Archives 2009

SC&IS Department Highlighted in the Smeal College of Business Highlights for 2009

The Supply Chain and Information Systems Department #1 ranking, Robert Novack’s Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Center for Supply Chain Research were highlighted in the 2009 Smeal College of Business Highlights.

Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

Students in the Smeal MBA program will now be able to obtain their Six Sigma Black Belt certification during their second year of their program. Frank Chelko will be teaching a course that will cover the topics necessary for the exam and are not covered in other Supply Chain courses. Thanks go to Professor Gene Tyworth, Chair of the SC&IS Department, and Senior Associate Dean Arvind Rangaswamy for helping to make this possible for the MBA students.

First Class Program: Smeal’s Marine Corps Logistics Fellowship

Marine Corps Officers Lieutenant Colonel Bill Mackey and Major Mark Robinson have been stationed on a tropical island in Japan for the last six years. They haven't seen snowfall in about a decade or a season change in six years. So arriving at University Park in August 2009 after being selected by the Marine Corps for Penn State's Marine Corps Logistics Fellows Program (MCLFP) brought about many new changes and a well deserved break from their normal, military routine.

SC&IS Department Involved in International Business Courses in Denmark and Italy

Students can now earn six credits in a new six week program this summer at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS) in Denmark. One course will be taken with other CBS students and a second course will be taught by PSU faculty from Smeal. Frank Chelko, SC&IS, will introduce the European Union, its governance, and business operations from a Supply Chain and Marketing perspective. Lou Gattis, Finance, will then cover business financing, investment, currency markets, and financial services. The program description can be found at

Russell Barton and Frank Chelko will be teaching Supply Chain and Manufacturing Management in Florence, Italy this summer. Students will visit international corporations and evaluate their supply chains, experience Italian food and culture, and see historic art and architecture. The program description for this program can be found at

Paper Receives Honorable Mention for Best Theoretical/Empirical Research Paper

Jack Hayya, Terry Harrison, and X. James He (Fairfield University) received Honorable Mention for Best Theoretical/Empirical Research Paper for their paper entitled “Crashing Stochastic Lead Times” submitted for the DSI Annual Meeting, November 14-17, 2009, at New Orleans.

MPS Student Paper to be Published in Wiley & Sons Textbook

Michael Jacobs, Toys “R” Us, Inc., Senior Vice President of Logistics and second year student in the Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management Program, will have his SCM 594 Professional Paper published in John Wiley & Sons forthcoming book, The Shipping Point: Rethinking China’s Role in Global Supply Chain Management. According to a John Wiley & Sons’ prospectus, “The book [to be published in January 2010] will focus on the re-emergence of China as an economic superpower and the impact this will have on global supply chain management. The book will also describe changes taking place in consumer retail and how the convergence of these elements will drive the formulation of leading edge supply chain innovation in the 21st century.” His professional paper will be a chapter titled “The Origin Consolidation Supply Chain Model.” Michael’s advisor is Dr. John E. Stevens, Director of the Master’s program.

Fall 2009 SC&IS Career Fair

The Fall Supply Chain Career Fair was held on September 23-24, 2009, in the Smeal Business Building Atrium. This Career Fair was once again a huge success. We had a combined total of 90 companies attending with 500 students from Supply Chain, MIS, IST, and Industrial Engineering. During the following two days after the Fair, the companies conducted interviews with students.

Along with the Supply Chain Career Fair, we hosted our Supply Chain “Coffee House” on Monday night with 12 corporate sponsors running concurrent information sessions with about 170 students attending the event.

On January 25, 2010, the Supply Chain Coffee House will kick off the Spring 2010 recruiting activities. The Supply Chain Career Fair will follow on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 26-27, 2010.

Michael Rothkopf Memorial Conference

On June 1-3, 2009, the Michael H. Rothkopf Memorial Conference was held to honor and celebrate the life and work of Michael H. Rothkopf. The broad themes of the conference were research areas that Mike Rothkopf studied throughout his career: the theory and practice of auctions, energy policy, and more broadly, market design. The conference was made possible thanks to generous sponsorship by the Smeal College of Business and INFORMS. More than 60 guests attended the conference and keynote speakers included world renowned scholars of auctions and market design:

Peter Cramton - University of Maryland
Jacob Goeree – University of Zurich
Steve Graves - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ron Harstad - University of Missouri
Richard O'Neill - Chief Economic Advisor FERC
Shmuel Oren - University of California, Berkeley
Tuomas Sandholm - Carnegie Mellon University
Rakesh Vohra - Northwestern University

For a complete list of guests, talk abstracts and pictures, please visit:

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.

