News and Awards

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

Home country a major influence for Penn State Smeal fall 2020 student marshal

UNIVERSITY PARK — Alejandra Castaneda often returns to her home country of Colombia, where she and her family immigrated from when she was just a child. 

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Supply chain management professor recognized with Wagner Prize

Saurabh Bansal, an associate professor of supply chain management in the Penn State Smeal College of Business, has been awarded the 2020 Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in the Practice of Advanced Analytics and Operations Research by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

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2020 Best 40 Under 40 Professors: Saurabh Bansal, The Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business

At a school known for the strength of its supply chain and operations management faculty, Saurabh Bansal is considered a superstar. The 39-year-old Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management and Operations Research made this year’s Best 40 Under 40 Professors list both for his strength and pipeline in research and publishing as well as the nearly-dozen strong reviews from colleagues and students.

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Veronica Villena Receives Multiple Honors

Congratulations to Veronica Villena on being one of three finalists for the 2020 Chan Hahn Best Paper Award of the OM/SCM community (Academy of Management Society).

 Villena was also recognized by POMS (Production and Operations Management) that her sole-authored paper, “The Missing Link? The Strategic Role of Procurement in Building Sustainable Supply Networks,” is among the top 10% of most downloaded papers.

Alana E Gomez Receives Inspiring Student Leader Award

Alana Gomez (MIS) is a Smeal Diversity Enhancement Programs Scholar and the current president of the Association of Latino Professionals for America. In her leadership position, Gomez has ensured that the organization maintains positive relationships with corporate partners and offers networking opportunities for students. Additionally, she is a Bunton-Waller Merit Awardee, a Boeing Case Competition second-place winner, and an attendance lead for Sociology 119.

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Penn State Smeal names spring 2020 Senior Award honorees

Congratulations to the following students on receiving 2020 Senior Awards:

Francesco Liciaga (SCIS) received The John M. and Anne B. Stevens Academic Integrity Award: Awarded to a graduating senior or seniors who demonstrate leadership in academic integrity by serving on a college committee, task force or in a leadership role, dedicated to upholding the Smeal Honor Code and to promoting a culture of academic integrity.

Sarah Roman (SCIS), Demetrios Speros (MIS), and Katie Gustas (SCIS) received the Ralph H. Wherry Student Service Award: This award honors graduating seniors who excelled in service to the college, have exhibited academic achievement, and manifest the promise of a successful professional career.

Alejandra Castaneda (MIS/International Politics) received The Diversity Leadership Award: This award honors a graduating Smeal student who demonstrates leadership activities that promote the college’s efforts to build a culture that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes diversity.

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Penn State Smeal spring 2020 supply chain marshal points to Novack as guiding force in academic journey

Many people can point to one person who changed the trajectory of their academic journey. For Rachel Hooker, that individual is Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management Bob Novack.  Hooker, who graduated May 9 with a 3.99 GPA in supply chain and information systems, has been selected as Smeal’s spring 2020 supply chain and information systems student marshal. Hooker said that Novack, as well as a couple others, were instrumental in helping her to succeed academically.

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Elizabeth Weiland and Eden Jacoby Receive R. Gene Richter Scholarship Award

Elizabeth Weiland and Eden Jacoby, Supply Chain and Information Systems majors at Penn State's Smeal College of Business, were chosen by the R. Gene and Nancy D. Richter Foundation to receive the 2020 R. Gene Richter Scholarship Award. The scholarship is presented annually to senior supply chain students based on high-achieving academic records, strong leadership skills, high ethical standards, and a commitment to a career in supply chain management.

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Hayley Peterson Receives AWESOME Scholarship

Congratulation to Hayley Peterson (SCIS) on receiving the AWESOME (Advancing Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management, and Education) Scholarship.  The AWE Fellowship is offered by the AWESOME organization (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply chain Operations, Management and Education) in collaboration with the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics.  Hayley is part of the 2020 group who will be going to AWESOME’s annual conference at McDonald’s HQ outside of Chicago late Fall and will receive an all expenses paid trip to CSCMP’s Global Annual Conference to take place in Orlando, Florida in September.

