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Dr. Sullivan new director of UAH Office for Operational Excellence
Dr. Sullivan new director of UAH Office for Operational Excellence

Dr. Kenneth Sullivan is the new director of the renamed Office for Operational Excellence (OOE) at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

Formerly the Office of Enterprise Innovation and Sustainability, OOE operates within the UAH Research Institute. UAH's Research Institute carries out applied research and engineering programs, principally to meet the needs of Dept. of Defense customers, but with significant related work for NASA and private industry.

As an Institute office, the OOE serves the Dept. of Defense, the U.S. Dept. of Energy, NASA, healthcare, and manufacturing and industry. Clients have included Huntsville Hospital, the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command, the Defense Logistics Agency, the Army Contracting Command-Redstone, the Missile Defense Agency, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) ManTech and PPG Aerospace. OOE can be followed on LinkedIn.



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Systems Dynamics Modeling: Reducing Lifecycle Costs through Reliability Investments

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Simulations of such enterprises using a dynamic modeling approach have established a relationship between improvements in reliability and reduced operating costs as well as indicating changes in readiness levels and time of payback.

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Dynamic modeling of supply chain lifecycle costs provide benefits:

  • Demonstrating the affect of reliability investments and reliability improvements on lifecycle costs
  • Demonstrating the additional impact of demand and unit cost on payback periods of reliability investments
  • Providing guidance for analysis of investment strategies in regards to reducing overall lifecycle costs

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