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News and Awards from the Supply Chain and Information Systems Department at Penn State

Guide Named Smeal Chair in Supply Chain and Information Systems

V. Daniel R. Guide, a faculty member in the Penn State Smeal College of Business, has been named the Smeal Chair in Supply Chain and Information Systems.  Guide joined the Smeal faculty in 2002. His research expertise includes product design and the extended supply chain, design and control of closed-loop supply chains, product returns, remanufacturing, and sustainable operations. He currently serves as co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Operations Management, and he is also co-departmental editor for sustainable operations at the Production and Operations Management journal. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Clemson University.

“My colleagues, my doctoral students, the department, and the college have all helped create an environment where I’ve been able to be successful, and I am very grateful,” said Guide. “I hope to be able to pay it forward and help mentor the next generation; the Smeal Chair provides me with an excellent platform to do just that.”

The college’s Smeal Endowed Chairs are awarded to faculty who excel in scholarship, leadership, and vision. The chairs were established with funds contributed by 1942 Penn State graduates and benefactors Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal, for whom the college is named.

“Our Smeal Chairs are internationally recognized for their publications, awards, leadership, and the success of their doctoral students,” said Russell Barton, senior associate dean for research and faculty at Smeal. “They contribute critically to the national and international reputation and stature of the Smeal College of Business and, more broadly, Penn State.”

Smeal Chairs in other departments include Steven Huddart in Accounting, Charles Cao in Finance, Donald Hambrick in Management and Organization, and Wayne DeSarbo in Marketing.

Smeal's Supply Chain Education Ranked Highly by Industry Professionals

The Penn State Smeal College of Business was ranked third among universities producing talent in the supply chain field, according to a recent survey of supply chain professionals that appeared in last year’s Chief Supply Chain Officer Report, published by SCM World. The survey was sent to members of SCM World’s global community and other supply chain, procurement, and operations practitioners. Recipients were asked to write in the top three schools they perceived as markers of supply chain talent. The 2013 Chief Supply Chain Officer Report was the fourth annual report published by SCM World, a global community of senior supply chain professionals.

MIS Student Places in National Journalism Competition

Congratulations to Christian Heilman (MIS) on his award in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program, a national journalism competition with 79 entries from all across the country. Christian placed seventh for three feature stories he worked on as a reporter for Centre County Report, the College of Communications’ Emmy-award winning newscast. The stories can be seen at:

More information on the Hearst Journalism Awards Program can be seen at

Smeal Student Society Honors Bob Novack

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

Purdum Moderates Panel on Women in Leadership at Supply Chain Conference

Susan B. Purdum, instructor in supply chain and information systems in the Penn State Smeal College of Business, moderated a panel on women and leadership at the annual Global Conference for Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). The conference was held at the end of October in Denver, Colo.

Sponsored by Penn State Executive Programs, the panel’s theme, 21st Century Leadership: The Female Quotient, focused on new leadership capabilities needed for what many describe as a networked economy. The panel explored whether or not these new leadership imperatives create unique opportunities for women to advance their careers by making a greater impact at work. Read More

Rankings by SCM World

In the fourth annual Chief Supply Chain Officer Report published by SCM World, The Pennsylvania State University was ranked third for universities/business schools as a marker for supply chain talent. The first and second place rank went to Michigan State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, respectively. The survey targeted members of SCM World’s global community and other supply chain, procurement, and operations practitioners resulting in a total of 756 completed responses. The main goal of this research is to “equip our teams with the latest insights and best ideas on how the forces of change impact supply chain strategy.” Read the Complete Report.

John Jordan Writes Article for Wall Street Journal

John Jordan wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal titled “The Risks of Big Data for Companies: Yes, all that information is great. But are companies prepared for it?” The article speaks about the important discipline of data analytics. Read More

Donald J. Bowersox Graduate Supply Chain Challenge

On October 25, 2013, a Smeal MBA team of students placed 3rd at the 4th Annual Michigan State University Donald J. Bowersox Graduate Supply Chain Challenge. The MSU Bowersox Graduate Supply Chain Challenge is different from a traditional case competition as the challenge uses a simulated real-time competitive supply chain strategy environment to challenge the MBA students and objectively assess their skills to design and manage a dynamic supply chain against a common scenario. Only the top 15 graduate Supply Chain programs in the country are invited to participate and this year nine schools accepted. The Smeal team consisted of Class of 2014 students Iqbal Aasim, Michael Bassani, Kumar Pushkal, and Ankit Mahajan. David Huff was their advisor.

Global Operations Conference Case Competition

An MBA team of students recently won the 2013 Global Operations Conference Case Competition at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, which came with a $5000 prize. The team consisted of Class of 2014 students Iqbal Aasim, David Benton, Andrew Driscoll, and Ankit Mahajan, and Class of 2015 student Tatiana Kuzmenko, with David Huff as their unofficial advisor. On October 25, 2013, they received word that they had advanced to the finals after a preliminary round where several teams from top schools around the country submitted case reports consisting of a PowerPoint presentation and an Executive Summary. Of those submissions where the competition “was fierce,” five teams advanced to the finals. Finalists were given a second part of the case, for which they had to prepare a live presentation of their proposed solution. In addition to competing, all finalist team members were invited guests to the Global Operations Conference. The presentations took place November 14 during the conference with the winners announced at the end of the conference the next day.

Acimovic's Doctoral Dissertation Wins Second Prestigious Award

Jason Acimovic, assistant professor of supply chain management in the Penn State Smeal College of Business, has won the 2013 George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award for his doctoral dissertation, Lowering Outbound Shipping Costs in an Online Retail Environment by Making Better Fulfillment and Replenishment Decisions. Read More

Baker Hughes Donates Scholarship Funds

Building on its continued commitment to Penn State, Baker Hughes is providing funds for two Supply Chain scholarships and for support for Supply Chain student organizations.

