F. Alan Smith

F. Alan Smith

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Jarrett Walker

Jarrett Walker

Jarrett Walker is an international consultant in public transit network design and policy, based in Portland, Oregon.  He has been a full-time consultant since 1991 and has led numerous major planning projects in cities and towns of all sizes, across North America, Australia, and New Zealand.  He is also the author of Human Transit: How clearer thinking about public transit can enrich our communites and our lives (Island Press, 2011).

He is President of Jarrett Walker + Associates, a consulting firm that provides advice and planning services North America.

Born in 1962, he grew up in Portland in during the revolutionary 1970s, the era when Portland first made its decisive commitment to be a city for people rather than cars.  He went on to complete a BA at Pomona College (Claremont, California) and a Ph.D. in theatre arts and humanities at Stanford University.  Passionately interested in an impractical number of fields, he is probably the only person with peer-reviewed publications in both the Journal of Transport Geography and Shakespeare Quarterly.

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John Fleming

Alan Smith Lecturer John FlemingPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Ford of Europe
Group Vice President, Ford Motor Company

Prior to his current position Mr. Fleming was President, Ford of Europe and prior to that he was Vice President Manufacturing, Ford of Europe with responsibility for all manufacturing facilities and operations.

Before taking over as Vice President Manufacturing, Mr. Fleming was Executive Director of the Ford Stamping Business Unit in the United States, an operation he was responsible for establishing. Prior to that assignment he served as Director of Global Manufacturing Engineering and New Model Programs.

Mr. Fleming joined Ford in 1967 at the company's Halewood facility on Merseyside, where he was involved in manufacturing processes for the then new Ford Escort. John Fleming was appointed Production Manager of the plant's Paint facility in 1984 and continued with responsibility for this and other areas in a number of management roles until 1988, when he left to assume European responsibility for Paint, Trim and Chassis Engineering. He returned to Halewood in 1991 as General Manufacturing Manager of Halewood Operations.

John Fleming was subsequently appointed Operations Manager of Halewood Operations in 1993. In 1995 he was assigned to the U.S. as Program Operations Manager for Vehicle Operations, responsible for managing four automotive assembly plants and three stamping and component plants.

Born in Liverpool, England, in 1951 Mr. Fleming holds an Honorary Degree from the John Moores University in Liverpool and production engineering qualifications from North East London Polytechnic.

Susan Smyth, Ph.D.

Susan Smyth

The Nathan Bisk College of Business welcomed Susan Smyth to campus in March for the F. Alan Smith Visiting Executive Talk Series. 

Smyth, chief scientist for global manufacturing and director of the R&D Manufacturing Systems Research Lab at General Motors, offered, “The Future of Manufacturing in the 21st Century.”

In her role at GM, Smyth directs the creation of GM’s global advanced manufacturing strategies and oversees innovation and implementation of its advanced manufacturing portfolio.

Bio:

Susan Smyth, PhD, is the chief scientist for global manufacturing at General Motors and director of the GM R&D Manufacturing Systems Research Lab. In this capacity, Smyth directs the creation of GM’s global advanced manufacturing strategies and oversees innovation and implementation of its advanced manufacturing portfolio. She has aggressively grown GM’s global collaboration footprint in the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, Korea and China. These collaborations have yielded internal and external recognitions.

Smyth began her career with General Motors as a senior project engineer with the Advanced Engineering staff. Since then, she has held a variety of leadership positions in manufacturing, quality, strategic business planning and R&D. In addition to being an SME International Director since 2012, Smyth is chair of the Technology Leadership Council for Manufacturing at the United States Council for Automotive Research; the GM executive representative for environmental technology at USCAR; a member of North-western’s MMM Executive Governance Council; executive advisor to Tennenbaum Institute and Georgia Tech’s Manufacturing Institute; and director of Collaborative Research Laboratories at the University of Michigan, MIT and Shanghai Jiao-Tong University, China. She has a bachelor’s in physics, a master’s in optoelectronics and information technology, and a doctorate in physics from the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland.