IIE Engineering Lean & Six Sigma Conference 2015
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Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers, distinguished experts in industrial engineering, management and academia, set the tone for the various sections of the conference.

Jane Algee

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Jane M. Algee
Program Manager, Fixed Wing Programs
Lockheed Martin - Missiles and Fire Control
Tuesday, Sept. 30 | 8 - 9 a.m. | Magnolia Ballroom

Jane Algee is a program manager in Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control (MFC) business area. MFC develops, manufactures and supports advanced combat, missile, rocket, manned and unmanned systems for military customers that include the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, NASA and dozens of foreign allies. Algee supports a variety of programs in the Fire Control line of business, primarily infra-red search and track (IRST) systems for fixed-wing aircraft.

Prior to her role in program management, Algee was a strategic planning manager for the Strike Weapons Line of Business (LOB) where she coordinated development of the LOB and company’s strategic plan. She was responsible for obtaining and managing new business acquisition funding and ensuring investments that lead to growth in the business unit. During this period, she was also appointed lead of the corporate environmental assessment team – USAF: Space and Missiles.

Algee is an instructor and content developer for Lockheed Martin Corporate Affordability Training, which ties concepts of lean and Six Sigma, process improvement, cost as an independent variable, and design to cost into an over-arching company model. She has led cost campaigns as an affordability manager for a variety of programs including Joint Strike Fighter, missile warning systems and turreted systems. She has extensive experience in estimating and proposal development and has spent several years supporting production operations with production planning and facility work.

Algee holds a B.S. and an M.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Central Florida. She has also earned an MBA from Rollins College and is a certified LM21 Black Belt. Algee was elected president-elect of the Institute of Industrial Engineers in 2000 and has served several years on the IIE board of trustees. She is an IIE fellow, and she is a member of the LM WsNet organization and the Air Force Association.

Lynne H. Smith

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Lynne Herer Smith
Deputy Director, Investment Workflow
Finance & Strategy Team
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Tuesday, Sept. 30 | Noon - 1:15 p.m. | Magnolia Ballroom 

Lynne Herer Smith leads the team that is responsible for the design, implementation, and continuous improvement of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s core business process – making and managing investments. These investments include grants, contracts, and program related investments that support the work of more than 25 distinct strategy teams within global health, global development, global program advocacy, U.S. programs and communications. This team manages supporting functions in the areas of outreach and implementation support, metrics and continuous improvement, and change management. These functional areas are complemented by team leads focused on process ownership and product ownership, all designed to support a responsive, nimble, and effective business process.

Prior to her role at the foundation, Smith was a managing director at Jones Lang LaSalle, a global real estate services firm, where she led the people and process practice for the strategic consulting division. She has held roles in finance and strategy with investment management organizations and has served as an adjunct professor at DePaul University in Chicago.

Smith received a B.S. in finance from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University Of Chicago Graduate School of Business (now the Booth School of Business). She is a Six Sigma master black belt and has leveraged lean process improvement methodologies for corporations, government entities, and not-for-profit organizations.

Timothy J. Greene 

Timothy J. Greene, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Western Michigan University
Wednesday, Oct. 1 | Noon - 1:15 p.m. | Magnolia Ballroom

Timothy J. Greene was named as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Western Michigan University in August 2008, after serving as Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering since April 2005. 

During Greene's tenure as provost of the Office of Academic Affairs continues to play a critical role in advancing the mission of the university through several important planning initiatives. The academic affairs strategic plan builds on the university’s strategic plan. Greene served as chair of the university's Strategic Planning Committee in 2011. The strategic plan builds upon the university's foundational strengths of being learner-centered, discovery-driven and globally engaged. The Board of Trustees approved the strategic plan in December 2011.

Prior to joining Western Michigan University, Greene served as the dean of the College of Engineering and as assistant vice president for research and academic affairs at the University of Alabama. Greene was the associate dean for research in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University from 1995 to 1999. Between 1991 and 1995, he was professor and head of the School of Industrial Engineering and Management at OSU. He was on the faculty at Virginia Tech's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering from 1980 to 1991 as assistant department head for the last five years. Greene received a B.S. degree in astronautical and aeronautical engineering from Purdue University in 1975. He also has a M.S. (1977) and Ph.D. (1980) from Purdue University in industrial engineering.

Greene was elected president-elect of Institute of Industrial Engineers in 1996. He served as president of the international professional organization from April 1997 through March 1998 when he began a year as immediate past president. He served on the IIE Board of Trustees for eight years. He was the recipient of the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award in 1986, and IIE recognized him in 1987 with their Outstanding Young Industrial Engineer Award. In 1999, Greene was elected as a fellow of the Institute.

Greene has managed research totaling more than $10 million. He has graduated more than 30 M.S. and nine Ph.D. students. As an author he has written or co-written more than 50 articles or book chapters and has given technical presentations in eight different countries. His expertise is primarily in scheduling, operations management, leadership and change management.