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Richard Muther Founder of IHPP

Richard "Dick" Muther
Chairman Emeritus of IHPP

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Biography: Richard Muther

Richard Muther is the founder of IHPP, Richard Muther & Associates, and Muther International. He is widely respected as an industrial engineer and management consultant, and has been called "the father of systematic planning."

Professional Positions & Clients

Over the years, Mr. Muther has participated in more than 1000 consulting and professional planning projects. The many clients he has personally assisted include: Deere & Co., Olin Corp., Cummins Engine, Kenworth Truck, Volvo, Phillips, Japan Management Association, and the Ministry of Machinery of the People?s Republic of China. Mr. Muther formerly held management positions with Remington Arms, Chrysler, Peerless Machinery, and Vendo. He also served on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and taught at the U.S. Navy?s School of Management and Industrial Engineering.

Techniques & Practices

An award-winning engineer, Mr. Muther is best known for developing the following widely-used techniques: Systematic Layout Planning (SLP), Systematic Planning of Industrial Facilities, the Mag-Count measure of material and package transportability, and High Performance Planning©.


A prolific writer, Richard Muther has authored many books, including: Production Line Technique, Practical Plant Layout, Systematic Layout Planning (SLP), Systematic Handling Analysis (SHA), Office Layout Planning, Systematic Planning of Industrial Facilities, Creating Personal Success, High Performance Planning, and others. He has also contributed to four popular handbooks, two encyclopedias, and is the author of more than 100 technical papers and magazine articles. His works have been translated into several languages and are used throughout the industrial world.


Recipient of the prestigious Gilbreth Medal for outstanding contributions to industrial engineering, Richard Muther has also received Reed-Apple Award, the Materials Handling Award of the Society for the Advancement of Management, the Honor Award of the International Material Management Society, and an Engineering Citation from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Professional Affiliations

Mr. Muther is a founder and past President of the Association of Professional Material Handling Consultants, and a Fellow in the Society for the Advancement of Management. Mr. Muther?s memberships include: the American Planning Association, the Materials Handling & Management Society, and the World Futures Society. He founded the Institute of High Performance Planners, an international association of professionals devoted to advancing the science of planning.


Richard Muther holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received an honorary doctorate ScD(hc) from Lund University in Sweden. He is a registered Professional Engineer and Certified Management Consultant, retired.

Mr. Muther passed away in late 2014, just a few weeks before his 101st birthday. IHPP board member and chairman of RMA and HHigh Performance Concepts, Lee Hales, delivered one of the eulogies. Click here to read.


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