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Craig G. Downing Named Head of Engineering Management Department

June 1, 2012

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has appointed Craig G. Downing, Ph.D., as head of the Department of Engineering Management, beginning on July 1.

        Craig Downing
   Craig G. Downing, Ph.D.

Downing is familiar with the position, as he has served as interim department head for the last two years. He has been a member of the Rose-Hulman engineering management faculty for the past five years, and has helped expand the institute's continuing and professional studies program.

"Craig has a passion for advancing innovation in engineering and manufacturing that is creating the next generation of technical leaders in these fields," stated William Kline, Interim Dean of Faculty. "We're impressed by his leadership in developing an outstanding program at Rose-Hulman that offers a convenient fast track to the integration of management skills and critical technical knowledge for technology business leaders throughout Indiana."

A Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Downing has drawn upon his professional and consulting backgrounds to develop valuable industrial-academic relationships that benefit Rose-Hulman and its students. He has amassed a wealth of industrial experience, serving as a process engineer and private process improvement consultant for Lockheed Martin/NASA, Parker Hannifin, Crain Enterprises and Peerless Pump.

"Building strong industrial-academic relationships are vital in maintaining technical relevance. Further, maintaining an active presence in private-sector organizations broadens and enriches classroom discussions and activities," stated Downing. "It is important to provide our students with diverse and contemporary perspectives to help enhance their capability to see things differently. This is necessary when developing innovative solutions."

At Rose-Hulman, Downing has taught classes on campus and in Indianapolis covering such subjects as manufacturing systems, supply chain management, innovation in engineering education and introduction to engineering management. He taught courses related to industrial and manufacturing engineering technology at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) and Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). He has had multiple publications/presentations related to statistical quality control/management, industrial management, manufacturing policy and facility planning. He continually explores new research opportunities related to quality systems and operations management. He is currently co-editor of the Industrial Engineering (IE) Handbook, which is being revised to reflect contemporary principles and practices relevant to advancement of IE disciplines.

Downing earned his Ph.D. and master's degree in workforce education/development and manufacturing systems from SIUC, after he received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering technology from the university. He also has a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics and statistics from SEMO.