Abbot Maginnis holds two MS degrees in engineering, one in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science and the other in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, along with a multi-disciplinary PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky. His current research interests focus on learning at the team member / work interface and the structural system requirements to support learning as part of the development of a continuous improvement culture within organizations.
Before returning to UK for his 2nd MS and his PhD, Dr. Maginnis spent 10 years in R&D with the US Bureau of Mines and another (10yrs) in product development and production of phosphate investment material for the dental industry. During that time Dr. Maginnis was awarded a patent for a method to produce homogeneous micro composite ceramic and superconducting powders. He also developed a new semi-conductive high temperature refractory material (USBM Report of Invention) and created several advanced phosphate investment products for metal alloy and ceramic casting materials.
Maginnis has been a core member of the Lean Systems Program since 2006. In that capacity he has helped facilitate the development of continuous improvement capabilities in a variety of industries including healthcare, manufacturing and fast foods. In addition Abbot and his team are responsible for the development and execution of the hands-on laboratory activities and simulations offered as part of the Lean Systems Program.