Missouri S&T professor to receive Feigenbaum Medal

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On January 25, 2008

Dr. Elizabeth Cudney, assistant professor of engineering management and
systems engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, will
accept the 2007 Armand V. Feigenbaum Medal from the American Society for
Quality (ASQ) May 5-7 in Houston.

The medal, which will be presented during the ASQ’s World Conference on
Quality and Improvement, is named for the quality pioneer who is best known as
the originator of Total Quality Control, a system that integrates quality
development, maintenance and improvement of the parts of an organization. Since
1998, the medal has been presented to a young professional who has displayed
outstanding characteristics of leadership, professionalism and potential in the
field of quality and also whose work has been or will become of distinct
benefit to humankind.

“We are delighted to have a Feigenbaum Medal recipient among our faculty,”
says Dr. William Daughton, chair of engineering management and systems
engineering at Missouri S&T. “This is quite a prestigious award. Dr. Cudney
has already made significant contributions to her field, and we fully expect
her to continue those contributions as a faculty member in our department.”

Prior to returning to school for her doctorate, Cudney worked for more than
five years at Jacobs Vehicle Systems in Bloomfield, Conn., in various roles
including Six Sigma Black Belt, quality and process engineer, quality auditor,
senior manufacturing engineer and manufacturing manager.

Interested in quality and lean manufacturing, Cudney has published more than
40 articles and coauthored two workshops for the Association for Operations
Management (APICS). She is an ASQ certified quality engineer, certified manager
of quality/organizational excellence, certified quality improvement associate
and a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. A former president of the Institute of
Industrial Engineers (IIE) Lean Division, Cudney is currently co-chair for the
2008 IIE Operational Excellence conference, a position she’s held for the past
four years. In addition, Cudney is a member of the Rotary Club of Rolla, Mo.,
the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASQ, IIE, ASEM and the Society of
Automotive Engineers.

Cudney received her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from North
Carolina State University and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and
business administration from the University of Hartford. She earned her
doctoral degree in engineering management from Missouri S&T.

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