John E. Povolny
Graduate Program Director
M.A. U. of St. Thomas
B.S. 1947, Chemistry, College of St. Thomas
Interests and expertise
Leadership, human resource development, manufacturing management
CareerJohn Povolny came to St. Thomas in 1986 after a 38-year career at 3M where he was a chemist, general foreman, production superintendent, plant manager, production manager, manufacturing manager, general manager and, vice president, industry relations in the Memory Technologies Group. Knowledgeable about all aspects of manufacturing systems, Povolny focuses on the human dimension of management, leadership and production. He is a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and member and past chairman of the International Recording Materials Association (IRMA). At St. Thomas, he is a key liaison between industry and the university, and advises students and teachers.
Selected publications"Human Dimensions in Agile Manufacturing," presented at Lehigh University.