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Ted Mayeshiba

Theodore K. Mayeshiba
Daniel J. Epstein School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Bachelors Industrial Engineering, 1974 - Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute)
    • Thesis: Accessory Presence Method for Automobile Assembly Inspection (served as the system design functional specification enabling GM's change in Inspection methodology in the 1980's)
  • Master of Business Administration, 1978 - University of Southern California


University of Southern California - (1996 - present)
  • Lecturer, Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
    • Developed and lectured Introduction to Computer Systems
    • Lectured undergraduate Engineering Economics, Senior Design Project
    • Lectured graduate Engineering Project Management
  • Lecturer, Systems Architecting and Engineering
    • Lectured graduate Lean Operations
    • Lectured graduate Project Management
  • Lecturer, Summer and Special Programs
    • Lectured high school students for college credit, Robotics and Engineering
    • Lectured undergraduate international studies program (Paris) Engineering Economics

Lean Aerospace Initiative (LAI) Education Network (EdNet) - (2004 - present)

A collaborative group of universities (USC is a member) and LAI industry and government members tasked to develop and deploy curriculum based on lean and Six Sigma research and practical knowledge. The product of this work is the Lean Academy™ delivered throughout the nation, usually at member sites. 
  • Co-Director of LAI EdNet West Coast Center of Excellence (USC/LMU Collaborative)
  • Trainer - Lean Academy™.
    • Boeing, Huntington Beach
    • University of Alabama - Huntsville
    • Dover AFB
    • Eglin AFB

California State University - Fullerton (2004-5)
  • Lecturer - Operations Management


Ted Mayeshiba is currently a Principal of Action Consulting & Training, a nationwide consulting firm based in Irvine, CA. Ted has taught and implemented Lean events for companies as diverse as Gillette, Tennaco, Disney, Johnson Controls and Boeing. His experience in industries as diverse as consumer products, FDA foods processing, medical devices, biomedical facilities and aerospace have contributed to his success in consulting both in the office, product design and in operations.

Prior to his work as a consultant, Ted worked with Hughes Aircraft Company in both the Electro Optical and Space & Communications Divisions. He led a staff of engineers in the implementation of Lean for all new and existing programs at EOS. He also led the implementation of a Total Productive Maintenance program.  At Space & Communications, he led a Design for Manufacturability team for the HS 601 Mechanism Department.

Ted is a former Facility Manager with Becton Dickenson where he implemented TPM. He was a Quality and R&D Manager for Crown Zellerbach developing and producing blown plastic film for agriculture and food packaging, and a Manufacturing Engineering Manager for General Electric.

Research Interests
  • Lean Operations and Information Technology (Systems Engineering)
  • Currently assisting development of an Advanced Lean Supply Chain curriculum for LAI EdNet

Recent Publications / Presentations
  • 2007 LAI Plenary Conference, Cambridge MD (Service Oriented ArchitectureQuit Driving Through the Rear View Mirror)
  • 2006 LAI Plenary Conference, San Antonio TX (Planning Dynamic Leadership Implementation)
  • 2006 Boeing Lean Enterprise Conference, Costa Mesa CA (Planning Dynamic Leadership Implementation)
  • 2006 Hawaii International Business Conference, Honolulu HI (Migrating Lean Teachings from Industry to Academia)