Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management

First Advisor

Lee Wells

Second Advisor

Dana Hammond


In September 2021, the team met with representatives from Steelcase to develop a cost model to characterize outsourced aluminum extrusion and fabrication processes. This cost model shall serve to inform Steelcase procurement staff decisions about how much operations should reasonably cost, what volume of production should be ordered, what suppliers should be outsourced to, and whether existing operations performed at the Athens Alabama Steelcase plant are competitive in terms of price. Ishikawa diagrams and root cause analysis were used to identify the factors which most significantly influence cost. These cost drivers, such as processing times and production volumes, were established by assessing known factors of past production and will inform what can be expected for prospective parts yet to be produced. General cost analysis methodologies were be applied to construct and process the cost models.


Co-authored with:

Brennon Pelland

Mohammad Aitzaz

Ben Sawn

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Restricted