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Certification Oversight & Appeals Committee

Each certification program has an oversight body comprised of no fewer than five practitioners and subject matter experts from industry and academia. The committee evaluates certification exam performance on a yearly basis making sure that each item is performing accurately. They are responsible for responding to all requests for certification appeals. The oversight body also ensures that candidates are offered proper tools they need while preparing for the examinations and makes recommendations for the development of said tools.



Joanne E. M. Deys, LSC
President, Brightside Alliance LLC
Shingo Representative

Joanne E. M. Deys, is the president of Brightside Alliance LLC, a consultancy based in Rochester, Michigan. She also holds the positions of President of Ozgene, LLC a USA based biotech company and executive VP Strategic Partnering of Ozgene PTY Ltd, an Australian biotech company.

In her 34 year work history, she has held several leadership roles in Integrated Supply Chain, Operations, Engineering, and Labor Relations, and gained her experience across multiple industries including aerospace, automotive, electronics, fire and safety, oil and gas, and pharmaceutical and biotech.

Joanne serves on the Shingo Institute Examiners Committee, and has been a certified examiner / Lead Examiner for the Shingo Prize since 2007. She holds a B.S. in Industrial Technology from the State University College at Buffalo, a Harvard Business Micro MBA certificate from SUNY Buffalo, and an Executive Leadership Program Certificate from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Joanne is passionate about continued global development in the understanding and integration of Lean supporting the technical and human side of transformation.



Additive Manufacturing Certification Oversight and Appeals Committee



Farhad Ghadamli, CAM-F
Process Engineer, DM3D Technology

Farhad Ghadamli is a mechanical engineer who has devoted his professional career to the additive manufacturing industry. He has worked in different 3d printer equipment manufacturers as well as Eaton Polymer and Nanocomposite group and Eaton Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Southfield, MI. He has experience working with these technologies in the industry: FDM, CLIP, DMLS, SLS, SLA, Bound Metal Deposition, Binder Jetting and DMD.

He has a master's and a bachelor's of science in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis. In 2013, he started the SME student chapter at UC Davis and soon he led the Additive Manufacturing competition sponsored by Sandia National Labs, Livermore. Under this initiative, he was able to lay the foundation for the Solar Car team at UC Davis. Soon, he was recognized as one of 2015 SME 30 under 30 Future Manufacturing Leaders.


Immediate Past Chair


Charles Gilman
Consultant, Gilman Analytics

Charles Gilman has been working in Additive Manufacturing for 25 years. Prior to his current role, Mr. Gilman held positions with GE Global Research’s Model-Based Manufacturing Laboratory, the US Air Force Manufacturing Technology Directorate, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and STEP Tools, Inc. Mr. Gilman’s technical interests also include Computational Geometry, Model-Based Manufacturing, and Smart Manufacturing.




Brad McConnell, CAM-F
Additive Manufacturing/Modeling Instructor, Eastern Iowa Community College

Brad has been a faculty member at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges since 1988. He has a technical AAS degree in Mechanical Design and Drafting as well as a CAM-F (Certified Additive Manufacturing - Fundamentals) certification. As a faculty member his teaching responsibilities include drafting, GD&T, computer fundamentals, solid modeling and additive manufacturing courses. He is a CSWA for SolidWorks and has taught Autodesk Inventor and PTC Pro Engineer-Wildfire-Creo. Brad first became involved with AM/3d printing in 2002 with a Z-corp machine. His additive experience now has grown into hands on application and operation of low cost FDM machines as well as large commercial FDM machines, several models of SLA, and some basic DMLS. His experience also includes 3D scanning. Brad is currently in the process of developing an “Additive Manufacturing” degree program. Although still a full time faculty member Brad has spent the last two summers working at the John Deere, Manufacturing Technology Innovation Center located in Moline, Illinois.


Ryan Tedjasukmana, CAM-F
Applications Engineer, PaR Systems

Ryan Tedjasukmana's technical interests span across many different areas of manufacturing, including robotics, smart manufacturing, and additive manufacturing. Prior to joining the committee, Tedjasukmana worked in the robotics simulation field, solving various manufacturing challenges in aerospace and defense. Tedjasukmana received both Bachelor's and Master's in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University with concentrations in structures, materials, and systems design. In July 2018, SME recognized Tedjasukmana as one of the "30 Under 30" Future Leaders of Manufacturing. From here, his involvements with the organization continued to grow. In May 2020, Tooling U appointed Tedjasukmana to co-develop a number of online courses for the next generation of learners.


