Roger G. Schroeder holds the Donaldson Chair in Operations Management at the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He is also the Co-Director of the Juran Center for Leadership in Quality and has earned an appointment as a Distinguished Teaching Professor. He received the B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering with high distinction from the University of Minnesota, MSIE University of Minnesota and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, he taught at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, and was an analyst for the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense. Professor Schroeder has received research grants from the Ford Foundation, American Production and Inventory Control Society, Exxon Education Foundation and the National Science Foundation. He is a recipient of the Morse Award for outstanding teaching at the University of Minnesota.
Currently a self-employed architect and builder of timber-framed buildings, co-author Jack A. Sobon holds a bachelor of architecture degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has also worked on barn moving and restoration for Richard W. Babcock, Inc. Jack has written Storey's Build a Classic Timber-Framed House. He has also been published in the Fine Homebuilding magazine. Jack, born in Adams, Massachusetts, is married and has a daughter. He has also co-authored Storey's Timber Frame Construction with Roger Schroeder, which is now in its twelfth printing, with nearly 50,000 copies in print. Their book has received praise from such publications as Popular Science: "A sprightly manual on post-and-beam building techniques, well-illustrated with sketches and photos. A tribute to joinery skills of that era before home building changed from a craft to an industry, this book will inspire you to tackle the tool shed for which plans are provided."