gholstonAssistant Professor
Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Management

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Education

1999
1993
1991

Ph.D.
M.S.
B.S.

Quality Engineering, The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Industrial Engineering, University of Alabama
Engineering Technology, Austin Peay State University

Biography

 

Dr. Gholston has extensive industry experience in quality engineering and continuous improvement.  He worked for the GM Saturn Corporation as a Lead Supplier Quality Engineering and also worked as a consultant to Delphi Automotive, International Paper, and Dakin America.   He has a Lean Six Sigma Black and has worked with Baldrige Performance Excellence Award for the past three years along with the Florida Quality Award for the past two years.  Currently, Dr. Gholston is working with two health care facilities to continuous improvement activities.

 

Research Expertise

  • Quality Engineering
  • Quality Systems Design and Assessment
  • Design for Manufacturing Quality
  • Applied Statistics

 

Honors & Awards

Examiner of the Baldrige National Quality Award 2010 – present

Examiner for the Florida Sterling Award 2011- present

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

Best Paper - American Society for Engineering Education

Martin Luther King, Jr. Award 2006-2007

Epsilon Mu Eta, Engineering Management Honor Society, Charter Member 2004

Alpha Pi Mu, Industrial Engineering, Honorary, 1992

Outstanding Graduate Student, Industrial and Systems Engineering Department, 1999

 

Recent Publications

STEIN, C., Etzkorn, L., Gholston, S., Farrington, P., Utley, D., Cox, G., and Fortune, J., “Semantic Metrics: Metrics Based on Semantic Aspects of Software,” Applied Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 23, Issue 1, January 2009, pp. 44-77.

YOUNGBLOOD, A., COMPONATION, P., GRADL, P., AND GHOLSTON, S., “Considering Risk Within Net Present Value: Calculations for Government Projects”The Engineering Economist: A Journal Devoted to the Problems of Capital Investment, Volume 54 Issue 2, 2009, pp. 152.

ANDERSON, M., ABDULLAH, Y, GHOLSTON, S., AND JONES, S., "Development of a methodology to predict through trip rates for small communities" accepted for publication in the ASCE Journal of Urban Planning Development.

Kioutas, Nicolas, Paul J. Componation, Gholston, S. and Alisha D. Youngblood, “A Common Framework for Valuing Technology Development Projects Using Real Options,” accepted to The Engineering Economist.

ANDERSON, M., ABDULLAH, Y, GHOLSTON, S., AND JONES, S., "Development of a methodology to predict through trip rates for small communities" accepted for publication in the ASCE Journal of Urban Planning Development.

SHETTY, S., COMPONATION, P., AND GHOLSTON, S., “Content Validation of an Assessment Tool of an Individual’s Perception of Lean implementation,” Journal of Management and Engineering Integration, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2011.

SULLIVANT, D., GHOLSTON, S., AND WESSELS, W., “Optimizing Availability Analysis using a Lean Six Sigma Process,” Journal of Management and Engineering Integration, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2011.

COMPONATION, P., JEMISON, P., WESSELS, B., AND GHOLSTON, S., “Exploring Alternative Strategies for Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT),” The Journal of Reliability, Maintainability, Supportability, in Systems Engineering, 2011.

SHETTY, S., COMPONATION, P., AND GHOLSTON, S., “A Stepwise Method of using Exploratory Factor Analysis in creation of a Lean Survey,” Journal of Management and Engineering Integration, 2012.

ANDERSON, M., WILSON, J., AND GHOLSTON, S., “Evaluation of Origin-Destination Matrix Estimation Techniques to Support Aspects of Traffic Modeling,” Submitted to: Journal of Transportation Engineering 2013.

 

Proceedings

Virani, S., Etzkorn, L., Gholston, S., Farrington, P., Utley, D., and Fortune, J., “Investigation of Domain Effects on Software,” Proceedings of the 47th Annual ACM Southeast Conference, Clemson, SC, March 19-21, 2009.

