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Garry Coleman, Ph.D., P.E.

Transformation Systems Inc.

Educational, professional, personal Background:
Dr. Garry Coleman is executive vice president at Transformation Systems Inc. (TSI). He is currently working with the U.S. Marine Corps and the Joint Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle Program as the technical manager for strategic management support. Working with the U.S. Marine Corps, Garry and his team apply industrial and systems engineering to the integration of strategic planning, process improvement and quality management. As recognition for his contributions Garry has been awarded the 2008 David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award, a Citation for a Joint Meritorious Unit Award, two Letters of Appreciation from the Commander of the Marine Corps Systems Command and a Letter of Appreciation from the MRAP Vehicle Joint Program Manager. His work with TSI has helped the company grow substantially, being listed in the Inc. 5,000 fastest growing companies in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Dr. Coleman received his undergraduate degree in mining engineering, a master’s degree in industrial engineering and operations research and a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering; all from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Garry’s engineering career started in the coal mines of Ohio and West Virginia in the early 1980s. In 1986, he left the coal industry to obtain a master’s degree in industrial engineering and work at the Virginia Quality and Productivity Center. He later taught for the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department and received a Ph.D. in 1996. In 1997, he became an assistant professor, later promoted to associate professor of industrial and information engineering at the University of Tennessee Space Institute. In 2004, he relocated to the greater Washington D.C. area and joined his longtime colleagues at TSI. His most recent work with the Joint MRAP Vehicle Program (JMVP) has included enterprise level process improvement, multi-criteria decision support and vehicle re-missioning and repair throughput improvement. 

Professional Contributions:
During his distinguished career Garry has authored or co-authored over forty papers and numerous technical reports on quality, productivity, and performance improvement, including articles in Quality Management Journal, International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, International Journal of Productivity & Performance Management, Quality Progress, and Engineering Management Journal.  He authored the “Strategic Performance Measurement” chapter in the 2006 Handbook of Industrial and Systems Engineering and is a reviewer for Engineering Management Journal, International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, and International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management.

IIE/SEMS Activities:
Garry has been a member of IIE since 1987.  He served his local IIE chapter (81), Western Virginia, from 1993-1997 first as VEQTOR program director, then vice president and finally two years as president.

He has been an actively involved in SEMS since 2000. He was a member of the board of directors for six years, chaired the award committee for three years, and served as president-elect, president and immediate past president from 2003-2006. He was a member of the inaugural Executive Forum Planning Committee in 2003-2004. He continues to serve as a speaker and moderator during the engineering management tracks of the IERC. In 2011, Dr. Coleman recruited his employer, TSI, to sponsor the SEMS Best Student Paper competition at the IERC, providing cash prizes for authors of the top three papers. TSI will again sponsor the award in 2012.

Garry continues his involvement with IIE. He is currently a member of the Enterprise Transformation Conference Planning Committee and has been a member of the Industry Advisory Board for the past four years.
Local Community Service:
Dr. Coleman and the rest of the executive team at TSI place a significant importance on community service and helping those in need. Dr. Coleman assisted in the creation of the company’s Feed to Lead Program. The purpose of the program is to nourish the body, mind and spirit by supporting leadership potential in local youth. Through this program Dr. Coleman supports local charities and foundations such as: 

  • The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation Literacy Program, which puts books in the hands of economically disadvantaged children. 
  • The Equal Footing Foundation which supports youth development and education and focus is on helping underserved youths develop their knowledge of science, technology, math and engineering.
  • So Others Might Eat (SOME) which provides dining rooms for homeless people in the Washington DC area. The organization serves free meals, offers access to medical services and supports the educational goals of those in need.

In addition to his efforts with the Feed to Lead Program Dr. Coleman contributes his time and resources to a number of other local charities and organizations.  He is the 2010-2011 vice chair of the Gainesville United Methodist Church (GUMC) Administrative Council, the governing board of the church.  He will serve as Chair of the Council in 2012. At GUMC, he is a Lay Reader, active in the Youth ministry and mission projects in support of local food banks and the local homeless shelter. He has been a parent volunteer with the Kingsbrooke Sea Lions swim team since 2006, a team that promotes water safety and swimming among children and conducts swim meets for a 200+ member team.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Institute of Industrial Engineers (senior member)
  • Society for Engineering and Management Systems
  • American Society for Quality (senior member)
  • American Society for Engineering Management
  • Licensed Professional Engineer, Virginia
  • American Society for Quality (ASQ) Certified Six Sigma Black Belt
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