Alumni Testimonials

Tom Lawless

Master of Civil Engineering
, Class of 2012
I train and consult in Lean operations, which is about reducing waste in processes. My civil engineering degree will enable me to dig deeper into waste reduction and at the same time, save on our natural resources.
Tom Lawless, Class of 2012
Master of Civil Engineering

Q:  “Tom, please tell us a little bit about yourself.”
A:  “I’m married to a phenomenal person. We have a 23 year old son who just graduated from Friends University in Wichita, K.S. I’m retired after 25 years in the Reserves. I served as the operations officer for V Corps Movement Control Battalion in 2003.”

Q:  “How about where you live?”
A:  “We share time between our house in Ames, IA and our apartment in Chicago, IL.”

Q:  “Tell us about your career and current employer.”
A:  “I am President of Lean Training and Consulting, Inc. There I train and consult in Lean operations and lean Six Sigma methodology.”

Q:  “What was your motivation for pursuing your Master of Civil Engineering degree?”
A:  “Lean operations is about reducing waste in processes. My degree will enable me to dig deeper into waste reduction and at the same time, save on our natural resources.”

Q:  “Why did you choose Norwich and how did you learn about it?”
A:  “I learned about Norwich during an online search. The reason I selected Norwich is due to the rich military history of the school.”

Q:  “What makes Norwich unique?”
A:  “Instructors who care and the school history.”

Q:  “What aspects of your Norwich experience will you carry most strongly?”
A: “Having a master’s in civil engineering from a university with the history of Norwich as well as being a graduate of this University.”

Q:  “Do you have any examples of putting your knowledge to work in your career?”
A:   “I have started conducting energy kaizen events.”

Q:  “How have you grown personally as a result of your education?”
A:  “I have started to look at the environment as a finite resource.”

Q:  “Anything else you would like to tell people about Norwich?”
A:   “Great time. Great people. I’d recommend the school.”