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Faculty, Staff, and Advisory Board

The Manufacturing Operations Management program is supported and directed by talented, engaged professionals at every level. Their experience and knowledge will help you navigate an educational and career path that works for you.

Faculty Director

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Mac McKeen

M.B.A., University of Dallas; B.S., industrial technology, Iowa State University

Mac McKeen, FRAP, is a Fellow at Boston Scientific, with over 25 years of experience in regulatory and quality roles in the development, clinical study, and regulatory approvals of cardiovascular devices. Mac has served as director of regulatory management for Cardiac Science and St. Jude Medical; director of quality and regulation for Phillips Medisize; and leadership roles at Medtronic and Guidant. He collaborates with the FDA through industry associations including AdvaMed and Medical Alley. He maintains R.A.C. (Regulatory Affairs Certification) and has been named a 2020 RAPS (Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society) Fellow in recognition of his regulatory expertise.

  • MM 4045 - Regulated Industry Compliance
  • MM 4193 - Capstone Directed Study


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Michael Boone

B.S., mechanical engineering, Iowa State University

Michael Boone is Director of Engineering at Shattuck−St. Mary’s School, a private boarding school in Faribault, MN. There he developed a specialized college prep engineering program, for which he recruits students from all around the world. Before his work at Shattuck, Michael spent 13 years in the manufacturing and engineering field. He worked locally at MTS Systems and PaR Systems on a wide variety of projects, from prototyping theme park rides to designing nuclear waste handling equipment. Michael was also involved in a program to design test equipment for space shuttle booster rockets.

  • MM 4011 - Virtual Reality and Simulation in Manufacturing
David Edmonson

David Edmonson

Ph.D., chemical physics, Johns Hopkins University; B.S., Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

Dr. David Edmonson has been involved in manufacturing for over 35 years. He started his career with IBM, working on thin film etching and deposition processes for magnetic head and disk products. In 1993, David started his own business producing thin film coatings and consulting on vacuum and thin film processes. From 1996 until his retirement, he worked as a process engineer, engineering manager, program manager, and new process development engineer in the medical, military, and industrial sectors. He holds three patents and has written numerous technical articles on thin film materials and processes.

  • MM 4012 - Advanced Manufacturing: Applied Process and Technology
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William King

M.S., operations and technology management, Illinois Institute of Technology; B.S., engineering, U.S. Military Academy at West Point

William King has over 20 years of manufacturing operations experience, with nearly half in operations leadership positions. After graduation he served in the U.S. Army as a liaison officer for NATO in Europe. Following his service commitment, he began his business career working for a small medical firm in Silicon Valley, which was later purchased by Abbott Laboratories. Since 2000 he has worked in the Chicago and Twin Cities areas in various operations leadership positions, from manufacturing manager to director of operations.

  • MM 3001W - Manufacturing in a Global Economy

  • MM 4193 - Capstone Directed Study

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Michael (Mick) Kuehn

M.B.A., Cardinal Stritch University; B.S., mechanical engineering, University of Minnesota

Mick Kuehn is a licensed professional engineer and a certified project management professional. He owns Kuehn Diversified Engineering, Inc. (KDE), which consults for large and small companies. He has 20 years of experience in incubating technologies and developing manufacturing processes in the launch of new products. In previous work at St. Jude Medical, Mick used a grassroots approach to reinvent a product development life cycle process to support a $1B business unit that had outgrown old quality systems, and used DHF/DMR audit tools to drive remediation scope and create best practices for filling gaps.

  • MM 3305 − Advanced 3D Printing for Innovative Business Practices
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Scott Martens

M.S., management, Naval Postgraduate School; B.B.A., accounting, Iowa State University

Scott Martens is chief innovation officer for Hennepin County, leading the Center of Innovation and Excellence. He has served as a senior leader for UnitedHealth Group, University of Minnesota, American Express, Ceridian, and General Electric. Since 2000 Scott has taught courses for the Carlson School of Management in operations, quality, supply chain management, and managerial accounting. Prior to entering the private sector, Scott served as a naval officer and aviator. He’s held numerous leadership positions in nonprofit organizations, and serves as a strategy consultant to the Minnesota Make-A-Wish Board of Directors. He is a CPA and a CPL (certified professional logistician).

  • ABus 3301 - Introduction to Quality Management

  • MM 4035 - Global Supply Chain Management

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Paul Nied

D.B.A., University of Phoenix; M.B.A., Wayne State University; B.A., electrical engineering, University of Toledo

Dr. Paul Nied has over 25 years of manufacturing operations experience, much of which includes roles in leadership. Paul is currently the Lean Manager for Donaldson Company, Inc., with global responsibility for enterprise-wide deployment and progressive development of the Donaldson Production System. Earlier roles at Donaldson included Accelerated Product Development Manager and Operational Excellence Manager. Prior to joining Donaldson Paul worked with the hydraulics division of Eaton Corporation. He is a senior member of the American Society for Quality, a Certified Manager of Operational Excellence, and a Certified Quality Engineer.

