News and Awards

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

Dan Guide quoted in story on

Dan Guide, Smeal Chaired Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, was quoted in a CNN Underscored story titled, "Why you should avoid online returns, according to the experts". Read the story.

Supply Chain & Information Systems faculty spotlight with Serkan Yilmaz

Serkan Yilmaz is an assistant clinical professor in the Supply Chain and Information Systems Department. Yilmaz joined the faculty this year and sat down to share his experiences in industry and his journey to academia. Watch the full interview now.

Faculty research: 'Top reviews' can help sway shoppers, but there are limits

A research paper co-authored by Wael Jabr, assistant professor of supply chain and information systems, revealed that top reviews, which are featured reviews that consumers have endorsed as the most helpful, can lead to higher sales and improved customer satisfaction. However, the researchers also found that when there are too many featured reviews, their influence can start to wane. Read more.

Brent Moritz interviewed for WTAJ-TV story

Brent Moritz, associate professor of supply chain management, was interviewed for a story titled, "Rising diesel fuel prices causing supply chain issues, high costs for businesses." Read the story.

Sue Purdum named to ISM University Committee

Sue Purdum, associate teaching professor of supply chain, is serving as an academic committee member of the Institute for Supply Management's University Committee. Her term runs from October 2022 through October 2024.

Johanna Amaya authors chapter in supply chain management research book

Johanna Amaya, assistant professor in supply chain and information systems, wrote a chapter titled, "Research Needs in Disaster Response Logistics" for the "Handbook of Research Methods for Supply Chain Management." The chapter defines the field of disaster response logistics (DRL) and provides a comprehensive overview of the wide range of emergency functions as part of DRL.

Faculty research: Psychological distance affects inventory decision making

A paper published by Brent Moritz, associate professor of supply chain management, in the journal Production and Operations Management, reveals that psychological factors can affect how inventory managers perceive their suppliers. Read more.

Saurabh Bansal and Suresh Muthulingam recently accepted in Production and Operations Management (POM) Journal

A research paper by Drs. Saurabh Bansal and Suresh Muthulingam, faculty members in the SC&IS Department, was recently accepted at the POM journal — one of the leading journals in Operations Management. Their paper, Can Precise Numbers Boost Energy Efficiency?, finds that the precision of numbers used to present energy savings recommendations increases the adoption of energy efficiency recommendations. When precise costs and savings are used to present energy efficiency recommendations, the precise numbers enhance credibility—increasing the adoption of energy efficiency recommendations. Read more.

Portrait of Steve Tracey & Michael del Rosario.
Pictured: Steve Tracey and Michael del Rosario

Steve Tracey and CSCR corporate sponsor, Walmart, earn accolades at 2022 DISCOVER Summit

Hershey, Pennsylvania is commonly known as “The Sweetest Place On Earth,” but as of last week it’s also known as the location for this year’s DISCOVER (Diversity & Inclusion in Supply Chain) summit, held October 17 – 18. CSCR executive director Steve Tracey and Walmart, a CSCR corporate sponsor, were among the nine honored with an award during the event.

DISCOVER is a cross-industry organization which serves as a catalyst for the advancement of people of color in supply chain and the summit presented an opportunity for the supply chain community to learn, network, and engage in discourse on diversity and inclusion.

Tracey received the 2022 Lighthouse Award, which honors the advisor of the year. Michael del Rosario accepted the 2022 Laurel Crown, which celebrates the sponsor of the year, on behalf of Walmart who has been a CSCR sponsor since 2015 and a sponsor of DISCOVER since 2021. Other 2022 awardees included Qing Zhao of BCG who received the Soaring Eagle in recognition of volunteer of the year, and USC Marshall who received the Golden Leaf for their efforts in collaboration. The DISCOVER awards, aptly named Sweet Celebrations, debuted at last year’s summit and awards for 2021 were distributed this year. Read more.

Tracey, Ruamsook, Ines write blockchain story

Steve Tracey, professor of practice in supply chain management and executive director of the Center for Supply Chain Research, Kusumal Ruamsook, research associate at CSCR and instructor in supply chain management, and Henry Ines, a member of Smeal’s Board of Visitors and CEO and founder of Chainparency, co-wrote a story titled “Catching the blockchain wave for procurement applications” for Supply Chain Quarterly. Read the story.

Ian Ho recipient of three INFORMS awards

Ian Ho, assistant professor of information systems, has been recognized with three awards from INFORMS: the Gordon B. Davis Young Scholar Award, Best Paper for "Preference or Bias? Characterizing Political Slants toward the Equity on Education Donations," and Best Paper Runner-up for "Catch Me if You Can! The Economic Analysis of Geofencing." Congratulations!

Portrait of Saurabh Bansal.
Saurabh Bansal wins INFORMS award for research paper

Saurabh Bansal wins INFORMS award for research paper

A research paper co-written by Saurabh Bansal, associate professor of supply chain management, has been selected as the winner of the 2022 Decision Analysis Society Publication Award. The society, a subdivision of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORM), promotes the development and use of logical methods for improving decision making in public and private enterprise. The paper, which is titled “Estimating Uncertainties Using Judgmental Forecasts with Expert Heterogeneity,” can be read online. Read the paper.


Zhao, Moritz now co-directors of research for the Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR)

The Penn State Smeal College of Business Center for Supply Chain Research recently announced Hui Zhao and Brent Moritz have become the center's new co-directors of research, succeeding Aydin Alptekinoglu. Read the story.

Aydin Alptekinoglu interviewed for WTAJ-TV story

Aydin Alptekinoglu, professor of supply chain management and Robert G. Schwartz University Endowed Fellow in Business Administration, was quoted in a WTAJ-TV story about a par of State College Area High School student who operate a custom swimwear business. Read the story.

Qian Chen paper published in Journal of Business & Economic Statistics

Qian Chen, assistant professor of supply chain & information systems and former PhD student in marketing, co-authored a paper titled, "Robust Covariance Matrix Estimation for High-Dimensional Compositional Data with Application to Sales Data Analysis" that is published in Journal of Business & Economic Statistics. Read more

Brent Moritz interviewed on WTAJ-TV about federal gas tax cuts

Brent Moritz, associate professor of supply chain management, talked about the implications of gas tax cuts in an interview with WTAJ-TV in Altoona. Watch the interview.

Lina Wang wins national doctoral dissertation award

Lina Wang, an assistant professor of supply chain and information systems, received the 2022 Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals at its Academic Research Symposium held recently in Nashville. The award recognizes doctoral students who demonstrate significant originality and technical competence in any supply chain function. Wang's dissertation, "Platform Design and Operations in the Last-Mile of the Supply Chain" can be found online. Read more.

2022 Early Career Award for Teaching Excellence; Supply Chain & Information Systems faculty spotlight with Rashmi Sharma

This faculty spotlight features Rashmi Sharma, an assistant clinical professor in the Smeal College of Business and a managing director of Laboratory for Economics Management and Auctions. She was introduced to supply chain while working as a software developer and now focuses her research on behavioral operations. Watch now.

Sharma was recently awarded with the 2022 Early Career Award for Teaching and Excellence. Congratulations!

Supply Chain & Information Systems faculty spotlight with Evelyn Thomchick

Evelyn Thomchick, associate professor in the Smeal Supply Chain and Information Systems Department is featured in our faculty spotlight. She is celebrating 40 years with Penn State and is sharing her journey into supply chain, recent research in sustainability, and her hopes for the field. Watch now.