Archives 2005

Purdum Sits On Awards Ceremony Advisory Panel

Susan Purdum, administrative director and senior research assistant for the Center of Supply Chain Research at Penn State's Smeal College of Business, served on the advisory panel as a judge for the Defense Logistics 2005 Awards Ceremony, held Nov. 29 in Washington, D.C.

Huang Wins Best Dissertation Award

Zan Huang, assistant professor of supply chain and information systems, received the ACM SIGMIS Doctoral Dissertation Award for the best dissertation in the field of information systems at the International Conference on Information Systems in Las Vegas this month.

Dennis Lin Elected As Fellow Of The American Society For Quality

Dennis Lin has been elected as a Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) in November 2005. An ASQ Fellow is an individual who has an established record of contributions, both to the quality profession and to the Society.

R. Gene Richter Scholarship Program Seeking Applicants

The R. Gene and Nancy D. Richter Foundation will provide a scholarship of up to $5,000 to individuals seeking education in the area of supply chain management-procurement for the 2006-2007 academic year. The Richter Scholarship Program was established to develop high-potential undergraduate students into tomorrow's procurement leaders.

Smeal College Supply Chain Lab Dedication

The Inauguration and Ribbon Cutting for the Supply Chain Laboratory took place on October 28. The Supply Chain Lab provides cutting-edge technology for students and faculty to study, simulate, and test the key relationships in end-to-end supply chains.

Harrison And Colleagues Win DSI Best Application Paper Research Award

The paper entitled "SCML: A Generalized Supply Chain Description Language" by Dean Chatfield, Terry Harrison and Jack Hayya won the 2005 DSI Best Application Paper Research Award at the 2005 Annual Meeting of Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) in San Francisco.

Terry Harrison Active At INFORMS

Terry Harrison has been elected to the position of Vice President of Publications of INFORMS and recently attended the 2005 INFORMS meeting in San Francisco.

SC&IS Holiday Party

The SC&IS Department ended the semester by celebrating the holidays at a department party. Tim Lowe and John Spychalski served as elves in spreading cheer and treats.

Corridor One Regional Rail Project in the News

Evelyn Thomchick and John Spychalski discussed the Corridor One regional rail project proposed to connect Carlisle, Harrisburg, and Lancaster in an op-ed in the Harrisburg Patriot News. "Building Corridor One now rather than later, while the opportunity to access existing infrastructure is available, would ensure that this need can be met. It is time to seize that opportunity." ( Outside Analysis Backs Regional Rail Concept ).

Jack Hayya Serves at the 36th Annual DSI Meeting

Jack Hayya served as Chair of the Invited Fellows Track at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) in San Francisco in November 2005. He also was a presenter of the Invited Fellows Paper: Hayya, J.C., Bagchi, U. (Texas-Austin), He, X. James (Fairfield University), Kim, J.G. (Korea Highway Corporation), & Pan, Andrew, C. (Chung Kuo Institute of Technology, Taiwan), "Supply chain analysis: RFID & inventory control."

PhD Students Successfully Defend Dissertations

Ching-Hua Chen Ritzo and Rob Neidigh recently successfully defended their disserations. The title of Ching-Hua's thesis is Availability Management for Configure-to-Order Supply Chain Systems . She is currently working at IBM Watson Research in New York. The title of Rob's thesis is Optimizing Lot Sizing and Order Scheduling with Nonlinear Production Rates . Rob is an Assistant Professor of Management Science at Shippensburg State University.

Janine Spears Wins eBRC 2005 Dissertation Award

Janine Spears, a PhD Student in SC&IS, is one of the winners of this year's eBRC dissertation award with her proposal entitled, "User Participation in Identifying Information Security Risk: An Empirical Study."

Smeal MBA Students Place In National Black MBA Association Case Competition

Smeal MBA students Janelle C. McIntyre, Maimuna Mijindadi, and Robert Watson won third place in the Chrysler sponsored National Black MBA Association Case Competition at the organization's annual conference in San Diego.

Fall Supply Chain Career Fair Held in September

The Fall Supply Chain Career Fair held on September 19, 2005 in the Atrium of the new Business Building was a great success.

