Smeal Update: January 14, 2022

Welcome back!

While there were times over the break when we questioned whether we would be back, we made it, and I want to thank the community for coming back under challenging circumstances. Let’s have a great semester, and let us all be safe.

MBA alumnus reflects on how leadership opportunities prepared him for the real world

Jon Coulter credits Smeal's unrivaled professional network, the MBA program's small class sizes and tight-knit sense of community for the success he's experiencing as a senior advisor in Dell Technologies' Global Operations Strategy Division. Read the story.

Water scarcity may spur improvements at manufacturing facilities

A new study by Smeal faculty members Suvrat Dhanorkar, associate professor of supply chain management and Michael H. and Laura L. Rothkopf Early Career Professor, and Suresh Muthulingam, associate professor of supply chain management, suggests there is a silver lining in the increasing scarcity of water availability. Read the story.

Celebrating years of service milestones

Three staff members in the college will be celebrating service milestones this month. Michael Kerfoot, a web application developer in the RIIT Group, is celebrating five years with Smeal. Jen Neal, a senior marketing communications specialist in the Office of Marketing and Strategic Communications, is celebrating five years at Smeal. Lori Nicolini, a program specialist with the Institute for the Study of Business Markets, is celebrating 15 years with Smeal.

Know someone who rocks? Nominate them!

Each month the Smeal Staff Advisory Committee names a You Rock! Award recipient. You can nominate a co-worker for the You Rock! Award online.

The Smeal Community Weekly Poll

Click this link to participate in this week’s survey. Results will be shared during the next Smeal Community Zoom, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday.