These timelines track my activities. These aren’t mere interests … these were topics where I was actively engaged: I studied it myself … I wrote about it … I did it … I led the company that did it … or I was a central member of the team that did it.
Early on, I worked on transportation projects, for CP Rail and selling wind tunnels around the world.
1974 – 1986
I got a job in the Research Group at Canadian Pacific Railways (CP) in Montreal. It was type of internal consulting group and we tackled whatever weird issue arose. My biggest task was to rewrite the manual for cost-justifying capital projects at CP. In the..... more
After getting my PhD at Rensselaer, I taught business, operations and supply chain at Auburn Univ.
1986 – 2012
Even before we moved to Atlanta, I was fascinated with the idea of using mobile networks to teach. Universities had been teaching remotely for years and I taught for 6 years in Auburn’s Executive MBA. But on-campus students desperately need to see the reality of..... more
In the late 80’s manufacturing companies around the world faced demands to adopt a manufacturing quality standard: ISO-9001 … then endure audits to certify they conformed. I was fascinated because academic theory said that management practice cannot be standardized. Yet thousands and eventually millions of..... more
Chrysler’s Huntsville AL electronics plant spent nearly 2 years investigating and evaluating how to apply cutting edge video editing tools to the production of plant floor training materials. The original technology came from Quantel … a global broadcast video vendor. Although Chrysler ultimately declined to..... more
Intel made a mistake with its Pentium chip and a university researcher caught them out. The resulting furor ultimately forced Intel to recall existing chips at a cost of at least $250 million. I used usenet and Internet chat records to document the process. It..... more
I was given access to corporate training data for an apparel manufacturer. There were records of thousands of employees who were learning how to sew t-shirts and similar garments. David Nemhard and I developed a model of learning that modelled individual behavior as a stepping..... more
This was my PhD dissertation. I examined how product families differed on the characteristic of product variety and serial design change. I found a pattern that was stable and logical that applied across essentially all of the discrete products industries … at least at that..... more
While at Auburn, I founded a company to explore innovative methods and tech for eLearning.
1997 – 2018
The idea of a “material master” is central to the design of every major class of transaction management software: CRM, ERP, WMS, Payables, etc. Like AC motors, however, it is usually perceived as a mystery that most employees don’t want to try to understand. iPOV..... more
For a decade iPOV relied on work by part-time Auburn students. They so consistently exceeded expectations that most ended up in great jobs after graduation. Many of them credited the opportunities and mentoring they received at iPOV. From this experience, I evangelized for the concept..... more
Over a 10 year period, iPOV developed a collection of cool web software tools for eLearning. Technologies included Flash Actionscript, XML, and video. Some of our best stuff used Flash to put dynamic, interactive layers over standard video. That wasn’t really replicated in web video..... more
I retired (emeritus) from Auburn in 2012 and I pursued an assortment of paid and pro bono projects.
In the aftermath of the Pandemic, global supply chain stakeholders have been doing a deep re-evaluation of SC structure, performance and transparency. In a prior exercise, I wrote a couple of white papers about the need to institute a common unique identifier system for North..... more
Canadian prairie grain producers have been exporting their crops (wheat, corn, barley, peas, soybeans, etc. etc.) around the world for many decades. However, in an increasingly competitive and global economy, the system is still focused on selling and shipping bulk quantities … trainloads and shiploads...... more
My previous investigations into the problem of trucking “phantom data” led to a proposal for an industry-standard Transport Unit ID (TUID). As a conversation starter, I proposed a simple method by which any shipper could create an ID that was extremely unlikely to conflict with..... more
I resumed work with Michael Darden and DFM Data Corp. in a supportive role. DFMDC is tackling a hugely important problem that is beginning to surface in the US trucking spot market. The spot market arranges 500,000 to 1.5 million truck loads per day. It’s..... more
A friend owns an industrial bakery. I talked him into installing some surveillance cameras and a decently capable video management system to observe operations … particularly in his production machinery. A lot of weird things can happen with waffle and pretzel dough and there isn’t..... more
When I shut down the Auburn iPOV operation, I had to invent a new eLearning production process that would work with remote freelancers. To make the system more appealing to corporate clients, I set it up to use Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft SharePoint. With..... more