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New Faculty Affiliates (Spring 2014)

CSCR is pleased to announced four new faculty affiliates for Spring 2014.  Matthew Davis, Jason Acimovic, Christopher Parker, and Aydin Alptekinoglu will be joining the team.  The role of faculty affiliates are to provide support to the Center for Supply Chain Research in various areas such as distribution, warehousing, transportation, procurement and supply, customer service, systems modeling, logistics, information systems, and more.

Matthew Davis

Matthew Davis currently is an affiliated faculty member at Penn State's Center for Supply Chain Research and a director of research for the Supply Chain Council.  He was previously a Research Director at Gartner where he was lead analyst for supply chain strategy, customer centricity and supply chain segmentation.  Davis has over 75 publications with more than 15 first authorships on the topic of supply chain segmentation.

Prior to joining Gartner, Davis spent nine years in different rotations across Dell’s supply chain organization.  This experience included strategy roles in supply chain design, demand management, fulfillment and customer service.  Davis has served as a member of the board of directors for the Supply Chain Council since 2007.  He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and a Lean Change Agent.  He has a B.S. in Business Logistics from Penn State and an MBA from the University of Texas.

Jason Acimovic

Jason Acimovic is an assistant professor of supply chain management in the Penn State Smeal College of Business.  He received his doctorate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Operations Research Center, and his Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Yale University. Prior to returning to graduate school, he worked in credit card operations for Capital One and for Doctors Without Borders.

His research interests include applied operations, online retailing supply chains, and humanitarian logistics. His work has appeared in the American Statistical Association’s (ASA) Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, and he has worked on research projects with industry partners including an online retailer and the PGA TOUR.

Christopher Parker

Christopher Parker is an Assistant Professor in the Supply Chain and Information Systems Department of the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University. His research addresses questions at the interface of Operations Management and Information Systems. Prior to his arrival in State College, he received a PhD at London Business School in the Management Science and Operations Department, a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics and Quantitative Studies at the Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University and a Master of Science in Computational Finance at the Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents, University of Essex.

Aydın Alptekinoğlu

Aydın Alptekinoğlu is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business.  He received his Ph.D. in Operations Management from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.  Prior to joining Penn State, he held faculty positions at the University of Florida and Southern Methodist University.

His broad research interests lie in three elements of product strategy: Variety, price, and availability.  The major emphasis of his research program has been on supply chain aspects of product variety management.  His basic objective has been helping firms match consumers’ thirst for choice with the optimal breadth and depth of product variety minding operational capabilities and constraints.


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