Frederick M. Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Fred Zimmerman helped found the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering as a department in 1985 and led the department for 10 years. He has held engineering and management positions at IBM, Control Data and National Computer Systems. He has served on the boards of directors of 14 corporations and has been an advisor to labor, government and business groups. A prolific author and provocative speaker, Zimmerman has appeared on television and radio, before legislative bodies, at academic conferences and at corporate meetings.
Fred retired from active teaching at the end of 2005. He has been recognized as "Professor Emeritus" by President Dennis Dease and his colleagues for exceptional teaching, active engagement of the profession, and service to the university and the external community.
Fred is now serving as editor for the Precision Manufacturing Journal, a publication of Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association and is interested in articles for publication.
Fred is has written a new book which discussing the state of health of the industrial economy of the United States. It is somewhat historical with quite a few statistics. It has a title which is sort of somber; "From Riches to Rags at a Time of Prosperity."
He is author of three books:
- From Riches to Rags at a Time of Prosperity, July 2011, ISBN: 978-0-9839035-0-5
- Manufacturing Works: The Vital Link Between Production and Prosperity with Dave Beal. June 2002, ISBN: 0962422983
- The Turnaround Experience: Real-world Lessons in Revitalizing Corporations. 1991, 2011 ISBN: 0070728992
Listen to Fred's comments on Minnesota Public Radio
- April 14, 2006 -- St. Paul Ford Plant closing
Cell Phone: 612-867-8368 (Best way to contact Fred)
Updated May 12, 2013