David R. Jones Joins Auburn University ISE Alumni Council

Published: Aug 28, 2006 4:23:02 PM
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The Auburn University Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) is pleased to announce that David R. Jones has joined the ISE Alumni Council. Jones is a 1991 Auburn University BIE graduate currently employed with American Cast Iron Pipe Company (ACIPCO) in Birmingham, Alabama. His manufacturing career began with the Lee Apparel Company before joining ACIPCO in 1992.

He has experience in many areas, having worked originally as an Industrial Engineer doing traditional time studies involving costing and equipment justifications at the beginning of his career, then spending several years working as a project manager implementing a closed loop business system and re-engineering processes for ACIPCO at the Birmingham location as well as several subsidiary companies.

In 1999, Jones became the continuous improvement coordinator and was charged with becoming the champion for continuous improvement (CI) at ACIPCO. Since this time, teams have dominated the ACIPCO culture as a way to involve employees in problem solving, train employees and make the company more efficient. Over the past few years the CI team, which includes additional Auburn ISE graduates, has worked with the Alabama Technology Network from Auburn University to introduce lean manufacturing concepts such as 5S, Quick Changeover, Value Stream Mapping and Kaizen events. Projects using these concepts have resulted in great success and substantial savings for the company.

Jones is a past president of the Birmingham chapter of Institute for Industrial Engineers (IIE). He received his master's degree in business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1997 and is certified by APICS, the association for operations management, with a CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management). Born in Cullman, Ala., he and his wife Kathy (also an Auburn ISE alum) live in Hoover, Ala.

The ISE Alumni Council is a 12 member group led by Coby Frampton (BIE 1970) which assists the department with many aspects of continuously improving its educational, research and outreach activities. The council meets on campus twice a year. More information about the council can be found at www.eng.auburn.edu/programs/insy/alumni.