Nicholas Loyd, Ph.D.
CMER Director; Clinical Assistant Professor
Nicholas (Nic) Loyd is a clinical assistant professor for the Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Management department at UAH, with the primary responsibility of leading the Engineering Management graduate program. His primary research interests are The Toyota (and Lean) Production System, strategic management and culture change, supply chain management, and emerging technologies in advanced manufacturing.
Allison has been with UAH for fourteen years and is the budget analyst for the Center for Management and Economic Research (CMER). She handles all the financial aspects of CMER along with proposals and contracts. Allison has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from The University of Alabama in Huntsville.
- B.S., Finance, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2006
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE II, S1
Ms. Pate is a media and marketing specialist for the Center for Management and Economic Research (CMER) and supports the ATN center. She has worked with CMER for six years. She handles the marketing aspects of the center including website maintenance, training registration & preparation, promotion, videography, photography, and graphics. Ms. Pate earned a Bachelor’s degree from UAH in Marketing in 2013 and a second bachelor’s from UAH in Studio Art in 2019.
- B.A., Studio Art, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2019
- B.S., Marketing, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2013
- Technology-Driven Market Intelligence & Technology Scouting, 2017
- Research Data Management and Sharing, 2016
RESEARCH SCIENTIST VI
Jeff Siniard is the Lean Enterprise Research Scientist at the Center for Management and Economic Research, where he has trained hundreds of executives, managers, engineers and operators in Lean Enterprise principles and he has conducted over 500 Kaizen events for manufacturers and service providers throughout the United States, Canada, and Western Europe.
Siniard’s experience and leadership has resulted in millions of dollars of impacts and hundreds of jobs created or retained for clients in industries as diverse as automotive, steel fabrication and distribution, aerospace, medical, and flexible packaging. Jeff was also a pioneer in developing Lean services for seaport operations.
Prior to joining CMER, Jeff was the Plant Manager for Martin Industries and was responsible for the organization’s Athens site including day-to-day operations, finance and budgeting. logistics and supply chain, and making hiring decisions.
- B.S., Management of Technology, Athens State University
- Toyota Production System Support Center for Top Management
- Toyota Kata Coaching
- NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Lean Manufacturing Trainer
- MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) certified Lean Aerospace instructor
- LAI Lean Healthcare certified Trainer
- Practical Energy practitioner
RESEARCH SCIENTIST III
Ms. Yarbrough is the Senior Business Advisor within the Center for Management & Economic Research. She specializes in marketing research, strategic business communications, and management consulting. She has served in the role of president, chief financial officer, and partner in several marketing and management consulting companies. She has worked with a range of clients from high-tech computer and engineering companies to small retail operations since 1982. Yarbrough holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Alabama.