Pamela Waterman, CAM-F
3D Printing Application Engineer, Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies

Pam Waterman is a 3D Printing Application Engineer at Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies and has been involved in the field of additive manufacturing (AM) for more than 20 years. She began her career as a manufacturing engineer for Raytheon Power Tube and worked on both defense and commercial satellite communication systems at the MITRE Corporation and EPSCO. She has also served as an additive manufacturing specialist Contributing Editor for Digital Engineering magazine and a contributing author for several editions of Wohlers Report: 3D Printing and AM State of the Industry. Her undergraduate degree is in astrophysics from UMass Amherst; she also holds a master’s in radio astronomy/microwave engineering from U of M Michigan Ann Arbor and has been an engineering instructor at Oklahoma State University.


Susan Witt
Manager Industrial Training, EWI

Susan M. Witt works as Manager Industrial Training for EWI. For the past five years she has been developing and managing the programming in the STEM Lab and developing training courses for industry. Prior to coming to BMW Ms. Witt served as Program Coordinator for Erie and Niagara Counties for the Dream It, Do It program, engaging and educating the next generation in manufacturing and engineering. Ms. Witt earned her Bachelor’s Degree from State University of New York, Buffalo State in Mechanical Engineering in 2002. Upon graduation she worked as a design engineer specializing in electro-mechanical designs. Ms. Witt currently sits on Erie Community College’s Mechanical Engineering Technology Advisory Board and State University of New York, Buffalo State Mechanical Engineering Technology Industry Advisory Board, the SME (Society Manufacturing Engineers) Certification Oversight and Appeals Committee and the RIA (Robotics Industries Association) Individual Robotics Certification Committee.



Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT) and Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE) Committee



Jeevan Malpeddi, CMfgE, CQE, CRE
Product Development Lead, Ford Motor Company

Jeevan Malpeddi is a senior engineer in the body engineering area of product development at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan.  He has over 25 years of automotive product design and manufacturing experience which includes body exterior systems, sheet metal, interior seats restraints.  His role is to lead the design, development, validation, release implementation of engineering product changes that are attributed to revenue, quality, cost, customer satisfaction, performance, regulatory, manufacturability, and serviceability.  He has master of science in management degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY; master of science degree in manufacturing from Eastern Michigan University, MI; and bachelor of mechanical engineering from Osmania University, India.


Immediate Past Chair


Gary Vrsek, CMfgE
Consultant, Eastern Michigan University

Gary Vrsek has been providing engineering support to a variety of industries since 2006, after retiring from a 33 year career with Ford Motor Company. He is an EMU graduate and has been teaching a number of classes there, primarily in the Engineering Management MS program, since 1995. His prime field of expertise is in the mechanical design, research, and manufacturing; from prototype to high-volume production of powertrains for automotive, industrial, marine, aircraft, high performance, and military applications. While at Ford, Gary spent 13 years as an engineering manager, leading major product programs, CAD/CAM/CAE efforts, and also as casting technical specialist, launching new manufacturing technologies into production. His eight patents span critical engine technologies and manufacturing innovations; one of which earned Machine Design Magazine’s Concurrent Engineering Award and two others, the prestigious R&D 100 award.  Gary is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer, a Six Sigma Project Champion and Green Belt. He has been a member of SME since 1991 and has served as a subject matter expert and course reviewer for Tooling U, as well as a contributor to the Fundamentals of Manufacturing text book.




Thomas Binder, CMfgT, CMfgE
The Boeing Company, Retired

Tom Binder is a retired manufacturing engineer from the Boeing Commercial Airplane Company in Renton, Washington. Binder started his career in the commercial airplane division in 1984 and had worked on 727, 737, 757 and military versions of the 707, 737 and 757 aircraft. Recently, he was a hardware manager for the Boeing Defense and Space group working on the P-8A, a derivative of the commercial 737 for the U.S. Navy. Binder was responsible for manufacturability, supplier coordination, and scheduling of military hardware installed in the forward fuselage. His last assignment involved build integration and production system design for the 737 MAX family of jetliners.

