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Dr. Mary McShane-Vaughn

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Dr. Mary McShane-Vaughn is currently Principal at University Training Partners, a company that develops and delivers Lean Six Sigma training for corporations and universities. She earned her PhD in Industrial Engineering and an MS in Statistics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in Flint, Michigan.


Dr. McShane-Vaughn has created and delivered Yellow, Green and Black Belt training courses to hundreds of students, both in-person and online. Over the past seven years she has enthusiastically delivered more than 70 Yellow, Green and Black Belt courses for her university and corporate clients.


Previously, Mary was a tenured faculty member at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia (now Kennesaw State University). For eight years she directed and grew the Master of Science in Quality Assurance program and taught statistics, statistical quality control, linear regression and design of experiments online in the graduate program.


Before her career in academics, Dr. McShane-Vaughn worked for 15 years as a quality engineer and statistician in the automotive, medical device manufacturing, consumer products testing and revenue management industries.


Mary served as the Six Sigma Black Belt Exam Chair for the American Society for Quality (ASQ) from 2010-2012, and is now a member of the Certified Quality Engineer subcommittee. She is a past examiner for the Georgia Oglethorpe Award. She serves on the editorial review board for ASQ’s Six Sigma Forum. She is co-author of The Certified Quality Inspector Handbook, and author of The Probability Handbook, The Probability Workbook, and Lean Six Sigma Leadership. Dr. McShane-Vaughn is a senior member of the American Society for Quality and a member of the American Statistical Association. She holds ASQ certifications as a Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality Engineer and Reliability Engineer.