Henry Haidong Bi received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2004. His research interests focus on workflow systems and business process modeling, verification, and mining. He has published papers in Decision Support Systems, Information Technology and Management, and has presented at international conferences. During his doctoral study, Henry taught MIS and OM courses and won the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award. His dissertation was nominated for the Best Dissertation Award by the University of Arizona.
David Huff is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management in the Smeal College of Business Administration at the Pennsylvania State University, joining in the fall of 2004. While finishing his Ph.D., David spent the last two years in visiting positions, first at the Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and then at the Stern School of Business at New York University.
David teaches Supply Chain Management and Management Science courses for undergraduate and Masters in Quality and Manufacturing Management programs. His research interests include inventory management decisions and their interdependencies with sales-force incentives.
Kaan Kuzu . After earning his B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering (IE) from Bogazici University, Kaan worked in Banking and Oil & Gas industries with the fourth largest bank of Turkey and with ExxonMobil. He then pursued his MBA degree in the Supply Chain Management (SCM). After graduating from the MBA program, Kaan worked for the SC&IS Department as an instructor of management information system courses. He now is currently enrolled in the second semester of his PhD studies.
Jiayi Li is currently a PhD student in the Department of Supply Chain & Information Systems. She has been in the MS/PhD program in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Penn State since 2001 and is finishing her master's degree in Agricultural Economics. Jiayi received her undergraduate degrees in environmental sciences and economics at Peking University.
Valery Pavlov comes from Russia, where he spent six years in the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. From 1993 to 1998 he ran a publishing business of which he owned 50%. From 2001 to 2004, Valery worked in one of four sales divisions of Evrazholding, the largest metallurgical company in Russia. In 2003, studying Evrazholding's structure, resources and performance, Valery came to the conclusion that the complex problems of a multi-level company must be very common and, therefore, interesting for study. This interest led him to apply to Penn State.
Tom Robbins earned a BSEE at Penn State in 1985 and an MBA at Case Western in 1989. Since leaving Penn State in 1985 he has pursued a professional career in management consulting and IT. He spent the bulk of his career at Ernst & Young. He was a Partner in the consulting practice when it was sold to Cap Gemini in 2000. He left CGEY in 2002 and joined an India-based IT outsourcing firm as VP of Strategy and Marketing. Tom is married with 3 children ages 7 months to 5 years. He and his family relocated from Dallas to attend PSU.