Ryan Underdown - College of Engineering - Lamar University

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Ryan Underdown - College of Engineering - Lamar University

Ryan Underdown, Ph.D., P.E.

Office (409) 880-8815

Ryan.Underdown@Lamar.edu

Expertise

Six Sigma – DMAIC approach

Lean Manufacturing – cell design and batch size optimization

Total quality management - work teams and facilitation

Engineering management - supervisors as coaches and leadership

Enterprise Engineering - enterprise analysis, design and improvement

Process improvement - both continuous improvement and radical change

Problem solving - scientific and team methods

Planning - strategic and tactical

Facilitation - work teams, executive teams and training

Education

The University of Texas at Arlington

Ph.D. in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (Dec. 1997)

Thesis title “An Enterprise Transformation Methodology”

MS in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (May 1994)

BS in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (Dec. 1992)

Teaching Experience

Associate Professor - Lamar University (Aug. 1998 - present)

Department of Industrial Engineering

Funded Projects

Go W.E.S.T. Summer Engineering Camp (July 2012)

One week Summer engineering camp for fifty girls 12-14 years old

Taught students about engineering careers.


ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (June 2012)

Two-week residential Summer science camp for fifty kids 12-14 years old.

Taught students about engineering careers and robotics.

Taught students how to design, assemble and program LEGO robots

Go W.E.S.T. Summer Engineering Camp (July 2011)

One week Summer engineering camp for fifty girls 12-14 years old

Taught students about engineering careers.


ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (June 2011)

Two-week residential Summer science camp for fifty kids 12-14 years old.

Taught students about engineering careers and robotics.

Taught students how to design, assemble and program LEGO robots

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Go W.E.S.T. Summer Engineering Camp (July 2010)

One week Summer engineering camp for fifty girls 12-14 years old

Taught students about engineering careers.

ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (June 2010)

Two-week residential Summer science camp for fifty kids 12-14 years old.

Taught students about engineering careers and robotics.

Taught students how to design, assemble and program LEGO robots

Go W.E.S.T. Summer Engineering Camp (July 2009)

One week Summer engineering camp for fifty girls 12-14 years old

Taught students about engineering careers.


ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (June 2009)

Two-week residential Summer science camp for fifty kids 12-14 years old.

Taught students about engineering careers and robotics.

Taught students how to design, assemble and program LEGO robots

Go W.E.S.T. Summer Engineering Camp (July 2008)

One week Summer engineering camp for fifty girls 12-14 years old

Taught students about engineering careers and robotics.

Taught students how to design, assemble and program LEGO robots

ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (June 2008)

Two-week residential Summer science camp for fifty kids 12-14 years old.

Taught students about engineering careers and robotics.

Taught students how to design, assemble and program LEGO robots

Online Education Initiative Course Development Grant – Lamar University

(Summer 2008)

Developed an on-line course for INEN 4301 Quality Control Applications

ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (June 2007)

Two-week residential Summer science camp for fifty kids 12-14 years old.

Taught students about engineering careers and robotics.

Taught students how to design, assemble and program LEGO robots

Online Education Initiative Course Development Grant – Lamar University

(Summer 2007)

Developed an on-line course for INEN 4363 Six Sigma (green belt)

Process Improvement of valve assembly line – American Valve and Hydrant,

Beaumont, TX (November 2006 – present)

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Identified bottlenecks and solutions for increasing capacity. Extensive analysis of

paint booth operation.

Southeast Texas Natural Disaster Mitigation Plan – Southeast Texas Regional

Planning Commission (SETRPC) (2003)

Developed a narrative of historical natural disasters for Southeast Texas in

support of the SETRPC Natural Disaster Mitigation Plan

Characterization of Shape Memory Polymers – Research Enhancement Grant –

Lamar University (2003)

Created a characterization of shape memory polymers mixed with nano-fibers

Meteorological and Emissions Sensitivity Modeling Study of Rapid Ozone

Formation Events in the Houston-Galveston Airshed (with Ho, Chu, and Lin) -

Houston Advanced Research Center (2003)

Evaluated air quality software to determine areas for improvement. Research

identified several parameters and limited functionalities that constrain the user.

