David M. Lehmann Ph.D., P.E., CIRM

Dr. Lehmann has successfully built businesses from $10 million to $2 billion annual sales. As a leader and member of the management team he has experience in many aspects including strategy development and business investment, research and product development, engineering, operations, supply chain innovations, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), sales and marketing, overhaul and repair, and customer services. He has experience with multiple distribution and sales channel strategies from technology licenses to prime product direct sales and value added reseller channels. He has conducted business in 28 countries for firms as large as General Electric Co. and Caterpillar and Solar Turbines Inc, A Caterpillar Co. (1998 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Recipient) and as small as the steam turbine business of Worthington Corporation, (now IR- Dresser Rand).

He has experience in managing various financial structures from the most entrepreneurial small incubator size start-ups assisting in the Small Business Administrations program for the Minority Small Business Investment Corporation (MESBIC program) while with Sun Oil Company, the development of early production and eventual licensing of heat transfer technologies for the emerging Micro Turbine industry while with Solar Turbines,  the management of fundamental commodity companies in the gray and ductile iron casting industry, to mega size transactions for the largest Fortune 20 Companies.   He is known for his total dedication to the development of the management team members while setting high expectations and absolute accountability for managing for results.  He is also known for looking with a wide view for new solutions and innovative ways to create high performing profitable organizations with sustainable value propositions and business models.

Partial list of advisory activities:

APICS- Integrated Resource Management Certification Bently Nevada (now Bently Nevada- GE)
C. G. Wright Assoc/ Agouron Pharmaceuticals C.G. Wright Associates/ Edwards Life Sciences
C. G. Wright Assoc/ Micro Therapeutics California Council on Quality & Service
Caterpillar Caterpillar/ Perkins Engines
Cheng Power Corporations Chromally Corporation
Claremont Graduate University Community Catalysts/ Community Catalysts Foundation
Dresser Rand Federal EPA- Western Region
Flowserve Corporation General Casting Company
General Electric co. Grandphos Pumps
H Roark Investment Bank National Institute of Science and Technology
Howmet/Alcola Oliver Wight Company
Rembisz Associates Rolls Royce Power Gen
San Diego State University Solar Turbines Incorporated
Southern California Edison U.S. Manufacturing Excellence Project
Sun Oil Company United Technologies/Pratt & Whitney
University of Phoenix University of San Diego

Employment History:

Solar Turbines Incorporated, A Caterpillar Company,

  • 1999 – 2000 Vice President, Turbomachinery Products Business (5 P&L Centers, R&D, Engineering and Operations)
  • 1990 – 99 Vice President and General Manager, Manufacturing (5 P&L Centers, Operations, Engines, Systems and Packages, Compressors, Gears, Recuperators. Large Structures and Module Fabrication Businesses) . 1998 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Recipient
  • 1988 – 90 Director, Product Engineering (Turbomachinery, Gas Compressors, and Gears)
  • 1985 – 88 Director, North American Customer Service Business (P&L, Field Service- 11 Offices, Parts, Overhaul and Repair facilities in U.S., Mexico, and Canada)1981 – 85 Vice President, Market Development (Business strategies for the Oil & Gas Industry, and the Power Generation, Product Management, Product Development, Marketing Programs,

General Electric Co.

  • 1978 – 81 Manager International Industrial Gas Turbine Business (All Oil and Gas and Power Generation Prime Product business for installation outside the U.S.)
  • 1975 – 78 Manager International Industrial Gas Turbine Sales

Sun Oil Company 1970 – 75 (Senior Engineer for major project turbomachinery)

Worthington Corporation 1965 – 70

Publications, Speeches and Awards

1998  U. S.  Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Recipient, Solar Turbines Incorporated

  • 1994  “Integrated Enterprise Management,”   Co-author.  APICS 37th International Conference
  • 1994  “Innovation, Change, and Continuity.”  Nursing Management , Concepts, Skills & Strategies, W.B. Saunders.
  • 1993-  29 Articles  “Business Concepts for Frontline Managers” Seminars for Nurse Managers, W.B.  Sanders
  • 1989 “Turbomachinery Design Philosophy.”  Turbomachinery Technology Symposium Proceedings.
  • 1986  “Advancements in the Technology for the Servicing of Turbomachinery.” Turbomachinery Symposium.
  • 1973  “Steam Turbine Performance.”  Power magazine
  • Over 100 speeches and lectures on Leadership, Strategy, Innovation and Change, Malcolm Baldrige Quality


  • Brooking Institute- Inside Washington; Business & Public Policy, 1997
  • Claremont Graduate University, Peter Drucker Management Center, PhD,. 1995Inaugural Inductee into the Graduate University Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, October 2000
  • Caterpillar Advanced Management Program, 1991
  • Claremont Graduate University, Peter Drucker Management Center, Masters of Business Administration, 1989
  • General Electric Management Development Programs 1976 to 1981
  • Villanova University, Mechanical Engineering, Masters of Science Studies (Comprehensives completed 1975)
  • Villanova University, Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Science, 1974
  • State University of New York, Engineering Science, Associates Of Applied Science, 1964

Current and Past Affiliations

  • Alpha Sigma Lambda, National Evening College Honors Fraternity, member
  • American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), member, Past Chair, Integrated Enterprise Management Committee
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, member
  • California Council for Quality and Service, Board of Trustees, member
  • California Manufacturer’s Association, Board of Directors, retired
  • Client Development Program (Non-profit Corporation), Board of Directors, member
  • Community Catalyst of California Foundation (Non-profit Fund For CDP), Chairman
  • Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce, retired
  • Pi Tau Sigma, National Mechanical Engineering Honors Society, member
  • Registered Professional Engineer, Pennsylvania
  • San Diego Central YMCA CAMP Division, Board of Directors, Finance Committee
  • San Diego State University, Engineering Dept., Dean’s Advisory Council, member
  • San Diego State University, Graduate Management Faculty: “Strategic Management of High Technology and Innovation” Course, 1998 to 2000
  • University of California, San Diego, Minorities In Engineering Industrial Advisory Board, retired
  • University of San Diego, Adjunct Faculty: Supply Chain Management Institute, Certification and Graduate Degree Program

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