Richard John Titus, Jr.
MBB and Principal, Lehigh University and Titus Consulting, Bethlehem, PA, USA
As a consultant, educator, and business owner, Richard Titus has long been recognized as a driving force in the fields of continuous improvement and operations management systems. Since 1998, starting as a Wave I Master Black Belt (MBB) at Ingersoll-Rand, he has lead or participated on several successful large scale deployments around the world.
Rich’s broad experience ranges from hands-on leadership of continuous improvement and Lean initiatives in multiple industries to teaching in a variety of academic and corporate environments. He has worked with dozens of organizations directing their Six Sigma Process improvement and Lean Enterprise deployments, training and project management efforts working on hundreds projects. These organizations represent a wide range of industries including defense, energy and consumer products with products varying from highly engineered low volume to high volume consumer products. Improvement projects for these organizations have focused on areas which include: risk analysis for sales, marketing and procurement; cycle time improvements for variety of support service processes; design of experiments for process optimization; human resources; supply chain design; inventory management; safety and worker’s compensation; sales and marketing; information systems projects; measurement systems analysis for service and manufacturing; manufacturing defect reduction on a variety of assembly and testing processes. Six Sigma program results include $40+MM savings and national recognition for best initial Six Sigma deployment at EMCON technologies. Rich also creates and provides training for the introduction and application of Lean Enterprise solutions and includes the use of these techniques to complement Six Sigma project solutions. He lead a design team from a Colombia manufacturing firm in designing a state of the art Lean pump manufacturing plant.
In August of 2000 Rich began teaching as a Visiting Instructor in the Management Department of Lehigh University’s College of Business and Economics. Mr. Titus has taught Manufacturing Operations and Organizational Behavior courses, Design of Experiments, and graduate courses including Transportation and Logistics and Applied Supply Chain models. He is currently an adjunct instructor at Lehigh and has taught as a guest lecturer in the Six Sigma Minor Program at Penn State University, where he is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. He has presented his graduate research in Supplier Selection at two INFORMS national conferences and was nominated for IIE’s Doctoral Colloquium Award.
Rich and his wife Lisa, reside in Bethlehem, PA with their two daughters.