He is a United States patent holder for Boeing's "Sky Interior" for the 737 and was honored with a 2012 Boeing Special Invention Award for this patent. Binder has achieved both the Certified Manufacturing Engineer and Certified Manufacturing Technologist certifications from SME and is a member of the Boeing SME steering team. He is also a Certified Master Automotive Technician – National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

Binder received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University and holds a Certificate in Product Lifecycle Management from Purdue University and an Associate's Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.


Brian Cobb, CMfgE, LBC, CAM-F

Brian Cobb is the Manufacturing Operations/Engineering Manager at the Flowserve facility in Cookeville, Tennessee. He has over 25 years of Manufacturing Engineering experience in the medical device, chemical, hydrocarbon, and nuclear power industries. His areas of specialization include process control, lean manufacturing, rapid prototyping, new product development, DFMA, DMAIC, machining, casting, and forging. Over the years Brian has established production lines and developed manufacturing processes for multiple facilities in the United States, Asia, and Europe. He has held the positions of Vice Chair of SME Chapter 080 in 2011 and 2017, and Chairman in 2012 and 2018.

Brian holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering from STIM in Memphis TN, a BS in Manufacturing Engineering, and an MS in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Memphis. He also holds the CMfgE, LBC, and CAMF certifications through SME.


Kathryn Daniels, PhD, LSME, CMfgE
Owner, Tri-Phase Engineering

Kathryn Daniels has 30 plus years aircraft experience in tool and die making, tool engineering, and programming. CATIA V5, quality engineer and quality management. (AS9100, AS9102) Adjunct teaching in engineering, quality and lean manufacturing related topics at Wichita Area Technical College, Butler Community College, Pittsburg State University and Wichita State University. Past SME experience is: Certification Committee, (9 yrs.), Chapter 52 Wichita, Ks activities include: Certification Chair, 11 years, Vice Chair (3 yrs.), Chairman, (3 yrs.), Advisor to Wichita State University Student Chapter (4 yrs.). Currently, serving as Chair and Certification Chair for Wichita Ks chapter, and assisting students at Wichita State University. Other professional affiliations are: Senior member, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Senior Member American Society of Quality, Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Women Engineers and American Society of Engineering Education. B.S. Manufacturing Technology and B.S. Business Quality Management Southwestern College, M.S. Technical Education Pittsburg State University, Ed.S Industrial Education Pittsburg State University, and PhD Industrial Engineering University of Berkeley. Currently, owns Tri-Phase Engineering, where most work is engineering design for the military.



Lean Certification Committee

“Promote and maintain the leading global LEAN Certification, which enables individual development and business success.”

The Lean Certification Oversight and Appeals Committee is made up of industry leaders whose diverse backgrounds represent years of lean experience. The Lean Certification Alliance — Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), Shingo Institute, and SME — works to appoint lean practitioners to the committee. The Lean Certification and Oversight Appeals Committee plays a critical role in administering the Lean Certification program.



Bruce Patch, LBC, LSC
Pinnacol Assurance
SME Representative

Bruce comes from a diverse career background. After receiving his BS in Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder, he entered the US Air Force as a career officer and instructor pilot. He received his Masters of Public Administration from Drake University, in Des Moines, while on assignment to the Iowa Air National Guard. Bruce was first exposed to lean as the Quality Assurance Officer at the Arizona Air National Guard, when he was asked to improve the lead time to inspect and rebuild the unit aircraft. Having been bitten by the lean bug, he pursued training and experiences through the Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century program, built primarily on lean concepts. His experiences there exposed him to maintenance, recruiting and medical operations improvements. Bruce holds an FAA Commercial and instrument rating. He currently flies sailplanes near his home in Boulder, CO.

After retiring from the Air Force, Bruce joined the VA as a Management Analyst to help find efficiencies in claims processing and disability ratings. During his time with the VA, Bruce earned his Lean Bronze Certificate. Bruce then went on to join the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, helping them to support research through more efficient and effective processes. With the value stream work being done there, Bruce earned his Lean Silver Certification. Today, Bruce is the Director of Quality for Harvest Energy Services. His role is to help improve and document processes collaboratively with teams to make sure they deliver excellent service to their customers. Bruce is excited about being the co-chair this year for the Lean Certification Oversight and Appeals committee.


