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Len Walsh
Program Director and Assistant Professor of CNC and Welding
School of Business/Technology and Advanced Manufacturing
CNC Machining, Welding
Office Location
One Pent Road
Courses Taught
Computerized Numerical Control (CNC), Manufacturing Skills Standard Council (MSSC) certification courses. Logistics and Supply Chain. Lean Six Sigma. Mathematics, Geometric Dimension & Tolerancing
Leonard Walsh is a retired Navy Commander (0-5) having served more than twenty two years between active and reserve service with the US Navy. Initially enlisted in the navy, he trained and worked extensively in aviation electronics before accepting a ROTC scholarship to Villanova. Later as a commissioned officer he served aboard a number of ship platforms including replenishment, amphibious and aircraft carriers. He served in various engineering positions including chief engineer. In the naval reserves he was assigned to logistics squadron two serving as weapons transfer, material officer, and training officer. Work in the squadron and simultaneously serving on region one training team earned for him Connecticut Naval Reserve Officer of the Year. Following that tour he was assigned as officer in charge of Naval Mobile Combat Battalion [Sea Bee’s] detachment in Plainville, CT. As commander he was assigned to Naval Sea Systems Command, Deep Submergence, New London, CT serving as project officer, promoted to chief engineer and later serving as executive officer. He has an extensive background in steam propulsion, electrical generation and maintenance as well as integrated product design. As an inventor he designed numerous devices including but not limited to: Plasma ultrasonic pulse code transceiver, aircraft starting system reusable ferrule, boiler testing modules, digital fault sequence analyzer, infrared package conveyor safety device, telescopic fiber optic alidade and an artificial horizon sextant.
In 1995, Len joined Pratt & Whitney as a Senior Manufacturing Engineer making high pressure compressors (HPC) and manufacturing improvements to commercial and military engines. While in this position, Len oversaw new machinery trials, installation, programming and production set up for several engine families including PW2000, PW4000, F100 and F119 engines. Additionally, designed numerous Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) set up reductions, lifting devices, fixtures, gauging and wrote Computer Aided Process Planning operation sheets. He was part of F119 Integrated Product Team, Kaizen event lead, Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) instructor, production management, and Internal ISO Auditor. He received numerous awards for reducing time on machines 35-50%, through optimization, reprograming and simultaneous turning, reducing all tool chain changes to 0. Reduced corrective action request CAR's from 6 a month to 0 on all parts assigned with 0 rework, Process Incidental Damage to 0, part travel by 75%, Process Certification and Cpk increases from .6 to 3 & 4 that significantly reduced work in progress (WIP).
By 1998, he was asked to internal consult to other departments in Pratt & Whitney and other divisions within United Technologies Corporation (UTC). Known for his low cost, frugal solutions, machine reliability, and cost reduction activities on multiple product and manufacturing processes. Including several projects that he initiated that had Return on investments of less than 3 months on a 250,000 USD investment. In 2000, Len was inaugurated into the Engineering Fellows Program within United Technologies as an Associate Engineering Fellow and promoted to Engineering Fellow in 2002. Consulted worldwide on various production and assembly issues, material handling, machine repair, and safety related issues. Accident investigations, data analysis, audit resolution, root cause analysis and development of corrective actions. He also consulted on multiple Kaizen, lean initiatives including internal and external audits that reduced bottleneck operations, increased process quality, reliability and reduced injuries. Authored Engineering Standard Work procedures and managed electrical, machine, laser, material handling, ergonomics and compressed gas safety programs that became standards for other units within United Technologies.
He is well known for the development of “Catalyst" Knowledge Management (KM) data bank for frequently asked questions, solutions to audit findings, and manufacturing best practice sharing. Catalyst system assisted in reducing audit findings and cost savings companywide. While at Pratt & Whitney he had a number of publications and over 14 submissions to intellectual property for mechanical, electronic and electromechanical inventions. And was awarded numerous patents US and EU
In November of 2014, Dr. Walsh began work at Goodwin developing courses and curriculum options in the field of Manufacturing and Facilities and as an adjunct professor in the department of social science, business education and manufacturing program. In July of 2015, Dr. Walsh joined the Goodwin University team full-time as Assistant Professor and Program director for CNC Machining and Supply Chain & Logistics Management. He serves on the Tier II-Enrollment and registration Committee.
In March of 2015, Dr. Walsh was recognized and earned the coveted Institute of Industrial Engineers Creativeness in Ergonomics Award.
B.S ME., Villanova University
MBA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Masters of Science Quality Systems Management
Doctor of Business Administration Quality Systems Management National Gradate School MA
Honors / Awards
Institute of Industrial Engineers Creativeness in Ergonomics Award. 2015.
Areas of Interest / Study / Research
Inventing and using alternative energy including Sterling engines, solar and wind energy. He enjoys writing, metal working, welding, machining, and repairing and modifying most anything.
Research interests are in the areas of lean manufacturing, six sigma, engineering ergonomics, and use of TRIZ method of problem solving, advancing innovation and the creative process.
“Readymade Solutions” Industrial Engineering, January 2012.
“Visual work place practices positively impact business process” Benchmarking, an International Journal, Emerald 2012
Conference Presentations
“Frugal Ergonomics” at Institute of Industrial Engineering Conference on Ergonomics 2012.
“Vibration Reduction Mechanisms” at 4th American Conference on Human vibrations Conference.
“The first 3 Sigma” Engineering Fellows Lecture series, United Technologies Corporation.
Teaching Philosophy
Pass on the dream, the knowledge, and the pure enjoyment of making things to students so they can build a better future for themselves and others.
Giving Back
Yes! I greatly appreciate the help I got in school. Moreover, this is one way to honor their commitment to learning as well.