Clayton T. Walden (Clay)

Office: CAVSE Canton, MS
Phone: (601) 407-2713


Dr. Clay Walden serves as the Director and Research Professor of CAVS Extension in Canton, MS. He has over 20 years of experience implementing quality and productivity improvements within a variety companies. A partial list of companies includes Mueller Industries, Nissan, Faurecia, PFG Optics, Dover Elevators, Tower Automotive, Herman Miller, and Northrop Grumman Ship Systems.

Since joining CAVS, Walden has managed over $8 million in externally funded contracts primarily focused on improving manufacturing performance around the state. One of his primary responsibilities including managing CAVS Extension\'s involvement within Mississippi\'s Manufacturing Extension Partnership ( Since 2006 CAVS Extension\'s MEP projects around the state have resulted in documented third party impacts of over $5 billion dollars. Walden along with colleague Glenn Dennis received the national MEP Practitioner of the Year for 2008.

Walden has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Mississippi State University. His dissertation is titled \"A Taxonomy Based Assessment Methodology for Small and Medium Size Manufacturers.\" In addition, Walden holds several professional certifications including Six Sigma Black Belt from the American Society for Quality, and is a Jonah from the Goldratt Institute.
Research Interest:
Assessments of Manufacturing Enterprises, Design for Manufacturability, Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, Modeling and Simulation of Production Systems, Design of Experiments, Statistical Process Control, Economic Development
Basketball, History, Reading

Selected PublicationsTotal Publications by Clayton T. Walden (Clay):  146 
Dalton, L., McCall, T. G., & Walden, C. (2016). Introduction to the Development of a Manufacturability Assessment Methodology. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Management 2016 International Conference. Concord, NC. [Abstract] [Document]

Walden, C., Fuller, S., & Johnson, J. (2016). Statistical Process Control - SPC 101. Mississippi State University Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems - Extension; Canton, MS. [Abstract]

McCall, T. G., Dalton, L., & Walden, C. (2016). Manufacturability Assessment Knowledge-based Evaluation (MAKE). Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) Working Group Quarterly Meeting. Arlington, VA. [Document]

Fuller, S., & Walden, C. (2016). Minitab Statistical Software for Data Driven Problem Solving. Mississippi State University Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems - Extension; Canton, MS. [Abstract]

Greenwood, A., Hill. T. W., Vanguri, S., Walden, C., Miller, J., Eksioglu, B., & Jain, P. (2005). Simulation Optimization Decision Support for Ship Panel Lines. In M. E. Kuhl, N.M. Steiger, F.B. Armstrong, J.A. Joins (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2005 Winter Simulation Conference. Washington, DC. [Abstract] [Document]