Jerry Westbrook

Professor and Chair of the Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Management Department at University of Alabama

Location:
701 20Th St. S. AB 1320, Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Company:
University of Alabama
HQ Phone:
(205) 934-6400
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Last Updated 7/22/2017

General Information

Employment History

Executive Director  - American Society for Engineering Management

Education

Bachelor of Science degree  - Electrical Engineering , Vanderbilt University

Master of Science degree  - Industrial Engineering , University of Tennessee

Ph.D.  - Industrial Engineering , Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Affiliations

Member  - ASEE

Member  - IIE

Board Member  - Functional

WBS Member  - Westbrook Stevens LLC

Chair of the Engineering Management, Industrial and Systems Engineering Department  - University of Alabama in Huntsville

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WBS Members

Jerry Westbrook, PhD. Senior Scientist/Consultant
Jerry Westbrook has served many years as Professor and Chair of the Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Management Department at The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama. He has served in academia for over 35 years as lecturer and administrator. He consults and publishes in the field of engineering management theory and its applications in industry and government. He has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Tennessee and is a member of ASEM, IIE, and the ASEE. He was the 1999-2000 national president of the ASEM.

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Phase 1 - Excellent Management

We know this for, several years ago, after researching many linear feet of writings on quality, Dr. Jerry Westbrook formed a theory about the popular quality management trends found in total quality management (TQM).
He described this often hard to understand program using six attributes that made it easy to implement. His attributes are culture, customer focus, team building, problem solving, continuous improvement, and performance measures. His theory was that one could use these six attributes to describe TQM in a way that would satisfy all of the existing definitions. Furthermore, these six attributes would give practitioners a framework on which to build a program and a way to communicate these ideas to others. He also found a link between culture and success or failure of implementing projects and program. It all boils down to people. One of Dr. Westbrook's studies showed that of all the original six attributes, culture is the limiting force. Jerry D. Westbrook, "Taking a Multivariate Approach to Total Quality Management," Industrial Management, March/April, 1993February 24, 1994. Words of Dr. Jerry Westbrook, director of the Engineering Management, Industrial, and Systems Engineering Program at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, during his classes on Quality Management 1995. OTHER MATERIAL USED Abstract -- Several years ago, after researching several linear feet of past writings on quality, Dr. Jerry Westbrook, formed a theory about the popular quality management trends found in Total Quality Management (TQM). He described this often hard to understand program using six attributes that made it easy to implement. The original Westbrook Attributeswere designed by Dr. Jerry Westbrook, chair of the Engineering Management, Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Much of the work to create the systematic approach has already been achieved by Dr. Westbrook's previous work. During his research, Dr. Westbrook reviewed hundreds of documents and within these articles, papers and books he found some similarities. He observed that all of the writings related to TQM could be explained using at least one of the following six attributes: Using an artist's mobile, Dr. Westbrook and I were able to graphical describe the interrelationships of these six attributes. Jerry D. Westbrook, "Taking a Multivariate Approach to Total Quality Management," Industrial Management, March/April, 1993.

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Management Plan

Jerry Westbrook, PhD. Senior Scientist/Consultant
Jerry Westbrook has served many years as Professor and Chair of the Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Management Department at The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama. He has served in academia for over 35 years as lecturer and administrator. He consults and publishes in the field of engineering management theory and its applications in industry and government. He has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Tennessee and is a member of ASEM, IIE, and the ASEE. He was the 1999-2000 national president of the ASEM. Dr. Jerry Westbrook - Planning Jerry Westbrook (Member) Jerry Westbrook (Member) Procurement Systems Team Jerry Westbrook (Member) Jerry Westbrook (Leader) Jerry Westbrook (Member)

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