These areas of weakness were identified as targets for future proposals

A Methodology to Determine Contamination Sources for Copper In Potable

Water (2002)

Created a methodology to determine contamination sources for copper in

potable water

Thesis Chaired

Optimization of Facility Layout Design Using Heuristic Techniques - Anindyo

S. Roy – (Dec. 2007)

Developed a heuristic that manipulates the exposure products in a retail layout to

optimize profit

Thermal Characterization of Nanocomposite Shape Memory Polymer For Their

Mechanical and Thermal Properties - Manpreet Singh – (May 2005)

Developed a thermal characterization of nanocomposite shape memory

polymers

Teaching Areas - Courses previously taught:

Six Sigma – Green belt

Lean Manufacturing

Engineering Management

Industrial Management

Production and Inventory Control

Quality Control Applications

Advanced Engineering Economy

Simulation

Engineering Economy

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System Design (capstone design course 1)

Senior Design (capstone design course 2)

Facility Design

Work Design

Production and Inventory Control

Probability and Statistics for Engineers

Ergonomics

Introduction to Engineering

Introduction to Management Science

Introduction to Information Systems

Numerous special topics

Publications

Refereed Journals:

Underdown, Ryan and Talluri, Srinivas, "Cycle Of Success: A Strategy for Becoming

Agile Through Benchmarking”, Benchmarking: An International Journal, 2002. Vol.9,

No.3: pp.278-292.

Leach, R.A., L. Whitman, K.J. Rogers, and Underdown, Ryan, "An Enterprise

Transformation Methodology to Mitigate Y2K Risk", Logistics Information

Management: Special issue on The Year 2000 Problem, 1999. Vol. 12, No.3: pp.

269-279.

Non-Refereed Journals:

Underdown, Ryan, “Keys to Success for Strategic Planning”, Industrial

Management, July/Aug 2012

Underdown, Ryan, “How To Endure The Recession With Fewer Resources”,

Industrial Management, May/June 2009

Underdown, Ryan, “Planning In Uncertain Economic Times”, Industrial

Management, March/April 2009

Conference Proceedings

Underdown, Ryan, and Yentzen, Gary, “The Process of Internal Audits as a Catalyst

for Continuous Improvement”, Proceedings of the Industrial Engineering Annual

Conference, Orlando, FL, May 2012

Hosseinzadehdastak, Fatemeh, and Underdown, Ryan, “An Analysis of Risk

Management Methods”, Proceedings of the Industrial Engineering Annual

Conference, Orlando, FL, May 2012

Hosseinzadehdastak, Fatemeh, and Underdown, Ryan, “Knowledge Management

as a Tool to Mitigate Weaknesses of Risk Management”, Proceedings of the

Industrial Engineering Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, May 2012

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Underdown, Ryan, and Yentzen, Gary, “Case Study: Using Internal Audits to

Improve Quality at a Pulverizing Company”, Proceedings of the Industrial

Engineering Annual Conference, Reno, NV, May 2011

Underdown, Ryan, “Management versus Leadership: Conflict and Challenges”,

Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Cancun, Mexico, June 2010

Aung, K. and Underdown, R., “Continuous Improvement in Senior Design

Capstone”, Proceedings of the 2010 ASEE Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference,

Lake Charles, LA, March 2010

Anindyo, R., Marquez, A. and Underdown, R, “Optimization of Facility Layout Design

Using Heuristic Techniques”, Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Miami,

FL, May 2009

Aung, K. and Underdown, R., “Teaching Engineering to High School Students in a

Summer Camp”, Proceedings of the 2009 ASEE Gulf-Southwest Annual

Conference, Waco, TX, March 2009

Underdown, Ryan, “Improving and Designing Processes with Processes Maps”,

APICS International Conference and Expo, Kansas City, Missouri, August 2008

Underdown, Ryan, “Lessons Learned From a Two-Semester Senior Design

Capstone Course Sequence”, Proceedings of the Industrial Engineering Research

Conference, Nashville, TN, May 2007

Mondello, Peter M. and Underdown, Ryan, “Instrumentation Spurious Trips due to

Piping Radiography”, Proceedings of the ISA Symposium, 2007

Singh, Manpreet, and Underdown, Ryan, “Characterization of Shape Memory

Polymers” Proceedings of the Industrial Engineering Solutions Conference, Atlanta,

