Paul J. Fields

  • PhD, business administration, Penn State University
  • BS and master of engineering, Brigham Young University
  • 18 years of academic teaching experience at Brigham Young University, US Naval Postgraduate School and James Madison University
  • 12 years of industry experience in manufacturing and services industries
  • International training experience developing and providing over 200 programs in over 40 countries
  • Expertise: Total quality management, continuous process improvement, reliability analysis, failure analysis, design of experiments, sampling techniques and measurement system evaluation, and training pedagogy, design, and delivery
  • Performed reliability and quality improvement projects on:
    • Nuclear power plant equipment including reactor vessel, steam generator, and piping structures, with savings over $1 million in one project alone
    • F-18 Hornet jet turbines, with savings over $1 million per aircraft-life
    • Liquid natural gas storage tanks and other large-scale storage facilities
    • Boeing 747 wing structure and fuselage
    • AH-64 Apache helicopter Kevlar graphite composite structures
    • Healthcare delivery systems including primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of care
    • Commercial food service processes

Alan Openshaw

  • BS, manufacturing engineering technology, Brigham Young University
  • Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification, with SBTI and ASQ certifications
  • Advanced training at University of Tennessee and Delphi Automotive Systems
  • Engineering teaching experience at Brigham Young University–Idaho
  • 22 years of industry experience in manufacturing, including global sourcing
  • 15 years of Six Sigma training experience including development and delivery of training courses to over 450 participants
  • Supervised deployment of Six Sigma projects generating over $36 million in documented saving
  • International consulting and training experience, most recently in China
  • Expertise: Operations excellence, Kaizen, Lean, capability analysis, Six Sigma project deployment, and statistical software in Six Sigma applications

Kenneth W. Chase

  • PhD, mechanical engineering, University of California–Berkeley
  • BS and master of engineering, Brigham Young University
  • 42 years of academic teaching experience at Brigham Young University
  • Industry consulting particularly in the automotive and aerospace industries
  • Adviser to Motorola during the development of Six Sigma methodology
  • Founder of the Association for the Development of Computer-Aided Tolerancing Systems (ADCATS)
  • Expertise: Tolerance analysis, geometric and mathematical modeling, and numerical analysis

Larry Bassist

  • MS, applied statistics, Brigham Young University
  • BS, University of California–Los Angeles
  • 21 years of industry experience in semiconductor industry, including production process improvement, and pharmaceutical industry, including clinical trials
  • Experience developing and delivering quality improvement training courses for engineers, technicians, managers, and other technical professionals
  • 9 years of academic teaching experience at Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University
  • Expertise: Process improvement, statistical process control, design of experiments, and statistical analysis

Jerald Erickson

  • Master of project management, Golden Gate University
  • Project Management Professional certification from Project Management Institute
  • 32 years of industry experience in manufacturing, including 20 years of project management experience
  • Worldwide return products manager at Hewlett-Packard; received President’s Award for Excellence
  • 14 years of project management teaching experience at California State University–Sacramento, including development and delivery of courses
  • Expertise: Project administration, project evaluation, critical path analysis, and technology in project management applications