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Washburn Shops, 222
Phone: +1-508-831-6013
Fax: +1-508-831-5720

Walter "Wally" Towner

I am interested in manufacturing and industrial engineering. My main interests lie at the intersection of manufacturing processes and the financial aspect of the business that relates to these processes. I see my mission as enabling students to become leaders in a business environment and helping them extract value from the processes that drive the organization. We do this by using tools like axiomatic design and Lean Six Sigma methods. I like to frame the lectures in such a way that the students pictures themselves in the field, supporting or leading members of the organizations and having an immediate impact on the operation. My courses often have a project at an off campus organization as well as in class mock management scenarios.

Research Interests

  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Axiomatic Design
  • Operations Management
  • Engineering Economics
  • Manufacturing Engineering



  • BSME WPI ‘83
  • MBA Babson ‘89
  • MSOIT WPI ‘01
  • MSMFE WPI ‘03
  • PhD WPI ‘13


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