GA, May 2005

Underdown, Ryan and Yalamanchili, Bhaskar, "Systematic Approaches to

Technology Decisions in the Steel Industry", Proceedings of the Industrial

Engineering Annual Conference, Houston, Texas, May 2004

Underdown, Ryan, “Towards a Methodology to Determine Contamination Sources

for Copper In Potable Water”, Proceedings of the Industrial Engineering Research

Conference, Portland, OR, May 2003

Underdown, Ryan and Aikman, Russ, “The Impact of Quality Systems

Implementation on Enterprise Transformation”, Proceedings of the Industrial

Engineering Research Conference, Orlando, Florida, May 2002

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Aikman, Russ, Underdown, Ryan and Dedrick, Wiff, “The Transform Enterprise

Methodology in Context: The TCS Story”, Proceedings of the Applied Manufacturing

Conference, San Antonio, Texas, April 2002

Whitman, Larry, Underdown, Ryan, and Deese, Michael, “A Physical Demonstration

of Lean Concepts”, Proceedings of the Industrial Engineering Solutions Conference,

Dallas, Texas, May 2001

Underdown, Ryan, “Using Weighted Decision Making to Prioritizing Customers in

Retail Sales”, Proceedings of the Industrial Engineering Solutions Conference,

Dallas, Texas, May 2001

Underdown, Ryan, "A Holistic Case Study Approach To Methodology Development",

Proceedings of the Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Cleveland, Ohio,

May 2000

Underdown, Ryan, "A Methodology For Engineering Culture", Proceedings of the

Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, May 2000

Underdown, Ryan, "Cycle Of Success: How Companies Are Forming Networks To

Facilitate Transformation", Proceedings of The 4 th Annual International Conference

on Industrial Engineering Theory, Applications and Practice, San Antonio, Texas,

November, 1999

Underdown, Ryan, Whitman, Larry, Rogers, K.J. and Deese, Michael, “A Physical

Simulation for the Understanding of Manufacturing Concepts”, Proceedings of the

Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, May 1999

Underdown, Ryan, Meade, Laura, and Leach, Richard, “When Engineering an

Enterprise: Sequence is Important”, Proceedings of the Industrial Engineering

Research Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, May 1999

Whitman, L., Rogers, K. J., and Underdown, D. R., "The Enterprise Integration

Issues Encountered with Agile Process Introduction", FAIM '98 Conference

Proceedings, Portland, Oregon, July, 1998

Underdown, D.R. and Leach, R. A, “A Cross-Case Analysis of Small Companies

Implementing Cellular Manufacturing”, Proceedings of the Industrial Engineering

Research Conference, Banff, Canada, May 1998

Underdown, D.R. and Liles, D. L., “Transformation Issues In Small Manufacturers”,

Proceedings of the Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Banff, Canada,

May 1998

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Underdown, D.R. and Rogers, J.K, “Enterprise Engineering In a Small Manufacturer:

A Case Study”, Proceedings of the Industrial Engineering Research Conference,

Miami, May 1997

Underdown, R., D. Liles, M. Johnson, and L. Meade, “Exploring the Relationship

Between Industrial and Enterprise Engineering”, Proceedings of the 1st Annual

International Conference on Industrial Engineering Applications and Practice,

Houston, December 1996

Leem, Young Moon, Rogers, J.K., Underdown, D. Ryan, “Using Enterprise

Engineering as a Tool for Achieving TQM in the Agile Organization”, Proceedings of

the American Society for Engineering Management Conference, Dallas, October

1996

Underdown, R., and M. Deese, “Pursuing Dimension of Agility: The Journey of a

Small Distributor”, Proceedings of the Agile Manufacturing Enterprise Forum

Conference - Boston, March 1996

Underdown, R., “Renaissance Organizations: A Step Beyond Learning

Organizations”, Proceedings of the Agile Manufacturing Enterprise Forum

Conference - Boston, March 1996

Underdown, D. Ryan, and Mills, John, “Agility: A Small Manufacturer Can Do It

Too!”, Manufacturing News, Vol. 2, No. 12, 1995, p.9

Underdown, R., and M. Deese, “Enterprise Engineering: A Case Study of a Small

Manufacturer and Distributor” Proceedings of the Society for Enterprise Engineering,

