Archives 2006

Survey Ranks Penn State No. 1 In Supply Chain Education

A recent survey of supply chain practitioners and academics in Canada, Mexico and the United States ranks Penn State's Smeal College of Business as having the top supply chain program in North America.

CSCMP Supply Chain Teaching Innovation Award

Evelyn Thomchick, Wenyi Ho (World Campus), Michael Wright (Schreyer Business Library) and Jill Lane (Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence) were recipients of the Supply Chain Teaching Innovation Award at the CSCMP Educator’s Conference in San Antonio in October for a manuscript that was presented at the conference and published in the conference proceedings. This was the first year CSCMP offered the award. The manuscript, titled “Problem-Based Learning in an International Logistics Course: Biting the Bullet and Lessons Learned,” described the implementation of an educational project that was funded by a Smeal College of Business Teaching Enhancement Grant and supported by the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence.

RFID Article Published by Quality Progress

Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID) article "Challenges in RFID Enabled Supply Chain Management" produced by our RFID study group has been published in the latest issue of Quality Progress, Vol 39, pp.23-28. The article focused on challenges facing supply chain management and how RFID technology provides both opportunity and challenges for the future of supply chain management. The Penn State Smeal RFID study group is organized by Dennis Lin and members include Russell R. Barton, Susan H. Xu, Doug Thomas, Michael Freimer, Jun Shu, Henry H. Bi, and Zan Huang.

Ching-Hua Chen-Ritzo receives Honorable Mention in Dantzig Competition

At the recent 2006 annual INFORMS meeting, former doctoral student Ching-Hua Chen-Ritzo’s dissertation “Availability Management for Configure-to-Order Supply Chain Systems” was a finalist for the prestigious Dantzig Award, where she received an Honorable Mention. Terry Harrison was Ching-Hua's dissertation adviser and chaired the doctoral committee, while Susan Xu, Dan Guide, and Tom Cavalier served as committee members.

Dennis Lin Presents in South Africa and at Columbia

Dennis K.J. Lin, professor of supply chain management and statistics, gave one of the keynote speeches in the 2006 South Africa Statistical Association (SASA) Conference, which was held at University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, from October 30, 2006 to November 3, 2006. The other keynote speaker from the United States was Jerome Friedman at Stanford University. During his first trip to South Africa, Dr. Lin also gave a seminar at
SASOL, Witwatersrand, and the University of Capetown.

On November 16, 2006, Dr. Lin gave a seminar at Columbia University for the School of Public Health on "B/I/G Statistics." The following day he gave a seminar at IBM Watson Research Center. Two of our recent Ph.D. students from SC&IS, Ching-hua Chen-Ritzo and Rong Chen attended the seminar.

MBA Students Win Rutgers Supply Chain Case Competition

MBA students Brian Bonnell, Krishna Chovishya, Dan Madden, and Jeremy Vallimont entered and won the Rutgers Supply Chain Case Competition, which was held at Rutgers Business School in Newark on October 27, 2006. The competition included teams from Lehigh, Rutgers, NYU, and others. Student teams competed before a panel of faculty and industry executives from companies such as AmerisourceBergen, AstraZeneca, Becton Dickinson, Johnson & Johnson, Park B. Smith Ltd., and PSEG, and were judged on several key areas, including analysis of critical business issues, originality of solutions, articulation of ideas, and presentation style. The winning team will receive a trophy and $1,000. This outstanding achievement reflects well on the SC&IS program, the MBA program, and the Smeal College of Business. The team supporting members include Andy Gustafson, Nancy Mahon, Doug Thomas, and Bob Novack.

BLOG Alum Richard Dobry Joins Cott Corporation

Congratulations to Richard Dobry, who has been appointed as Chief Manufacturing and Supply Chain Officer of Cott Corporation, one of the world’s largest retailer brand soft drink providers. Richard received a BS in Businsess Logistics from Penn State in 1978 and an MBA in Finance from University of Akron. His work experience also includes Kraft, Hershey Foods, Tropicana, and he served as president of Americas Supply for Diageo.

Jack Hayya Presents at DSI Conference

Jack Hayya was Chair of the Invited Fellows Track and was co-author of presentations with papers on the proceedings CD at the meeting of Decision Sciences Institute, San Antonio, Texas, on November 18-21, 2006.

