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Academic Resources

Departmental Activities

Doctoral students develop familiarity with departmental faculty members and their research areas through various organized events as well as through formal contact. The department sponsors colloquia featuring presentations by both Penn State faculty members and invited outside speakers. In addition, the department holds social events that enable students to mix with faculty in an informal setting.


Penn State has an extensive collection of materials housed in the main library, Pattee. The Paterno wing of the main library houses the Schreyer Business Library, which provides convenient access to books, periodicals, and other resources within a pleasant setting. Most bibliographic databases and other key reference resources are accessible online to all members of the Penn State University community.

Other academic resources of particular usefulness to Logistics doctoral students include the Center for Supply Chain Research, the Center for Digital Transformation, and the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute. These on-campus research units contain specialty-working collections of reference materials, and serve as administrative vehicles for the conduct of funded research projects. They also sponsor research colloquia.

Computing Facilities

Penn State is committed to maintaining a cutting-edge computing environment. All SC&IS Ph.D. students are given office computers with online access. Through a recently completed licensing agreement, most Microsoft software products are freely available to all Penn State community members. SC&IS servers, as well as student computer labs located throughout the University Park campus, are stocked with additional specialty software.

Graduate Life

The Graduate Student Association helps students navigate graduate life and coordinates social events. The Smeal College Doctoral Students Association does the same at the college level. A variety of housing options are available.

Current SC&IS Doctoral Students

Visit our doctoral student directory page to view a list our current students.