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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Engineering and Technology Management

Russ Johnson

Clinical Associate Professor
Washington State University, Pullman



  • B.S. Industrial Technology, Iowa State University, 1980
  • M.S. Industrial Technology, Iowa State University, 1984
  • Ph.D. Technology of Industry (customized Engineering/Business/Vocational Education program), Colorado State University, 1994


  • Systems Improvement with an emphasis in Constraints Management (Supply Chain/Operations, Critical Chain, Distribution/Replenishment, Strategic Planning, Sales and Marketing, Thinking Processes, Finance and Measurement)
  • Project Management (Critical Chain and Traditional)
  • Lean
  • Six-Sigma
  • Materials Science
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Residential and Light Commercial Construction

Professional Background

Russ Johnson has been teaching and implementing Theory of Constraints, Lean and Six-Sigma/Quality Management tools and concepts at the university level since the mid-1980’s. During that time he also worked in conjunction with the Iowa Small Business Development Center and Colorado’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership to bring these concepts to more than 100 companies via student centered projects and direct consulting. His roles as a business owner, university professor and consultant have allowed him to develop common sense approaches that bridge the gap between theory and application. He became a Certified Associate of the Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute in 1991. He served as an instructor with the Goldratt Schools and as a TOC Application Expert and Project Leader on some of the first Viable Vision Projects in the US from 2004-2008. He has many published articles and professional association presentations on supply chain management, project management, Quality systems/Six-Sigma, lean production and Rapid prototyping/rapid tooling. Dr. Johnson is certified in the TOC Operations (Drum-Buffer-Rope) and Supply Chain (Replenishment) Management and TOC Critical Chain Project Management applications by the Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization. Dr. Johnson is also an active member of several professional organizations including ASQ, APICS, and SME and is a frequent speaker at their meetings and conferences.