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The students in the Ph.D. program represent numerous industries and hold leadership positions in some of the nation's foremost organizations.

The students in the Ph.D. program consult with the faculty and practicing scholars to write and publish work throughout the program.

The students in the Ph.D. program are learning to apply the latest thinking in human capital management in their organizations.

Randall Foster

Project Manager
Spirit Aerosystems

Randy works as a Project Manager and Manufacturing Engineering consultant for Spirit Aerosystems. In this position, he facilitates and leads the development, integration and implementation of efficient business and manufacturing processes, including Enterprise Resource Planning, LEAN Six Sigma, and Theory of Constraints methodologies. In addition, he advises senior executives on strategic innovation, economic stabilization, and business cycle management for numerous value chains, including the Boeing 700 series aircraft and Sikorsky helicopters. He also has experience working as an educator and consultant in the legal, economic and business fields of practice.

Randy also has extensive experience working with military operations. Most recently, Randy was mobilized with the U.S. Army’s University for Foreign Military and Cultural Studies (UFMCS) as a Red Team Leader and seminar instructor. In this capacity, he developed, presented, and led graduate level lectures, seminars and interactive instruction in alternative analysis and cultural apperception focusing on metacognition, personality dimensions, team dynamics, critical thinking, contrarian techniques, and cultural anthropology. His UFMCS project assignments included an economic strategy for southern Afghanistan, analyzing drug trafficking operational theories with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, and development of a strategic assessments methodology with NATO partner nations.

Randy holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas, an M.A. in Managerial Economics from the University of Oklahoma, and a J.D. from Washburn University’s School of Law. He is a certified LEAN Master Coach from Spirit Aerosystems and LEAN Six Sigma (black belt and greenbelt) from Villanova University. A former Naval Nuclear Engineer, he has also completed coursework in Executive Leadership from Notre Dame University, Project Management and Instructor Techniques: Train-the-Trainer from Butler College, and Strategic Supply Chain Management from the University of San Francisco.

What I hope to gain from this program

As a project manager tasked with solving ill-defined complex problems, my aim is to improve my ability to develop and utilize our human capital to produce profitable, cutting-edge results without sacrificing the quality of the work environment. In particular, I hope to improve on creating viable and relevant human capital metrics that truly gauge and align with our business outcomes. Likewise, I want to learn and discuss how others have successfully tackled bridging the gap between management and the work force to achieve win-win results. The curriculum is directly on-point with the professional challenges I face and I am certain that this program will significantly improve the professional answers and advice I provide.