R. Tim Dickinson, Ph.D.

R. Tim Dickinson, Ph.D.

Dickinson Engineering

Dr. Tim Dickinson has an extensive history in engineering and manufacturing technology, including over 15 years of executive experience.   Owner and president of Dickinson Engineering consulting firm for the past 10 years, he is proficient at assisting manufacturing senior management with cost and lead time reduction projects and helping supply chain managers improve productivity using lean and Six Sigma manufacturing concepts and process technology development.

Dr. Dickinson’s accomplishments through Dickinson Engineering include providing program management of internal and supplier manufacturing-focused cost reduction initiatives that resulted in an average measurable payback of less than six months on mature products.  The 20 technology projects and 24 lean manufacturing projects he managed were successfully completed on time and within budget.  He implemented improvement processes that range from enterprise resource planning (ERP) system implementation to set-up reduction to single-piece part flow, impacting operations that ranged in size from 22 to 450 employees.  For one corporate client, he provided lead technical support to eight supplier teams as they incorporated manufacturing process control plans into their facilities.  The resulting control plans not only directly supported AS9100 compliance, their development identified and led to the implementation of multiple rapid deployment improvement projects that reduced costs and lead time.

Prior to founding Dickinson Engineering, Dr. Dickinson served as director of industrial modernization at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), where he was responsible for managing a business consulting practice implementing state-of-the-art manufacturing and management technologies to a varied client base.  From 1988 through 1992, Dr. Dickinson was senior manager of manufacturing consulting for Price Waterhouse.  He led a business unit profit center composed of 12 consultants and managed a variety of manufacturing-focused improvement initiatives with major corporate customers such as Texas Instruments, Textron, and United Technologies.  His achievements included establishing a systematic approach to manufacturing operations needs assessment and developing strategic manufacturing improvement plans.

As director of technology modernization for the Directorate of Manufacturing Technology, U.S. Air Force from 1984 to 1988, Dr. Dickinson’s assignments included team leadership positions on major airframe/propulsion/electronics development programs.  He was responsible for the oversight of more than 60 contractor manufacturing and management process improvement and modernization projects valued at over $300M.

In addition to his professional achievements, Dr. Dickinson served as adjunct professor at Central Michigan University and the University of Dayton, where he taught graduate-level courses in production and operations management and quantitative analysis.  A frequent presenter at national conferences, he has made numerous presentations on manufacturing and supply chain management.  Dr. Dickinson is a lieutenant colonel (retired) in the U.S. Air Force.


Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, Texas
Master of Engineering Administration, University of Utah
B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Ohio University