Name: John A. (Jack) Kovalcik
Title: Faculty, Chair of the Master’s Degree Program
Degrees Earned: BSEE and MBA
Number of Years at NGS : Seven (7)
Professor Kovalcik has more than 35 years of “hands-on” technical and managerial line and staff experience in $15M to $14B corporations. His specialty is in quality system design and the implementation of Quality Management Systems that meet the ISO9001 and ISO14001 requirements. His experience includes International and Multi-Plant Quality Management, integration of an acquired company’s ISO9001 QMS, and registration of a design site in China. He is a technical consultant specializing in reducing new product time-to-market, business process improvements, and customer satisfaction initiatives. He is a senior member of the American Society for Quality and has trained and qualified Internal Auditors. In the fall of 2014 Prof. Kovalcik accepted the role of Faculty Chair for the NGS Master of Science degree program.
Teaching Philosophy and why I enjoy teaching our NGS adult learners:
My teaching philosophy capitalizes on the 35+ years of experience managing quality organizations in various industries emphasizing the practical application of quality tools and techniques that result in financial benefit to an organization. The NGS QSM degree program is unique, where it requires students to do a practical, real world process improvement project that delivers not only performance improvements, but a financial return on investment to the organization that sponsors the project.
One word that describes your teaching: Energetic!