Dr. David G. Ullman the father of the Robust Decision-Making methodology. This process helps organizations make decisions when information is uncertain, incomplete, conflicting and evolving. It supports teams as each member works to support what she thinks is important while reaching a solution acceptable by all. The methods have been applied in areas ranging from national security to job searching
He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University, and was Professor of Mechanical Design at Oregon State University for 20 years. His text, The Mechanical Design Process is a compendium of best practices that treats the product development process as a series of difficult decisions. The 5th edition (McGraw Hill) will be published in 2015. His book, Making Robust Decisions develops the methodology and was published in 2006. He is a Life Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and founder of its Design Theory and Methodology committee.
He holds five patents for both hardware and decision support algorithms and has applied for six others. Besides being an Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering Design from Oregon State University, he has been a visiting Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Twente University (Netherlands), NTH (Norway) and Cambridge University (UK).
Dr. Ullman has founded two corporations to commercialize his ideas. The first company manufactured personal transportation products, grew to seven digit annual sales, and became the largest manufacturer in its field. David served as CEO over the first years of the corporation and as chairman of the board for life of the organization. The products David designed for this company won national awards.
The second corporation Ullman founded developed software, training and facilitation material around his Robust Decisions concept. Robust Decision methods have been taught and facilitated in major Fortune 500 Corporations and have led to improved decision making across many domains.
Dr. Ullman is an entertaining speaker, an experienced facilitator and a seasoned educator. His unique history of professional practice, teaching, facilitation and research enables him to balance practical experience with theory, much of it developed by him. The breath and depth of David’s real-world experience and education makes it possible for him to unstick complex situations, facilitate resolution, and help cross-organizational teams reach decisions and move to action.
Dr. Ullman has been consulting for over twenty five years. Experiences include:
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