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MIT Supply Chain Excellence Awardees

Congratulations to Rachel Hooker (SCIS) on receiving The MIT Supply Chain Excellence Award.  These fellowships are given annually at select partner universities to the most outstanding graduating senior supply chain and/or industrial engineering majorsLiem Phan (SCIS) received Honorable Mention for this award.

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Behind the front line: Penn State Smeal’s supply chain experts support COVID-19 response initiatives

The COVID-19 pandemic has shined the national spotlight on something most people don’t understand very well, if at all – supply chain management.

“If you can’t get what you need or want, you might have a supply chain problem,” said Steve Tracey, executive director of the nationally respected Center for Supply Chain Research® at the Penn State Smeal College of Business. “Viewed through that lens, the current pandemic has created one of the biggest supply chain crises in decades.”

Masks, gowns, face shields, ventilators, test kits and, yes, even toilet paper – all have been in short supply for months

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CSCR®’s Supply Chain Expertise Joins Penn State’s COVID-19 Response

Not many could have predicted a pandemic to hit the United States back in February.  Students and faculty at a college campus like Penn State were still shuffling between classes, graduation gowns were hanging in dorm room closets, and academic events filled a busy Spring calendar. By March, the outlook changed dramatically as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated within the US and lifestyle changes like online learning, social distancing, and stay-at-home quarantine became the new norm. 

While others were still grappling with all the changes, Smeal’s Center for Supply Chain Research® immediately shifted into action to combat these unprecedented times. Susan Purdum, associate teaching professor in supply chain at Penn State, said her involvement with the pandemic’s challenges began with a call on March 23 from the Hershey Company’s Jason Reiman, SVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer and former member of CSCR®’s Board of Advisors.

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Penn State industrial engineering to host national simulation workshop

The Penn State Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME), in collaboration with the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems (SCIS) in the Smeal College of Business, will host the 2020 INFORMS Simulation Society Workshop (I-SIM) from June 21 to 24 on the University Park campus.

Titled "From Data to Decision-making: Contending with Uncertainty and Non-Stationarity in Simulation Theory," the workshop will focus on addressing a range of opportunities and challenges that arise from employing data to drive simulation methodologies. These challenges range from utilizing data to address uncertainty and risk, contending with the underlying unpredictable data processes and reflecting on the fundamental questions in simulation methodologies. 

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Penn State Smeal introduces new one-year residential master’s in business analytics

The Penn State Smeal Master’s in Business Analytics (M-BAN) is a one-year residential program that dives into the world of business analytics and gives recent graduates the opportunity to sharpen their analytics skillset.  The Penn State Smeal College of Business is now offering a new accelerated master’s that delivers the skills needed to transform raw data into evidence-based decisions for students who want to quickly rise in their organization.

The Penn State Smeal Master’s in Business Analytics (M-BAN) is a one-year residential program that dives into the world of business analytics and gives recent graduates the opportunity to sharpen their analytics skillset.  

“Students can be excited about this program not only for the opportunities in business analytics or analytics positions, but many students will find they are the ones introducing analytics into their organizations,” said Chris Solo, Smeal clinical assistant professor of supply chain and analytics, and program faculty director.

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Lobna Ahmed receives Service Scholarship

Congratulations to Lobna Ahmed on receiving the Fannie Lou Hamer and W.E.B. DuBois Service Scholarships at the Martin Luther King banquet.  Lobna is majoring in management information systems and minoring in security and risk analysis with an option in cybersecurity in the Smeal College of Business.

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SC&IS Students receive NASPO Scholarship

Congratulations to Sarah Lanciotti, Elizabeth Weiland, and Nicholas Krusko on receiving the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) Scholarship.  More information on NASPO can be found at