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Archives 2008

Archived News & Awards for the Supply Chain and Information Systems Department at Penn State University (2008)

Michael H. Rothkopf Graduate Scholarship is Established by Laura Rothkopf

Laura Rothkopf has established a Graduate Scholarship in memory of her late husband, Professor Michael H. Rothkopf. The scholarship will provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding graduate students enrolled in the Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management Program. All full-time graduate students enrolled in the Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management Program who have achieved superior academic records or who manifest promise of outstanding academic success are eligible.

Russell Barton Receives INFORMS Simulations Society Distinguished Service Award

Russell Barton received the INFORMS Simulation Society (I-Sim) Distinguished Service Award at the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) in Miami, Florida, on December 8.

Douglas Burke Graduates as Student Marshal

Congratulations to distinguished Supply Chain Fall 2008 graduate Douglas Burke for adding Smeal College of Business Student Marshal to his long list of accolades.

Christopher Craighead Receives Best Paper Award

Christopher Craighead and his co-authors received the 2008 Best Paper Award from Business Horizons. The paper is Ketchen, D.J. Jr., Craighead, C.W., & Buckley, M.R., 2008, "Time Bandits: How They are Created, Why They are Tolerated, and What can be Done about Them," Business Horizons, vol. 51, no. 2, pp. 141-149.

The American Society of Transportation and Logistics, Inc. Establishes Scholarship

The American Society of Transportation and Logistics, Inc. has established the “American Society of Transportation and Logistics Scholarship in the Smeal College of Business.” All undergraduate students majoring or planning to major in the SC&IS major in Smeal who have achieved superior academic records or who manifest promise of outstanding academic success will be eligible to apply.

Smeal MBA Team Places First In Case Competition

Reginald Amoa, Carl Asher, and Tai Parks, won first place in the fourth annual MBAE Minority Case Competition sponsored by Howard University and LMI Government Consulting.

Smeal Student Society Honors Norm Aggon

The Smeal Student Society has honored Norm Aggon by choosing him to be in the Smeal Student Society Spotlight. Stop by and see the poster about Norm in the Atrium.

Elena Katok Receives Endowed Fellowship

Elena Katok, professor of supply chain and information systems, was recently awarded the Calvin E. and Pamala T. Zimmerman University Endowed Fellowship of Business Administration.

Cal was a 1967 graduate of the College of Business. The Zimmerman’s created the professorship to strengthen, reward and recognize outstanding scholarship among faculty. Cal and Pam are local civic-minded Penn Staters devoted to strengthening the economic development and quality of life in the Centre region.

McCombs School (University of Texas) to Fund Study of Remanufactured Consumer Goods by Smeal Researchers

Dan Guide (SC&IS), Meg Meloy (Marketing), and Selin Atasu (Marketing) will conduct a study of consumer attitudes and perceptions of remanufactured consumer goods that will be funded by the McCombs School of Business at UT. Dan plans to parlay the results of this pilot study into a large scale study funded by the NSF and interested companies.

Smeal Student Society Honors Felisa Preciado

The Smeal Student Society has honored Felisa Preciado, Clinical Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management, by choosing her to be in the Smeal Student Society Spotlight for instructional excellence. Stop by and see the poster about Felisa in the Atrium.

Fall 2008 SC&IS Career Fair

The Fall Supply Chain Career Fair held on September 23-24, 2008 was another great success in the Smeal Business Building Atrium. We had a combined total of 90 companies attending with 500 students from Supply Chain, MIS, IST, and Industrial Engineering. The following two days the companies conducted interviews with the students.

Along with the Supply Chain Career Fair, we hosted our second Supply Chain “Coffee House” on Monday night with 12 corporate sponsors running concurrent information sessions with about 150 students attending the event.

The Spring 2009 Supply Chain Career Fair will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 10-11, 2009.

Smeal Professors Pen Eighth Edition of Supply Chain Textbook

John Coyle and Robert Novack along with Edward Bardi of the University of Toledo, Brian Gibson of Auburn University and C. John Langley of the Georgia Institue of Technology coauthored the eighth edition of Supply Chain Management: A Logistics Perspective.

