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., Michigan State University, Adult and Continuing Education, Industrial Training, 1991
  • 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.