The Center for Quick Response Manufacturing is a partnership of member companies and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Industry members are actively involved in the development and promotion of QRM and Quick Response principles.

QRM Executive Committee

The Executive Committee allows all QRM companies an opportunity to participate in the governance and strategic direction of the QRM Center. It oversees the Center’s operation, including setting policies and providing strategic direction. The industry representatives on our Executive Committee are determined through periodic elections.

University of Wisconsin Representatives

Charlene Yauch

Credentials: PhD, PE

Position title: Director, QRM Center

Center for Quick Response Manufacturing
Interdisciplinary Professional Programs
UW College of Engineering
Madison, Wisconsin

Charlene A. Yauch, Ph.D., P.E., has been an engineering educator for over 20 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and Oklahoma State University. Her notable honors include five teaching awards…

Steve Boeder

Credentials: MBA, BBA

Position title: Vice President of Operations Technologies

The Center for Excellence in Operations

Steve Boeder is Vice President of Operations Technologies with The Center for Excellence in Operations and the former director of the Erdman Center for Operations and Technology Management at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, School of Business.…

Susan Ottmann

Credentials: MS

Position title: Director of Professional Programs

Interdisciplinary Professional Programs
UW College of Engineering
Madison, Wisconsin

Susan Ottmann is the Director of Professional Programs for Interdisciplinary Professional Programs, in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She leads the non-credit professional programs and the online masters in Manufacturing Systems. She…

Industry Representatives

Paul Diedrick

Position title: Director Of Operations

Woodway USA
Waukesha, Wisconsin

Paul Diedrick is Director of Operations for Woodway USA, Fluid Power Energy Inc., and Filtration Systems Inc.  He has an extensive understanding of private and publicly held companies, having spent over 35 years in Operations…

Mike Ketter

Position title: Director of Operations & Continuous Improvement

RenewAire, LLC
Waunakee, Wisconsin

Mike is responsible for managing all operations departments including supply chain, production, fabrication, and maintenance. Prior to his current role, Mike was Senior Manager, Strategic Sourcing at Milwaukee Tool Corporation where his team was responsible…

Megan Weber

Position title: Master Scheduler

Sentry Equipment
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Megan Weber is the Master Scheduler at Sentry Equipment. Sentry, an employee-owned company, manufactures sampling equipment for customers all over the world. Prior to joining Sentry, Megan successfully implemented QRM at two manufacturing companies. Megan…

Kristina Pearson

Position title: Director, Manufacturing & Custom Operations

Promega Corporation
Madison, Wisconsin

Pearson is currently the Director, Manufacturing & Custom Operations.As a biotech scientist with a Bachelor’s Degree in Genetics from University of Wisconsin-Madison, her 23+ years of production experience including 8+ years of supervisory experience is testament…

Brian Sobczak

Position title: Corporate Quality and Continuous Improvement Manager

Germantown, Wisconsin

As Corporate Quality and Continuous Improvement Manager for TCI, Brian Sobczak oversees all aspects of the organization’s quality and business improvement efforts. He is responsible for directing the company’s ISO 9001 quality management system and…