David S. Cochran 
Assistant Professor  
Mechanical Engineering Department 
Laboratory of Manufacturing and Productivity 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Email
dcochran@mit.edu
Research Lab
http://web.mit.edu/psd/www
Phone
(617) 258-6769
Fax
(617) 258-7488
Office
35-132
 
 
Education

B.S. Industrial Engineering - Auburn University, 1986
M.S. Manufacturing Systems Engineering - Pennsylvania State University, 1989
Ph.D. Industrial and Systems Engineering - Auburn University, 1994

Selected Publications

Cochran, D. S., "The Total Source Error of Adjustment Model: A Methodology for the Elimination of Adjustment", 1990 Transactions of NAMRI/SME, pp. 305-311.

Cochran, D. S., Mykytka, E.F., "Manufacturing Leadtime Reduction with Linked Cellular Manufacturing Systems: AMTC Cell Simulation", PED, Vol. 53, Design, Analysis, and Control of Manufacturing Cells, ASME, 1991, pp. 231-242.

Cochran, D. S., "The Total Source Error of Adjustment Model: A Methodology for the Elimination of Setup and Process Adjustment," The International Journal of Production Research, July, 1991, (Vol.29: 7), pp.1423-5.

Biography

    Dr. David Cochran received his Bachelors of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University in 1986. In September 1987 he joined the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program at Pennsylvania State University where he received a Masters of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering in 1989.  Prior to receiving his Masters Degree, Dr.Cochran was awarded the "Shingo Prize for Manufacturing Excellence."  This award was presented to Dr.Cochran at the North American Manufacturing Research Conference in April 1989,because of his overwhelming success with his Masters Thesis research in setup reduction which was later published in the International Journal of Production Research.  Upon completion of his Master Degree, Dr. Cochran returned to his alma mater in August of 1989 to pursue his PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Auburn University in which he completed in 1994.

    Dr. Cochran's Doctoral research proposes a Framework for Manufacturing System Design and Control.  The Framework consist of three components: Manufacturing Control Hierarchy, Process for Manufacturing System Design and Control and Information-Based Control model.  The Information-Based Control model provides the basis for the role of information to be used to control complex manufacturing systems designs.  The Process for Manufacturing Systems Design and Control is based on the application of Axiomatic Design to manufacturing systems.  The process prescribes an approach to distinguish the elements of design and control in manufacturing system engineering.  The manufacturing system designs of the three industrial revolutions are evaluated based on the Process to discern the Customer Wants, Functional Requirements (FRs), Design Parameters (DRs), and System Variables (SVs).  The three industrial revolutions that are examined are the advent of the armory system, Ford Mass Production System, and Toyota Production System.  The System Variables that are used to control material flow of the Toyota Production System are modeled with respect to feedback control is used to evaluate the differences between the System Variables controlling Toyota's and Ford's material management systems.  A general case is developed for feedback control theory application in manufacturing system control that involves or requires people to perform controller functions.

    Dr. Cochran has over ten years of experience in the field of engineering.  Before coming to MIT in 1995 as an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Dr. Cochran was employed at Lord Aerospace Coporation (Erie, PA), as a Manufacturing Engineer, and has worked as a Manufacturing Engineer and Project Engineer in several capacities at Ford Motor Company Automotive Components Group, Electronics Division Information Systems, Operations Engineering and Simulation Group, and the Manufacturing Planning and Information Systems.  In addition to his work experience, Dr. Cochran has performed several consulting assignments with the following companies:  Falk Manufacturing Corporation, FMC Corporation, Vermont American, Mesa International, Ford Motor Company, Kinetic Systems Incorporated, Mercedes Benz, etc.

    Here at MIT, Dr. Cochran is the head of the Production System Design Laboratory, a research group in the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (LMP). He has taught such courses as: Introduction to Design, Introduction to Manufacturing, Fundamentals of Manufacturing Processes, Manufacturing System Design and Control, Manufacturing Processes for Systems, and Engineering Economics (Auburn University).

Theses Supervised

Ali, Mohammad, "Production System Design Methodology with Emphasis on Sub-system and Equipment Design", Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering, June 1997

Ben-Ur, Ela, "Development of a Robot Cell for Part Loading Automation", Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, May 1997

Cain, Joel, "Role of Variance in Manufacturing Systems: Capacity Planning and Capital Investing", Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering, August 1997

Charles, Michael Donald, "The Impact of Machine and Cell Design on Volume Flexibility and Capacity Planning", Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering, June 1997

Fixson, Sebastion, "Concept and Layout for a Low-Cost Disassembly facility for T.V. Sets", Diploma Thesis at Universitat Karlsruhe, May 1995

Gifford, Paul, "Analysis of Control Mechanisms in a Re-entrant Manufacturing System", Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Masters of Science in Management, June 1997

Jacob, Thomas, "Root Cause of Low On-Time Delivery Performance at a Computer Manufacturing Plant", Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Master in Business Administration, May 1997

Kilpatrick, Auston Marmaduke, "Lean Manufacturing Principles: A Comprehensive Framework for Improving Production Efficiency", Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering, February 1997

Kowalski, Joseph Stanley, "Evaluation of Design Manufacturing Measurables for Ford Production System", Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Masters of Science in Management, May 1996

Linck, Jochen, "Development of a Methodology for Defining Functional Requirements and Design Parameters within the Scope of Manufacturing System Design and Control", Diploma Thesis at WZL RWTH Aachen, Germany, February 1996

Moeller, Robert D., "Optimizing In-Line Vehicle Sequencing Systems: Applications to Ford Component Manufacturing", Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Masters of Science in Management, June 1997

Mootoo, Dexter Myles, "Evaluation of Design and Operating Criteria for Production System Design and its Constituent Levels", Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering, June 1997

Moreira, David Ian, "Kanban System within the Framework of the Toyota Production System", Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, May 1997

Ochoa, Miguel, "The Toyota Production System: A Study of its Components", Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, February 1997

Sesterhenn, Marc L., "Development of a Methodology for a Systematic Segmentation of Production Systems with the Axiomatic Design Procedure", Diploma Thesis at WZL RWTH Aachen, Germany, September 1997