Christopher Craighead Receives Awards

Christopher Craighead was recipient of the Best Associate Editor Award, Journal of Operations Management. He also received the Best Paper Award for International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, “Postponement: An Evolving Supply Chain Concept.” Chris was chosen by the Editors of IJPDLM for the Outstanding Paper Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2008.

New SC&IS Faculty

The SC&IS department has several new faculty members this year: Christopher Craighead, assistant professor; Sandra Transchel, assistant professor; Lisa Mensinger, instructor; and Ralph Sees, instructor.

New SC&IS PhD Students

Five new students have joined the Ph.D. program in SC&IS: James Abbey, Kaitlin Dunn, Maurice Johnson, Hiroko Okajima and Yang Zhang.

New Marine Corps Fellows

Two new Marine Corps Fellows are onboard for the 2008-2009 academic year: Lieutenant Colonel John Kasperski and Major Michael Monroe.

Susan Xu Receives NSF Grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $167,066 to The Pennsylvania State University for support of the project entitled "Collaborative Research: Reliability Analysis of Spatial Systems with Local Interactions." This project is under the direction of Susan H. Xu, in collaboration with Li Haijun of Washington State University (PI, awarded $154,063) and Way Kuo of the University of Tennessee (co-PI, awarded $88,864).

SC&IS Participates in PSU International Studies Program

The SC&IS Department participated this summer in the PSU International Studies program at the Institute at Palazzo Rucellai in Florence, Italy. This was the first time faculty from PSU directly participated in a course at this Institution. The six-week three-credit course was “Production in Italy.” Seventeen PSU business students from varied majors and 14 students from the University of Connecticut comprised the class. The course introduced business students to a variety of manufacturing businesses as well as a number of unique manufacturing processes. Manufacturers included olive oil processing, a marble quarry, a textile mill, winery, as well as motorcycle and automotive manufacturing (Ducati and Lamborghini). Class assignments included student journals documenting their observations of key lessons learned and a “lean” exercise. Frank Chelko represented PSU while Dr. Jeff Rummel represented the University of Connecticut.

OEM Remanufacturing Round Table Meets At Smeal

Top managers from Alcatel-Lucent, Bosch Tool, Caterpillar, Cummins, GE Transportation and Xerox, all OEMs that engage in product recovery and remanufacturing , met May 1 and 2 at a round table held at Penn State's Smeal College of Business.

Promotion and Tenure

Congratulations to Elena Katok on her promotion to the rank of full professor and to David Huff on his promotion to clinical associate professor.

Big Ten Information Systems Research Symposium

Edward Glantz recently participated in the 7th Annual Big Ten Information Systems Research Symposium hosted by the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

Three SC&IS Professors Win Dillwyn Paiste Awards for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Robert Novack, associate professor of supply chain and information systems, Dr. Edward Glantz, clinical assistant professor of information systems, and Frank Chelko, instructor of operations and supply chain management, were winners of the Dillywn P. Paiste, III Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

2008 R. Hadly Waters Supply Chain Symposium

The 18th Annual R. Hadly Waters Supply Chain Symposium, Managing Supply Chain Complexity, was held on April 24, 2008, at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, University Park, Pennsylvania, with approximately 200 supply chain professionals in attendance.

Supply Chain Management Association Tours Staples Distribution Center

The Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) went on a field trip to the Staples distribution center in Chambersburg on Friday, April 4, 2008.

Management Information Systems Association (MISA) Wins Most Improved Organization of 2008

Congratulations to Management Information Systems Association (MISA) on winning the "Most Improved Organization of 2008" award for Smeal Student Clubs. MISA received $500 for the club.

Valery Pavlov Receives Smeal Doctoral Dissertation Award

Congratulations to Valery Pavlov on receiving a Smeal Dissertation Award. The award is based on an evaluation by the Competitive Research Grants Committee and will providing funding for Valery’s research experiments.

