Archives 2007

Faculty Present at Conferences

John Spychalski presented a paper entitled "Drivers of Intermodal Rail Freight Growth in North America," co-authored with Evelyn Thomchick, at the 2007 European Transport Conference in Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands on October 17, 2007. John also chaired two refereed paper sessions at the 2007 Supply Chain Management Educators' Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 21, 2007.

Evelyn Thomchick and Kusumal Ruamsook presented in the Trade Compliance track at the 2007 CSCMP Annual Conference in Philadelphia, October 22, 2007. The presentation was titled, "Landed Cost Models: Clarification and Update," and was done in conjunction with Drs. Richard Young and Peter Swan of the Penn State Harrisburg Campus.

John Spychalski Celebrates His Retirement

John Spychalski's retirement was celebrated on October 23, 2007 with a train ride on the Nittany and Bald Eagle Railroad. Dick Robley, Chairman & CEO donated the use of the railroad; and Jeff Pontius, Vice President of Operations donated the use of his personally owned train cars. A great time was had by all who road the train as the "Train Ride Pictures" will show.

Two SC&IS Staff Members Receive Promotions

Congratulations to Beth Bower and Teresa Lehman who recently received promotions in their jobs. Both SC&IS staff members were promoted up one grade level in their current positions. The upgrades Beth and Teresa received are a reflection of their hard work and their dedication to the SC&IS Department.

Gary Gittings Nominated for Outreach Award

Gary Gittings has been nominated for the Vice President's Award for Award for Excellent Service. This nomination is a tremendous honor since Outreach has more than one thousand faculty and staff. All award nominees and winners will be recognized during the Day of Connection from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on December 12, 2007, in Presidents Hall I and II at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

SC&IS Corporate Recruiting Effort

The SC&IS Department is having a successful recruiting program again this fall. LuAnn Jaworski retired in July 2007 and Tami Barnes has assumed the role of Recruitment Coordinator. Kitty Baker and Norm Aggon also assist Tami with corporate recruiting.

Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management Update

The first online Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management (MPS/SCM) class will graduate in December 2008. This group, composed of 22 students who had completed the graduate certificate in SC&IS, began their master’s studies in late October with a four day residency.

Zan Huang Presents at Conference

Zan Huang presented an invited paper titled "Selectively Acquiring Ratings for Product Recommendation" at the International Conference for Electronic Commerce, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 19-22, 2007, and received Best Paper Award Nomination.

Dennis Lin Receives Patent and Serves as Council Member and Editor

Dennis Lin has been recently elected as a new council member for ISBIS (International Society for Business and Industrial Statistics). Beginning in 2008, Dennis will be the new editor for ASMBI (Applied Stochastic Models for Business and Industry).

At the Inventors Recognition Program on September 5, 2007, Dennis was recognized for receiving a Penn State patent for “Single-Pass Low-Storage Arbitrary Probabilistic Location Estimation for Massive Data Sets.” This patent was one of 37 patents issued out of 529 applications.

Elena Katok Research Cited

The August 2007 issue of Scientific American cites research by Elena Katok, associate professor of supply chain and information systems, and Gary Bolton, professor of business economics. "Trust is a critical issue on eBay, in which sellers are anonymous and have little pecuniary incentive to actually ship the items they have sold. To figure out why they ship anyway, Ockenfels, Bolton and Penn State business professor Elena Katok asked 144 university students to play a trust game that mimics the situation on eBay." (Is Greed Good?).

Janine Spears Passes Defense

Janine Spears successfully completed her thesis defense on Friday, September 21. Her topic was "Institutionalizing Information Security Risk Management: A Multi-Method Empirical Study on the Effects of Regulation." She will be spending the coming academic year as a postdoctoral fellow at HEC Montreal (École des Hautes Études Commerciales) working with Professor Henri Barki, Canada Research Chair in Information Technology Implementation and Management. Best wishes, Janine!

OM and BLOG Alum Updates

William Hackney (Operations Management, 1980) has been appointed president and publisher of The Reporter and president of publications for Action Advertising in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

Jon Finkelstein (Operations Management, 1986) has been appointed as chief operating officer for SLM Holdings, Inc. in Reston, Virginia.

Dawn Andre (Business Logistics, 1991) has been appointed as vice president of customer operations at Everest Software in Dulles, Virginia.

Fall 2007 Supply Chain Career Fair

A record 55 companies took part in the Fall 2007 Supply Chain Career Fair on September 17, 2007, in the Smeal Business Building Atrium. A total of 495 students participated, including 351 SC&IS majors, 63 Industrial Engineering majors; 20 Supply Chain MBAs, 18 MIS majors, 29 Manufacturing Masters Program majors. The Spring 2008 Supply Chain Career Fair will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2008.