Immediate Past Chair


Joanne E. M. Deys, LSC
President, Brightside Alliance LLC
Shingo Representative

Joanne E. M. Deys, is the president of Brightside Alliance LLC, a consultancy based in Rochester, Michigan. She also holds the positions of President of Ozgene, LLC a USA based biotech company and executive VP Strategic Partnering of Ozgene PTY Ltd, an Australian biotech company.

In her 34 year work history, she has held several leadership roles in Integrated Supply Chain, Operations, Engineering, and Labor Relations, and gained her experience across multiple industries including aerospace, automotive, electronics, fire and safety, oil and gas, and pharmaceutical and biotech.

Joanne serves on the Shingo Institute Examiners Committee, and has been a certified examiner / Lead Examiner for the Shingo Prize since 2007. She holds a B.S. in Industrial Technology from the State University College at Buffalo, a Harvard Business Micro MBA certificate from SUNY Buffalo, and an Executive Leadership Program Certificate from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Joanne is passionate about continued global development in the understanding and integration of Lean supporting the technical and human side of transformation.




Larry G. Anderson, LGC
President, Southwest Region, Association for Manufacturing Excellence
Shingo Representative

Larry Anderson is Lean Bronze, Silver, and Gold Certified and is a senior management and training professional with over 40 years of experience. He has a strong manufacturing and service improvement background that includes a variety of functional experience. He serves as a senior examiner/team lead for both the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence and the AME Excellence Award. He is certified by the Shingo Institute to facilitate all institute workshops, is past chair of the Lean Certification Oversight and Appeals Committee, and serves as President of the Southwest Region and Vice President of Programming for the Association for Manufacturing Excellence. Anderson pursued the Masters in Engineering Management at the University of Louisville and holds a BSME from Texas Tech University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas and Kentucky.


Robert Elliott, LBC
Continuous Improvement Manager, GBMP
GBMP Representative

Bob Elliott is a Continuous Improvement Manager at GBMP, SME Bronze Certified and a Certified Shingo Institute Workshop Facilitator.

Bob has facilitated training and implementation of Lean Principles in many World-Class organizations including Raytheon, Drager Medical, Flexcon Industries, Mersen, Norfolk Southern Railroad to name a few. The training and implementation in these organizations has resulted in reduced lead-times, quality and productivity improvements and cost reductions.

Bob’s training and coaching abilities are not limited to manufacturing; he has worked with many Healthcare organizations including Concord Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, Mass General, Emerson Hospital and Somerville Hospital. He has also worked with service industries such as Mass Mutual Insurance Company and Dacon, a design & construction architectural company.

Bob has been a frequent speaker/presenter at SME’s Eastec, a New England manufacturing exposition held in Springfield MA and was also a guest speaker for the Worcester chapter of SME. Bob has presented at GBMP’s annual Northeast Lean Conference and has been involved with the Shingo Prize as an examiner for Shingo applicants like Raytheon and Snap-On Tools. Bob, a former GBMP client and Board of Directors member has been involved with GBMP since the early 1990’s. Bob has held top-level Operations Management positions at several local Massachusetts companies. Bob holds a BS in Operations Management from Northeastern University in Boston.


Jeff Fuchs, LBC, LSC
President, Neovista Consulting, LLC
AME Representative

Jeff’s passion for Lean Thinking began in 1993, as the plant manager of a small aerospace firm where lean manufacturing provided the cornerstone of a dramatic multi-year business turnaround. His industry experience includes automotive, machining, defense, and solar power, in roles of quality manager, engineering director, and lean champion. In 2000, he launched Neovista Consulting to focus on operational excellence, Lean Thinking, leadership development, change management, and organizational culture.

For eleven years, Jeff served as Executive Director of the Maryland World Class Consortia, a non-profit lean consortium helping organizations build cultures of continuous improvement. He has been a lean trainer, improvement facilitator, leader coach, and strategic advisor. He served on the founding member Advisory Board in 1996.

Jeff has been deeply involved in the creation and expansion of the Lean Certification system. He holds Lean Bronze and Silver Certifications, and is working toward Lean Gold. He is Past Chair of the Lean Certification Oversight and Appeals Committee.

