Ross E. Robson, Ph.D.

Ross E. Robson, Ph.D.

DnR Lean, LLC

Dr. Robson is a Lean management expert with over 20 years of experience as an educator, consultant, and evaluator.  President of DnR Lean LLC and representative of Autoliv Lean Consulting, he specializes in furthering North American competitiveness.

From 1989 to 2007, Dr. Robson served as executive director of the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing, a recognition and award program for manufacturers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  During that period, he also was a Lean management professor and associate dean for Business Relations in the College of Business at Utah State University in Logan, Utah.  He joined the Utah State faculty in 1979. Previously, he taught at the University of Georgia and the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Robson has participated in consulting evaluations and over 200 comprehensive site evaluation visits to companies that have challenged for the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing and the NASA Excellence Award for Quality and Productivity.  He also has conducted training related to the Shingo Prize Approach to World Class Manufacturing for individuals from numerous organizations including Solectron, Cordis, Delphi, Raytheon, BOSE, TXU, Ford, Honda, Baxter, Boeing, Harley Davidson, Autoliv, Dupont, US Surgical, BAE, Chrysler, General Motors, Johnson Controls, Grupo Urrea, AG Simpson, ATK, Anchor Hocking Glass, Steelcase, Champion International, Dana, Allied Signal, Gillette, HON, Parker Hannifin, Applied Materials, Techmosa Caterpillar, TechnoTrim, JR Simplot, TRW, Gates Rubber, Alcatel Network Systems, Mobil Oil, Alcoa Aluminum, Thompson Consumer Electronics, Chevron Products, Varian X-Ray Tube Products, Harris, Wiremold, Coach, Tellabs, Lear, Abbott Labs, Callaway Golf, Compaq Computer, Delphi, Brooks Electronics, Tremec, Lockheed Martin, Kinetic Concepts, LG Electronics, and Precision, Korea.  In addition, Dr. Robson has participated in research and consulting projects in Sudan, Kenya, Morocco, Thailand, and Nepal on behalf of the US Department of Labor, US Agency for International Development, and the World Bank.

Editor of The Quality and Productivity Equation: American Corporate Strategies for the 1990s, (Productivity Press), Dr. Robson has written numerous articles and been featured in several videos including Financial News Network's Accounting for the Shingo Prize (1996) and the Shingo Prize TV Profile aired on CNBC and PBS (1996).  He has addressed over 75,000 people on Lean business systems and the Shingo Prize, and was keynote speaker at over 75 conferences.

Dr. Robson was inducted into the World Academy of Productivity Science in 1999 and was recognized by Evolving Excellence of as one of "10 People Who Matter in Manufacturing" in 2006.  He was instrumental in the development of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), Society for Manufacturing Excellence (SME), and Shingo Prize Lean Certification program.  In 2007, he received the AME's Lifetime Achievement Award for Manufacturing Excellence; recognition from the Technologico de Monterrey (Queretaro campus) for Dedication, Commitment, and Contribution toward Manufacturing Excellence in North America; and recognition from Grupo Cydsa of Monterrey, Mexico, for Sharing Talent, Dedication, and Knowledge to Mexican Companies Through the Lean Process.  In 2008, the SME presented Dr. Robson with the Eli Whitney International Award for Productivity.


Ph.D., University of Maryland