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Mike Sherwin is the Owner and Principal Consultant of Next Ridge Technologies, LLC. He is also a full-time Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management at Duquesne University, teaching supply chain management, operations, and Lean Six Sigma courses. Before joining Duquesne University, he was an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering and Assistant Graduate Program Director at the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught and developed courses in supply chain management, operations, quality, and Lean/Six Sigma and was responsible for the Industrial Engineering Senior Design Capstone Program. Before joining academia, Dr. Sherwin spent over 15 years in the nuclear power, defense, metals, and aerospace industries. He is President-elect of the Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Logistics and Supply Chain Division Board of Directors, an ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt, a registered Professional Engineering in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and a certified training partner for the American Society for Quality (ASQ).


Dr. Sherwin has a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering (Mississippi State University), an M.S. in Industrial Engineering (Penn State University), an M.B.A. (Carnegie Mellon University), and a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering (Penn State University). His research interests are applied decision analytics, reliability optimization, and risk mitigation within critical supply chains. He is also interested in teaching methodologies with a specific interest in Industry 4.0 applications.

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