Jeff is a lean instructor for University of Baltimore’s Certified Public Manager Program, and he has supported Virginia Tech and Harrisburg University in lean curricula offerings. He has designed lean training and coaching programs that have together graduated over 1,500 lean leaders across multiple government agencies and private sector companies. Jeff’s major clients have included Raytheon, GlaxoSmithKline, Northrop Grumman, Halliburton, U.S. Air Force, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, NOAA, the City of Baltimore, and the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Jeff received his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from West Point. He is a lifelong student of team leadership, a combat veteran of the first Gulf War, and was awarded multiple Bronze Star Medals. He is an examiner for both the Shingo Institute’s Shingo Prize and the AME Excellence Award. He is the past Chairman of the Maryland Advisory Commission for Manufacturing Competitiveness and serves on the Board of Directors of Open Works, a Baltimore community maker space and small business incubator.


Matthew Hilgendorf
Director, Atkore Business System, Atkore International
SME Representative

Hilgendorf, director of the Atkore Business System, joined Atkore International in Aug. 2017, where he is responsible for all business improvement activities including lean manufacturing and operational excellence. Prior to this role, Hilgendorf led manufacturing operations at Atkore’s Allied Tube & Conduit facility in the greater Chicago area. Previously, he was the supplier development and quality manager at Black Horse LLC, a Caterpillar Inc. and Ariel Corp. joint venture, leading quality, sourcing and operational excellence efforts. Past roles in Caterpillar include leadership positions in operations, quality and supply chain. During Hilgendorf's quality career, he spent five years as a Chief Metrologist. Hilgendorf holds bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and manufacturing engineering from Kettering University and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an SME endowment member, active SME Education Foundation donor and scholarship committee member. Hilgendorf has been active at the international level since 2006, having spent three terms on the SME Board of Directors in 2012, 2015 and 2017. He also led the SME Member Council in 2014. In 2018, Hilgendorf was named an SME Marcus B. Crotts Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer. SME Member Since 2002.


Audie Penn, LGC
Principal, Audie Penn Consulting
SME Representative

Principal Consultant and Operating Executive, Audie Penn has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing industries including Heavy Equipment, Food, Office Furniture, and Building Materials.

He has served as Principal Consultant for the past 6 years. His expertise is evidenced by multiple new product introductions in Fortune 50 global products and multiple divisional turnarounds.

In 2016, Penn created Audie Penn Consulting, a firm specializing in the deployment of Operational Excellence. His focus is executing Strategy Deployment and training executives and local plant staff to execute process improvements and achieve targeted results.

Prior to consulting, Penn was responsible for multiple manufacturing positions including: Group Manager of the North American Assembly Operations for Hydraulic Excavators, Caterpillar, Inc.; Plant General Manager North American Operations, Manitowoc Cranes (multiple plant responsibilities); and Plant Manager for other organizations. He is experienced in global operations, having also worked in China, Europe, Central America, and South America.


Rachel Regan
Program Director, Catalysis

Rachel Regan has over 25 years’ experience in lean, beginning her career as a Quality Engineer for Toyota Motor Manufacturing. Currently she is the Program Director at Catalysis, a non-profit with a mission to transform the healthcare industry. Her primary role is chief engineer of the Lean Healthcare Transformation Summits in the US and Europe. She also leads the Physician Lean Leader Forum, a peer-to-peer networking group. She has also held led payment initiatives (value-based payment).

Prior to joining Catalysis, Rachel was the Director of Events with the Lean Enterprise Institute and was privileged to work under the guidance of Jim Womack, John Shook, and Helen Zak. Additionally, she was a lean consultant, working in automotive, farm equipment, footwear manufacturing, and construction.

Rachel holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University. She is a Shingo Prize examiner and has been an instructor for the MBOE program at The Ohio State University.


Pat Wardwell, LGC
Owner, Pt. North Ventures, LLC/Part time trainer for GBMP
AME Representative

Pat Wardwell has over 30 years of experience with Lean. She has held a variety of leadership roles in manufacturing and also spent 15 years at GMBP, a not-for-profit lean training and consulting organization.  She is the co-author of The e2 (everybody, everyday) Continuous Improvement System Workbook.

She is Lean Gold Certified and currently serves as an active reviewer of Lean Certification portfolios.

Pat is a Certified Shingo Facilitator and has been a Shingo Prize examiner since 2001.  In 2011, she was a joint Shingo Prize recipient in 2011 for the training video “Toast Value Stream Mapping” and she has coached companies that have received Shingo recognition.

Pat is a Lead Assessor for the AME Excellence Award and serves on the AME Excellence Award Council. Pat holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Maine and an MBA from Bentley University.