Fall 2006 Supply Chain Career Fair

A record 48 companies took part in the Fall 2006 Supply Chain Career Fair on September 25, 2006, in the Smeal Business Building Atrium. A total of 457 students participated, including 286 SC&IS majors, 59 Industrial Engineering majors; 36 Supply Chain MBAs, 32 MIS majors; 11 SC&IS minors, three Finance majors, three Marketing majors, 23 Manufacturing Masters Program majors, and two Economics majors.

Fall Supply Chain Leaders Forum was Hosted by the Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR)

The Center for Supply Chain Research was pleased to host its Fall Supply Chain Leaders Forum at University Park on September 7-8, 2006. The event attracted nearly 50 senior-level logistics practitioners from many industries and lived up to its reputation for fostering peer-to-peer discussions of current issues in logistics and supply chain management.

Evelyn Thomchick Receives Supply Chain Teaching Innovation Award

Evelyn Thomchick, associate professor of supply chain and information systems, received the Supply Chain Teaching Innovation Award for her contribution to the supply chain educational community. The manuscript she submitted to the conference resulted from the Smeal Teaching Enhancement Grant she was awarded a few years ago for incorporating problem-based learning into B LOG 455. The co-authors are Jill Lane, who works at the Schreyer Institute, Wenyi Ho, who is now with the World Campus, and Michael Wright, who now works for the Schreyer Business Library. The award will be presented for the first time at the 2006 CSCMP Educator's conference.

Paper Presented at RFID Integrated Supply Chains Seminar Series

"RFID, Stochastic Dominance, DEA, and Decision Analysis" was presented by Liam O’Neill at the Second annual RFID Integrated Supply Chains Seminar Series at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business on September 28-29. Coauthors include Jack Hayya (Penn State University), Uttarayan Bagchi (Texas Austin), Alfred Guiffrida (Kent State), Liam O’Neill (University of North Texas) and Amy Zeng (Worcester Polytechnic Institute).

Brenda Lantz Passes Defense

Brenda Lantz passed her defense in early October. The topic of her dissertation was “The Effects of Technologies on Commercial Vehicle Safety and Service: A Supply Chain Perspective.” Brenda used existing data and survey data to show how safety is affected by successful and unsuccessful adoption of technology in the trucking industry. The results were interesting and were counter to expected results for some technologies. Attending the defense were Co-Chairs Alan Stenger and Pete Swan and committee members John Spychalski and Paul Jovanis. Jim Miller assisted but could not attend the defense.

Russell Barton and Jun Shu Receive Award

Russell Barton and Jun Shu have been awarded a grant of $98,618 by The National Science Foundation for their research on Multiscale Methods for Supply Chain Monitoring. With cooperation with the Center for Supply Chain Research and the E-Business Research Center, Russell Barton and Jun Shu also received a Smeal Competitive Research Grant earlier this year for their work in applying statistical process control methods to the timeliness and correctness of item movement through a supply chain.

John Spychalski Presents in Norway

John Spychalski gave a presentation in a plenary session at the Nordic Transportation Research Conference held in Oslo, Norway on September 4-5, 2006. The presentation was entitled, "Rail Infrastructure - The Scene in the USA" and covered private and public sector roles and issues concerning the pricing, funding, and utilization of infrastructure for the supply of rail freight and passenger transportation services.

New People in SC&IS

The SC&IS Department has several new faces this fall: Dr. David Cantor joins the faculty as Visiting Assistant Professor of Supply Chain & Information System. Three new Ph.D. students joined our program this year: Zhe Shan (Zenga), Jianfeng Guo, and Zheng Jia. The 2006-2007 Marine Fellows are Lieutenant Colonel Charles G. Chiarotti and Major Peter Mahoney.

Russell Barton Named MMM Co-Director

Russell Barton, professor of supply chain and information systems, has been named co-director of the master's degree program in manufacturing management. He represents Smeal in the Master of Manufacturing Management (MMM) degree program, which is administered jointly between Smeal and the College of Engineering. Barton was also recently appointed as associate director of the Center for the Management of Technological and Organizational Change, where he's charged with increasing the research center's connections with students in the MMM program.

Ed Glantz Successfully Defends Ph.D. Dissertation

Congratulations to Ed Glantz, who successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Challenges Supporting Cognitive Activities in Dynamic Work Environments: Application to Policing" at Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology.

Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR) Receives Award

The Executive Board of Directors of SOLE, The International Society of Logistics has selected the Center for Supply Chain Research to be the 2006 institutional recipient of the Society’s Eccles Medal. The Eccles Medal was established in honor of the late Admiral Henry Eccles, one of the most highly respected logisticians of the 20th Century. The Society presents this award to recognize outstanding achievements in the development or administration of logistics education.

Janine Spears To Attend 2006 ICIS Doctoral Consortium

Janine Spears has been selected to attend the 2006 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) Doctoral Consortium. The competition was very intense, with eighty-six nominees from around the world competing for forty available slots. Almost all of these nominees were deserving of admission to the consortium. The challenge for the consortium faculty was to identify the subset of candidates who would benefit most from participation in the consortium, and whose participation might best contribute to the overall consortium experience for all. The final group of admitted students is diverse in many aspects, including research topic, theory base, research methodology, gender, and culture.

Terry Harrison, Earl P. Strong Professor of Executive Education

Terry Harrison, professor of supply chain and information systems, has been named Earl P. Strong Executive Education Professor in Business, a professorship named for the founder of Penn State's first Executive Management Program, now known as Penn State Executive Programs.

Lin Honored As American Society for Quality Fellow

Dennis Lin, University Distinguished Professor of Statistics and Supply Chain Management has been elected as American Society for Quality Fellow.

New NSF Grant

Elena Katok's NSF proposal "Procurement Mechanism Design" has been recommended for funding by a program director from the Manufacturing Enterprise Systems (MES) program at the NSF. The MES program is part of DMII, and it is the NSF program that funds most of the mainstream supply chain research. This work is in collaboration with Richard Engelbrecht-Wiggans from the University of Illinois. The total grant amount is about $250,000. The work the NSF will be funding builds on the research that was funded through the Smeal Summer Grant program in 2005 and a resulting paper that recently came out in /Management Science.

Papers Presented

A paper by U. Bagchi (Texas-Austin), Guiffrida, A. (Kent State), and Hayya, J., "Identification Technologies and Inventory Costs," was presented at Hong Kong Informs, June 24-26, 2006.

Tom Robbins presented a paper he coauthored with Terry Harrison at POMs entitled Manpower Planning with Limited Hiring Opportunities: The Value of Stochastic Modeling. Tom also has a paper that he co-authored with Dr. Deb Medeiros that will be presented at the Winter Simulation Conference this December.

ISM Services Group to Provide Scholarships

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Services Group will be donating scholarships at its December conference. The scholarships will be $2,000 per school and $1,000 per school for travel expenses.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. David Cantor will be joining our faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor for the next academic year. David successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis at the Smith School of Business, where he pursued a major in logistics and supply chain management and a minor in information systems.

Faculty Receive Tenure

Congratulations to Dan Guide and Doug Thomas. Both received promotion and tenure.

Stenger To Hold Inaugural Visiting Professorship In New Zealand

Alan J. Stenger, professor of supply chain management, will be on leave for the 2006-2007 academic year while he serves as Ports of Auckland Visiting Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management in the University of Auckland Business School in Auckland, New Zealand. He will be the first visiting holder of this new position. Stenger, who joined the Smeal faculty in 1972, is currently on the faculty in the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems and serves as associate director of the Center for Supply Chain Research. For more on his visiting professorship, visit

Faculty Receive Awards

At the recent Spring 2006 meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), Terry Harrison was inducted into the Franz Edelman Academy as an "Edelman Laureate" for prior work on the design of supply chains. The Franz Edelman Prize is awarded annually to recognize the best practice of Operations Research in the world. As a former finalist in the Edelman competition, Harrison was inducted into the initial group of Edelman Academy members.

Congratulations also to Terry for his appointment as the Earl P. Strong Executive Education Professor in Business.

John Coyle received the Director's Award for Outstanding Achievement from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency in Washington, D.C. This was in recognition of contributions to the Agency with their Supply Chain Transformation efforts.

The Smeal Teaching Innovation and Excellence Committee has awarded Kitty Baker and Ed Glantz a Teaching Enhancement Funding for Smeal College Faculty grant. This grant will be used to support the development of MIS 204, Introduction to Business Information Systems, from a two-credit course to a three-credit course.

Frank Chelko received the award of Outstanding Faculty Member in Support of Freshmen by the East Halls Freshmen through the East Halls Housing Administration.

