Operations Science Institute


Bill Fierle, Operations Science Institute Board of Advisors board member

Chief Operating Officer, Conax Technologies

Operations Science in Product Design, Engineer-to-Order, Configure-to-Order

Bill is chief operating officer of Conax Technologies, a global leader in design and manufacture of temperature sensors, compression seal fittings, and cable assemblies for a broad range of industries and applications.

Bill’s previous experience includes president, vice president, general manager and director roles during sixteen years at Emerson Electric, where he ran three of Emerson’s strategic business units with global leadership responsibilities for manufacturing, sales, marketing, finance, human resources, information technology, engineering, and quality for manufacturing and engineering facilities in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia.

He has extensive experience in applying operations science concepts throughout his career to increase on-time delivery while simultaneously reducing lead times and inventory levels.

Bill served in various position for nine years at the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) including stints as AME chairman, secretary, treasurer, and director-at-large.

Bill has a a master of business administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, a master of engineering management from the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University, and a bachelor of fine arts in economics from Adrian College.