Ray Sheen, PMP, is president and founder of Product & Process Innovation, Inc. He is a veteran business leader with over 25 years of executive, project management, and engineering management experience. Ray has worked in several industries including medical devices, aerospace, electrical distribution, pharmaceuticals, appliances, electronic assembly, machining, automotive, and financial services. He has led large projects and small projects, projects for government agencies and projects for commercial firms, product development projects, software projects, and manufacturing improvement projects. Ray has spoken at regional symposiums of the Project Management Institute, corporate programs for project management instruction, and provided expert witness testimony on project management topics.
Ray received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and his M.S. in Astronautical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute. In addition, he attended a variety of executive training programs while working for General Electric. Ray is a member of the Project Management Institute, and the Product Development Management Association.
Ray spent 10 years on active duty in the US Air Force. He was an instructor pilot in the T-38 Talon aircraft, and also was a design engineer for several flight simulators. He served as the program manager for the MX missile warhead during its development and early production phases and was the program manager for the MX missile inertial guidance unit during its transition from development into production. Ray finished his Air Force experience as the Executive Officer for the Ballistic Missile Office, a 1,000-person organization responsible for all Air Force ballistic missile design, development, and production with a multi-billion dollar annual budget.
Ray spent 9 years with General Electric, working in the Aerospace business, on GE's Corporate Staff, and in the Electrical Distribution & Control business. While in the Aerospace business, he was responsible for project budgets and schedules on the GE portion of the Navy Trident missile program. When Ray moved to GE's Corporate Staff he managed projects that implemented Best Practices and Continuous Improvement at 9 of GE's businesses. Ray managed numerous engineering, manufacturing and services projects during this time. He also served as Program Manager for the Manager Development Course at GE's Crotonville training center, an intensive four-week training program conducted at the MBA level for selected GE managers. Ray then held several engineering management positions in GE's Electrical Distribution and Control business, including manager of design engineering for all circuit breakers and switches. Ray played a major role in formulating and implementing GE's New Product Introduction initiative, including leading several product development projects. During this time, GE introduced the Six Sigma initiative and Ray served as executive sponosor for several Six Sigma teams.
As founder and president of the consulting firm Product & Process Innovation, Ray has worked with many corporations to review and improve their use of projects to implement business strategy, engineering development, and manufacturing improvement. His emphasis is in the area of product development, but he has provided support on many types of projects including software development, facility construction, environmental upgrades, marketing, and organizational change. Ray has provided assistance for many corporations when implementing a Program Management Office and when introducing stage-gate project management practices.
Ray also served as Chairman of an industry-wide task force charged with developing the standards and certification process for a new line of electrical products. He has provided litigation support for clients in the fields of project management on product development projects and government procurement. Ray provides training and consulting in all aspects of Project Management, Product Development, Strategy Formulation, Design for Manufacturability, Poka Yoke, Lean Manufacturing, Product Line Strategy and Finance for Engineers through universities such as Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Clemson University, and the University of Winnipeg. He is also an instructor at the China Institute for Innovation. His recent consulting clients include Johnson & Johnson, General Electric, Medtronic, Instrumentation Laboratories, American SuperConductor, General Dynamics, Kaman Aerospace, Dominion Power, NSTAR, Salient Surgincal, Tyco Electronics, and Nielson.