Our Founder

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Our Founder

Prof. dr. ir. Dirk Van Goubergen



MS in Mechanical Engineering (1991) – Royal Military Academy, Brussels (B)
MS in Industrial Management (1997) – Ghent University/Vlerick Management School (B)
PhD in Industrial Engineering (2004) – Ghent University (B) 

Professional experience:

  • 1992-2004 Lecturer in Industrial Engineering at HORITO College Turnhout (B)
  • 2000-2004 Research Associate at Ghent University – Dept. of Industrial Management (B) - Graduate classes on Design of Production Systems and Operations Management
  • 2004-2012 Professor at Ghent University – Dept. of Industrial Management (B) - Graduate classes on Lean/Design of Manufacturing and Service Operations, Operations Management,  Method Engineering and Work Measurement.
  • 2000-2006 Guest lecturer at the Grado Dept. of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA (USA)
  • 2002 Examiner for the US Senate Productivity and Quality Award for the State of Virginia (USA)
  • 2004-2010 Program Director ‘Fellow in Industrial Engineering’ program from the Flemish Engineers Chamber VIK (B)
  • 2005-2012 Guest Professor at the Antwerp University (B) - Graduate Class on Cost and Performance Benchmarking
  • 2005-2010 Program Director of the “Master in Industrial Management” program at the Ghent University (B)
  • 2005-2012 Founder and Scientific Coordinator of the ‘Black Belt in Lean’ training/certification program at the Ghent University (B)
  • 2009-2012 Guest lecturer at the Vlerick Leuven-Gent Management School and the University Antwerp Management School (B)
  • 2010-... Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Industrial Engineers – Process Division (USA)
  • 1993-... Founder and president of VAN GOUBERGEN P&M Productivity Improvement:  +20 years of international experience in the area of set-up reduction, lean management and productivity improvement in different manufacturing and service industries throughout Europe, North America and Asia (a.o. Volvo, Akzo, Atlas Copco, Masterfoods/Mars, Danone, Philips, Coca Cola, Imperial, Lays, Daikin, several hospitals in Belgium and the Netherlands, … - see our references)
  • 2006-... Founder and President of the CENTER FOR PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENT Romania (www.productivity.ro)
  • Senior Member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers