Dr. Ed Arnheiter, who joined KGI in August 2016, possesses a unique combination of industry, consulting, and higher education experience that span a 30-year period. Since 2016, Arnheiter has held a faculty appointment in operations management at the Eberhardt School of Business, University of the Pacific. In addition, he is a professor of practice in the Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences at KGI.
From 2011 to 2016, Arnheiter taught statistics, operations research, and operations management at the Sacramento campus of Drexel University. While at Drexel, he received the Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Fellow Award from the LeBow College of Business and was appointed a Fellow, Center for Teaching Excellence. Before moving to California in 2011, Arnheiter served for 12 years as a clinical professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
In addition to 19 years teaching experience, Arnheiter has 11 years of full-time industrial work, including roles as a Quality Manager for Titleist, a Quality Engineer at GE Aerospace, and a Senior Quality Engineer for Spalding Sports. He is the principal consultant for Arnheiter Consulting, LLC, which focuses on the implementation and use of Lean Sigma improvement methods.
From March 2013 to August 2015, Arnheiter conducted lean sigma training for Chevron Corporation in San Ramon, CA; Bakersfield, CA; and Houston, TX; and provided project support for Chevron’s Environmental Management Company. Most recently, he conducted lean sigma Green Belt training and mentoring for CrescentCare Health systems in New Orleans, and lean sigma Black Belt training for the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center in McAllen, TX.
Arnheiter has published and presented numerous papers, book chapters, and case studies on lean management, Six Sigma, process improvement, and quality management. His research investigates novel applications of lean Six Sigma methods to improve processes in health care, education, and traditional manufacturing.
Formerly a New England resident, Arnheiter earned a PhD in industrial engineering and operations research, and a master of science in engineering management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Union College.