Emily Liu and John Saldanha Pass Oral Defense

Congratulations to Emily Liu on passing her oral defense. Special thanks go to her committee members: Akhil Kumar, chair, Dawn Russell, Alan Stenger, and John Yen (College of Information Sciences and Technology) for all their help and cooperation. Emily will be taking a position at the IBM Watson Research Center in New York.

Congratulations also to John Saldahna, who also passed his oral defense. Special thanks his committee members: Bob Novack and Alan Stenger (co-chairs), Hans Baumgartner and Arkady Tempelman (Statistics) for all their help and cooperation. John will be taking a position at the Ohio State University.

2006 Supply Chain Doctoral Symposium

The 2nd annual Supply Chain Doctoral Symposium was held at University Park from May 29 through May 31, 2006. The purpose of this gathering is to bring together logistics and supply chain professors and doctoral students to share thoughts and ideas on how to successfully complete a Ph.D. program. Faculty and students attending were from: Penn State University, Michigan State University, University of Tennessee, Ohio State University, University of Maryland, University of Oklahoma, University of Alabama, Arizona State University, and Iowa State University.

The format for the Symposium sessions included presentations and panels. Some of the topics explored included: What Does it Take to Become a Good Researcher?; Balancing Teaching and Research; Critical Career Success Factors; Selecting a Dissertation Topic and Managing the Process; The Successful Road to Tenure; The Job Search; and an Editors' panel.

This was the second offering of this Symposium. The initial program was offered last year at the University of Oklahoma. Next year's Symposium will be hosted by the University of Maryland.

Presentation at 2006 POMS Meeting

The following paper was presented at the 2006 Production and Operations Management Society meeting, which was held April 28 to May 1, 2006, in Boston, MA:

Hayya J., A. Guiffrida (University of Buffalo, SUNY), U. Bagchi (University of Texas - Austiin), L. O'Neill (University of North Texas), A. Zeng (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), "The Effect of RFID On Inventory Management & Control," paper (004-0091).

Russell Barton Named Associate Director of CMTOC

Russell Barton, professor of supply chain and information systems at Smeal, has been named associate director of CMTOC to encourage even more collaboration between the research center, its corporate partners and MMM students.

Alan Stenger Obtains Visiting Professorship in New Zealand

Al Stenger will take a one-year leave of absence this July to serve as the Port of Auckland Visiting Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management with the University of Auckland Business School in New Zealand. This is a new, prestigious chair at the University, and Al has been selected as the first visitor to fill the position.

Janine Spears Passes Comprehensive Exam

Janine Spears passed her comprehensive examination on March 28. Her research will develop a theory of the consultative form of user participation emphasizing the congnitive benefits, which will ultimately lead to improved information security through enhanced policies and procedures. Her committee consists of Russell Barton as chair, Akhil Kumar, Linda Trevino, Hans Baumgartner and Eileen Trauth (IST).

Marcio Oliveira Chosen as a Winner of the Richter Scholarship Award

Marcio Bogoricin Oliveira has been chosen as one of six winners of the 2006 R. Gene Richter Scholarship Award. Marcio is invited to attend the 91st Annual ISM Conference to be held in Minneapolis, MN May 7 - 10. The conference details can be found at Marcio is a senior in the SC&IS major.

Doug Thomas, David Huff, and Norm Aggon Receive Teaching Awards

The Smeal College of Business MBA Association has awarded Doug Thomas the 2006 Excellence in Teaching Award. Each year two core faculty members and two elective faculty members are chosen for this award. Doug also received this award in 2004.

David Huff and Norm Aggon each received the Dillwyn P. Paiste, III Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The awards were presented at an Awards Reception on April 28. Read further information on the awards.

2006 R. Hadly Waters Supply Chain Symposium

The 16th Annual R. Hadly Waters Supply Chain Syposium, Strategies for Supply Chain Transformation , was held on April 27th at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

With over 200 attendees in the audience, Roger Kallock opened the 16th Waters Symposium with a riveting keynote presentation addressing transformation in both the private and public sectors. Mr. Kallock is the former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Material Readiness in the Clinton Administration.

The luncheon address, given by Frank Britt of C&S Wholesalers, elicited many positive comments from the attendees because of its focus on redefining retail distribution. Mr. Britt provided many examples of how demographics are changing the face of retailing in the United States.

