Deans’ Seminar Series: Peter Shainin, The Shainin Group - Engineering Problem Solving Beyond Math - Almost

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 ( 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm )

Location: Stevens Institute of Technology, Babbio 122 and Online via Blackboard Collaborate

Abstract: Engineers are taught to build mathematical models of the problems they face and then solve the math. It is a strategy that works well as the primary basis for design, but not in product development or manufacturing. This talk will examine how creative thinking and statistics can play a central role in solving problems on the production end of the equation.

Biography: Peter Shainin ‘66 is Chairman of the Shainin Group, a group of engineering consulting companies in the United States, Europe and China. The group offers services in new product development, product and process reliability, engineering problem solving and training for client’s engineering staffs in these areas. Most of the group’s reliability and problem solving technologies were developed internally and are famous throughout the manufacturing world for their effectiveness. The group’s client list consists of many of the world’s most sophisticated manufacturing companies.

Mr. Shainin graduated from Stevens in 1966 with the degree of Mechanical Engineer. He started his career at Pratt & Whitney working on development of the F-100 engine fuel systems. He has held positions in product design, product development, architecture and heavy construction - becoming a registered professional engineer (1970). In 1984 he went to work for his father’s one-man consulting business and eventually grew the Shainin Group to its current worldwide reach.

Attendance for this event was open to all Stevens faculty, students, staff and invited guests. Immediately following the lecture, a reception took place in the Babbio Atrium.