Students Compete in Boeing Case Competition

The second annual Boeing Case Competition took place this spring with Bethany Round, Angela Robin, Andrew Spicher (SC&IS majors) and Abishek Viswanathon (Finance major) taking first place. This competition provides Supply Chain Students an opportunity to apply classroom instructions to real world problems. Groups of four students, three supply chain and one finance or accounting student, use their knowledge of LEAN concepts to determine an optimal solution to a Boeing problem. Students had a Boeing mentor to answer any questions and competed to win $2,000 prize money provided by Boeing. Presentations were 20 minutes with a five minute period of question and answer. The kickoff dinner and presentation dinner hosted by Boeing in the Business Building were an added bonus to the entire event.

Smeal MBAs Establish Carbon Footprint Toolkit for Supermarket Industry

A group of our MBA students recently completed an excellent research effort on the topic of “Carbon Footprint 101.” Under the sponsorship of the Food Marketing Institute, the team produced an information toolkit for food supply chain producers, retailers, and intermediaries to use to gain a basic understanding of carbon and greenhouse gas issues, including potential regulation.

Senior Award Recipients

Congratulations to SC&IS major Danielle Gallagher upon receiving the Helen Eakin Eisenhower Award and to Joann Kong and Andrew Spicher upon receiving the Ralph H. Wherry Student Service Award.

Spring 2009 Accomplishments of Department Clubs

SCMA and MISA joined together for THON in February. Both groups had at least one member dance. The clubs together raised $7,253.97, which is a great achievement for their first year of involvement. Also, MISA worked with the Centre County Youth Service Bureau on a System Analysis and Design project and began work with them on their web site. BASH raised $7,000 for THON; and the SAP club was voted most improved SIG this year.

Zheng Jia Receives Rider Graduate Fellowship

Zheng Jia, PhD student in Supply Chain and Information Systems, has been selected to receive one of the four Jeanne and Charles Rider Graduate Fellowships for 2009-2010 because of his record of academic excellence. The Ryder Fellowships were endowed by Jean and Charles Ryder to support the Smeal College of Business in its goal of continuing to be a top business program.

Emma Oswald Receives Lehigh Valley Roundtable Scholarship

Congratulations to SC&IS major Emma Oswald, who has been selected as the winner of the scholarship from the Lehigh Valley Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals for Spring 2009.

Michael H. Rothkopf Memorial Conference

On June 1-3, 2009, the Michael H. Rothkopf Memorial Conference will be held to honor the life and work of Michael H. Rothkopf. The broad themes of the conference are research areas that Mike Rothkopf studied throughout his career: the theory and practice of auctions, energy policy, and more broadly, market design. Thanks to generous sponsorship, the conference has no registration fee and has reduced hotel rates. Further information can be found at

Telaina Myers Receives Leadership Award

Congratulations to Telaina Myers, a senior in the SC&IS major, who was selected to receive the Multicultural Resource Center’s Leadership Award. She was honored at a ceremony held at the Hintz Family Alumni Center on March 24, 2009.

Scott Bailey Publishes Professional Paper

Scott Bailey, a member of our first Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management graduating class, published his SCM 894 Professional Paper in the spring 2009 issue of Educational Procurement Journal, a journal of the National Association of Educational Procurement.

Penn State Honors Novack With University’s Prestigious Atherton Teaching Award

In honor of his record of distinction in undergraduate education, Penn State's Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence has presented Robert Novack, associate professor of supply chain management at the Smeal College of Business, with a 2009 George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Spisak Lecture To Address Economy's Effect On Freight Transportation

J. Michael Kilgore, president and chief executive officer of Atlanta-based Chainalytics LLP, a leading supply chain consultancy, will address how the economic crisis is affecting the freight transportation industry at this year's Spisak Lecture in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Penn State's Smeal College of Business.

Russell Barton Appointed Department Editor

Russell Barton has been appointed as a department editor for IIE Transactions Focused Issue on Quality and Reliability Engineering. He will be responsible for submissions in the areas of design of experiments and process optimization jointly with Professor Irad Ben-Gal of Tel Aviv University.

Smeal MBAs Develop Sustainability Scorecard For Campus Paper Needs

In an effort to use more environmentally friendly bathroom tissue and other janitorial paper supplies on campus, Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant (OPP) turned to a group of eight Smeal College of Business MBA students to develop a method for identifying more sustainable paper products.