Research Paper on Product Recalls Selected for Award

A paper authored by Christopher Craighead, Rothkopf Professor of Supply Chain Management in the Penn State Smeal College of Business, along with colleagues Kaitlin (Dunn) Wowak of the University of Notre Dame and Dave Ketchen of Auburn University, has been selected as the winner of the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) Best Empirical/Theoretical Paper. Read More

Bob Novack Recognized for Service

Congratulations to Bob Novack on being selected as one to two outstanding associate editors for the Journal of Business Logistics. Criteria for service were number of reviews performed, review cycle time, and quality of the reviews.

Smeal Alumni in Profile: Erwin Finds Excitement in Supply Chain Career

Kelly-Jean Erwin, a 2001 Penn State Smeal College of Business graduate currently with AT&T in Atlanta, didn’t always know she wanted to work in supply chain. But through the course of her education at Smeal, she discovered the field and how exciting it could be. “I wanted to go to school for fashion design,” she said, but her parents encouraged her to give Penn State a shot. Today, she is active in the Penn State Atlanta Alumni Association and works as a senior manager in Sales Program Execution at AT&T Mobility. Read More

Chelsea Miller Receives L. L. Waters Scholarship

Congratulations to Chelsea on receiving the prestigious L. L. Waters Scholarship for 2013. The award will be presented at the 2013 ASTL Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, on Monday, October 28, 2013.

Chuck Nicholson Chosen for Homecoming Court

Congratulations to Chuck Nicholson for being chosen as one of eight faculty members on the Penn State Homecoming Court.

Smeal Student Society Honors Felisa Preciado

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

Jason Acimovic Receives Supply Chain Dissertation Award

Jason Acimovic has been selected to receive the 2013 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Doctoral Dissertation Award. His dissertation is titled Lowering Outbound Shipping Costs in an Online Retail Environment by Making Better Fulfillment and Replenishment Decisions. Read More

New SC&IS Faculty

The SC&IS Department welcomes the following new faculty members:

Aydin Alptekinoglu – Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management
Alptekinoglu holds a doctorate in management from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include product variety management, supply chain management, and pricing.

Heather Lutz – Clinical Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management
Lutz holds a doctorate in supply chain management from Syracuse University.

Abdou Jallow – Instructor in Management Information Systems
Jallow holds a doctoral degree in engineering informatics and management and has experience in both independent research and business management.

Chuck Nicholson Participates in Externship with Leprino Foods

Dr. Chuck Nicholson, a Clinical Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, participated in a one-week externship with Leprino Foods Company at the company’s headquarters in Denver, CO during July 2013. Leprino Foods is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of mozzarella cheese and dairy ingredients, with manufacturing facilities throughout the U.S. and a global sales presence. Read More

Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to the following SC&IS faculty on their promotions!

Doug Thomas has been promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems.

John Jordan has been promoted to clinical professor of supply chain and information systems.

Felisa Preciado has been promoted to clinical associate professor of supply chain management.

Faculty Take Part in Inaugural Certified Analytics Professional CAP™ Program

INFORMS announced that the first Certified Analytics Professional CAP™ exam was held in San Antonio on April 7. To quote INFORMS, the “INFORMS analytics certification program is established to advance the use of analytics by setting agreed upon standards for the profession and to advance the analytics profession by providing a means for organizations to identify and develop qualified analytics professionals, by contributing to the career success and continued competence for analytics professionals, and by improving the credibility and visibility of the analytics profession.” A total of 38 professionals were in the inaugural awardee group, including Terry Harrison and Russell Barton. Future dates of the exam are: October 3, 2013, Boston, MA, and October 5, 2013, Minneapolis, MN.

Students Compete in Boeing Competition

The sixth annual Boeing Case Competition took place this spring with Jessica Isenberg, Max Mellott, Meong Kwak, Connor Amice, and  Steve Pecora taking first place. This competition provides Supply Chain and other business students an opportunity to apply classroom instruction to real world problems. Teams of four or five students, typically three supply chain and one inance or accounting student, use their knowledge of LEAN concepts to determine an optimal solution to a Boeing problem. Students have Boeing mentors to contact and answer any questions.  Senior Boeing executives judge the 15 minute presentations and then drill the teams with a variety of questions.  Six teams competed to win $2,000 in prize money provided by Boeing. The kickoff dinner and presentation dinner hosted by Boeing in the Business Building added to the professional experiences for these students.

Markea Dickinson, Samantha Jarmul, and Chelsea Miller Receive R. Gene Richter Scholarship Award

Ms. Markea Dickinson, Ms. Samantha Jarmul, and Ms. Chelsea Miller, Supply Chain and Information Systems majors at Penn State's Smeal College of Business, were chosen by the R. Gene and Nancy D. Richter Foundation as three of ten students around the country to receive the 2013 R. Gene Richter Scholarship Award. The $5,000 scholarship is presented annually to senior supply chain students based on high-achieving academic records, strong leadership skills, high ethical standards, and a commitment to a career in supply chain management. Read More

Smeal SC&IS Students Receive Traffic Club of Pittsburgh Scholarship Awards

Congratulations to Markea Dickinson, Samantha Jarmul, and Jesse Swank, on receiving Traffic Club of Pittsburgh Scholarship Awards for 2013.  Each student was awarded a $6,000 scholarship.  Additional information on the Traffic Club of Pittsburgh can be found at

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