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Software Advice Ranks Smeal Supply Chain Technology Undergraduate Education No. 1

The Penn State Smeal College of Business has earned the No. 1 rank in undergraduate supply chain technology education and the No. 4 spot in graduate education, according to Software Advice, a subsidiary of IT research and advisory firm Gartner.  Gartner Inc. has previously ranked Penn State No. 1 in both undergraduate and graduate supply chain education.

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Smeal SCM Online Masters Promoted in Inbound Logistics

In an article on what employers are looking for when they recruit supply chain professionals, Inbound Logistics promotes Smeal’s SCM Online Masters.

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Smeal Junior Awarded Richter Scholarship

Jenna Fischer, a junior in the Penn State Smeal College of Business, has been recognized as an R. Gene Richter Scholar by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and the R. Gene and Nancy D. Richter Foundation. The recognition is reserved for the top undergraduate supply chain students in the country.

Fischer, who is minoring in Spanish and is a Schreyer Honors College scholar, has achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.8. She is the vice president of student recruiting at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and is involved in the Sapphire Leadership Program at Smeal.

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Faculty Promotion

Congratulations to David Huff on his promotion to Clinical Professor of Supply Chain Management, effective July 1, 2015.

Smeal Students Compete in Dairy Farmers of America Case Competition

Four SC&IS students traveled to Ohio State University during April 10-12 to compete in a case competition sponsored by DFA.  Dan Rose, Bianca Stanton, Mitchell Trenz and Christy Von Pusch competed as members of mixed-university teams during an express case featuring export transportation analysis, production scheduling trade-offs and process improvement.  Sophomore Mitchell Trenz’ team finished first in the competition and Senior Bianca Stanton’s team finished second.

Chuck Nicholson Receives Extension Outreach Award

Chuck Nicholson received the Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Award—Group of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) for 2015 for his research and outreach efforts on recently-introduced risk management programs for U.S. dairy farmers.  This award recognizes achievement of excellence in extension economics and teaching programs, and the group award recognizes the overall effectiveness, impact, and contributions of a group program.  Chuck represented Penn State in a team of economists from Wisconsin, Cornell, Illinois, Ohio State and Michigan State who developed and implemented educational programs for industry on the Margin Protection Program for Dairy during 2014.  The award will be conferred at the AAEA annual meetings in San Francisco in July.

Christian Heilman Accepts Award for Student-Produced TV Special

Congratulations to Christian Heilman (MIS and Journalism, 2014), who was in Hollywood to participate in accepting the award for Outstanding Magazine Show during the 36th annual College Television Awards program in Hollywood.

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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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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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