Cudney elected to International Academy for Quality

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On April 7, 2010

Dr. Elizabeth Cudney, assistant professor of engineering management and systems engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, was recently elected associate member of the International Academy for Quality.

The IAC is an independent, non-profit organization that brings together academic and business leaders to examine global issues of managerial and occupational quality.

Cudney, who also serves as associate director of Missouri S&T’s Design Engineering Center, joined the Missouri S&T faculty in 2007.

Interested in quality and lean manufacturing, Cudney has published more than 40 scholarly articles on those subjects. In 2009, her book Using Hoshin Kanri to Improve the Value Stream was published by Productivity Press. The book is a how-to guide that any organization may use to streamline their processes and keep the effort on track.

Cudney is a past winner of the American Society for Quality’s Armand V. Feigenbaum Medal, which is presented to young professionals who have displayed outstanding leadership in the quality field. She received that medal in 2007.

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 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 in 2006.

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.

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