David Bivens, Manager, Healthcare Systems Engineering
David joined the staff of the Office of Performance Improvement at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in March 2002. Prior to joining, David held various quality, engineering and IT positions in the vehicle manufacturing and logistics industries. Since joining M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, David’s primary role has been leading and supporting improvement projects across the institution and serving as an instructor in the Lean Training program. He also volunteers with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Quality Training Program (QTP) as an Improvement Coach. David holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and a MS degree in Engineering Management from The University of Texas. Certifications include Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (SSBB) from American Society for Quality (ASQ), and Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) from the Association of Operations Management (APICS). He has also received training in Lean Thinking by Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, a Johnson & Johnson Company.
Jeremy Meade, Associate Director, Healthcare Systems Engineering
Jeremy has seventeen years of process improvement experience in the steel, automotive, and healthcare industries. He joined MD Anderson and the Office of Performance Improvement in January 2011. At MD Anderson, his primary roles have been providing coaching and direction to quality engineers, leading and supporting process improvement initiatives, and serving as an instructor for the Six Sigma, Lean, and Clinical Safety & Effectiveness programs. Prior to joining MD Anderson, Jeremy served as Outreach Coordinator for the Alabama Productivity Center at the University of Alabama providing process improvement consultation to manufacturers and healthcare providers. Before joining UA, Jeremy worked as an operations engineer at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International and American Cast Iron Pipe Company. He obtained his Six Sigma Black Belt certification at Mercedes-Benz and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Jeremy studied at the University of Alabama, where he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering.