Mark J. Kiemele

President & Co-founder, Air Academy Associates

Mark J. Kiemele, President and Co-founder of Air Academy Associates, has more than 30 years of teaching and consulting experience. Having trained, consulted, and mentored more than 30,000 leaders, scientists, engineers, managers, trainers, practitioners, and college students from more than 20 countries, he is world-renowned for his Knowledge Based KISS (Keep It Simple Statistically) approach to teaching statistical thinking methods to enhance critical thinking. His support is requested by an impressive list of global clients, including Apple, Sony, Microsoft, GE, Raytheon, Lockheed-Martin, Northrop-Grumman, General Dynamics, GlaxoSmithKline, Samsung, PerkinElmer, Danaher, Corning, BASF, Dell/EMC, John Deere, Xerox, and a host of DoD organizations.

Mark earned a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from North Dakota State University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University. During his time in the U.S. Air Force, Mark supported the design, development and testing of various weapon systems, including the Maverick and Cruise Missile systems. He performed the first aircraft/missile safe escape analysis on the Maverick, determining optimum escape maneuvers to minimize risk to the launch aircraft and pilot. On the Cruise Missile system, he was a software engineer responsible for the design and development of the terrain following guidance system. Mark was also a professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. 

In addition to many published articles and technical papers, he has co-authored the books Basic Statistics: Tools for Continuous Improvement; Knowledge Based Management (KBM); Applied Modeling and Simulation: An Integrated Approach to Development and Operation; Network Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis; Lean Six Sigma: A Tools Guide and most recently Design for Six Sigma:  The Tool Guide for Practitioners.  He is the editor of the text Understanding Industrial Designed Experiments.  He is the 2017 winner of the International Test & Evaluation Association’s prestigious Richard G. Cross Award, which recognizes outstanding accomplishments in test and evaluation education.

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