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Session K - Pre-Conference Session
Applications of InThinking to Working Life
Presented by Felix Delgado


Description: This session will look at how you live your life in the framework of an InThinking model.  Specifically, it will show how your life’s choices fit into the framework of a Taguchi Loss Function equation.  It will introduce the concepts of the “Taguchi Flower” and “Taguchi Star” which show a relationship between the various facets of your life.  The presentation will show examples and quotes from Russ Ackoff, Shel Rovin, W. Edwards Deming and others to give insight to your thoughts on what a systematic approach to your “working life” means.

Target Audience: The presentation is going to be for a general audience, how to apply InThinking to your life, work, and relationships.

Organization Issues: The Taguchi Flower and Star can be also be applied to an organization.

Objectives: Present the theory of the “Taguchi Flower and Star” and examples, discussion and approaches of InThinking.

Date: Thursday, April 19th

Length: 2 hours (5:15-7:15pm)

Location: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne - 6633 Canoga Avenue, Canoga Park

Cost: None

Handouts: Available for download after the Forum

Felix Delgado and Bill Bellows
Felix, AKA Rocketdyne Slugger (left) with Bill Bellows

Biography: Felix was born and grew up in Bakersfield, California.  He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo.  He has recently earned an M.S. in Engineering and Productivity Management from Loyola Marymount University, where he took courses in Lean and Operations Management.

After graduating from Cal Poly, Felix worked on the Space Shuttle at Vandenberg Air Force Base for Lockheed Space Operations Company as a member of the Activation and Launch Team for the liquid hydrogen main propulsion system.  He then came to work for Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne as a Member of the Technical Staff, where he now has over twenty years of experience with space propulsion systems.  He started his career working on the National Aerospace Plane (NASP) designing a ground test engine that simulated operation at Mach 6.  He has also worked on the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME), Space Station and the propulsion systems for the Delta IV rocket, the RS68 engine. While assigned to the RS-68 program, he first applied the InThinking concepts of Water Logic, Taguchi methods and Dr. Deming’s theories in the development of this engine's Main Injector.  In doing so, significant improvements were achieved in the fabrication of the Main Injector as well as the Gas Generator.  Felix is now applying these "lessons learned" from RS-68 to the design of the upper stage propulsion system for the Ares rocket the J-2X.

Contact: Felix can be reached by e-mail at felix.delgado@pwr.utc.com for additional information about this Pre-Conference session.


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