Research Office: ATN
Mr. Loyd is the Director of the Center for Management and Economic Research (CMER) and Director of the Alabama Technology Network (ATN) at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In addition, Loyd has over 15 years of experience implementing Lean production systems. He is a certified trainer by both the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and MIT’s Lean Advancement Initiative. Loyd has trained thousands of executives, managers, engineers, and operators in the principles of Lean Enterprise. Loyd is also a certified Six Sigma black belt and a certified Innovation Engineering black belt.
Nicholas has facilitated hundreds of Lean implementation events with companies in various industries including automotive, aerospace, metal fabrication, machining, food processing, and electronics manufacturing. He also has extensive experience in applying Lean Enterprise principles in office processes and the seaport industry. Most recently, he has been involved in integrating sustainability and innovation concepts to provide a more complete modern production system transformation.
Nicholas is also actively involved as an instructor in both the Industrial and Systems Engineering department and the College of Business at UAH, integrating Lean, innovation, and sustainability concepts in course curriculum. He has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, a master’s degree in Engineering Management, both from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He has authored chapters in the 2007 published book Lean Management: Concepts and Industry Perspectivesand the 2008 published book Lean Six Sigma: An Introduction.