Dan Fields

A photo of Dan Fields

Professor, Director, Center for Product and Research Development

Centers and Institutes; Engineering

106 Sill Hall


[email protected]


  • Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1991 in Adult and Continuing Education (Industrial Training)
  • Master's: Western Michigan University: Educational Leadership (Industrial Training)
  • Bachelor's: Western Michigan University: Major 1: Group Science, Major 2: Physical Geography

Professional Summary

Prior to coming to EMU he was employed by the Casting Division of Textron, Inc., a large, multi-national conglomerate. At Textron, he held positions of Division Manager of Training and Development, Quality Manager, Inspection Superintendent, Pattern Shop Superintendent, Quality/Process Engineer, and Budget Analyst.

Interests and Expertise

Research and Product Development, Manufacturing Process Engineering, Foundry Engineering, Quality Management and Engineering, Statistical Process Control, Quality Systems and Audits, Engineering Cost Analysis

Courses Taught

  • CADM 122 Engineering Graphics I
  • FMGT 432 Senior Seminar in Facility Management
  • MFG 203 Industrial Operations
  • QUAL 420 Industrial Quality Control
  • MFG 636 Analysis of Manufacturing Processes
  • MFG 641 Materials of Industry
  • MFG 649 Manufacturing Process Planning
  • QUAL 550 Advanced Statistical Process Control
  • QUAL 552 Quality Planning
  • QUAL 553 Geometric and Surface Texture Tolerancing
  • QUAL 555 Quality Audits
  • EM 547 Management of Research,Development and Technology
  • COT 705 Technology Design, Development and Transfer

Selected Publications

  • D. Fields, Statistical Tools for Continuous Improvement, HFG, LLC, Southfield, MI 1999.
  • D. Fields & W. Tucker, Manufacturing Process Engineering, Ypsilanti, MI 1993. (for General Motors Corporation)
  • D. Fields, A Study of Factors Associated With the Transfer of Statistical Process Control Training to Shop-floor Applications, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 1991. (Ph.D. Dissertation)
  • D. Fields, Manufacturing Processes, Beal & Assoc., Ypsilanti, MI, 1989. (for Ford Motor Company)

Patents / Awards / Grants

COT Outstanding Faculty award in 1996
Dr. Fields is the director of the Center for Product R&D. He has been a faculty member at EMU since 1986. He implemented EMU's master's degree in quality and several cooperative programs with community colleges. He served in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Lieutenant with the 101st Airborne Division and in the Army Reserve and National Guard as an Engineering Corp Executive Officer and Infantry Company Commander.