New People in SC&IS

The SC&IS Department has several new faces this fall: Timothy Lowe, Smeal Chair in SC&IS; Zan Huang, Assistant Professor of SC&IS; and Jeffrey Tew, Clinical Professor of SC&IS all join the college as faculty members. David Mitchell joined the department as a new Ph.D. student.

Dennis Lin and Colleagues Awarded IBM Shared University Research Program Grant Award

A proposal from Professor Dennis Lin (SC&IS), Professor Lyle N. Long (Aerospace Engineering & Acoustics), and Professor Arthur M. Lesk (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology) was accepted for a grant award by IBM's Shared University Research (SUR) program.

SC&IS Faculty Contribute To Regional Rail Study

Evelyn Thomchick, John Spychalski and Gary Gittings of the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems at Penn State's Smeal College of Business recently collaborated with other researchers from the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute on an independent analysis of a proposed regional rail system in South Central Pennsylvania known as CORRIDORone.

Jack Hayya Presents at IEEE Conference

Uttarayan Bagchi (University of Texas, Austin) and Jack C. Hayya presented "RFID, Inventory Costs, and Velocity Management," at the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Service and Logistics Management (ID#R290) held between August 10-12 at Beijing, China.

Smeal College Hosts IBM ISC/University Semi-Annual Symposium

On July 25-27, 2005, the Smeal College of Business hosted the IBM Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) Semi-Annual Symposium at University Park.

Society of Logistics Engineers (SOLE) Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Award for 2005

John Patrick Saldanha received the 2005 SOLE Doctoral Dissertation Award. This award provides a $3,000 grant to a Ph.D candidate and recognition by the society through publication of an article in the SOLE Logistics Spectrum based on the completed dissertation.

BA 302, MIS 204, and MS&IS 200 Go Through Renewal Process

Three large section courses taught by SC&IS faculty are going through a renewal process in order to become better educational experiences for our students and faculty.

QMM Students Completed Six Sigma Blue Belt Course

QMM graduate students completed in May the 8 day, 8 hours per day Six Sigma Blue Belt course. The initial four days were in January during the week before Spring classes began, and the final four days were in May after classes finished. Seven graduates achieved the level of blue belt (equivalent to black belt body of knowledge). These are the first PSU graduates that have also achieved this business certification. SC&IS designed the seminar; SC&IS and the College of Engineering co-taught the seminar. (May 2005)

Pashek Scholarship Recipients Selected

Amanda Jones and Darryl Bellmeyer have been awarded the Robert D. Pashek Scholarship in Logistics and Transportation. Amanda is from Larksville, Pennsylvania and is a junior in the SC&IS major. Darryl is from Sellersville, Pennsylvania and is also a junior in the SC&IS major.

Jack Hayya Presents At POMS Conference

Jack C. Hayya presented the paper, "Lumpy demand as a Markov process," [co-authored by Terry P. Harrison, Dean C. Chatfield (VPI), and Jeon G. Kim (Korea Highway Corporation)] at the Production & Operations Management Society (POMS) conference, Chicago, IL, April 29 to May 2, 2005. He also served with Jack Kanet and Mike Gorman ,both of the University of Dayton, as a facilitator of the Emerging Scholars Program at the POMS Conference.

Annual SC&IS Spring Picnic

The SC&IS Department held its annual picnic at Sunset Park on April 19, 2005.

Zan Huang To Join The Smeal SC&IS Department

Zan Huang will join the SC&IS Department as an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems in fall 2005.

Evelyn Thomchick Returns From Sabbatical

During Evelyn Thomchick's recent sabbatical, she was a visiting scholar at the Norwegian Institute of Transport Economics in Oslo, Norway, in fall 2004.

Three Honored For Teaching & Advising Excellence

Karl Muller, Rose Mary Witham, and Kaan Kuzu have received 2004-2005 Dillwyn P. Paiste, III and Fred Brand, Jr. Awards from Penn State's Smeal College of Business. The awards, which recognize excellence in teaching and advising at the college, were presented April 5 during a ceremony at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Timothy Lowe Named Smeal Chair Of Supply Chain & Information Systems

Timothy J. Lowe will join the SC&IS Department in fall 2005 as the Smeal Chair. Lowe is currently the C. Maxwell Stanley Professor of International Operations Management at the Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa.

