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Dorian Shainin

Our "Guru of the Month" is Dorian Shainin. Shanian specialized in creating strategies to enable engineers to "talk to the parts" and solve "unsolvable" problems.

Born in San Francisco on September 26, 1914, Shainin went on to earn a degree in aeronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1936.

In 1975, Shainin retired from Rath and Strong as a senior vice president to establish his own consulting practice, Shainin Consultants

Through his career, working with more than 900 organizations, Shainin developed a discipline called statistical engineering. The discipline of statistical engineering has been successfully used for quality improvement, product development, product reliability, analytical problem solving, manufacturing cost reduction, product liability prevention, research and development. Best known the "Shainin Technique," Shainin developed practical tools which help manufacturers to solve problems, including previously unsolvable problems.

Shainin's service to quality began early in his career. Involved with American Society for Quality (ASQ) from its beginning, Shainin was named a Fellow in 1949. He served ASQ as executive secretary from 1953 to 1954, and as vice president from 1953 to 1956 and again from 1974 to 1976.

Shainin received the Brumbaugh Award in 1951 for his paper, "The Lot Plot Plan." He was also awarded the Edwards Medal in 1969 and Grant Award in 1981. He received the Shewhart Medal in 1989. Shainin was also a member of the European Organization for Quality Control and the International Academy of Quality.

Throughout his career, Shainin wrote more than 100 articles. Shainin is also the author / co-author of several books, including Managing Manpower In The Industrial Environment; Tool Engineers Handbook; Quality Control Handbook; New Decision-Making Tools for Managers; Quality Control for Plastics Engineers; Manufacturing, Planning, and Estimating Handbook; and Statistics In Action.

On May 16, 2005, the American Society for Quality (ASQ) awarded the first Dorian Shainin Medal. The Dorian Shainin Medal is awarded for the development and application of creative or unique statistical approaches in the solving of problems relative to the quality of product or service.



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