Principal Research Scientist
Joe Paxton is a Principal Research Scientist in the Office for Enterprise Innovation and Sustainability in the Research Institute at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He has over 15 years experience in engineering and engineering management in private, public and state and federal government organizations. His work experience includes roles as Sr. Mechanical Engineer, Project Coordinator, Research Scientist, Strategic Services Manager, Area Manager and Supply Chain Manager.
Mr. Paxton has experience in training and implementing lean manufacturing, as well as optimizing supply chains. He has trained personnel, facilitated continuous improvement activities and coached executives in numerous industries, including automotive, electronics, medical, industrial equipment, forest products, and aerospace/defense. His most recent experience involves mapping and optimizing supply chains for NASA and the U.S. Army, as well as applying lean principles and improving business processes for the Department of Energy.
Mr. Paxton is a NIST certified trainer in Principles of Lean Manufacturing, 5S, Quick Changeover, Kanban/Pull Systems, Total Productive Maintenance and Value Stream Mapping.
He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering with a major in Manufacturing Systems and is pursuing a PhD in Industrial Engineering. He also a Certified SCOR Professional, a Six Sigma Green Belt and has received numerous commendations from customers, both commercial and government.