Arlie A. Hall, BS, EdD

Arlie Hall

Title: Science Educator (Retired)

Company: Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Kentucky

Location: Lexington, Kentucky, United States

Arlie A. Hall, BS, EdD, Retired Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mechanical engineering.

Dr. Hall has been interested in science since he was in high school, where he worked on a physics project that taught him about refraction. He continues to read a great deal about science today, even after a productive career with IBM and manufacturing systems engineering. From 1994 to 2011, he taught as an assistant professor of the topic with the mechanical engineering department of the University of Kentucky. Dr. Hall holds patents in high vacuum insulating cell technology, and developed skills assessment instruments for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Born in Curt, Kentucky, Dr. Hall was one of seven children in his modest family, and was a foundry worker when he decided he had to go to college, though he couldn’t imagine how. Ultimately, he attended the University of Kentucky and completed a BS in 1967, ending up with the prestigious IBM for the next 25 years. Notably, he held the position of program manager of quality engineering education with IBM Corporate Technical Education in Thornwood, New York. His work at IBM and subsequently at the University of Kentucky was primarily on lean manufacturing, which has since been taught around the world primarily in Europe, Russia, and Australia. Distinguished by the approach of dynamic scientific inquiry and continuously learning team members, lean manufacturing built on the work of Dr. W. Edwards Deming and Dr. Fujio Cho’s human resource model, resulting in accelerated learning in industrial settings.

After retiring from IBM in his fifties, Dr. Hall earned an EdD at Vanderbilt University in 1991 and continued to pursue lean principles and practices. He wrote the book on the topic, and the approach was later adopted by Toyota Production System at its facility in Georgetown, Kentucky in the ‘80s. Now retired from teaching, Dr. Hall enjoys the company of his wife, June Adkins Hall, together with his four children and seven grandchildren. To find out more about Dr. Hall, please visit and

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