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Pat Hammett, PhD

Pat Hammett
  • Executive Director (Interim), Nexus
  • Lead Faculty, Six Sigma Programs
  • Lecturer, College of Engineering

Dr. Patrick Hammett is the recipient of the 2020-21 Jon R. and Beverly S. Holt Award for Excellence in Teaching, presented annually by the University of Michigan College of Engineering.

Dr. Hammett is the Lead Faculty for the University of Michigan College of Engineering’s Six Sigma Programs and teaches related Quality and Statistical Analysis Method courses as a Lecturer for the Integrative Systems + Design and Industrial and Operations Engineering departments. Dr. Hammett is the lead instructor for numerous live and online Six Sigma training courses, including Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Black Belt, Master Black Belt, and Design for Six Sigma. He also teaches several courses in the Industrial and Operations Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering degree programs. Collectively, Dr. Hammett has taught over 18,000 students and mentored hundreds of continuous improvement and student research projects.  

In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Hammett has served as the Director of Faculty Innovation at Nexus since its establishment in 2019. His role includes new program development, faculty guidance and support, and expanding the College’s online learning capacity. He also played a key role in the College’s transition to remote learning in Winter 2020.

Dr. Hammett’s primary research focus involves data analysis methods to support the validation phase of new product development. Among his areas of interest are dimensional engineering, usability engineering, tolerance adjustment methods, functional build manufacturing validation strategies, and 3D non-contact measurement technology. Among his past research sponsors are General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Visteon, and Harley Davidson.

Beyond his University work, Dr. Hammett is president of two small companies, QETools and Manufacturing Validation Solutions, LLC. Dr. Hammett received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He was recognized by General Motors as an outstanding distance learning instructor when he received their 2014 GM Technical Education Program Diamond Faculty Award. 

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