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Penn State Smeal MBA Team Wins Supply Chain Competition

A team of first-year MBA students from the Penn State Smeal College of Business recently won the 2016 Global Supply Chain Management Initiative Inter-College Case Competition, hosted by Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management.

Greg Wommer, Mattson Wardy, Franziska Schmid, Jordan Crespo, and Ankush Agarwal teamed up to emerge victorious from six teams selected as Phase 2 qualifying schools. The Smeal team placed ahead of the second-place team from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and the third-place team from Washington (St. Louis) University’s Olin Business School.

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Research Supervised by Saurabh Bansal Honored at SJDM Annual Meeting

A research paper supervised by Saurabh Bansal was recently selected for honorable mention for the Society of Judgment and Decision Making (SJDM) Student Research Competition at the society’s annual meeting held in November 2015. The paper compares two commonly used approaches to elicit probability distributions from domain experts and shows using laboratory data that one approach is clearly superior. These results have managerial implications for forecasting and risk assessment.  Asa Palley, the student coauthor on the paper is a PhD student at Duke University.

SC&IS Faculty Members Recognized for Research Excellence

Congratulations to the following SC&IS faculty members who have been awarded professorships and fellowships in recognition of their research excellence:

Robert G. Schwartz University Endowed Fellowship in Business Administration: Aydin Alptekinoglu
Charles and Lilian Binder Faculty Fellow: Hui Zhao
Robert G. and Caroline Schwartz Professor of Business: Nick Petruzzi

Felisa Presiado elected to Represent Smeal in University Faculty Senate

Felisa Preciado and Terrence Guay, members of the Penn State Smeal College of Business faculty, have been elected to the University Faculty Senate.  Felisa Preciado is a clinical associate professor of supply chain management. Guay is a clinical professor of international business. They will replace Meg Meloy and Chris Muscarella, whose four-year terms as Smeal senators expire this year.

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Brent Moritz Gives Keynote Address

Brent B. Moritz, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University, was the opening keynote speaker at the 7th International Workshop on Behavioral Operations Management in Tianjin, China on December 19-20, 2015. The conference was jointly organized by the College of Management and Economics of Tianjin University, the Department of Industrial Engineering of Tsinghua University, and the Operations Research Society of China. Dr. Moritz’s presentation, Cognition and The Bullwhip Effect: How We Think Matters was based on his recent research that appeared in Production and Operations Management.

Smeal announces inaugural Supply Chain Entrepreneurship ‘Pitch’ Contest

The Center for Supply Chain Research and the Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, both part of the Penn State Smeal College of Business, have announced the inaugural Supply Chain Entrepreneurship ‘Pitch’ Contest.

The business idea to be pitched should have its basis in supply chain management with the aim of solving a supply chain problem or improving a supply chain product or process. A list of examples can be found on the Contest Information & Rules page of the contest website.

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Russell Barton Receives 2015 Outstanding Simulation Publication Award

Congratulations to Russell Barton on receiving the 2015 Outstanding Simulation Publication Award at the INFORMS 2015 Winter Simulation Conference held in Huntington Beach, California on December 8, 2015.  The two papers co-authored by Barton are:

Russell R. Barton, Barry L. Nelson, and Wei Xie, “Quantifying Input Uncertainty via Simulation Confidence Intervals,” INFORMS Journal on Computing 26 (2014): 74-87

Wei Xie, Barry L. Nelson, and Russell R. Barton, “A Bayesian Framework for Quantifying Uncertainty in Stochastic Simulation,” Operations Research 62 (2014): 1439-1452

Hui Zhao’s Research Paper is Award Finalist at INFORMS

Hui Zhao’s research paper on drug shortage was one of the finalists for the 2015 Pierskalla Award organized by the Health Application Society at INFORMS. The prestigious Pierskalla Award is named after Dr. William Pierskalla to recognize research excellence in the field of health care management science. Papers are judged by contribution to operations research/management science in health care, readability, clarity and organization of the paper, technical content and scope, as well as originality. This year’s finalists include other teams from Chicago Booth/Carnegie Mellon, INSEAD, University of Virginia, and Yale. Hui’s awarded paper was coauthored with Justin Jia (PhD, Penn State, now at Krannert School of Management) and investigates the drug shortage problem facing the US pharmaceutical industry and the government. Through rigorous modeling, scenario analysis, and extensive numerical study based on realistic industry data, the authors propose to mitigate drug shortage through supply chain contracting. This work was also presented to The US department of Health and Human Services and the FDA’s Drug Shortage Stakeholder’s meeting.  