ANTONISON, M., MORRIS, A., AND GHOLSTON, S., “Work Engagement: A Measure of Employee Motivation and Well-being in a Healthy Workplace,” 15th International Conference on Industry, Engineering, and Management Systems, Cocoa Beach, FL, March, 2009.

CRAYCRAFT, C. AND GHOLSTON, S., “Hands-on Training and Experience provided Online: A compromise of quality for the sake of convenience?” 15th International Conference on Industry, Engineering, and Management Systems, Cocoa Beach, FL, March, 2009.

OLAGUE, H. AND GHOLSTON. S., “Program Understanding Through Indentation,”The 2009 International Conference on Software Engineering Research and Practice (SERP'09: July 13-16, 2009, USA)]: accepted.

SUSHIL SHETTY, SAMPSON GHOLSTON, PAUL COMPONATION, AND DAWN UTLEY,Assessing the extent of Lean Implementation in an Organization,” 2010 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Cancun, Mexico.

SUSHIL SHETTY, PAUL COMPONATION, SAMPSON GHOLSTON, AND DAWN UTLEY,Assessing an Organization’s Transition to Lean,” 16th International Conference on Industry, Engineering, and Management Systems, Cocoa Beach, FL, March 8-10, 2010.

SHETTY, S., COMPONATION, P., AND GHOLSTON, S., Content Validation of an Assessment Tool of an Individual’s Perception of Lean implementation,” 2011 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, Reno, Nevada.

SHETTY, S., COMPONATION, P., GHOLSTON, S., and UTLEY, D., “Assessing an Organization’s Transition to Lean”, 17th International Conference on Industry,Engineering, and Management Systems, Cocoa Beach, FL, March 28-30, 2011.

SULLIVANT, D., GHOLSTON, S., AND WESSELS, W., “Optimizing AvailabilityAnalysis using a Lean Six Sigma Process,” 17th International Conference on Industry,Engineering, and Management Systems, Cocoa Beach, FL, March 28-30, 2011.

GHOLSTON, S., NICHOLLS, G., AND ANDERSON. M., “Assessing the Relationship between a Students’ Residential Location and the Likelihood of entering a STEM Career,” 17th International Conference on Industry, Engineering, and Management Systems, Cocoa Beach, FL, March 28-30, 2011.

GHOLSTON, S. AND NICHOLLS, G., “Assessing the Pro-STEM Impact of an Intensive Summer Program on Secondary Students’ Interests in Transportation Careers,” ASEE SE Section Annual Conference, Charleston, SC, April 10-12, 2011.

GHOLSTON, S., BRANDOFINO, R., AND RAHMAN, M., “Integration of Lean Six Sigma into Industrial Engineering Curriculum,” Lean Educators Conference 2011, September 29, 2011.

SHETTY, S., COMPONATION, P., AND GHOLSTON, S., “A Stepwise Method of using Exploratory Factor Analysis in Creation of a Lean Assessment Survey,” 18th International Conference on Industry, Engineering, and Management Systems, Cocoa Beach, FL, March 25-28, 2012.

GHOLSTON, S., CARPENTER, S., and UTLEY, D., “Assessing Team Development Across Time using a Lean Manufacturing Simulation,” 17th International Conference on Industry, Engineering, and Management Systems, Cocoa Beach, FL, March 25-28, 2012.

COMPONATION, P., SHETTY, S., AND GHOLSTON, S., “A Proposed Model for Lean Assessment using Employee Perception,” ISERC, Orlando, FL, May 19-23, 2012.

GHOLSTON, S., AND HAYS, “A Joint Nursing and Engineering Effort in a Hospital Setting,” Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Beta Phi Chapter Research Day, Huntsville, Alabama, March 13, 2013.

SILLIVANT, D., HAYS, P., AND GHOLSTON, S., “Applying Lean Six Sigma Improve Safety in a Health Care Organization,” 18th International Conference on Industry, Engineering, and Management Systems, Cocoa Beach, FL, March, 2013.