Thomas Smead

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MBA- Master's in Business Administration

Prof. Thomas V. Smead, an adjunct faculty instructor at Trine, specializes in teaching Business and Quantitative classes. Having retired a few years ago as the Director of Quality for Superior Essex, North American Magnet Wire Division in Fort Wayne, IN, he brings over 40 years of extensive experience with roles ranging from Manufacturing Supervision to Executive Sales and Technical Engineering.

Married to his wife Amy, Prof. Smead is a proud parent of two adult children, Brandon and Caitlin, with a family that includes 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Having retired to a lake home north of Columbia City, IN, he finds joy in activities like fishing, swimming, and entertaining friends and family. Prof. Smead also nurtures a passion for playing the guitar and maintains a small collection of his favorite instruments.

His impressive credentials include an MBA from Indiana Tech, complemented by various professional certifications. As a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, he has received training in quality engineering and completed coursework for the ASQ certified Quality Manager and Six Sigma Black Belt. Prof. Smead's educational focus lies in analytics and statistics, areas he has actively applied throughout his career.

Driven by a goal to equip students with decision-making tools for analytical problem-solving in real-world scenarios, Prof. Smead emphasizes the importance of navigating today's fact-based decision-making environment in his instructional approach.