Mi Kyong Newsom

Clinical Assistant Professor
Lean Six Sigma Academic Director

Operations and Business Analytics

Executive Education


Mi Kyong Newsom is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Operations & Data Analytics. She rejoined Fisher in 2016 and leads the coordination and implementation of research-based best practices for the undergraduate core operation management courses. Dr. Newsom is the Lean Six Sigma Academic Director in the Executive Education Program where she designs and delivers Lean Six Sigma Hybrid training that successfully prepares executives and managers for the Black Belt Certification.  She also teaches Lean Six Sigma in Fisher’s MBA program that prepares MBA students successfully for the Green Belt Certification. She received Fisher College of Business Teaching Awards, the Student Athlete Advising Board Faculty Recognition and multiple letters of commendation from the Dean for outstanding teaching performance.

As the program leader for Pathways for Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Careers, Dr. Newsom serves as mentor and coach for the scholarship women recipients throughout their freshmen academic year resulting in summer internships from the financial sponsors, Motorist Mutual Insurance and Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Co-operative. She also serves as faculty advisor for 2nd Chance, a student organization that promotes literacy for kids with incarcerated parents.

Prior to joining Fisher, Dr. Newsom spent 12 years in a variety of technical and commercial roles for Eastman Chemical Company, including co-authoring a patent for 1,4-cyclohexanedicarboxylic Acid in polyester powder coatings. She then moved to the business side of Eastman Chemical Company where she was certified as six sigma commercial black belt that resulted in savings over $30 million from her two key projects in feedstock hedging and commercial pricing.

Areas of Expertise

Production/Operations Management
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Operations Strategy
  • Quality Improvement
  • Six Sigma


  • PhD, Operations Management, The Ohio State University
  • MBA, Drexel University
  • BS, Chemistry, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee


  • BUSOBA 3230 - Introduction to Operations Management: Improving Competitiveness in Organizations

    Introduction to operations and supply chain management to improve manufacturing and service organizations; analyzing, controlling and improving resources and processes to increase productivity, generate value-added output and meet business goals. Prereq: Econ 2001.01 or 2002.01, and Stat 1430 or equiv.; or Math 1151 or 1154, and enrollment in BSET program. Not open to students with credit for 3130, or to students enrolled in UExp or PreBSBA-PR.

  • BUSOBA 7242 - Six Sigma Principles

    Familiarizes students with the Six Sigma process improvement methodology by practicing with its tools. Supplemented with an online textbook from Moresteam.com, project simulation that runs throughout the semester and Minitab statistical software. Prereq: MBA 6273.