Mark J. Kiemele

President & Co-founder, Air Academy Associates

Mark has more than 30 years of teaching, consulting, and coaching experience. Having trained, consulted, or 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 engaging practitioners in applying performance improvement methods. His support has been requested by an impressive list of global clients, including Xerox, Sony, Microsoft, GE, GlaxoSmithKline, Raytheon, Lockheed-Martin, General Dynamics, Samsung, Schlumberger, Bose, and John Deere.

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, and was a professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He currently serves on the National Defense Industrial Association’s Test and Evaluation Executive Committee. Dr. Kiemele has been involved in the origin and evolution of Six Sigma, as he trained the first Black Belts at the Six Sigma Research Institute at Motorola and has helped deploy and implement Lean, Six Sigma, or DFSS initiatives at more than 100 companies worldwide.

In addition to many published technical papers and articles, he has co-authored the books Basic Statistics: Tools for Continuous Improvement; Knowledge Based Management; Applied Modeling and Simulation: an Integrated Approach to Development and Operation; Network Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis; Lean Six Sigma: A Tools Guide; Design for Six Sigma: The Tool Guide for Practitioners. He is also the editor of the text Understanding Industrial Designed Experiments.

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