SC&IS Welcomes New Faculty Members

C. John Langley, Jr. will join the SC&IS Department faculty in January 2011 as a clinical professor of supply chain management. He will also serve as the director of development for the Center of Supply Chain Research.

Saurabh Bansal graduated in May 2010 with a Ph.D. from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. His undergraduate education is from the Indian Institute of Technology - Roorkee. His current research work focuses on supply chain decisions under multiple sources of uncertainties and is motivated by problems in retail, petrochemical, and semiconductor industries.

Brent B. Moritz earned his Ph.D. from the Operations and Management Science Department of the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Valparaiso University and an M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He previously held positions in manufacturing management and supply chain management at BorgWarner, Eaton, and Parker Hannifin, which included international experience working in Mexico, England and Germany.

Anup Sen, Visiting Professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems, is a Professor in the Management Information Systems group of the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. He has also worked as Visiting Professor in the School of Industrial Management, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), USA and Dept of Computer Science, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He is an M. Tech and Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Calcutta.

Marine Corp Fellows Update

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Feyedelem and Major Christopher Cannon were selected as Penn State Marine Corps Logistics Fellows for 2010-2011. Fellows spend one year taking supply chain courses and completing a research project. Lieutenant Colonel Feyedelem’s education includes a bachelors degree from Purdue University and masters degrees from Averett University and the Naval War College. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon. Major Cannon is a graduate of Rutgers University. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Harrison Elected President of INFORMS

Terry Harrison, professor of supply chain management, has been elected 2011 president-elect of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the world's largest society for professionals in the field of operations research, management science, and business analytics. Harrison, who has served INFORMS for five years as vice president of publications, will begin his term as president-elect on January 1 and will succeed the organization's 2011 president in January 2012.

INFORMS is an international scientific society with 10,000 members, including Nobel Prize laureates, dedicated to applying scientific methods to help improve decision-making, management, and operations. Members of INFORMS work in business, government, and academia.

Forbes.com Running a Mini-Series on Data Analytics by John Jordan

A multitude of converging facts has given rise to numbers-based decision-making. In "Analytics Goes Mainstream," John explained why numbers-driven decision-making is being used so widely now. In the “Data Analytics Boom,” he examines nine converging reasons, among many, for the rise of interest in analytics. The last of the series focuses on practical considerations that still make analytics difficult, including the need for improved statistical numeracy.

John Jordan, clinical professor of information systems, came to Penn State from Capgemini, where he led R&D efforts in partnership with the Chief Technology Officer.

Christopher Craighead Wins Best Paper Award

Chris Craighead and his co-authors are the winners of the 2010 Decision Sciences Journal Best Paper Award for their article “Risk Uncertainty and Supply Chain Decisions: A Real Options Perspective. The paper was chosen for this award for its exceptional managerial significance, high level of intellectual stimulation, and academic contribution.

Akhil Kumar Serves as co-PI on $800,000 Grant

Akhil Kumar is serving as a co-PI on a new HK $800,000 grant to the City University of Hong Kong from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council. The topic is collaborative intelligence for liquidity risk mediation.

Deloitte Consulting Targets Smeal for Recruiting Efforts

Deloitte Consulting has selected the Supply Chain Management program at Smeal as one of four programs in the country for a targeted recruiting effort focused on supply chain management professionals. Deloitte has made this decision based on the quality of our SCM graduates. This recruiting effort will begin this fall.

Students Participate in Summer Courses in Denmark and Italy

Frank Chelko from SC&IS along with associate professor Dr. Lou Gattis from Finance conducted a 3 credit course "Doing Business in the European Union" in Copenhagen, Denmark. Eighteen Business students from Smeal College representing supply chain, finance, accounting, management, and marketing participated in the 6-week summer course.

Russell Barton on Assignment to NSF

Russell Barton has been selected to serve as a program director by the National Science Foundation. He will manage two research areas within the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Division: Manufacturing Enterprise Systems and Service Enterprise Systems. Combined, these programs receive approximately 200 proposals a year from institutions across the United States. He will be on assignment from Penn State to NSF for two years, with an office in Arlington, Virginia.

Susan Xu Receives NSF Grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $345,000 to The Pennsylvania State University for support of the project entitled "Risk Management of Supply Chain Networks with Dependent Disruptions." This project is under the direction of Susan H. Xu (PI) and Sounda Kumara (co-PI, IE Department ) during the period 7/1/21010-6/30/2013. The project will develop a framework to study crucial issues of risk management problems stemming from supply chain disruptions, along with a scheme for investigating the effects of supply chain structure on performance.

Chris Craighead Featured on “Penn State Live” Series: To The Point

With the oil spill in the Gulf Coast and the recent volcano eruption in Iceland, some global businesses have seen their operations come to a halt due to transportation issues.

Christopher Craighead, assistant professor of supply chain management in Penn State’s Smeal College of Business and researcher in the area of strategic procurement, is a Penn State expert on supply chain risk and disruptions. Such impediments to business production and distribution, he said, affect everyone: the military, retailers, pharmaceutical and automobile industries, to name just a few. If it’s a global business, Craighead said, it will face disruptions regardless of the company’s preparedness. He answered some questions about how natural and manmade disasters affect companies' operations and how they deal with the aftermath.

Russell Barton speaks at NSF Workshop

Russell Barton delivered one of four invited talks at an NSF-sponsored workshop to determine future directions for simulation optimization research. His talk was entitled "Metamodel-based Optimization." The workshop was held at the University of Maryland May 24-25 and included 30 participants from the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Welcome to Janie Jones, New SC&IS Administrative Assistant

The SC&IS Department is pleased to announce that Janie Jones has joined the Department as the new Administrative Assistant. Janie had held the position of Finance Assistant and Program Manager for Smeal’s Executive Programs Department since 2004. Before joining Executive Programs, Janie worked for the University Faculty Senate office as the student petition coordinator. Prior to coming to Penn State she held positions with Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Paul & Tony’s Stereo, Mid State Bank and as an elementary school teacher in the Philadelphia area. Janie lives in Julian, Pennsylvania with her husband Charles.

Dan Guide Becomes Full Professor

Congratulations to Dan Guide on his promotion to the rank of full professor.

SC&IS Senior Receives Commission for Achieving Women Award

Congratulations to Mercedes Davis, a graduating senior in supply chain and information systems, for receiving one of the the Achieving Women Awards from the Commission for Women at Penn State. These awards are given to employees and students who have shown leadership and are accomplished in their fields; have supported Penn State's diversity efforts and promoted equal opportunity; and have contributed to human causes and public service activities.

Doctoral Student Wins NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant

Congratulations to Andrew Davis, SC&IS PhD student, on winning a Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant from the National Science Foundation for his project entitled "Service-Level Agreements and Supply Chain Coordination." His work is supervised by Dr. Elena Katok. The money will support Andrew’s dissertation expenses relating to, primarily, his experiments and travel.

Andrew's dissertation will investigate supply chain contracts from both a theoretical and experimental standpoint. It will determine how supply chain profits are affected when different parties avoid or incur inventory risks by testing various theories in a controlled, laboratory environment. These results will then help develop new theoretical predictions, and ultimately which type of supply chain contract leads to the highest profits for the parties involved.

SC&IS Staff Recognized at 2010 Staff Award Luncheon

Congratulations to Alice Young on receiving the 09-10 Smeal College Outstanding Staff Award. The award was presented at the annual staff award luncheon at the Nittany Lion Inn on April 19. The purpose of this award is to recognize Smeal College staff who consistently demonstrate loyalty, integrity, dedication, and respect for the College and for the University. Congratulations also to Beth Bower, who was recognized for 25 years of consecutive service at Penn State.

Alice Young and Nicole Butterworth won Outstanding Staff Awards at the same luncheon. Alice was one of the very first staff members to receive this award at its inception back in 1997, and is one of the very few to have received it for a second time. Alice will be retiring at the end of June after 33 years of service.

Beth Bower was honored at the Staff Award Luncheon on April 19th for 25 years of service at Smeal. She began working part-time for the College when she was an undergraduate student at Penn State. In addition to the SC&IS department, Beth has worked in the Accounting Department, the Dean's Office, the Graduate Student Office, and Executive Programs.

SC&IS Helps State College Area High School Develop New Supply Chain Course

As one of the top supply chain departments in the nation, Smeal's Supply Chain and Information Systems (SC&IS) Department has taken on a new endeavor. Department faculty are working in conjunction with State College Area High School to develop a supply chain class for students in grades 9-12 starting in the fall of 2010.

SC&IS Senior Receives University Leadership Award

Congratulations to Mercedes Davis, senior in Supply Chain and Information Systems, who received the Leadership Award at the 19th annual Senior Awards and Diversity Recognition Reception sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center at the Hintz Alumni Center.

Doctoral Students Win Summer Research Grants

Natalia Santamaria and Justin Jia won Smeal Summer Research Grants support their dissertation research.

Natalia’s dissertation deals with the problem bidders have to solve to formulate their bids, in two types of auctions used in practice (mostly in procurement operations): combinatorial auctions and reverse auctions. These auctions pose complex and interesting problems for the bidders, so she hopes that the results of her research help to gain a better understanding of the bidding strategies in these two auction formats.

Justin's dissertation, entitled "Enriching Auction Models: Design and Analysis," focuses on the huge gap between theory and practice in auction studies: Many theoretically elegant auction models, such as Vickrey auction, have rare applications in practice. The dissertation aims to relax some unrealistic assumptions of classic auction theory and enrich auction models with practical concerns. The research extends classic models in four dimensions: information variability, auctioneer fee policy, bidder migrations, and dependent supplier reliability. The study will provide insight into auction design for applications.

New Web-Based Application Developed for Strategic Procurement Course

Evelyn Thomchick co-developed a new web-based learning tool for use in undergraduate and graduate coures on strategic procurement, which she co-presented at the 2010 Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology at Penn State. Evelyn discussed her use of the web-based application in SCM 810, which is the strategic procurement course that is part of the on-line Masters of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management.

Evelyn Thomchick Selected as Editor

Evelyn Thomchick was selected to be the editor of the Transportation Journal, as of July 1, 2009. The Transportation Journal is an academic journal that is published by the American Society of Transportation & Logistics. Evelyn was also elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society of Transportation & Logistics.

Terry Harrison Continues Positions with Informs

Terry Harrison has been reappointed for 2010 to serve as Vice President of Publications and a member of INFORMS’ Board of Directors.

Spring 2010 SC&IS Career Fair

The Spring Supply Chain Career Fair was held on January 26-27, 2010, in the Smeal Business Building Atrium. This Career Fair was once again a huge success. We had a combined total of 52 companies attending with more than 250 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 11 corporate sponsors running concurrent information sessions with about 70 students attending the event.

On September 20, 2010, the Supply Chain Coffee House will kick off the Fall 2010 recruiting activities. The Supply Chain Career Fair will follow on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 21-22, 2010.

Survey Ranks Smeal's Supply Chain Program No. 1

A survey of 126 companies and 19 academic institutions conducted by AMR Research, a research firm focused on the global supply chain and its supporting technologies, has identified Penn State's Smeal College of Business as having the best supply chain program in the United States in terms of industry value, program depth, and program scope.