Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers, renowned experts in industrial engineering and management, set the tone for various sections of the annual conference.



Lt. Gen. Stayce D. Harris

U.S. Air Force, Inspector General

As inspector general, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C., Lt. Gen. Stayce D. Harris reports to the secretary and chief of staff on matters concerning Air Force effectiveness, efficiency and the military discipline of active duty, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard forces. She also provides inspection policy and oversees the inspection and evaluation system for all Air Force nuclear and conventional forces; oversees Air Force counterintelligence operations; investigates fraud, waste and abuse; oversees criminal investigations; and provides oversight of complaints resolution programs. Harris is responsible for two field operating agencies: The Air Force Inspection Agency and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Harris received a commission in the Air Force through the University of Southern California's Air Force ROTC program. She served on active duty until joining the Air Force Reserve in 1991. She has commanded an airlift squadron, an expeditionary operations group, an air refueling wing and a numbered air force. Prior to her current position, Harris served as the assistant vice chief of staff and director, Air Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. She holds a bachelor’s in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and a master’s in aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida.

Highly decorated, Harris has accumulated many awards including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Aerial Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters, Combat Readiness Medal with three oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal with bronze hourglass.

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