Samuel James Keene Jr., Ph.D.

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Title: Consulting Engineer
Company: Colorado State University Quality Improvement Institute
Location: Mesa, Arizona, United States

Samuel James Keene Jr., Ph.D., Consulting Engineer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering.

Encouraged by his father-in-law to delve into the field of physics, Dr. Keene attended the University of Maryland, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in physics in 1962. Desiring to further his education, he received a Master of Science in physics from Drexel University in 1966 and later earned a Doctor of Philosophy in management science and operations research from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1986. Commencing his career as a reliability engineer for the Bendix Corporation in 1962, he subsequently served as a research scientist for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for three years and a longtime advisory engineer for IBM for 25 years.

Subsequent to serving IBM, Dr. Keene was a consultant engineer and research consultant for two years and six years, respectively, having thereafter acted as a Hughes Aircraft consulting engineer in Fullerton, CA, and Hong Kong from 1995 to 1999. Having soon served Seagate Technology as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt in Longmont, CO, for several years, he has been a consulting engineer in Lyons, CO, since 2005. Alongside his primary endeavors, he previously held the role of adjunct professor at Prairie View A&M University and an instructor at the University of Colorado Boulder and National Technological University. He has since been serving as a member of the Colorado State University Quality Improvement Institute since 1982.

While employed at IBM, Dr. Keene was part of the team that developed the first Helium Neon commercial laser scanner-printer and was a chief developer of Keene’s Development Process Prediction model, developed under the auspices of the U.S. Air Force Rome Development Laboratory. Likewise, he was a pioneering developer and instructor of live and online video technical tutorials for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and resolved and completed a CDRL for a reliability analysis of a new Hong Kong airport. The on-site analysis and report was completed on schedule without any modifications in a four-month period, gaining report improvement without any required revisions.

Perhaps most notable, Dr. Keene was a member of the IEEE Reliability Society, where he was founding chair of the Denver-Pikes Peak chapter, vice president of membership, vice president of technology, reliability society president and fellow. He received the IEEE Reliability Engineer of the Year Award, the IEEE Reliability Society Education Award, the American Society of Quality Allan Chop Education Award and the IEEE Millennium Award in recognition of his exceptional service.

The author of over 150 book chapters, scholarly articles to professional journals and engineering treatises, Dr. Keene also served on the boards of the IEEE Technical Management Council and the IEEE Technology Management Council in the early 2000s. Locally involved, he served as a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America, was a Sunday school teacher for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a Little League baseball coach.

As a testament to his success, Dr. Keene has accrued multiple accolades. The recipient of the Federal Aviation Engineering Award, he was named IBM Manager of the Year and received an Outstanding Contribution Award for innovation in saving multi-million dollars in the production process and improving product reliability in IBM’s Equivalent to New Manufacturing Process. Likewise, he was also honored with the Boeing Award for his invited speaker role at their Future Technology Conference. He has been featured in several editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

Married to Sarah Jo Austin for many years, Dr. Keene is the proud father of four sons. He also has eight grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys playing pickle ball and researching genealogy.

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