Master Black Belt and Quality and Continuous Improvement Manager, Applied Process Inc., Farmington Hills, MI, USA
James is currently serving as Quality and Continuous Improvement Manager for Applied Process Inc. He is also the founder and owner of the global Autonomous Vehicle Community of Practice group on LinkedIn since 2013 with over 2600 international members (http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Autonomous-Vehicle-Community-Practice-4860027). He is currently enrolled in the “Self Driving Car” Nanodegree program at Udacity and completed Python Programming courses, studied Artificial Intelligence, Cryptography, Cybersecurity and Autonomous Vehicles at Stanford under Sebastian Thrun. James is a recognized expert in emerging Autonomous Vehicle reliability, systems engineering, design, voice of the customer and robustness methodologies and presented numerous Autonomous Vehicle technical presentations at GVSETS, RAMS, ARS, ASQ, SRE and SAE symposia.
James was a Master Black Belt and Director, Transformation and Continuous Process Improvement, Lean Six Sigma Deployment, DoD, US Army, TACOM. He lead the deployment of LSS, DFSS, and Innovation throughout TACOM, generating over $12 Billion in financial benefits. As an MBB / Senior Manager, Reliability and Robust Engineering; Systems Engineering, GDLS, James lead the deployment of advanced Reliability and Robustness, Lean Six Sigma, Innovation, and Design for Six Sigma operational excellence methodologies. He held various Engineering, Six Sigma, Quality and Reliability management and technical specialist positions in Automotive including Ford and Chrysler. James holds an Army certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt specializing in Design for Six Sigma and related preemptive problem avoidance methodologies in Autonomous Vehicles. He has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University, an MS degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan and is currently enrolled in a Doctorate in Engineering program in Manufacturing at UofM. James serves as a Flotilla Staff Officer in the United States Coast Guard Aux, Department of Homeland Security.