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Christopher Nachtsheim, Director,
Joseph M. Juran Center for Research in Supply Chain, Operations, and Quality

Christopher J. Nachtsheim is the Frank A. Donaldson Chair of Operations Management and Chair of the Supply Chain and Operations Department in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Nachtsheim received and his Ph.D. in Operations Research from the University of Minnesota, served as staff member in the Statistics Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1978-1981, and as Senior Statistician at General Mills from 1982-1984. In 1984 he joined the University, serving as Chair in the Department of Operations and Management Science from 1993-1996 and Associate Dean of Faculty and Research from 1996-2000.

Dr. Nachtsheim's teaching and research interests center on the optimal design of industrial experiments, regression and predictive modeling, and quality management. Among his major publications are two texts: Applied Linear Statistical Models, 5th Edition, 2005, Richard D. Irwin, and Applied Linear Regression Models, 4th Edition, 2004, Richard D. Irwin (both with John Neter, Michael Kutner, and William Li). Professor Nachtsheim has published over 50 articles in the statistics literature and has served as associate editor for many of the top journals in his field, including Journal of the American Statistical Association, Technometrics, Journal of Quality Technology, Statistics and Computing, and Journal of Statistical Computation & Simulation. He served as Examiner, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1996.

He is a two-time recipient (1991 and 2009) of the Brumbaugh Award of the ASQ for best paper published in the area of industrial quality control, the 2010 Lloyd S. Nelson Award of the ASQ for the published paper having the greatest impact on practitioners, and the recipient of the1992 ASME (CAE/CAD/CAM) National Best Paper Award. Dr. Nachtsheim was inducted as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in August, 2011.

Kevin Linderman, Academic Co-Director
Joseph M. Juran Center for Research in Supply Chain, Operations, and Quality

Kevin Linderman is a professor in the Supply Chain and Operations Department in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Linderman has a bachelors degree in mathematics and philosophy from Minnesota State University, masters degree in mathematics from Miami University, masters degree in management science and Ph.D. in operations from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Linderman is a recipient of the Academy of Management Chan K. Hahn Distinguished Paper Award, Elwood S. Buffa Doctoral Dissertation Competition Winner (Co-Advisor), Graduate Dean's Instructional Excellence Award, and the Dean's Award for outstanding academic achievement. He has received two National Science Foundation grants to study quality management - Knowledge creation and diffusion in organizations using the Six Sigma approach and Sustaining High Quality Performance in Organizations.

His research in quality management has been published in several leading journals including Management Science, Journal of Operations Management, and Production and Operations Management to name a few. He currently teaches quality management at the undergraduate, MBA, and Ph.D. levels and is actively engaged in research on quality management, process improvement, and innovation. Dr. Linderman has been a consultant for several organizations including: Select Comfort, General Electric Fleet Services, Schwan's Foodservice, PCC Airfoils, GEON Corp, MacMillian Bloedel, and TBN Holdings, Inc.