GENICHI TAGUCHI, DSc, is Executive Director of the AmericanSupplier Institute and President of Ohken Associates in Japan. Dr.Taguchi, an international authority in quality engineering androbust design, has been awarded the prestigious Deming Prize in1960 and Willard F. Rockwell Medal in 1986. He was the recipient ofthe 1995 ASQ's Shewhart medal. In 1998, Dr. Taguchi was elected asan Honorary Member of the ASQ, the ASME, and the Honorary Chairmanof the Japanese Quality Engineering Society. He was inducted intothe World Level of the Hall of Fame for Engineering, Science, andTechnology, USA, in 1998, and the Automotive Hall of Fame, USA, in1997. In 2000, he was recognized as the Quality Champion of thetwentieth century. He authored or coauthored more than 400technical articles in leading journals and forty books.
RAJESH JUGULUM, Ph.D. is a researcher in the Department ofMechanical Engineering of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In2000, he completed his Ph.D. under the guidance of Dr. GenichiTaguchi in Wayne State University. In 1999, he shared ASQ researchfellowship grant and in 2000 he received ASQ's Richard A. Freundinternational scholarship. He was featured as "Face of Quality" inSeptember 2001 issue of Quality Progress. He is the recipient of2002 ASQ's Feigenbaum medal. He has authored or co-authored severalarticles in leading technical journals. He is a member of the ASQand the Japanese Quality Engineering Society and a Fellow of theRoyal Statistical Society.