Mr. Thomas B. Barker
Thomas B. Barker is a Professor Emeritus in the Graduate
Statistics Program in The John D. Hromi Center for Quality
and Applied Statistics at Rochester Institute of Technology.
His primary areas of research and teaching include statistical
experimental design, "Taguchi" robust design, regression
analysis, and empirical modeling techniques. Prior to his
current position, Mr. Barker held a variety of technical and
managerial positions with Xerox Corporation, where he was
employed for 21 years in the development and quality engineering
of numerous reprographic products.
Professor Barker is an acknowledged world authority on experimental
design and the use of the "Taguchi" approach to
quality engineering. He was a key contributor to the Xerox
"XL-10" imaging system, the Xerox competitive technology
benchmarking method, and holds six U.S. patents and numerous
foreign patents for a variety of electrostatic copier products.
He was a key contributor to the Xerox "Leadership Through
Quality" system that led to that corporation's winning
the Maclom Baldrige Award. In 1983, he received the "Outstanding
Teacher Award" from RIT.
Mr. Barker is one of the most experienced instructors of
the Taguchi approach to Quality Engineering by Design. He
has presented this course in locations around the world reaching
over 4000 engineers and scientists in over 200 seminars since
1983. He has engineered his course notes, visual presentations,
and computer programs to convey the key concepts, the underlying
principles, and practical applications of the Taguchi techniques
in a complete, concise, and economical manner. He has conducted
and supervised research to further understand and expand the
Taguchi concepts and has made this work an integral part of
the course material. This course, which integrates a full
understanding and practice of traditional experimental design
methods, has been acclaimed by participants and, more importantly,
is utilized by them to make significant strides in quality
Professor Barker is a frequent speaker at professional and
technical meetings. He is noted for his ability to take a
complex concept and present it with bold clarity and excitement.
His many publications have appeared in Quality Progress and
other technical journals. Mr. Barker's books, Quality
by Experimental Design, Third Edition and Engineering
Quality by Design - Interpreting the Taguchi Approach
are published by Taylor & Francis/CRC Press. He received
his B.S. degree in photographic science and M.S. degree in
applied and mathematical statistics from RIT.