Archives 2004

Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference held at Penn Stater

The 2004 Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference was held December 8 through 10 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. Experts in the transportation field spoke on a variety of current issues to advance the education and knowledge of conference participants and to foster discussion and interaction between presenters and the audience. Seven preconference workshops provided more in-depth coverage of selected topics. The conference aims to provide important information for transportation professionals throughout Pennsylvania, the Mid-Atlantic states, and the nation. More information on the program can be found at

Jack Hayya Presents Paper at The Decision Sciences Conference

Jack Hayya presented the paper, "A regression approach to inventory control with Erlang lead time and deterministic demand," at the Decision Sciences Conference (DSI) held in Boston on November 20-23, 2004. The paper was co-authored by J. Kim, D. Sun (Notre Dame), and X. He (Fairfield).

Dennis Lin's Visit to the Southwest

Dennis Lin recently traveled to the southwest to participate in conferences and meetings. On November 15th he attended the Arizona Chapter's meeting of the Institute of Industrial Engineering. Dennis gave a departmental seminar at Arizona State University's Department of Industrial Engineering on November 17th. Lastly, he visited and gave a seminar at the Los Alamos National Laboratory on November 19, 2004.

Dennis Lin presents at the Institute for Computational Science's Fall Seminar Series

On November 1, 2004, Dennis Lin presented "Statistical Data Mining: A Global View and Some Research Potentials" at the Fall Seminar Series hosted by the Institute for Computational Science.

CSCR Research Team Investigates Radio Frequency Identification For SAP

Responding to a request from SAP, a team from the Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR) at Penn State's Smeal College of Business recently completed an examination of radio frequency identification (RFID) and the ongoing impact of the technology on warehousing.

Coyle Honored With Society Of Logistics Award

In recognition of his work developing logistics education, John Coyle, professor emeritus of supply chain and information systems at Penn State's Smeal College of Business, has been honored with the Eccles Medal from The International Society of Logistics (SOLE). (October 2004)

Professor Terry Harrison and doctoral student Ching-Hua Chen Ritzo participate in recent INFORMS meeting

During the 2004 INFORMS meeting held in Denver, CO, Terry Harrison and Ching-Hua Chen Ritzo led a panel titled "Stochastic Available-To-Promise for Configure-To-Order Products with Flexible Supply." (October 2004)

New Faculty and PhD Students in SC&IS

Henry Bi and David Huff joined the SC&IS faculty in Fall 2004. The new SC&IS PhD students are Kaan Kuzu, Jiayi Li, Valery Pavlov, and Tom Robbins.

Smeal College 2004 Marine Corps Fellows

Colonel John M. Burt and Major Mark W. Shellabarger are Senior Marine Corps' Logistics Fellows at the Smeal College of Business.

Dennis Lin presents during recent trip to Taiwan

During a recent trip to Taiwan, Dennis Lin gave a seminar at National Central University (Chungli, Taiwan) on "BIG (Business, Industrial and Government) Statistics" and also attended "The 2004 International Conference on Knowledge-Based Economy and Global Management" (hosted by Southern Taiwan University of Technology, Tainan, Taiwan) where he presented "Modern Business Intelligence" and chaired a session on "Supply Chain Management."

Dennis Lin visited IBM's Watson Research Center

On September 24, Dennis Lin visited IBM's Watson Research Center and gave a seminar titled "BIG Statistics."

Dennis Lin Leads Seminar at Columbia University

On September 27, Dennis Lin gave a seminar at Columbia University titled "Statistical Data Mining: A Global View and Some Potential Research Opportunities."

Smeal College Faculty Suggest Improvements To Online Reputation Measurement

The feedback systems used by online retailers to gauge the reputations of sellers provide fewer incentives to trust or be trustworthy according to research co-authored by Gary Bolton and Elena Katok of Penn State's Smeal College of Business, along with Axel Ockenfels of the University of Cologne. (August 2004)

Senior Supply Chain Leaders Attend Forum

Smeal's Center for Supply Chain Research investigated customization and flexibility in supply chains during its Leaders Forum held Sept. 8-10 at University Park. With keynote presentations, panel discussions, and breakout sessions, CSCR 's Leaders Forums provide a venue for senior-level supply chain managers and executives to share emerging practices and explore innovations in the field.

Carl King, BS QBA '93, Joins Dominion Digital as a Senior Consultant

Carl King, a 1993 Smeal BS Quantitative Business Analysis graduate was recently hired by Dominion Digital as a senior consultant.