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Three Smeal Alumni Among Six Penn Staters on List of Under-30 Supply Chain Stars

Six Penn State graduates, including three from the Smeal College of Business, were recently named to the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars list, as compiled by ThomasNet, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), and Inbound Logistics magazine.

The list honors 30 professionals who are 30 or younger, and already making their mark in purchasing and supply chain management.

With six selections, Penn State was the most represented institution on the list. Five schools had two graduates selected. Fourteen other schools were represented by one graduate each.

Penn State and Smeal have long been among the nation’s most respected providers of supply chain education. In 2014, IT research and advisory firm Gartner named Smeal as the nation’s No. 1 provider for undergraduate and graduate education; the third-consecutive time the college had been recognized as the best.

Penn State’s honorees in the January issue of Inbound Logistics include:

Christina Butterworth
’06 Supply Chain and Information Systems
Butterworth, 30, is a global supply markets project manager for Halliburton in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
http://www.inboundlogistics.com/cms/30-under-30/christina-butterworth/

Tania Santiago-Mirabal
’06 Supply Chain and Information Systems
Santiago-Mirabal, 30, is the Latin America indirect procurement manager for Millicom in Miami.
http://www.inboundlogistics.com/cms/30-under-30/tania-santiago-mirabal/

Jamie Walker
’12 Supply Chain and Information Systems
Walker, 24, is a sourcing buyer of raw materials for E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Company in Wilmington, Delaware.
http://www.inboundlogistics.com/cms/30-under-30/jamie-walker/

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Poster Session Highlights Latest Evolution in GE-funded Natural Gas Initiative

GE announced in September that it would invest up to $10 million in Penn State to establish a new innovation center focused on driving cutting-edge advancements in the natural gas industry. The center is designed to spur collaboration among Smeal, the colleges of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Engineering, and Information Sciences and Technology and multiple centers and institutes.

Gene Tyworth, John J. Coyle Endowed Professor of Supply Chain Management and department chair of Supply Chain and Information Systems at Smeal, is acting director of CCRINGSS. He said he’s encouraged at how quickly the partnerships have formed.

 “I think it came together surprisingly well considering there are so many moving parts,” he said. “It’s an exciting initiative. On paper everybody wants to work together with different disciplines. The challenge is to break down organizational silos to foster some joint initiatives. I think this is a good first step.”

“I was impressed with the breadth and depth of research being conducted by so many talented people,” said Charles H. Whiteman, John and Becky Surma Dean of Smeal. “It will be fascinating to observe what collaborations evolve from this session.”

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Zhao Presented Research on Drug Shortages at The US Department of Health and Human Services in Washington DC

Supply chain faculty Hui Zhao and her coauthor Justin Jia presented their work on drug shortages to staff from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington DC. Drug shortages in the US have been a challenging problem that poses a significant public health threat in recent years. The number of drugs on shortage tripled from 2005 to 2010 and reached 456 in 2012 (FDA 2011 and GAO 2014). Their presentation on a proposal to mitigate drug shortages was very well received and the results were forwarded by FDA staff to the ASHP/Pew stakeholder meeting for further discussion. The FDA staff also expressed interests in a follow-up study.

Smeal Again Ranks No. 1 for Graduate Supply Chain Education

The Penn State Smeal College of Business once again ranks No. 1 in graduate supply chain education according to a report from IT research and advisory firm Gartner, which also ranked the college best for undergraduate supply chain education in August. Gartner based its graduate rankings on assessments of program scope, industry value and program size. In each of the firm's two previous undergraduate and graduate assessments, Smeal ranked No. 1.

“We are proud of our stature among the top business schools for supply chain education,” said Gene Tyworth, chairman of the Smeal Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems. “Deep connections with our corporate partners ensure that our programs are highly relevant and our students are prepared to thrive throughout their supply chain careers.”

At the graduate level for supply chain students, Smeal offers a master of business administration concentration, a doctoral emphasis and an online master of professional studies in supply chain management (MPS/SCM). The MPS/SCM Program — offered in conjunction with Penn State World Campus — recently ranked No. 1 among the top 20 programs in an assessment by TheBestSchools.org.

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Gene Tyworth to Serve as Acting Director of New Penn State Center to Study Natural Gas Supply Chains

GE announced that it will invest up to $10 million in Penn State to establish a new innovation center focused on driving cutting-edge advancements in the natural gas industry. The Center for Collaborative Research on Intelligent Natural Gas Supply Systems at Penn State (CCRINGSS) will engage Penn State researchers and students from many disciplines in collaborative work with various industry stakeholders. The center will seek to advance efficiency and environmental sustainability both through technological innovations and improved supply chain management.

“Natural gas is extremely important as a domestic energy source for the United States and continues to serve as a crucial element in revitalizing Pennsylvania’s economy,” said U.S. Congressman Glenn Thompson. “I fully support the work that Penn State and GE will be doing through CCRINGSS to support new research innovations and create real-world applications that will build upon existing partnerships led by the University to make a positive impact on the industry and the communities of Pennsylvania.”

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Terry Harrison Receives Two Awards

Congratulations to Terry Harrison on receiving the George E. Kimball Medal and the INFORMS Fellow Award. The Kimball Medal is awarded for recognition of distinguished service to the Institute and to the profession of operations research and the management sciences with both a medallion and a certificate. The purpose of the INFORMS Fellows Award is to honor those who have accomplished a lifetime achievement in operations research and management science and whose exceptional accomplishments have made significant contributions to the advancement of OR/MS. Newly elected Fellows will be honored at the Fellows Luncheon at the 2014 INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco on November 10.

Gartner Ranks Smeal No. 1 in Supply Chain Undergraduate Education

Gartner Inc., has again ranked the Penn State Smeal College of Business No. 1 in supply chain undergraduate education. In addition, Gartner’s report indicates that Penn State scored highest on the number of industry mentions, reflecting “its strong brand with the supply chain community at large.”

Supply chain practitioners and academics were asked to rate U.S. supply chain education providers based on industry value, program size and program scope. Also factored in were data on enrollment, offerings and faculty size.

“We work hard to stay on the forefront of the supply chain education and research, through our leading faculty and our connections with industry through the Center for Supply Chain Research,” said Charles H. Whiteman, the John and Becky Surma Dean of Smeal. “This ranking brings a welcome confirmation from our peers and the industry that we continue to produce some of the top graduates in supply chain.”

Previous reports on supply chain education providers were released in 2011 and 2009, naming Smeal No. 1 both times. The university rankings are part of Gartner’s larger research project identifying skill and talent gaps in the supply chain industry.

A graduate education ranking will be released in the coming months.

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