Emmanuel Agba


Teaching Professor
Mechanical Engineering


1245 Hoover Hall
528 Bissell Rd.
Ames, IA 50012


Previously, Dr. Agba was a Manufacturing Manager at Ford Motor Company. He is experienced in the automotive and plastics industries and virtual manufacturing technologies, product lifecycle management (PLM), CAD, CAM, CAE, and components traceability. Dr. Agba is also experienced in supplier integration, design and manufacturing collaboration, technical training, and plastics production. He is knowledgeable about teaching, research and consulting as a lead professor of Mechanical system design. Dr. Agba has implemented new technologies for process improvement and cost reduction. He is Six Sigma certified.

Professional Experience
  • Consultant, GLG Council Member/Educator, 2008 – Present
  • Manager, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI, 2000 – 2008
  • Professor, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, 1991 – 2000
  • Manager, Starline Nigeria Ltd, Aba, Nigeria, 1984 – 1985


Honors and Awards
  • VP’s Award for Outstanding 6-Sigma Contribution, Ford Motor Company 2008
  • Technical Maturity Model Award, Ford Motor Company 2006
  • Manufacturing Excellence Awards, Ford Motor Company 2005
  • MTA/SME Best Paper , Society of manufacturing Engineers 1999


  • Certified Six-Sigma Black Belt, Ford Motor Company, 2007
  • Registered Professional Engineer, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), 1998


  • United States Patent 20080110224 – Method of forming a surface finished workpiece for a vehicle from a metal sheet


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Florida Atlantic University
  • MEng, Mechanical Engineering, University of Benin, Nigeria
  • BEng, Mechanical Engineering, University of Benin, Nigeria

Interest Areas

  • Product realization
  • Product lifecycle management
  • Virtual manufacturing engineering
  • Computer-aided engineering
  • High-speed machining
  • Robotics
  • Composite materials
  • Plastics production
  • Reverse engineering