Two Pillars of Original BLOG Department Retire from Smeal

Two pillars of the original Business Logistics Department, John Spychalski and LuAnn Jaworksi, retired from Penn State this Summer. John retired after four decades at Penn State, and LuAnn Jaworksi retired with thirty-five years of service.

New SC&IS Faculty and Staff

The SC&IS department has several new faculty members this year: Michael Rothkopf, Smeal Chaired Professor; Mirko Kremer, assistant professor; Felisa Preciado-Waltelrs, clinical assistant professor; William Machuga, instructor. John Stevens has been appointed as the director of the Masters of Professional Studies (MPS) in Supply Chain Management and Tami Barnes has joined the SC&IS Staff.

New SC&IS PhD Students

Five new students have joined the Ph.D. program in SC&IS: Andrew Davis, Mrinmay Deb, Paolo Letizia, Yaru Liu, and Natalia Santamaria.

New Marine Corps Fellows

The 2007-2008 Marine Corps Fellows are Lt Col James Rubino and Major Christian Richardson.

Akhil Kumar to Co-chair Workshop

Akhil Kumar will co-chair the 17th Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS'07) to be held in Montreal in December 2007 in conjunction with the International Conference on Information Systems.

Mahesh Srinivasan and Long Gao Pass Defenses

Mahesh Srinivasan successfully defended his dissertation July 30, 2007. The title of his dissertation is: Optimal and approximate policies for periodic review inventory systems. This fall Mahesh will be joining the faculty at the University of Akron as an assistant professor.

Long Gao successfully defended his dissertation on August 5, 2007. The title of his dissertation is: The Impact of Read-time Information on Supply Chain Strategies and Operations. This fall Long will be joining the faculty at the University of Dayton as an assistant professor.


Smeal, World Campus Launch Online Supply Chain Management Master's Degree

Penn State's Smeal College of Business and World Campus are offering a new master's degree program in supply chain management that will allow working professionals to earn a graduate degree by taking courses online. The Master of Professional Studies in supply chain management (MPS/SCM) starts in the fall 2007 semester. Applications for admission will be available online on July 9, 2007 and will be accepted until August 1, 2007.

Journal of Operations Management Names SC&IS Professor 'Best Reviewer'

The Journal of Operations Management has named Daniel Guide, associate professor of operations and supply chain management at Penn State's Smeal College of Business, as the journal's Best Reviewer for 2006-2007. Guide has served on the journal's editorial review board since 1999.

Six Sigma Black Belt Program

Frank Chelko, Smeal College of Business, and Dr. Jeya Chandra, College of Engineering, completed the third consecutive year of the Six Sigma Black Belt program concluding in certification exams. The program was offered to QMM and engineering students and required six full days of intensive education in preparation for the certification exam in addition to their degree course work. The effort resulted in twenty new Blue Belts awarded (Black Belt Body of Knowledge). A number of the certified Blue Belts will continue their efforts to secure a Penn State Black Belt. This will require the successful completion of a 4-6 month project that demonstrates process or product improvement using Six Sigma tools and techniques at their new place of employment with project facilitation provided by Frank Chelko.

Thomas Shuman Appointed VP of Sales And Marketing

Thomas Shuman (B Log, 1975) of Dallas, Texas, has been appointed vice president of sales and marketing for Sweet Success Enterprises, Inc. Mr. Shuman will initiate coverage of major unfilled markets as well as coordinate the company’s marketing efforts. Mr. Shuman has held positions in senior sales, marketing, and product development for Liberty Imports USA, Inc., Global Brands Inc., DS Water of America, LP, DrPepper/7-UP, inc., Coca Cola USA, and Proctor and Gamble.

Tom Robbins Passes Defense

Congratulations to Tom Robbins, who successfully defended his dissertation. He will be teaching for SC&IS next year as he begins his search for an academic position.

Colonel Chiarotti Awarded French National Defense Medal Award

Congratulations to Colonel Chuck Chiarotti who was awarded the French Silver Medal of National Defense at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C., on May 16, 2007. Prior to his program here at Penn State, Colonel Chiarotti served as Head of the Logistics Office on the Staff of the Multinational Force in Haiti starting in 2004. This award recognizes Chuck’s work in facilitating the insertion of French officers under his command and improving the living conditions of the entire multinational force.

Michael J. Wright Receives Award

Congratulations to Michael J. Wright (B LOG, 2001), Library Supervisor IV in the Schreyer Business Library, who has been chosen as a recipient of the Margaret Knoll Spangler Oliver Libraries Award.

