Bryan W. Booker

A photo of Bryan Booker

Associate Professor


112A King Hall


[email protected]


  • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Western Michigan University
  • ME, Engineering Management, Western Michigan University
  • BE, Industrial Engineering, Iowa State University

Professional Summary

He spent four years with Goodyear Atomic working as an industrial engineer in the recycling and assembly division of a uranium enrichment facility. He invested 20 years into the office furniture manufacturer Haworth Inc. serving a variety of engineering and management roles. While completing his doctorate requirements he worked as a senior management consultant for Resource Dynamics International.

Courses Taught

  • EM 505 Managing Engineering and Technology
  • EM 509 Engineering Project Management
  • EM 511 Manufacturing Engineering Fundamentals
  • EM 520 Engineering Valuation and Economic Analysis
  • EM 547 Management of Research and Development
  • EM558 Lean Production
  • EM 669 Lean Leadership Standards and Integration
  • QUAL 320 Industrial Quality Control
  • CET 705 Technology Innovation and Transfer
  • CET 711 Advanced Research Design and Applied Statistics

Selected Publications

  • Booker, B.W. (2015). Should Knowledge-Worker Job Descriptions Fit the Job or the Worker? Technology Interface Journal, 16(1), 100–111.
  • Booker, B., and Tucker, W. (2014). Push-and-pull lean strategy evaluation for online graduate courses. International Journal of Quality and Service Sectors, 6, 213–220.

Selected Presentations

  • Booker, B., and Tucker, W. (2013). Improving Economic Competitiveness by Enhancing Human Capital: Evaluating Push-and-Pull Lean Strategies in Online Graduate Courses, Quality and Service Sciences - International Conference - Lean Management Track, Portoroz, Slovenia.
  • Booker, B. (2014). Structured On-the-Job Assembly Training Methods: Selection of Media, Methods and Job Aides to Enhance Training Effectiveness and Retention, Workshop on Lean and Six-Sigma, March 26, 2014, Lawrence Technological University.
  • Booker, B., and Tucker, W. (2015). Lowest Level Employee Engagement in Quality System Compliance: Audits, and Improvement. 18th Toulon- Verona International Conference.
  • Booker, B. (2015). Person-Job Variation Reduction through OJT Training Triggered by Augmented Reality, World Scientific Engineering Academy Society (WSEAS) Conference, Hosted by Michigan State University, September 20, 2015.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Registered as professional engineer, State of Michigan, 1987–2017

Additional Information

His first year of full-time teaching (2010–2011) was at the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he served as assistant professor in the mechanical and industrial engineering department. Dr. Booker's dissertation was titled: Development of a Task Assignment Tool to Customize Job Descriptions and Close Person-Job Fit Gaps. His research is focused on knowledge worker job and organization design.