Jack Hayya Gives Presentation At University Of Pittsburgh

Jack Hayya presented on the following topics: bullwhip effect, order crossover, and forecasting lumpy demand at the University of Pittsburgh's College of Business on April 13, 2005.

Ching-Hua Chen-Ritzo Takes First Place At The Penn State Graduate Exhibition

Ching-Hua Chen-Ritzo's presentation titled "Optimization of Configure-To-Order (CTO) Supply Chains via Large Scale Stochastic Programming" won first prize at the Penn State Graduate Exhibition on March 20, 2005.

MBA Students Participate In IBM Integrated Supply Chain Immersion Course

Twenty-eight MBA students from Penn State and Howard Universities participated in IBM's second integrated supply chain immersion course at IBM in East Fishkill, NY, between February 29 and March 2, 2005. The future supply chain leaders met with eight IBM supply chain vice presidents and other content experts for an in-depth study of a major corporation's supply chain from beginning to end. Dr. Terry Harrison, Professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems, served as Penn State's faculty coordinator for this immersion experience. Read the full story. (.pdf 62Kb) *Acrobat

Jack Hayya Chairs International Symposium Session

Jack Hayya chaired the session on Inventory Management Models and Methods at the International Symposium on Stochastic Models in Reliability, Safety, Security and Logistics, February 15 - 17, 2005, at the Sami Shamoon College of Engineering, Beer-Sheva, Israel. In that session, he presented the paper "Supply Chain Management: Forecasting Lumpy Demand," co-authored by Dean Chatfield (VPI), Terry Harrison, and Jeon Kim (Korea Highway Corporation). A five-page synopsis of the paper appears in the proceedings.

Smeal MBAs Win Logistics Case Competition

For the second time in three years, MBA students from Penn State's Smeal College of Business took top honors at the International Graduate Logistics Case Competition in Chicago.

Lin Named Distinguished Professor

Dennis K.J. Lin, professor of supply chain management and statistics at Penn State 's Smeal College of Business, has been named a University Distinguished Professor in honor of his impressive record of research, teaching, and service.

Jeff Tew Joins The SC&IS Department In Fall 2005

Jeff Tew will be joining us in Fall of 2005 as Clinical Professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems. Jeff has been with General Motors Corporation in Detroit since 1998 and is currently the GM Technical Fellow and Group Manager. Previously, at GM, he held the position of Manager of the Supply Chain Research Group. Before going into industry, Jeff was Professor of Industrial Engineering at Virginia Tech University. He holds a PhD in Operations Research, M.S. in Applied Statistics, and B.S in Mathematics from Purdue University.

Smeal College And SC&IS Rankings In U.S. News & World Report

SC&IS ranked 5th overall—Smeal College of Business ranked tied for 20th overall and 12th among public universities in the 2005 edition of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Undergraduate Business Programs"

The First PSU Six Sigma Black Belt Training Seminar Held

The Six Sigma Black Belt training seminar was established jointly by the College of Engineering and the Smeal College of Business in support of the QMM program. The seminar consists of two 4-day classroom sessions of 6.5 hours duration per day and is open to current QMM students and alumni. The second session of this two-part program is scheduled for May 2005 concluding with a comprehensive certification exam that includes major management and statistical knowledge elements. This seminar prepares the student with the "body of knowledge" necessary to achieve a professional certification level of "Black Belt" based on criteria established by the American Society for Quality (ASQ). ASQ is considered by many Fortune 500 companies as the de-facto Six Sigma standard within business. The seminar educators are Dr. Jeya Chandra (College of Engineering, IE) and Frank Chelko (Smeal College of Business, SC& IS).

Terry Harrison and Ching-Hua Chen-Ritzo Present at ICS's Poster Session

Terry Harrison and Ching-Hua Chen-Ritzo presented a poster entitled "Optimization of Configure-To-Order (CTO) Supply Chains via Large Scale Stochastic Programming" at The Institute for Computational Science's (ISC) Computation Day. (February 2005)

Akhil Kumar Joins Editorial Board of Information Systems Research (ISR)

Akhil Kumar was invited to become an associate editor of the INFORMS journal of Information Systems Research. ISR has a strong reputation for high quality research publications and has remained an attractive publication outlet for highly regarded information systems research topics and methods. ISR has maintained a leadership position within the academic community and recently was included on Business Week's list of prominent academic journals. (January 2005)