Alice Young Honored for 25 Years of Service

Congratulations to Alice on 25 years of service at Penn State. Alice received her 25-year chair at the Smeal College Staff Recognition Luncheon on April 6, 2007 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Quality And Manufacturing Management Teams Pitch Product Ideas To Elmers

In collaboration with Elmer's Products, Inc., five teams of students enrolled in the Quality and Manufacturing Management (QMM) program, administered jointly by Penn State's College of Engineering and Smeal College of Business, explored new product development experiences for two semesters with the goal of complementing the strategic marketing directions of Elmer's.

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Teaching Awards

Doug Thomas received the MBA Excellence in Teaching Award. Tom Robbins and Marilyn Blanco received the Dillwyn P. Paiste III Awards for Excellence as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Also nominated by the SC&IS Department were Henry Bi and Jun Shu.

Presentations at POMS

At the Production & Operations Management Society (POMS) 2007 Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX, May 4-7, 2007, Jack Hayya presented Alternatives to mathematical optimization in inventory analysis by Jack Hayya, Terry Harrison, Uttaryan Bagchi (Texas-Austin), and Dean Chatfield Virginia Tech (2001) and now at Virginia Tech. Daewon Sun (2004), now at Notre Dame, presented Performance of single-unit buyout auctions by Daewon Sun, Jack Hayya, Zhaolin Li (2005), now at City University of Hong Kong. Jack was also a discussion leader on the Emerging Scholars Program.

Dan Guide Wins International Case Study Award

Daniel Guide, associate professor of operations and supply chain management at Penn State's Smeal College of Business, along with his colleague Luk Van Wassenhove of France's INSEAD, has won the 2007 European Case Award for best teaching case study in production and operations management. The European Case Clearing House (ECCH), the world's leading provider of case studies, presented the award to Guide and Van Wassenhove for their case entitled "Managing Product Returns at Hewlett-Packard."

Spring 2007 Supply Chain Career Fair

The Spring Supply Chain Career Fair was a huge success! There were 42 companies in attendance with 341 students participating in the event. Of the 42 companies, 31 companies have participated in the past, four companies were new Center for Supply Chain Research corporate sponsors, and seven were new companies. We set a record of being out "SOLD OUT” within 48 hours after the invitations were distributed. Thanks to all who helped make this career fair such a success.

Penn State Smeal Alumni’s New Appointments

Mirage Networks, Inc. recently promoted its top executive, Greg Stock, to CEO. Greg Stock graduated from Smeal College of Business in with both a B.S. in Business Logistics and then an MBA. Before his promotion, Greg served as chief marketing executive for Mirage since 2003. Mirage, founded in 2001, is an Austin based software company with 350 customers.

Gary Greenberger, a Smeal Business Logistics graduate, was appointed Executive Vice President of America Sales for Citadon, a leader in integrated Web-based collaboration and business process management provider. Gary joins Citadon with more than 20 years of experience building revenue and sales teams for high-technology companies including Constructware, CompuCom Systems, and Entex Information Service.

Norfolk Southern Corporation announced that Daniel Mazur has been named vice president of strategic planning effective December 1, 2006. Before joining Norfolk Southern Corporation, Mazur worked more than 35 years in the railroad industry. An army veteran with the rank of Captain, Mazur graduated from Smeal College of Business in with both a B.S. in Business Logistics and an MBA. Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies.

A Smeal College of Business graduate with a Bachelor in Business Logistics, Kurt Homfelt was appointed President of Dunhill Vacations, one of the country’s leading electronic marketing companies focused on the travel industry and recently acquired by Online Vacation Center Holdings. Kurt joined Online Vacation Center Holdings from Club Med, most recently serving as its Director of National Sales.

New Smeal Chaired Professor

Michael Rothkopf, professor of management science and information systems at Rutgers Business School, has been named the next Smeal Chaired Professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems.

Rothkopf has been on the Rutgers faculty since 1988, where his teaching and research interests have focused on applied mathematical modeling, auctions, applications of operations research, and energy models. He is widely published in journals dealing with management science, operations research, and economics, and is a leading expert on the modeling of competitive bidding.

Prior to joining Rutgers, Rothkopf was on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley and worked on the research staff for Xerox and Shell. He has a master's in industrial management and a Ph.D. in operations research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

SC&IS Ranked 8th by Wall Street Journal

The SC&IS Department at Smeal has been ranked eighth in the operations management discipline in the Wall Street Journal business school rankings. The top ten universities include:

1. Carnegie Mellon University
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
3. Purdue University (Krannert)
4. University of Michigan (Ross)
5. Michigan State University (Broad)
6. Ohio State University (Fisher)
7. Cornell University (Johnson)
8. Pennsylvania State University (Smeal)
9. Arizona State University (Carey)
9. Dartmouth College (Tuck)