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Dr. Bryan W. Booker

Associate Professor

Engineering Management

School of Engineering Technology

158 Sill Hall

(734) 487-0146


  • Doctorate degree in Industrial Engineering from Western Michigan University
  • Master degree in Engineering Management from Western Michigan University
  • Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University
Bryan Booker

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 with 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.

Interests and Expertise




EM505 – Managing Engineering and Technology

EM509 – Engineering Project Management

EM511 – Manufacturing Engineering Fundamentals

EM520 – Engineering Valuation and Economic Analysis

EM531 - Engineering Management Analysis

EM540 - Engineering Resource Management

EM547 – Management of Research and Development

EM558 – Lean Production

EM669 – Lean Leadership Standards and Integration

QUAL320 – Industrial Quality Control

COT705 - Technology Innovation and Transfer

COT711 - Advanced Research Design & 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., & 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., & 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 26th, 2014, Lawrence Technological University

Booker, B., & 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 20th, 2015.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Registered as Professional Engineer – State of Michigan            1987 through 2019


Awards and Patents

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.