Deming Fellow

For over 60 years, Dr. W. Edwards Deming worked closely with students, faculty, and staff at various educational institutions to share his management theory and its application. Inspired by his passion and initiative, The Deming Institute recently unveiled a fellowship program to engage researchers who share our desire to both expand and deepen the understanding and application of Dr. Deming’s management philosophy among a new generation of students and scholars.  

Beginning in 2016, the W. Edwards Deming Research Fellow has been conferred to a select group of scholars and practitioners to further the aim of The Institute of connecting the world of research, teaching, and professional practice with Dr. Deming’s transformative philosophy. Towards this end, Research Fellows are engaged in a deep and ongoing commitment to the principles of Dr. Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge®, continually demonstrating how they are incorporating these principles directly into their academic and professional practice.

W. Edwards Deming Research Fellows are extended by invitation from The Deming Institute and appointed by its Executive Director, Kevin Cahill, with the approval of its Board of Trustees. Research Fellows must hold a leadership position for at least five years in a prominent organization in one or more of the following areas: academia, public sector, private business, and/or non-profit. There are no more than three Research Fellows in residence at any given time, each with a three-year term, and no more than one representing a focused research area. Candidates are committed to a long-term agenda which is devoted to expanding awareness and application of the Deming philosophy in academic and/or professional practice in vigorous and innovative ways.

The inaugural W. Edwards Deming Research Fellowship position was extended to Professor Ravi K. Roy of Southern Utah University in January 2016 for his research in promoting Dr. Deming’s work in the area of Public Affairs. 


  • Dr. Ravi K. Roy

    Dr. Ravi K. Roy is the inaugural W. Edwards Deming Fellow with the Institute, a position he assumed in January 2016, with promotion to Senior Research Fellow in January 2018. He is also Director of the W. Edwards Deming Quality, Innovation & Leadership Incubator (QUIL), and Senior Consultant of Quality of Management in the Department of Aviation at Southern Utah University. Prior to this, he served as both the Director of the Post-Graduate Program in International Development at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia (2009-2011) as well as the Director of MPA program at California State University, Northridge in California (2011-2013). Ravi earned his Bachelors degree in Political Science at UCLA before going to earn his Masters and a PhD in Public Policy/Political Science at Claremont Graduate University, one of only a handful of private comprehensive doctoral institutions in California. He has held Research Scholar positions at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2011-2015) and the Claremont Institute for Economic Policy Studies (2002-2004). He also was the Stanton Avery Professor at Pitzer College (Spring 2002). [Read More]