Donald S. Holmes
Don Holmes is currently President of Stochos Incorporated which he founded in 1968. He is widely recognized as an authority in the field of applying mathematics and statistics to manufacturing operations. He has more than fifty years experience in industry, graduate and undergraduate teaching and government. He has published (and continues to publish) many papers in professional journals related to applications in the area of Statistical Process Control (SPC). These papers have led, in turn, to the development and marketing of Stochos' technical software products.
Mr. Holmes' experience includes:
One year in the role of Quality Engineer for General Electric's corporate quality systems consulting group.
Nine years as Business Logician for a General Electric Operations Research team at the Large Steam Turbine Generator Department. In this position he was responsible for mathematical and statistical analysis projects for finance, manufacturing, marketing and engineering components of that department.
Professor at many colleges and universities including: Union College (Schenectady, N.Y.), State University of New York (Albany, N.Y.), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, N.Y.), Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia) and Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia). He taught courses, primarily at the graduate level, in Operations Research, Operations Management, Quality Control, Statistics, Decision Theory and Strategic Planning. While at Union College he was responsible for establishing the Operations Research and Statistics Program and the Health Studies Program. He supervised many Master's and Ph.D. students working in the area of statistical analysis. The most recent thesis involved the use of statistical control principles to the analysis of the economic effect of changes in tax laws of the state of New York.
Mr. Holmes has participated in several large cost reduction projects over the last few years. One of the projects saved a company approximately one million dollars annually by decreasing the number of rebuild cycles of a major machine from twice a year to once a year. Another project added 50% to the life of the lining of steel ladles, which produced savings of approximately one hundred thousand dollars per year per ladle. The third project demonstrated the ability to save a quarter of a million dollars annually with decreased energy costs - with no deleterious effect on quality. It was also shown that the throughput of the system could be increased with no added capital investment.
He is a Fellow of the American Society for Quality and serves on the Editorial Board of Quality Engineering. He has co-authored more than 50 articles in the field of statistical process control and has received several prestigious awards from regional and local sections of ASQ. He has been active in local and regional section management activities of ASQ for many years.
Mr. Holmes is a regular member of the faculty of the Center for Professional Advancement. In this capacity he developed and is the course director for their course "Statistical Process Control: Basics and Advanced Topics for the Chemical Process, Pharmaceutical and Allied Industries." This course is given once a year in the Netherlands and once a year in the U.S.A. The students are mature engineers of wide assortment of degrees - BS to Ph.D. He also serves as a member of the CFPA advisory board.
He also serves as a member of the board of the Strategic Planning Institute, Cambridge, MA.
He is active as a consultant and trainer in a variety of chemical and related industries.