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Dee Kivett

Dee Kivett

Adjunct Professor
4 Research Drive
Greenville, SC 29607

Dee Kivett has been leading global quality improvement, operations, and supply chain development initiatives at world class companies for over twenty five years.  She began her career as a test engineer for General Motors and developed expertise in all stages of vehicle development and manufacturing before taking on an executive leadership role with General Electric.  Dee has since managed global quality initiatives for both Fortune 500 companies and privately held enterprises, coaching hundreds of organizations around the world through operational improvement projects.

Currently, she serves as the CEO of NextGen Supply Chain Integrators, a consulting practice she founded in 2010.  Her firm is both ISO 9001 and AS9120 certified and serves primarily the aerospace, automotive, and medical device industries through quality and operations management consulting and supply chain solutions.  She holds several certifications relating to her profession, including: Six Sigma Master Black Belt; Lean Practitioner; Master Project Manager; International Project Manager; Certified Quality Manager; and Certified Quality Engineer.  She is also a certified Lead Auditor for ISO9001; AS9100; TS16949; ISO13485; and ISO17025 quality management system standards.  She was selected to participate in the prestigious Leadership Greenville Class #40 and in 2015 was named to the Greenville Business Magazine’s Top 100 List of Most Influential People in Greenville.

Prior to completion of a PhD in Automotive Engineering from the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, Dee previously earned degrees of: Master of Business Administration – Clemson University, 2004; Master of Science, Engineering Science – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2000; and Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering – Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1994.

At CU-ICAR, Dee is the Instructor for AUE8800 – Design & Manufacturing Project Management for the Automotive Industry.  Her course teaches students the fundamentals of professional project management through a hands-on new product development project.  Student teams create unique new products for the mobility industry, taking their concepts through the stage-gate design release process beginning with voice of the customer and concluding with the full design, prototype fabrication, and validation of their concepts through the APQP/PPAP process.