Katrina Appell, PhD

Dr Katrina Appell

Katrina Appell is passionate about supporting organizations in improvement and transformation with 10+ years of coaching, facilitating, training, and team development experience. She has experience as a Lean Product and Process Development Coach at the Lean Enterprise Institute, Senior Lean Consultant at Liker Lean Advisors focusing on supporting organizations in lean product and process development and as a Lean Coach at the University of Michigan Health System.

Working with Jeff Liker, PhD and Jim Morgan, PhD, Katrina’s doctoral research looked at the effectiveness of different approaches to using lean thinking in complex environments through product development case studies. Dr. Appell is currently collaborating with Dan Cooper, PhD, who leads the Resourceful Manufacturing and Design group at the University of Michigan, to build low-carbon manufacturing principles into product-process development systems through lean product-process development to make this thinking more accessible to companies.

Katrina co-developed and teaches Designing the Future: A Lean Product & Process Development Immersive Learning Experience workshop. She has previously taught classes for the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in lean manufacturing, lean-six sigma greenbelt, lean healthcare, lean office, lean supply chain for healthcare, lean supply chain and warehouse management.

Katrina has a Ph.D. and M.S.E. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She also has a B.S. in General Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was previously the President of the Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering Alumni and Advisory Board. Katrina is President of Katrina Appell Consulting.