Senior SC&IS Student Named ‘Next CEO’

Douglas Burke, a senior majoring in supply chain and information systems, outlasted nine of his classmates on April 21 to win the college's unique executive simulation challenge, The Next CEO.

Senior Award Recipients

Congratulations to SC&IS majors Douglas Burke, Amanda Garries, and Jessica Volpe upon receiving the Ralph H. Wherry Student Service Award.

S.T.A.R.T. Diversity Award Presented

Congratulations to Shanice Barnum (SC&IS) for her first place S.T.A.R.T. (Striving Toward Awareness & Respect for Tomorrow) Diversity Award. Shanice’s presentation was entitled Diversity Has No Identity.

Students Compete in Boeing Case Competition

Congratulations to all of the participants in the first Boeing Undergraduate Supply Chain Case Competition. Seven groups of three Supply Chain students and one Finance/Accounting student competed for the $2,000 in prize money provided by Boeing. Students were required to use their knowledge of LEAN concepts and apply them to a real world business problem. Special thank you goes to Kitty Riley, Norm Aggon and Tami Barnes for their administrative support of the competition and to Frank Chelko for being the Penn State Judge (along with three Boeing judges) in the competition. The kickoff dinner and presentation dinner hosted by Boeing in the Business Building Dinner Theatre were an added bonus to the entire event.

Smeal’s Supply Chain/Logistics Program Ranked 5th by U.S. News

U.S. News has ranked Smeal’s supply chain/logistics programs as fifth in the nation, up from 6th last year. The U.S. News rankings are based on peer assessment (25%), recruiter assessment (15%), starting salary (14%), employment at graduation (7%), employment after three months(14%), GMAT score (16.25%), undergraduate GPA (7.5%), and acceptance rate (1.25%).

In Memoriam: Michael H. Rothkopf, 1939-2008

Miichael Rothkopf was an applied mathematical modeler who studied and wrote about auctions and bidding since 1965. Most recently he was Smeal Chaired Professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems at Penn State's Smeal College of Business.

Smeal Student Society Honors Kitty Riley

The Smeal Student Society has honored Kitty Riley by choosing her to be in the Smeal Student Society Spotlight. Stop by and see the poster about Kitty in the Atrium.

MBA Team Takes Third Place in Logistics Case Competition

Our MBA students: Jodie Vanderman, Brad Updegrove, Quang Dang, Hovig Vartan, Philip Cahill, and Aron Meadow excelled in their performance at the 11th Annual FedEx Freight International Graduate Logistics Case Competition in Fayetteville, AR.

SC&IS Faculty Teaching Quality Improvement Team Recognized

An SC&IS Faculty Teaching Quality Improvement team will be one of several quality teams recognized on April 30 by Provost Erickson and the Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment. Current SC&IS faculty team members include Edward Glantz, Norm Aggon, Kitty Riley, Gary Gittings, Evelyn Thomchick and Marilyn Blanco.

Kumar Appointed to Editorial Board of New Journal

The IEEE Computer Society has appointed Akhil Kumar, professor of information systems at Penn State's Smeal College of Business, as an associate editor of its new journal, IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, set to launch this year.

Lilien Awarded Highest Honor For A Marketing Educator

The American Marketing Association (AMA) has named Gary Lilien, distinguished research professor of management science at Smeal, as the 2008 recipient of the AMA Irwin/McGraw-Hill Distinguished Marketing Educator Award, the highest honor a marketing educator can receive.

Bob Novack Gives Resume/Interview Workshop

Thanks go to Bob Novack, who once again had standing room only at the Resume/Interview Workshop sponsored by MISA, SCMA, and BASH. The workshop was held the week before the SC&IS Career Fair so students received valuable help in their preparations to meet with companies coming on campus.

Jun Shu and Russell Barton Present at NSF Foundation Conference

Jun Shu and Russell Barton presented their work on "Supply Chain SPC" at the National Science Foundation CMMI Grantees Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, on January 7-10, 2008. They received a grant in 2006 from the Manufacturing Enterprise Systems Program.

