Travis J. Fuerst is currently an Assistant Professor of Practice with the School of Engineering Technology in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Purdue University, West Lafayette campus. He received his BS in Computer Graphics Technology in 2000, and his Master of Science in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) in 2002 from Purdue University. In 2013 he earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and in 2021 earned his CM2 certification for configuration management from the Institute for Professional Excellence (IpX)
Before returning to Purdue in 2017 Professor Fuerst spent over 13 years working for The Boeing Company as an Engineering Workplace Coach, IT Project Manager, and Continuous Improvement Leader. He started his career in marketing as an Applications Engineer for ENOVIA Corp. Additionally he served 21 years in the U.S. Army Reserves as both an NCO and Officer retiring in 2017 as a Major from the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) where he served as a Cyber Operation Watch Officer.
Professor Fuerst is a skilled leader & project manager with experience in standing up and leading cross-functional teams, accurately analyzing risk, identifying available resources, determining acceptable courses of actions, and applying lean manufacturing principles & practices in all elements of the business to achieve the goals of leadership.
His in depth experience with PLM, Project Management, Continuous Improvement and Leadership filters into his instruction style where he is educating and mentoring industry professionals, undergraduate and graduate students.
Major: Computer Graphics Technology
Minor: Organizational Leadership and Supervision
2022-Present. Assistant Professor of Practice, School of Engineering Technology. Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN.
2016- 2022. Assistant Professor of Practice Department of Computer Graphics Technology. Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN.
Industry Education & Training
- Configuration Management CM2 Certification, Certified through IpX, July 2021
- Operationalized Product Delivery (OPD) – June 2016
- Advanced Improvement Workshop (AIW) based on GE Workout – June 2016
- Boeing Certified Lean Instructor – June 2016
- Boeing Problem Solving Model Instructor – May 2016
- Boeing Pre-Flight Exploration pre management program – August 2015
- Boeing Certified Lean Value Stream Mapping (VSM) Leader Training– June 2015
- Root Cause Corrective Action (RCCA) Training – May 2015
- Design Thinking Workshop – September 2014
- Six Sigma Green Belt Training – May 2011
U.S. Army Education & Training
Intermediate Leadership Education (Phase 1) – Leadership Staff/Strategy
Combined Arms Exercise Course – Leadership Staff/Planning
Signal Officer Career Course – Advanced Level Officer Leadership and Planning
Signal Officer Basic Course – Entry Level Officer Leadership
Primary Leadership Development Course – Entry Level Leadership
Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified through PMI, March 2013
Boeing Certified Lean Value Stream Mapping (VSM) Leader, To be completed 2017
Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ), Everett Community College, August 2016
Boeing Lean Instructor Qualification, August 2016
Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, Certified through Boeing, July 2016
Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate, Villanova University, November 2013
Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, Certified through Boeing, March 2012
Masters Certificate in Project Management, Stevens University, September 2010
Mueller, A. B., Dorribo Camba, J., & Fuerst, T. J. (2019). Essentials of Product Data Management. Enabling the Digital Enterprise. West Lafayette: eAcademicBooks., https://eacademicbooks.com/BookDetail.asp?product=EOPDM.Fuerst, T. J.F*, Dorribo Camba, J.F, & Barragato, A.S (2020). Promoting Higher-Order Thinking Skills Through Collaborative Project-Based Design Learning and Product Data Management. Hawaii: 18th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education.
Mueller, A. B., Dorribo Camba, J., Hartman, N. W., Fuerst, T. J., & Astheimer, R. L. (2019). Development and Application of PDM Curriculum in Undergraduate Engineering and Technology Coursework (pp. 5). Guimarães:.
Del Re, K.G, Yun, S.G, Kozikowski, E.G, Fuerst, T. J., & Dorribo Camba, J. (2019). Integrating a Project Lifecycle Management System into a Freshman Level Classroom Environment. ASEE., 401 Grant St.