Dean F. Poeth, Ph.D., P.E., C.Mfg.E.
   218 Gower Road
   Schenectady, NY 12302-6800







Dr. Poeth is a hands-on manufacturing expert who has worked in all areas of engineering, productivity improvement and cost reduction, manufacturing, and technical management including research, design, and production of mechanical, electronic, and electromechanical systems. Dr. Poeth has participated in, managed, and coordinated a wide variety of multidisciplinary industrial and government programs in operations research, business analytics, discrete-event simulation, advanced manufacturing systems, automation, robotics, and quality improvement.

Licensed professional engineer (P.E. - Ohio), certified manufacturing engineer (C.Mfg.E.), US citizen. Certified lean six sigma Black Belt. Qualified Prosci Change Management Practitioner.


  • Technical reviews of book proposals and book chapters for SAS Press, CRC Press, and John Wiley & Sons
  • Discrete-event simulation
  • Statistical methods and models
  • Productivity improvement and cost reduction
  • Operations research
  • Operations management
  • Business case analysis
  • Business metrics
  • Lean six sigma
  • Design for manufacturing
  • Engineering ethics
  • Consulting


    Adjunct Associate Professor at Clarkson University and Union Graduate College since 2005. Courses taught:

  • ME 507 Design for Manufacturing
  • IS 647 Statistical Methods for Data Analytics
  • HC 647 Statistical Foundations of Data Analytics
  • MBA 506 Statistical Models for Management
  • ME 573 Case Studies in Failure and Ethics in Engineering
  • Reactor Plant Design and Analysis Program instructor (at KAPL) since 1995
  • Discrete-Event Simulation (at KAPL) since 2008

Adjunct Instructor of Statistics, SUNY Adirondack, teaching MAT 127 Introductory Statistics with Probability



Penn State University, University Park, PA
Ph.D., Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Dissertation: The Development of the Methodology for the Optimization of Neutron Opaque Penetrants for use in the Evaluation of Manufacturing Damage in Monolithic and Composite Materials (1993)

Penn State University, University Park, PA
M.S. Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Thesis: The Application of a Silicon Dioxide Coating to Polymeric Armor (1990)

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
B.S. Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering


  • 2018 Invited Panelist, 50th Anniversary Statistics Conference, Penn State University.
  • 2017 Dean Poeth Exposť, Knolls Operations Community Newsletter.
  • 2015 Certified lean six sigma Black Belt.
  • 2014 Superior Performance Outstanding Teaming (SPOT) award ($300 award).
  • 2013 Patent award ($400 award).
  • 2006 Invited Speaker, ASM/TMS Spring Symposium, A Method for Evaluating Manufacturing Damage in Monolithic and Composite Materials.
  • 2006 Invited Speaker, 2nd Annual Tech Valley Engineering Symposium, Manufacturing Management Strategies for the Small Business Competing in an Offshoring Economy.
  • 2005 Department of Energy certificate of recognition for superior technical reports.
  • 2005 NOVA Chairmanís Award. For excellence as the editor of the NOVA News.
  • 2005 Board of Directors. The Kermis club.
  • 2004 Team Award Recognized for outstanding cross-sectional and cross-functional team performance on a process improvement initiative.
  • Ten Patent Disclosure Awards, 1994-2004 Designed to recognize company inventors in support of the innovation process.
  • 2002 - 2004 Board of Directors. The NOVA Society. 2002 and 2003 co-chair of the educational outreach committee. 2004 chair of the programs committee. The NOVA Society is dedicated to the principle that by joining together our financial support, volunteer time and technical skills, we can truly make more of a difference in our community than we can as individuals.
  • 2003 Ordained Church Officer
  • 2001 Team Award from Admiral Bowman, a four-star admiral and the Director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, US Navy.
  • 2000 NOVA Program Chairman's Award For excellence as editor of the NOVA News.
  • 1999 Recognition Award for Developing a Manufacturing Lecture for New Employees Given to employees who exemplify characteristics or achieve specific results in projects/programs well beyond the expectations of their jobs. $500 award.
  • 1997 NOVA Newsletter Editor Award For excellence as editor of the NOVA News.
  • 1994 Critical skill hire.
  • National Engineering Honors Society (Tau Beta Pi) Honor society founded "to mark in a fitting manner those who have conferred honor upon their Alma Mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character in engineering
  • Industrial Engineering Honors Society (Alpha Pi Mu) The purpose of the Alpha Pi Mu honor society is to confer recognition upon the student of industrial engineering who has shown exceptional academic interests and abilities in the field of industrial engineering.
  • Honors Society (Phi Kappa Phi) The Society's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."
  • Two Varsity Letter Awards, The Ohio State University Athletic Department.



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