Rescheduled for July 21st
    Date: Thursday, 5/19
    Space Center Houston Tour: 4:15
    Networking: 5:30 - 6:00   
    Program: 6:00 - 7:00 pm 
       NOW 2 Locations

   Space Center Houston
   1601 NASA Pkwy
   Houston, Texas,, 77058

    ISS Meeting Building
    1800 Space Park Drive
    Nassau Bay, TX     77058

Westway Plaza,
GE Oil & Gas
Conference Room 1005
11330 Clay Road
Houston TX 77041


TGCC Chapter Meeting May 2016

“Healthcare Systems Engineering at MD Anderson Cancer Center”


We have two great events planned for Thursday, May 19th!

  • At 4:15 pm, meet at the entrance to Space Center Houston for a tour of Independence Plaza which exhibits the shuttle replica Independence and the original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft.  RSVP for attendance at this event is required by noon Friday May 13th at
  • At 5:30 pm, please join us for a presentation on “Healthcare Systems Engineering at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, located in Houston in the Texas Medical Center, is one of the world’s most respected centers dedicated exclusively to cancer care, research, education, and prevention.  MD Anderson aims to provide safe, timely, effective, equitable, efficient, and patient centered care as part of its mission to eliminate cancer.  The Healthcare Systems Engineering team at MD Anderson supports this goal by facilitating the design, implementation, and improvement of health care systems using proven systems engineering methods and principles.  Jeremy Meade and David Bivins will provide an overview of their role, organization structure, training programs, and examples of projects using systems engineering tools such as lean, six sigma, simulation, and optimization.


David Bivens, Manager, Healthcare Systems Engineering

David joined the staff of the Office of Performance Improvement at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in March 2002.  Prior to joining, David held various quality, engineering and IT positions in the vehicle manufacturing and logistics industries.  Since joining M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, David’s primary role has been leading and supporting improvement projects across the institution and serving as an instructor in the Lean Training program.  He also volunteers with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Quality Training Program (QTP) as an Improvement Coach.  David holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and a MS degree in Engineering Management from The University of Texas.  Certifications include Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (SSBB) from American Society for Quality (ASQ), and Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) from the Association of Operations Management (APICS).  He has also received training in Lean Thinking by Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, a Johnson & Johnson Company.


Jeremy Meade, Associate Director, Healthcare Systems Engineering

Jeremy has seventeen years of process improvement experience in the steel, automotive, and healthcare industries.  He joined MD Anderson and the Office of Performance Improvement in January 2011.  At MD Anderson, his primary roles have been providing coaching and direction to quality engineers, leading and supporting process improvement initiatives, and serving as an instructor for the Six Sigma, Lean, and Clinical Safety & Effectiveness programs.  Prior to joining MD Anderson, Jeremy served as Outreach Coordinator for the Alabama Productivity Center at the University of Alabama providing process improvement consultation to manufacturers and healthcare providers.  Before joining UA, Jeremy worked as an operations engineer at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International and American Cast Iron Pipe Company.  He obtained his Six Sigma Black Belt certification at Mercedes-Benz and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).  Jeremy studied at the University of Alabama, where he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering.