ISE welcomes Sandy Furterer as new Professor of Practice

Posted: July 6, 2022
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Dr. Sandy Furterer has joined the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at Ohio State as a Professor of Practice in the area of Lean Six Sigma and Systems Engineering.  She will also provide curriculum support and teach for the BSET program.


Before joining Ohio State, Dr. Furterer was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Dayton in the Engineering Management, Systems and Technology Department. She has over 25 years of experience in business process and quality improvements. She is an ASQ Certified Manager of Quality / Organizational Excellence, a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, a Certified Quality Engineer, a Certified Manager of Quality / Operational Excellence, an ASQ fellow, and a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.


Dr. Furterer received her Bachelors and Masters of Industrial & Systems Engineering from Ohio State, an MBA from Xavier University, and her PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida.  


Dr. Furterer’s research projects have focused on lean six sigma, change management, leadership and diversity, systems engineering, healthcare systems and engineering education. She developed a framework to integrate lean and six sigma methods applied in local government.  Dr. Furterer has published 9 textbooks in the areas of systems engineering, lean six sigma, design for six sigma and quality engineering methods and tools, as well as 6 textbook chapters, with the latest being a Lean Systems in Engineering Management chapter in the 6th edition of the Maynard Industrial Engineering Handbook. She has published 21 peer-reviewed research articles, 39 peer-reviewed conference proceedings, and presented 8 invited presentations and panels, and 98 conference presentations.


Dr. Furterer’s teaching experience has included lean six sigma, systems engineering fundamentals, model-based systems engineering, leadership and diversity, engineering economy, and other industrial and systems engineering courses.

Category: Faculty