Name:Clayton T. Walden (Clay)
Associated Centers:Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems
Email: walden@cavse.msstate.edu
Office:Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, Canton, MS
Office Phone:(601) 407-2713

Biography:Dr. Clay Walden serves as the Director and Research Professor of CAVS Extension in Canton, MS. He has over 20 years of experience implementing quality and productivity improvements within a variety companies. A partial list of companies includes Mueller Industries, Nissan, Faurecia, PFG Optics, Dover Elevators, Tower Automotive, Herman Miller, and Northrop Grumman Ship Systems.

Since joining CAVS, Walden has managed over $8 million in externally funded contracts primarily focused on improving manufacturing performance around the state. One of his primary responsibilities including managing CAVS Extension's involvement within Mississippi's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP.ms). Since 2006 CAVS Extension's MEP projects around the state have resulted in documented third party impacts of over $5 billion dollars. Walden along with colleague Glenn Dennis received the national MEP Practitioner of the Year for 2008.

Walden has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Mississippi State University. His dissertation is titled "A Taxonomy Based Assessment Methodology for Small and Medium Size Manufacturers." In addition, Walden holds several professional certifications including Six Sigma Black Belt from the American Society for Quality, and is Jonah from the Goldratt Institute.

Research Interest: Assessments of Manufacturing Enterprises, Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, Modeling and Simulation of Production Systems, Design of Experiments, Statistical Process Control, Economic Development

Hobbies:Basketball, History, Reading

Publications: Walden, C. (2013). Make It in Mississippi: A Broad Partnership for Accelerating Reshoring of Advanced Manufacturing Jobs. State Workforce Investment Board. Jackson Convention Center, Jackson, MS. [Document]

Moser, H., & Walden, C. (2013). Helping Companies Decide to Manufacture Locally: Reshoring and the Total Cost of Ownership. International Economic Development Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Walden, C., & Gallardo, R. (2013). Accelerating Jobs and Innovation Through Community and Economic Development in Rural Mississippi. White House Forum on Regional Innovation in Rural America. Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington, DC: United States Department of Agriculture. [Document]

Walden, C. (2012). MSU and Mississippi's Automotive Industry. Society of Manufacturing Engineers - Central Mississippi Chapter. Pearl, MS.

Greenwood, A., Hill. T. W., Vanguri, S., Walden, C., Miller, J., Eksioglu, B., & Jain, P. (2005). Simulation Optimization Decision Support for Ship Panel Lines. In M. E. Kuhl, N.M. Steiger, F.B. Armstrong, J.A. Joins (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2005 Winter Simulation Conference. Washington, DC. [Abstract] [Document]

Total Publications by this Author: 132