Professor of Practice
Dave Sly’s research examines the integrated planning and analysis of products and their corresponding manufacturing processes in discrete part machining and assembly based organizations. Dr. Sly focuses on the manufacturing process management (MPM) component of this workflow which typically sits between product data management (PDM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.
In this capacity, Dr. Sly studies the workflow and data based relationships between common process engineering tasks, such as Time Estimation, Ergonomics Assessment/Analysis, Assembly Line Balancing, Factory/Workplace Design, Product Flow Analysis, and Work Instruction Authoring/Deployment.
Dr. Sly is President of Proplanner, which is an MPM software firm located at the ISU Research Park. Proplanner sells an MPM framework consisting of several integrated process engineering applications for use by medium to large discrete manufacturers. The Proplanner process engineering suite is developed in the Microsoft.NET environment and is concurrently deployable via LAN and the Internet.
Dr. Sly is also developing and executing the new Sales Engineering courses and proposed Minor within the IMSE department. In this capacity, he develops lecture materials and in-class workshops for the on-campus and distance education students.
IMSE Courses Taught
IE 148 Information Engineering
Office: 3015 Black Engineering
Ph.D. Iowa State University, Industrial Engineering, 2004
M.B.A. Iowa State University, College of Business, Marketing, 1994
M.S. Iowa State University, Industrial Engineering, 1990
B.S. Iowa State University, Industrial Engineering, 1985