Fred Stahl


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Fred Stahl L.L.C.

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  1. Professional Highlights

Fred Stahl, L.L.C. 2003 to now

  1. Principal – My consulting practice works with commercial clients internationally, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of their production systems, benchmarking against best global practices, and advising them on how to structure their products to compete in U.S. technology markets.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology – 2000 to 2003

  1. MIT Visiting Scientist

  2. Industry Executive Director, Lean Aerospace Initiative, an industry, government, labor union, and academic consortium with a $4 million annual budget chartered to apply Toyota principles and practices to production of aerospace systems. Responsible for relations with industry and U.S. Government agencies. 

The Boeing Company – 1981 to 1999

  1. Director, Manufacturing Transition – Led
    Boeing Lean Manufacturing Assessment Project
    to compare Boeing’s factories with the world’s best.

  2. Taught concepts and practice of lean manufacturing at the Boeing Leadership Center.

  3. Boeing Manufacturing Representative to MIT Lean Aerospace Initiative

Led consortium benchmarking of exemplary manufacturing operations.

  1. Chief Technologist, Europe – Created transatlantic development programs. Identified transferable technologies in the UK, Western Europe and the former East Germany. Company liaison to NATO. Lead corporate representative to European aerospace agencies and industry.

  2. Director – Washington Studies & Engineering Analysis Group – Supported U.S. Government R&D agencies with systems analyses.

  3. Executive – Led development of corporate-wide engineering and life-cycle costing systems. Led military operations analysis for advanced engineering design and aerospace technology.

Prior to 1981

  1. Researcher – Institute for Defense Analyses and other systems analysis and evaluation organizations in Washington, D.C.

  2. Adjunct Professor – George Washington University, Computer Science.


BA Mathematics, Wayne State University

International Studies, University of Munich

MA Computer Science, Missouri University for Science and Technology

Economics, George Mason University

AffiliationsLabor & Employment Relations Association (LERA). Past president of Washington D.C. Chapter of LERA.


Books & Publications 

WORKER LEADERSHIP: America’s Secret Weapon in the Battle for Industrial Competitiveness MIT Press, forthcoming fall 2013.

LEAN ENTERPRISE VALUE: Insights from MIT’s Lean Aerospace Initiative (co-author) Palgrave, 2002.

“Lean Production Systems and Global Competitiveness: the War of the Production Systems” The Boeing Company, 1998. 

“Lean Manufacturing Assessments of Factories in North America, Europe, and Asia” The Boeing Company, 1997.

“Lean Manufacturing Best Practices” (Results of world-wide survey) The Boeing Company, 1997.

“Lean Manufacturing Site assessment Tool” (Co-author) The Boeing Company, 1997.

The Rise and Fall of the East German Aircraft Industry: Secrets of East Germany’s Airliner 
March 1996.

“Consortium Benchmarking” in The Benchmarking Portfolio. Strategic Directions Publishers, Ltd., Zurich 1994.

Manufacturing Change at the John Deere Harvester Works” MIT Report LEAN 94-04. November, 1994.

Future Technologies for Fighter Aircraft. Luftwaffen-Forum, 3/93.

“Why Do Aircraft Cost So Much?”  The Boeing Company, 1987.

“Aircraft Life Cycle Cost Model” Presentation to Institute for Defense Analyses and Weapons Systems Evaluation Group, 1984.

“Aircraft Production Cost Model” McDonnell Douglas, 1983.

“Life Cycle Cost Model” For RCA Defense Electronics, 1980.