Workshop on Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

Organized by: Smart Manufacturing and Lean Systems Research Group

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Mary E. Marburger Science and Engineering Auditorium, Lawrence Tech



There is no registration fee, but advanced registration for the workshop is required.

A certificate will be provided, and CEU is available.


8:00 AM Introduction of FMEA

Dr. Ahad Ali, Assistant Professor and Director of MSIE Program at Lawrence Tech

Dr. Ahad AliDr. Ahad Ali is an Assistant Professor, and Director of Master of Science in Industrial Engineering in the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan, USA. He earned B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh Institute of Technology, Khulna, Masters in Systems and Engineering Management from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and PhD in Industrial Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Ali was Assistant Professor in Industrial Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez, Visiting Assistant Professor in Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Toledo, and Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the Bangladesh Institute of Technology, Khulna. He has published numerous journal and conference papers. Dr Ali has done research projects with Chrysler, Ford, DTE Energy, Delphi Automotive System, GE Medical Systems, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, International Truck and Engine Corporation, National/Panasonic Electronics, and Rockwell Automation. His research interests include manufacturing systems, modeling and simulation, optimization, reliability, scheduling and planning, artificial intelligence, predictive maintenance, e-manufacturing, supply chain, healthcare and lean manufacturing. He is member of IIE, INFORMS, SME and IEEE. Dr. Ali has initiated Smart Manufacturing and Lean Systems Research Group. He formerly was president of the IIE Lean Division. Dr. Ali has been chair of the IIE Lean Student Paper Competition since 2007. He is the conference chair for IEOM Conference and editor-in-chief of International Journal of Industrial Engineering and Operations Management – A Journal of IEOM Forum.

10:00 AM PFMEA

Mrs. Judy Kilpatrick, Launch PFMEA Coordinator, Chrysler Group

Mrs. Judy KilpatrickMs. Judy Kilpatrick is the PFMEA specialist for the Assembly Launch team at Chrysler.  She has over  30 years of manufacturing  experience with 20 of these years being in quality within the automotive industry.   She previously worked for Monsanto Company, United Technologies, AIAG, and a consulting firm training and consulting in Error/Mistake Proofing, PFMEAs, and Control Plans specifically for Chrysler and Ford.  Ms. Kilpatrick has a BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Michigan and an MS degree in Quality from Eastern Michigan University.

11:00 AM FMEA Case Study

Mr. Russ Watts, Senior Engineer, Robert Bosch LLC

Mr. Russ WattsMr. Russ Watts is a Senior Engineer at Robert Bosch. He has over thirty years experience in embedded system design and sensor system development. Mr. Watts has been working in automotive safety electronics for the last 16 years at Robert Bosch with a primary emphasis on occupant sensing.  He is currently an FMEA moderator for the passive safety group. Mr. Watts has received BS in Math, and Physics from University of Michigan and MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Arizona.


Dr. Ahad Ali
Director, Smart Manufacturing Group, 248-204-2531 (p)