Faculty and graduate students within the Supply Chain and Information Systems Department at Smeal actively pursue both theoretical and applied research, often collaborating with colleagues in other disciplines or in industry.
The departmentfor the third time as a leader in supply chain education according to a survey conducted by Gartner, Inc. Supply chain faculty are nationally and internationally recognized scholars, holding editorships, associate editorships, and editorial board memberships on more than twenty prominent refereed journals.
The faculty of the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems work closely with several research centers at Smeal to encourage a multidisciplinary approach to advance research and promote industry best practices.
Penn State's Center for Supply Chain Research is one of the nation's leading institutions dedicated to research and education in the field of logistics. It is organized within the Division of Research of The Mary Jean and Frank P. Smeal College of Business. Founded in 1989, the Center represents an interdisciplinary approach to the research and development of state-of-the-art logistics and distribution systems. Much of the resource base for the Center is drawn from Penn State's Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems. With 34 faculty members and over 1,000 student majors, the department is one of the largest academic concentrations of supply chain education and research in the United States.
The Institute for the Study of Business Markets is a center of excellence in the Smeal College of Business. It is networked with researchers, educators and practitioners in business-to-business marketing in companies and universities throughout the world.
The Laboratory for Economics Management and Auctions provides researchers in economics and management with a laboratory environment in which the object of study can be manipulated in a controlled way (much as lab techniques are used in natural sciences).
The Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, founded in 1968, has grown from a small research facility to one of the nation's leading university transportation centers. From its first days PTI has pursued a mission of interdisciplinary research that today involves laboratories, departments, and colleges throughout Penn Stateand numerous external collaborators.
The Center for Manufacturing Enterprise Integration is part of the Industrial Engineering Department and addresses the enterprise R&D needs for the next generation. CMEI focuses on integrating operational decision-making and control of geographically distributed enterprises.