Penn State Smeal SC&IS Team Wins Bowersox Graduate Supply Chain Challenge

A team of MBA students from the Penn State Smeal College of Business recently won the Sixth Annual Bowersox Graduate Supply Chain Challenge, hosted by Michigan State’s Eli Broad College of Business.  Jordan Crespo, Chad Darlington and Skylar Haws teamed up to emerge victorious among a field of the top 15 supply chain schools in the nation. It was the first time a Penn State team has won the competition.

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Lt. Colonel Chris Solo Joins SC&IS Faculty

Welcome to Lt. Colonel Chris Solo, who joins the SC&IS Department as an Instructor in Management Information Systems this January.  Chris served as an Air Force officer for 20 years.  He holds a BS in Mathematics from Penn State, an MS in Operations Research from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Penn State. 

John Metzger speaks at the 2015 Spisak Lecture

John Metzger, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, delivered this year's Spisak Lecture in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the Penn State Smeal College of Business.  He spoke on “Retailing, Wholesaling, and Supply Chain Operation: Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board” on November 12.

The Spisak Lectureship was founded in 1990 through a gift from the Alex and Ann Spisak family of State College.  The fund supports lectures by outstanding professionals working in logistics and supply chain management.

Lei (Michelle) Wang Receives Best Dissertation Award

Congratulations to Lei (Michelle) Wang on receiving the 2015 Nunamaker-Chen Dissertation Award (NCDA) given by The INFORMS Information Systems Society (ISS). The award, which recognizes outstanding dissertation research in information systems, was presented at the Conference on Information Systems & Technology (CIST) – INFORMS Conference in Philadelphia.

The NCDA is named in honor of two University of Arizona professors, Jay Nunamaker and Hsinchun Chen, who have made significant contributions to the field of Information Systems over the past several decades. The NCDA has been created to recognize and reward outstanding dissertation research by scholars in the field of Information Systems. Senior faculty members from top IS academic departments reviewed the submissions and evaluated them on creativity and novelty, scope and magnitude of contribution to IS research, relevance to practice, technical quality, and richness of methodological approach.

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Research finds ‘buying local’ not all positive for dairy supply chain

Buying local might be appealing for individual local restaurants and businesses, but research conducted by Chuck Nicholson of the Penn State Smeal College of Business revealed surprising effects on supply chains for fluid milk products if there are large increases in local purchases in the Northeast.

Nicholson, a clinical associate professor of supply chain management at Smeal, collaborated with four Cornell University researchers:  Miguel I. Gomez and Elaine Hill in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and Xi He and H.O. Gao from the School of Civil Environmental Engineering.

The researchers found that if the supply chains for fluid milk products in five northeast states were reconfigured so that the milk consumed in those states was also produced and processed there, it would increase the total distance traveled by the fluid milk and other dairy products, total supply chain costs, and emissions of greenhouse gases.  The study also concluded that the additional employment and economic activity generated in the region from the reconfiguration would be modest.

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Saurabh Bansal Receives Runner-Up Award for Research Paper at INFORMS

Congratulations to Saurabh Bansal for being a runner-up for the 2015 Practice Award Competition organized by the Decision Analysis Society at INFORMS.  The award recognizes the research paper “Expert Calibration and Elicitation for Large Scale Investment Decisions” for its contribution to the body of knowledge on individual decision-making under risk and uncertainty.  This paper is in collaboration with a research scientist at Dow AgroSciences, a corporate sponsor of the Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR).