Elizabeth "Beth" Cudney, Ph.D. received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University.  She received her Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering with a Manufacturing Specialization and Master of Business Administration from the University of Hartford, and her doctorate in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri – Rolla.  

Prior to returning to school for her doctorate, she worked in the automotive industry in various roles including Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality/Process Engineer, Quality Auditor, Senior Manufacturing Engineer and Manufacturing Manager. Beth is an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified Quality Engineer, Manager of Quality/Operational Excellence, Certified Quality Inspector, Certified Quality Improvement Associate, Certified Quality Technician, and Certified Quality Process Analyst. Beth is a member of the Japan Quality Engineering Society (QES), International Academy for Quality (IAQ), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society for Quality (ASQ), Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). She is currently serving as President of ASEM.

In 2014, Beth was elected as an ASEM Fellow. In 2013, Beth was elected as an ASQ Fellow. In 2010, Beth was inducted as an Associate Member into the International Academy for Quality. In addition, she received the 2007 American Society for Quality (ASQ) Armand V. Feigenbaum Medal.  This international award is given annually to one individual “who has displayed outstanding characteristics of leadership, professionalism, and potential in the field of quality and also whose work has been or, will become of distinct benefit to mankind.” In addition, she received the 2006 Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award.  This international award is given annually to engineers “who have made exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the manufacturing industry.”

Beth’s major areas of interest are in quality engineering, pattern recognition, lean six sigma, and healthcare systems engineering.  She currently teaches EMgt 4710 Quality Philosophies and Methods, EMgt 5710 Six Sigma, and EMgt 6710 Design for Six Sigma.  Beth has published four books and over forty journal papers, seventy refereed conference papers, and has additional work awaiting publication.  In addition, her first book entitled, “Using Hoshin Kanri to Improve the Value Stream” was released in March 2009 through Productivity Press, a division of Taylor and Francis.  Her second book entitled, “Implementing Lean Six Sigma throughout the Supply Chain: The Comprehensive and Transparent Case Study” was released in November 2010 through Productivity Press. Her third book entitled, “Design for Six Sigma in Product and Service Development: Applications and Case Studies” was released in June 2012 through CRC Press. Her fourth book entitled, “Lean Systems: Applications and Case Studies in Manufacturing, Service, and Healthcare” was released in October 2013 through CRC Press. Her fifth book entitled, "Total Productive Maintenance: Strategies and Implementation Guide" will be released in July 2015.
Ph.D., Engineering Management, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO 2006
MBA, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT, 2002
Masters of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT, 2000
B.S., Industrial Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 1996
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Quality Engineering, Healthcare Systems Engineering, Lean Six Sigma