Dan L. Shunk, professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, Arizona State University

Dan L. Shunk, Ph.D., is a professor in the industrial engineering department at Arizona State University. He also is the PIMSA Chair at CETYS University in Baja, Calif., and an adjunct professor at the Polytechnic University of Milan in Como, Italy. From 2002 to 2003, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Ireland at the University College Cork developing strategies for the Irish food and pharmaceutical industries. He is the former director of the CIM Systems Research Center, which won the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) LEAD Award as the best CIM research center in the world in 1990. He is currently pursuing research into global new product development, model-based enterprises and global supply network integration. His book is Integrated Process Design and Development

Shunk has been recognized in the semiconductor, electronics, aerospace and automotive communities for his innovative approaches to product development and productivity improvements. For example, in the early 1980s, Shunk’s team helped Intel design the Fab 7 facility in Rio Rancho, N.M., now the world’s largest semiconductor factory. His team also helped Motorola design USA-1 in Chandler, Ariz. From 1989 to 1993, Shunk and a team of researchers from ASU helped Kenworth of Mexico achieve a “5X” productivity improvement. For many years, he worked with major electronics companies as the principal investigator on a $1.5 million DARPA project developing a strategy and achieving a reduction of their times and costs by 20 percent to 80 percent. Shunk has traveled to Europe, Latin America and Asia to present his global product development and global supply network integration methodologies to semiconductor, electronics, aerospace and automotive audiences.

Shunk is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and SME. He has served on the SME board of advisors of CASA, which he chaired in 1993 when he supported the development of the new CASA Enterprise Wheel. He also served on the board of directors of the Association of Manufacturing Excellence and the Value Chain Group. He helped Motorola conceive Motorola University and served on their faculty from 1984 to 1999. He is on the editorial board of the Agility and Global Competition Journal, the International Journal of Flexible Automation and Integrated Manufacturing and the International Journal of Product Development. He is a past U.S. delegate to the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems organization and chaired their Strategic Planning Working Group. 

Shunk won the 1996 SME International Award for Education, the 1991 and 1999 I&MSE Faculty of the Year award, the 1989 SME Region VII Educator of the Year award, and won the 1982 SME Outstanding Young Engineer award. He chaired AutoFact in 1985, and he has served on the Manufacturing Studies Board of the National Research Council (NRC) and chaired two NRC panels. Recently he participated in the creation of the Next Generation Manufacturing Project.

He has published more than 30 journal articles, one book and two book chapters, more than 35 refereed conference proceedings and has presented a dozen keynote speeches. The Interfaces paper dealing with the Kenworth modernization was recognized by ORSA/TIMS with a finalist status in the 1992 Franz Edelman Award Competition. The paper on Lessons Learned from the DARPA research won the best paper award from the Agility and Global Competition journal.

Shunk has a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Purdue University. He is co-founder of the USAF Integrated Computer-Aided Manufacturing (ICAM) Program, where he launched such industry standards as IDEF and IGES. He was industrial engineering manager at Rockwell, manufacturing systems manager at International Harvester, and VP-GM of the multimillion-dollar Integrated Systems Division of GCA Corp.