Dr. Kenneth Sullivan will be speaking at Defense Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) Conference

DMSMS Conference, Phoenix, AZ

November 30 – December 3dmsms 2015

Dr. Kenneth Sullivan, Director of the Office for Operational Excellence at University of Alabama in Huntsville, will be presenting on Collateral Damage: Potential Unintended Consequences of Additive Manufacturing in the Aerospace and Defense Industrial Base. 

This thought provoking presentation will explore how a disruptive technology such as additive manufacturing could potentially impact the aerospace and defense industrial base. Issues such as the possibility of a dramatic decrease in market demand in the casting sector, the potential negative impact on precision machine shops as a result of OEM additive manufacturing strategies and the challenges of the aerospace and defense customers to qualify hardware produced by additive manufacturing will be discussed.   Areas of further research will be discussed along with current issues in additive manufacturing that could impede government acceptance.   Steps that the government may consider to take advantage of additive manufacturing and to assist industry in their development will be discussed. 


Dr. Kenneth W. Sullivan is the Director of the Office for Operational Excellence in the Research Institute at University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). He has over 25 years of experience in both commercial and government sectors. His work experience includes roles as Industrial Engineer, Project Engineer, Project Manager, Supervisor, Consultant, Principal Investigator and Research Scientist. He has worked for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MFSC), Micro Craft, Inc. (now ATK) and United Technologies Corporation. In his current assignment, Dr. Sullivan is performing supply chain evaluations in support of the Lean Enterprise Initiative at U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) located at Redstone Arsenal as well as supporting NASA MSFC Engineering Directorate in the development of supply chain requirements and supply chain management strategies.

Office for Operational Excellence (OOE) Researchers are full-time, non-academic researchers with over 100 years of combined experience in various industries in both the commercial and government sectors. OOE has extensive expertise in mapping, analyzing and improving supply chains within the Department of Defense, NASA and the private sector. As a non-profit organization, we maintain the flexibility to work alongside multiple organizations as a non-competitive partner in resolving challenges at all levels in the enterprise supply chain.