The Pashek Award for Supply Chain Excellence recipient was Ronald D. Schnur, Vice President of Strategic Sourcing for Coors Brewing Company. Prior to joining Coors, Mr. Schnur held executive positions at various firms in the automotive and spare parts industries. Mr. Schnur received his MBA degree in Business Logistics from Penn State University.

Doug Thomas Cited In Traffic World

Doug Thomas, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management, was prominently cited in the March 20, 2006 edition of Traffic World .

Jun Shu Accepted As Participant At 2006 Young Research Roundtable

Jun Shu of the Department of Supply Chain & Information Systems has been accepted as a participant in the 2006 Young Research Roundtable, joining a group of outstanding young faculty nominated from leading universities.

Smeal MBA Team Wins International Supply Chain Case Competition

The Smeal MBA Team won the International Supply Chain Case Competition for the third time in the last four years. Participating universities included Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio State, Michigan State, Maryland, Arizona State, and Darmstadt. Read the full story.

QMM Program Certifies First Black Belt

Penn State's Quality and Manufacturing Management (QMM) program has certified its first Six Sigma 'black belt.' Ryan Atkins, a 2001 graduate in business logistics and international business, has received this prestigious title.

SC&IS Dilwyn Paiste, III Nominees

Terry Harrison, David Huff, Norm Aggon, and Long Gao were selected as SC&IS nominees for Dilwyn Paiste, III teaching awards.

Marcio Bogoricin Oliveira Named as Finalist For The Richter Scholarship

Marcio Bogoricin Oliveira has been selected to participate in the final round of interviews for the R. Gene Richter Scholarship Award. As a finalist, he will have the opportunity to interview with Steve Kesinger, Vice President of Corporate Procurement-Nordstrom and Clive Heal, Head of Global Procurement-Genentech, Inc. Marcio is a senior in the SC&IS major.

Paper By Jack Hayya Presented At Southeast DSI Meeting

J.D. Hong of the South Carolina State University presented the paper "VBA applications for the minimum cost transportation model" (J. D Hong - South Carolina State University & J.C. Hayya - Pennsylvania State University) at the Annual Meeting of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute held at Wilmington, NC, February 22-24, 2006.

Spring 2006 Spisak Lecture

On February 13, 2006, Daniel M. Mazur, Assistant Vice President/Strategic Planning of Norfolk Southern, presented a lecture on Railway Infrastructure and Capacity Planning of Norfolk Southern.

Ph.D. Students Pass Candidacy Exam

Recently, graduate students Kaan Kuzu, Kate Li, Valery Pavlov, and Tom Robbins of the SC&IS Department passed their candidacy examinations.

Spring SC&IS Career Fair Held In January

The Spring SC&IS Career Fair held on January 25, 2006, in the Atrium of the new Business Building was a great success. Plan ahead to take part in the Fall 2006 SC&IS Career Fair on September 25, 2006.

Center For Supply Chain Research Adds Corporate Sponsors

The Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR) welcomes industry leaders to consider membership in its Corporate Sponsorship Program.

Gordon J. Brown Receives Appointment

Gordon J. Brown has recently been appointed Senior Vice President of Global Laboratory Operations for Orchid Cellmark in Princeton, New Jersey. Gordon received his B.S. in Business Logistics from Penn State in 1987 and an MBA in Finance from Fordham University. Orchid Cellmark is a Princeton-based company that provides DNA testing services.

Russell Barton Makes Presentation at Northwestern

Russell Barton presented a seminar on "Experiment Design Strategies for Fitting Forward and Inverse Approximations" at the Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences Department, Northwestern University, on January 17, 2006.

Janine Spears Presents At Two Conferences

Janine Spears, PhD candidate in Supply Chain and Information Systems, recently presented at the Joint Working Conference on Security Management, Integrity and Internal Control in Information Systems; and at the 39th Hawaii International Conferences on System Sciences.

Xu Joins Operations Research Editorial Board

Susan Xu, professor of management science and supply chain management at Penn State's Smeal College of Business, has been appointed to the editorial board of Operations Research , a leading journal in the field.

Ventura, Tew Picked To Lead Master Of Manufacturing Management Degree Program

Jose Ventura, professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering, and Jeffrey Tew, clinical professor of supply chain and information systems, have been named co-directors of the master's degree program in manufacturing management.