Washington D.C., December, 1995

Liles, D., M. Johnson, L. Meade, and R. Underdown, “Enterprise Engineering: A

Discipline” Proceedings of the Society for Enterprise Engineering, Orlando, June

1995

Underdown, R. and M. Deese, “Pursuing Enterprise Excellence: Lessons Learned

From a Small Manufacturer”, Proceedings of International Conference on Work

Teams, Dallas, September, 1995

Underdown, R., R. Wallace, J. Weddle, and J. Sarkis, “Grasping the Agile

Opportunity: A Small Manufacturer’s Perspective”, Proceedings of the Agile

Manufacturing Enterprise Forum Conference - Atlanta, March 1995

Presentations (without a paper)

“Henry’s Daughters”, Ethics training, International Society of Automation Expo,

Beaumont, TX, October 2012

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“K-12 STEM Activities in the College of Engineering”, EPA Administrator Lisa

Jackson - Lamar site visit, August 13, 2012

“Planning in Uncertain Times”, Panel Discussion, Industrial Engineering Annual

Conference, Orlando, FL, May 2012

“Lean Manufacturing Demonstration”, American Valve and Hydrant, Beaumont, TX,

Feb. 2012

“Lean Manufacturing Demonstration”, Steel Tank Institute Annual Conference,

Houston, TX, Oct. 2010

“Best Practices: Engineering Summer Camps at Lamar University”, Texas

Workforce Commission Best Practices Forum, Austin, TX, August, 2010

“Factory of the Future – Industrial Engineering”, Bernard Harris Foundation Annual

Conference, Houston, TX, April 2009

“Factory of the Future – Industrial Engineering”, Sally Ride Science Day, Beaumont,

TX, April 2009

“Go W.E.S.T. Academy,” Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Best

Practices Conference, Austin, TX, Aug. 2008.

“Lessons Learned From Cellular Manufacturing Implementations in Small

Companies”, Industrial Engineering Solutions Conference, Orlando, Florida, May

2006

“Lessons Learned from a Failed Six Sigma Implementation”, Industrial Engineering

Solutions Conference, Orlando, Florida, May 2006

"Design of Experiments Review for Six Sigma", Industrial Engineering Solutions

Conference, Orlando, Florida, May 2006

"Building Success in Industrial Technology: The Lamar Institute of Technology -

Lamar University BSIT Program", With Leigh Smith and Carey Wesley at the

Seamless Transitions Conference, April 2005

"Building Success in Industrial Technology: The Lamar Institute of Technology -

Lamar University BSIT Program" with Leigh Smith at the 21st Annual Recruitment

and Retention Conference sponsored by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating

Board, June 21, 2005

Papers In Review

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Citations/Quotations in Newspapers and other media

“Summer campers engineer success with robots”, News at Lamar, June 2009

Research Interests

Lean manufacturing

Six sigma

Engineering management

Current Research

Product placement in retail layouts

Professional Engineering Registration

Texas – since 2008

Service

Session Chair – Risk Management, Institute of Industrial Engineers Annual

Conference, Orlando, Florida, 2012

Rotary of Beaumont (2012 – present)

SEMS Newsletter Committee (2011 – present)

SEMS Board of Directors (2004-2006)

Track Chair – Engineering Management Solutions – Institute of Industrial

Engineers Annual Conference, Cancun, Mexico, 2010

Track Chair – Engineering Management Solutions – Institute of Industrial

Engineers Annual Conference, Miami, FL., 2009

LU Study Abroad Committee (2009-present)

Lamar University (LU) Curriculum Council and Partners For Academic Advising

Council (2008-present)

LU Academic Appeals committee (2011-present)

LU Institutional Effectiveness Committee (2010-present)

Academic Advisor for the LU Industrial Technology program,

Honors and Awards

Faculty Advisor of the year – nominee (2012)

President of the Society of Engineering and Management Systems (2009)

Faculty SWEetheart – Society of Women Engineers (2004)

Gill Citation Award (2000)

Teamwork Award – Automation and Robotics Research Institute (1998)

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