Dave Sly

Dave Sly

Professor of Practice

Research Interests

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.

Recent Publications

  1. Approved: Sly, Baumblauskas, Carberry, “Selling Technical Sales to Engineering Learners”, Advances in Engineering Education (AEE), For Publication in 2016
  2. Sly, Baumblauskas, Carberry, “Evaluation of Perceptual Changes in an Engineering Sales Program”, ASEE Annual conference, June 2013.
  3. Sly, Dave, March 2011, “Handling Material Problems As They Arise”, Cutting Tool Engineering, pp 30.
  4. Sly, Peters, Baumblauskas, “Development of a Sales Program”, IIE Innovations in Curriculum Competition, May 2011
  5. D. Sly, MPM – Leveraging PLM Downstream: Product to Process Integration, CPDA Conference Presentation, 2004.
  6. D. Sly, 2003, Transport Effort: A metric for the evaluation and benchmarking of automotive assembly plants, Doctoral Dissertation, ISU.
  7. D. Sly, 2002, A Study in Process Engineering Methods and Applications in Use Within American Manufacturers, IMEP Research Project.

IMSE Courses Taught

IE 148 Information Engineering
IE 271 Human Factors, Work Measurement and Process Engineering
IE 305 Engineering Economic Analysis
IE 441 Capstone Design
IE 450x, 451x Technical Sales for Engineers I, II



Office: 3015 Black Engineering
Phone: 515-450-2335
Fax: 515-294-3524
Email: davesly@iastate.edu


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

Curriculum Vita