Ed Glantz Cited in USA Today

Ed Glantz was cited in an article in USA Today about virtual office hours. He has used virtual office hours for the last six years.

December 2007 PhD Graduates

Congratulations to Janine Spears, Long Gao, and Mahesh Srinivasan on their December graduations.

Leslie Hubbard Graduates with Honors in Supply Chain

Congratulations to Leslie Hubbard on her December graduation from Penn State. Leslie was in the Schreyer’s Honors College and graduated with a BS in Supply Chain and Information Systems with honors in Supply Chain and Information Systems. Her thesis was titled Gauging the Preparedness of Recent Supply Chain Graduates with Respect to Job Skills. Leslie now begins her career at Deloitte & Touche in Philadelphia.

Spring 2008 Supply Chain Career Fair

The Spring Supply Chain Career Fair on February 5-6, 2008, was a roaring success in the Smeal Business Building Atrium. We had a combined total of 94 companies attending with 500 students from Supply Chain, MIS, and Industrial Engineering. The flurry continued the following two days with companies staying to interview.

Along with the Supply Chain Career Fair, we hosted our first Supply Chain “Coffee House” on Monday night with nine corporate sponsors running concurrent information sessions with about 65 students attending the event.

The Fall 2008 Supply Chain Career Fair will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 23-24, 2008.

Faculty Present at Conference

Ed Glantz, John Dischinger of IBM Integrated Supply Chain, and Fred Rodammer of Michigan State presented in the Current Issues track at the 2007 CSCMP Annual Conference in Philadelphia, October 22, 2007. The presentation was titled, "Emerging Skills in the Supply Chain: A Model for Industry and Academic Collaboration," and was done in conjunction with Bill Verdini of Arizona State, Huei Chuen Huang of National University Singapore, and Vincent Hargaden of University College Dublin.

Dennis Lin Serves on NSF Panel

On December 11-12, 2007, Dennis Lin served on a panel on grant proposals on the Service Enterprise Engineering (SEE) program at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia.

40th Annual Winter Simulation Conference

Russell Barton served as program chair for the 40th anniversary Winter Simulation Conference held in Washington, D.C. on December 9-12, 2007. The conference was sponsored by seven organizations, including INFORMS, the American Statistical Association, ACM, and IIE.

Alums in the News

Simon Golding (BLog) has been appointed as vice president of logistics and related business for Tube City IMS Corporation.

John Abromitis (BLog) has been appointed as one of the top 40 attorneys in the state under age 40 by the New Jersey Law Journal.

Daniel Petryszyn (SC&IS) opened a co-branded restaurant and retail store in Manhattan. The restaurant will feature Soup Kitchen International’s The Original SoupMan’s soups and Cold Stone Creamery’s premium ice cream.

Victor Yates (BLog) has been appointed as an associate for NAI Pittsburgh Commercial to handle leasing and sale of office, retail, and flex space for landlords, tenants, buyers, and sellers.

Kris Nagel (MIS) has been appointed as a vice president and general manager of worldwide sales of Mu Security, a pioneer in the security analyzer market.

Janet Harrington (BLog) has been appointed as a senior sales executive for the PharmaReady team of TAKE Solutions.

Faculty Present at Conference

At the 38th Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute Conference in Phoenix on November 18 - 21, 2007, Gene Tyworth presented the paper "Supply Chain Challenges".

Also at the conference, Jack Hayya presented the competitive paper “On the structural properties of the (D,0) inventory model” by Jack Hayya, Terry Harrison, and Dean Chatfield, presented the paper “Reminiscences and Lessons” at the Invited Fellows Session, and was chair of the session on Supply Chain Challenges I.

Terry Harrison Holds Position for INFORMS

Terry Harrison has recently been elected to a second two-year term as vice president of publications for INFORMS.

Six Sigma Black Belt Course

Frank Chelko and Jeya Chandra of the Industrial Engineering Department will be conducting for the fifth consecutive year the Six Sigma Black Belt course in support of MMM graduate students and undergraduate IE students on January 9-11, 2008, as well as May 12- 14, 2008.