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Donald Pillittere

Adjunct Faculty

Donald Pillittere

Adjunct Faculty

Education

BS, University of Buffalo; EMBA, Rochester Institute of Technology

Bio

Donald Pillittere received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Buffalo and his EMBA from RIT.  He is currently Senior Manager of Quality at Harris’ Space and Intelligence Systems for a portfolio of satellite, airborne, and ground systems projects.  Don has been an adjunct professor at RIT for over 20 years where he teaches courses in operations, manufacturing systems, supply chain management, project management, engineering economics, and coordinates Capstone projects.  He has published two books on project management as well as multiple articles and business cases on project management.

Mr. Pillittere has over 30 years of experience in numerous management positions including Quality Manager, Director of Engineering, Subcontract Manager, Project Manager, and Worldwide Product Manager.  He brings a broad perspective on organizational management through his diverse experience in various fields such as government contracting, aerospace, optics, medical devices, professional imaging, and wireless communications.

Currently Teaching

ISEE-793
3 Credits
For the MS in Manufacturing Leadership program. The purpose of the project is for students to demonstrate integrative application of knowledge and skills that they have acquired during the program. A capstone project will be oriented to the solution of manufacturing, operations, or supply chain management problem or to technically related processes. Each project will define an actual problem and solve it, or select and develop a needed process. Each project must be approved in advance by the Capstone Coordinator. A suitable project will be multi-disciplinary or multi-functional in nature and will have significant impact on one or more competitive capabilities of the organization, e.g., quality, lead time, cost, flexibility, or service. Team-based projects are strongly recommended.
DECS-310
3 Credits
A survey of operations and supply chain management that relates to both service- and goods- producing organizations. Topics include operations and supply chain strategies; ethical behavior; forecasting; product and service design, including innovation and sustainability; capacity and inventory management; lean operations; managing projects; quality assurance; global supply chains; and the impacts of technology.
DECS-743
3 Credits
Study of the management of operations and supply chain management. Encompasses both manufacturing and services. Topics include operations and supply chain strategy, ethical behavior, forecasting; work systems, inventory management, capacity and materials planning, lean operation, supply chain design and closed-loop supply chains, global operations, quality management, quality control, and quality improvement, project management; and current issues.
ISEE-745
3 Credits
This course will provide an introduction to concepts and techniques in the design and analysis of production systems. A blend of traditional and modern approaches is brought into the classroom. At the end of the term, the student will be able to assess and analyze the performance of a given manufacturing system as well as to provide a framework for system redesign and improvement. Modern aspects such as lean manufacturing and setup time reduction are included in the context of the course.