  • MM 4201 - Quality Engineering and Management

  • MM 4311 - Sustainable Lean Manufacturing: Eliminating the Waste
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Jack Sandahl

M.B.A., manufacturing systems, University of St. Thomas; B.S., business finance, University of Minnesota

Jack Sandahl has over 25 years of manufacturing operations experience in the medical device industry, including production planning, manufacturing team leadership, contract manufacturing, purchasing, and global supplier management. He has managed complex high technology component supply chains in 15 countries in environments with demanding quality, reliability, regulatory, and cost objectives. He is currently a Fellow in a supplier and materials management role at Boston Scientific and is engaged in make/buy decisions.

  • MM 4039 - The Science of Sourcing: Partnerships for Success
Adam Sauter

Adam Sauter

BS, mechanical engineering, Purdue University–Northwest

Mr. Sauter has worked in various manufacturing industries since 2007, including oil and gas, food and consumer packaged goods, micromanufacturing of electronic components, and medical devices. He has had progressively responsible experience in a variety of manufacturing management systems in the United States and abroad, beginning as a co-op engineer for Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company in Chicago. Currently, Mr. Sauter is a senior manufacturing supervisor for Abbott Laboratories in Plymouth, MN. His interests include leadership development, decision theory, and the Conscious Capitalism movement. He anticipates an MBA in 2020 from Saint Cloud State University.

  • MM 4102 – Optimizing Operations Management
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Steven Schiveley

MBA., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MS, materials science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MS, electrical engineering, Columbia University; BS, political science, University of Oregon

Steven Schiveley is director of operations strategy at Boston Scientific, where he and his team are responsible for evaluating acquisition companies and for optimizing a manufacturing network of 15 plants and dozens of external contract manufacturer sites. He has been with Boston Scientific for eight years, with prior roles as supplier engineering director, responsible for specifying and qualifying materials used in production; and director of operations, responsible for leading an acquisition manufacturing site. Steven also worked at Intel Corporation for 12 years and Target Corporation for two years, in various supplier management, project management, and hardware/software product development roles.

  • MM 3205 − Engineering for Manufacturing Operations
David Yang

David Yang

MS, mechanical engineering, University of Minnesota; BS, biochemistry and chemistry, University of Massachusetts Amherst

David Yang is particularly interested in the juncture of 3D printing, CAD, and bioengineering. He currently works at Stratasys, a 3D printing company in Eden Prairie, where he assists customers with technical troubleshooting and applying 3D technology. He has conducted extensive research investigations into the practicality and implementation of 3D printing of biological components, including extracellular matrices and live cells. He is proficient in the use of computer-aided design (CAD) programs such as SolidWorks, Blender, and Magics to generate complex 3D models for engineering applications.  

  • MM 3305 − Advanced 3D Printing for Innovative Business Practices


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Liz Hruska

Career Counselor

Liz Hruska has been providing career counseling and coaching services for degree-seeking students since she joined the team of Career and Internship Services in 2008. She is a 2013 recipient of the John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, which recognizes high-quality advising at the University of Minnesota. Liz helps students with tactical pieces of the job search, including resume help, interview coaching, and internship search support. She also coaches students around larger self-exploration issues, including clarifying values and strengths and finding a work culture that fits. She has a special interest in providing support for student veterans, students from diverse backgrounds, and those with disabilities.

If you are an admitted degree-seeking student and would like to make an appointment with Liz, please visit: lizhruska.appointments.umn.edu (you will need to log in). 

  • HSM 3051 − Career and Internship Skills in Health Services Management
Ashley Cruz

Ashley Cruz

Academic Advisor

Ashley Cruz has been working with CCAPS students since 2018. She currently advises students in the Information Technology Infrastructure bachelor's and the Long Term Care Management minor. She holds a BA in International Studies and an MS in Administrative Leadership.

Advisory Board

Name Title Affiliation
Erick Ajax Vice President E.J. Ajax and Sons
Jason Alders Facility Manager Caterpillar Global Paving, Inc.
Naomi Brill Consultant SME
Robert L. Du Fresne President Du Fresne Manufacturing Co.
Bill Goins Worldwide Account Manager FedEx Healthcare Solutions
Andrew Hendricks Partner (Supplier Auditing) Quality Auditing LLC
Jerrod Krueger Director, Manufacturing Teleflex
Edward McConaghay Consultant/CEO Key Indicators
Daniel Miller Senior Engineering Manager Medtronic, Inc.
Susan Raddatz Senior Director of Operations & Program Management Heart Leaflet Technologies (HLT)
Mark Rutkiewicz Vice President of Quality Innovize, Inc,
Jack Sandahl Fellow, Supplier and Materials Management Boston Scientific Corporation
Richard Schalter President Rosenbauer Motors, LLC
Kirby Sneen Vice President Manufacturers Alliance
Jim Stephan Vice President of Sales Du Fresne Manufacturing Co.

List is current as of June 2019.