumar, S. and Meade, D. 2002. “Has MRP run its course? A review of contemporary developments in planning systems.” Industrial Management & Data Systems, Volume 102, No. 8. pp. 453-462

Refereed Papers in Conference Proceedings:

Meade, D. (2007). “Multi-Period Simulation of a Manufacturing Operation.” Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering Theory, Applications and Practice, Cancun, Mexico, November 4-7, 2007.

Meade, D., White, B. and Houshyar, A. 2003. “Survey of the Impact of Financial Accounting on the Implementation of Lean Manufacturing.” Proceedings of the 8th Annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering Theory, Applications and Practice, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, November 10-12, 2003.

Houshyar, A., White, B., Meade, D., and Al-Alawi, Y. 2003. “A Case Study: Impact of Simulation on Cutting Operational Cost.” Proceedings of the 8th Annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering Theory, Applications and Practice, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, November 10-12, 2003.

Professional Experience - Academic:

  • Associate Director, Green Manufacturing Industrial Consortium (2009-present)
  • Associate Professor of Manufacturing Engineering, Western Michigan University (2010-present)
  • Assistant Professor of Manufacturing Engineering, Western Michigan University (2004-2010)
  • Doctoral Associate/Teaching Assistant, Western Michigan University (2001-2004)

Professional Experience - Industry:

  • Principal Engineer, ReVision LLC (2002-present)
  • Principle Engineer/Owner, David Joseph & Associates, Inc. (2001-present)
  • Director of Operations, Rittal Corporation, Electromate Division (1996-2001)
  • Manufacturing Execution System Project Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Manager, and Engineering Team Leader, Hoffman Engineering Co. (1990-1996)
  • Controls Engineer, White Consolidate Industries/Frigidaire/Electrolux (1987-1990)
  • Field Service Engineer, GMF Robotics (1985-1987)

Synergistic Activities:

  • On-line engineering education development of six undergraduate level engineering science courses in the Manufacturing Engineering program.
  • Development of computational methods (intellectual property) for simulating sequential periods of production for a manufacturing operation for purposes of planning and performance analysis.
  • Extensive involvement with industry providing consulting services related to lean manufacturing, manufacturing strategy development and deployment, engineering economic analysis, engineering standards and cost accounting, discrete event simulation, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) & Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM), powder and liquid painting, sheet metal processing, facilities planning and plant design, and project management.
  • Industrial Advisory Board member for the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program at Ferris State University, 2005-2009
  • Charter member of the unofficial West Michigan STEM Alliance; a consortium of K-12, community college, university, and educational consulting practitioners self charged with the goal of leveraging synergistic activities between constituents to maximize the impact of STEM resources in west Michigan.