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Kevin Walton

Kevin Walton

Lead Service Manager Innovation and Product Development



Kevin manages Purdue MEP’s productivity services. He engages with companies throughout Indiana, identifying improvement areas, providing training and consulting that result in improved customer satisfaction, business growth, and bottom-line results. Kevin brings the resources of Purdue MEP and diverse skills of Purdue University’s faculty to implement break-through solutions that impact Indiana business’ success.


Kevin obtained a BSEE from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and received his MBA from the University of Illinois with a Certificate of Academic Excellence. His experience includes over twenty-five years in Product Design and Development, Strategy, and Manufacturing Operations, Automated Assembly and Test, Reliability, Quality, Systems Engineering, and Program Management for the Automotive and Electronics Industries at Cummins (CMI), TRW, Ford, and Naval Avionics. He has led global teams for a variety of projects. Kevin has consulted for clients in Healthcare, Education, and the Medical Device industries as well. Kevin is an expert in the application and training of Quality System Standards, Technology Development, Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) and Innovation Methodology. He has been certified as a CMI Master Blackbelt. He is Senior Member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), Vice - Chairman and former Chairman of ASQ Section 920. Kevin also continues to operate his family’s Hoosier Homestead grain-farm.

Skills & Expertise: 

  • Lean/DMAIC Six Sigma, Design for Six Sigma (DFSS)
  • Lead Auditor for ISO 9001:2015, ISO 13485:2016, and IATF 16949:2016 with OEM Requirements and Core Quality Tools
  • ASQ Certified Quality Auditor (CQA)
  • ASQ Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE)
  • ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE)
  • ASQ Certified Quality Engineer (CQE)
  • Innovation Management Professional, Certified by the Product Development Management Association (PDMA)
  • Certified Electronics Manufacturing Services Program Manager by the Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC)
  • Electronics and Controls System Engineering/Design
  • Risk Analysis and Mitigation/Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Warranty Analysis and Product Life-Cycle Cost Optimization
  • Industry and Technology Trends Research - Strategic Planning and Product Portfolio Architecture
  • Customer Journey Mapping, Needs Assessment and Actionable Opportunity Identification


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