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A better world through a systems approach

C-NO Chapter Meeting September 2010

  • Date:
    Sep 21, 2010 - 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Paul Mathews presenting on Design of Experiments and how it can complement Systems Engineering

Abstract for the presentation by Paul Mathews:  

An Introduction to Design of Experiments and Applications in Systems Engineering.  The usual approach to testing in systems engineering, testing one variable at a time (OVAT), results in a long program of testing that can't resolve interactions between variables. The Design of Experiments (DOE) method, developed for manufacturing but in widespread use in science and engineering, is capable of reducing the number of tests that have to be performed while simultaneously resolving variable interactions resulting in reduced testing time and more robust test results. Paul Mathews, a local consultant and trainer, will present an overview of DOE methods, demonstrate the use of DOE with an engineering case study, and then lead a discussion on the potential applications of DOE methods to testing in systems engineering.  

Paul Mathews is president of Mathews Malnar and Bailey, Inc., a provider of quality engineering and applied statistical consulting and training services for R&D, product, process, and manufacturing engineering organizations. Mathews Malnar and Bailey, Inc. also develops custom software to automate lab and data acquisition systems. Paul has almost 30 years of experience as an engineer, scientist, professor, and consultant. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from Miami University and Case Western Reserve University, respectively. Paul also holds ten patents and is the author of two books: Design of Experiments with MINITAB and Sample Size Calculations: Practical Methods for Engineers and Scientists. Paul is a member of the American Statistical Association and a senior member of the American Society for Quality. In his free time, Paul races and cruises his sailboat Whitehawk on Lake Erie with his wife Kathy.