Thomas A. Pearson

Consultant, Tom Pearson Consulting, Fishers, IN, USA

Tom Pearson is a systems scientist, designer, consultant, speaker, teacher and author in the field of integrated business measurement, information, and improvement systems. Tom’s private consulting practice specializes in the design of integrated systems for business improvement using wise applications of Six Sigma methods, system science, and information technology. Tom was also co-founder and executive for Automated Technology Associates, an Indianapolis software company that provided predictive process management software tools and methods for real-time operations management and overall business improvement. Tom is best known at Eli Lilly & Company, as creator of the innovative and highly successful QMS System at Clinton Laboratories in the mid-1990s. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), and a past chairman of both the local Indianapolis Section 903 and the national Measurement Quality Division of ASQ. Tom received his BA in Physics and Mathematics from University of Indianapolis and his MS in Operations Research from The George Washington University. He completed Six Sigma Black Belt training with Smarter Solutions in Austin, TX in 2000. Tom co-holds US patents for Real-Time Quality Management and Entity Relation Data Base software. He is the creator of the Exploratory Quality Control methodology and co-author of the Exploratory Quality Control Handbook. Tom is co-author of the business novel “Wisdom on the Green… Smarter Six Sigma Business Solutions” with Forrest Breyfogle III which was published in 2001. Tom has published several articles in national magazines and been a regular speaker at national conferences on Quality and Test and Measurement. Tom was previously Metrology Division Director at Naval Avionics Center, Indianapolis. He also served as Chairman of the Indiana Quality Committee for The Indiana Business Modernization and Technology Corporation, and founding Director of the National Center for Creativity, Inc.

 From 2006 through 2015, Tom worked with the Franciscan Alliance in various capacities to help bring Six Sigma and modern improvement methods to healthcare. A summary timeline follows:

• 1965: BA Physics and Mathematics from University of Indianapolis. Began work as government measurement scientist at Naval Avionics Facility, Indianapolis.

• 1970: Worked with National Bureau of Standards on the Volt Transfer Program, learning statistical process control essentials for process improvement in collaboration with the US Air Force.

• 1972: MS in Operations Research, from The George Washington University, Washington DC

• 1980: Founded Automated Technology Associates in Indianapolis, focusing on real-time automation of manufacturing management information.

• 1985: Designed and developed automating enterprise process control (US Patent for Real-time Quality Management, 1994), military, aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics, and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

• 1990: Designed and developed enterprise wide systems for Exploratory Quality Control, to identify root causes and effects throughout the pharmaceutical manufacturing process.

• 1999: Measurements and the Knowledge Revolution, Quality Progress cover article, Sep 1999 described principles of an integrated system of enterprise knowledge building.

• 1999: ASQ Fellow, Six Sigma Black Belt, participated in the design of “Integrated Enterprise Excellence” for Smarter Solutions, Inc.

• 2001: Measure for Six Sigma Success, Quality Progress article, Feb 2001, focused on the measure phase (dealing with “unmeasurables”)

• 2003: Six Sigma Master Black Belt, The Harrington Institute

• 2006: TPC Healthcare engagement introducing Six Sigma to healthcare.