The president of Xerox, the senior vice president of science and technology for IBM and the man who helped Toyota become the most productive auto manufacturer in the world will be part of this year's productivity seminar at Utah State University.

The College of Business Partner's Program seminar features many other productivity experts and business people making solid productivity improvements. The seminar will be held April 27 and 28.It is open to members of the College of Business Partner's Program.

Ralph Gomory's Convocations speech at 12:30 p.m. April 27 is the only one open to the public.

As senior vice president for science and technology, Gomory leads IBM's worldwide research. He has received the National Medal of Science.

Paul Allaire has been president of Xerox since 1986. He has worked as a controller and director of international operations for the company.

He will speak about quality as a competitive strategy on April 28.

Shigeo Shingo founded and runs Japan's Institute of Manufacturing Improvement. He has helped numerous U.S. businesses save billions of dollars in manufacturing costs. He will speak on April 27.

The president of Florida Power and Light, Robert Tallon, will be luncheon speaker April 27.

Other speakers during the seminar include Martin Starr, director of the Center for Operations at Columbia University; Daniel Bills, president and CEO of Granville-Phillips; John White, assistant director for engineering for the National Science Foundation; Jack Behrman, University of North Carolina business professor; Bill Conway, president of Conway Quality Inc.; and Harvard professor Wickham Skinner.

Both days include panel discussions on topics such as white-collar productivity, employee involvement in productivity, government and productivity and computer-integrated manufacturing.