Ret. Col. Terry Klinker is a senior lecturer in the Department of Management Sciences. He teaches undergraduate courses in business analytics, operations management, and operations planning and control.
Klinker has pursued a dual career path, serving in the Army Reserve and National Guard while building a civilian career that has included engineer, manager and director positions at Corning Inc.,T echnicolor (formerly Thomson Multimedia), and Toledo Engineering. Klinker also has served as owner and principal of several small-business interests.
Klinker deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, serving as the base engineer for U.S. Central Command forward for 18 months. He was called up in support of Hurricane Katrina/Rita recovery efforts in 2005, serving as the Army Corps of Engineers representative at the U.S. Northern Command. He assumed the role of Partnership of the Americas Engagement Taskforce commander in 2008, directing a joint operation that included active duty, National Guard, and reserve elements of all four branches of the service. The goal was to develop local infrastructure, build and improve schools, and bring health-care resources to populations with limited access.
Areas of Expertise
- Lean and Six Sigma
- Operations strategy
- Project management