News and Awards

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

Smeal Undergraduates Compete in Rutgers Big10 Plus Supply Chain Case Competition

A team of undergraduate Smeal students competed in the Rutgers Big10 Plus Supply Chain Case Competition on April 13, 2018. The event included seven undergraduate and five graduate teams. The participants represented Big Ten universities and others outside of the Big Ten.

The team’s faculty advisor was Susan Purdum, associate teaching professor of supply chain management. According to Purdum, “Our Penn State team performed incredibly well. Two of the team members had never been in competition before, so the team had to learn each other’s strengths first and then leveraged these to create a quality presentation.”

Members of the team were: Cici Dong (Junior SC&IS), Supriya Nair (Senior SC&IS), Sean Hillman (Freshman DUS), and Cody Randall (Senior SC&IS). Congratulations!

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Five Female SC&IS Seniors Awarded 2018 MIT Supply Chain Excellence Award

Five seniors in the Supply Chain and Information Systems Program at Smeal have received the 2018 MIT Supply Chain Excellence Award, presented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The MIT Supply Chain Excellence Award is given annually to outstanding graduating senior supply chain and/or industrial engineering majors. This prestigious accomplishment also grants tuition scholarships of $10,000 (Honorable Mention Winners) and $25,000 (First Place Winners) to the MIT SCM program in Boston!

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Smeal Grad Named to 30 under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars list

Keith Unton, who earned a degree in supply chain management in 2010 and an Executive MBA in 2017, both from the Penn State Smeal College of Business, has been named to the fourth annual 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars list, which is a partnership between Thomas and the Institute for Supply Management.

Unton is a senior supply chain manager at The Hershey Company. He is in charge of Hershey’s Walmart and Sam’s Club supply chains. 

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Professor Sue Purdum's Outreach Extends Beyond Smeal's Classrooms

Professor Sue Purdum has been working with Newport News Shipbuilding since 2015 through Penn State Executive Programs (PSEP) in improving knowledge of supply base management and supplier development.  She has also helped to develop content and now teach/facilitate sessions in the program in order to improve Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) compliance with the Naval customer.

Professor Purdum was also invited to be keynote speaker for PSU's Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) Annual Awards Banquet on April 6.  Professor Purdum is an alumna of class of 1980 of the IME program.

Jason Acimovic Receives M&SOM Award

Congratulations to Jason Acimovic on winning the best paper award for the INFORMS M&SOM (Manufacturing and Service Operations Management) journal and for being a finalist for the M&SOM  journal practice-based research competition.

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MOSO Award Paper

Timing of Regulatory Stick and Supportive Carrot May Keep Businesses Focused

Coordinating the stick of regulation with the carrot of technical assistance may help small companies perform better environmentally and economically, according to a team of researchers. 

The researchers found in a study that when punitive measures from regulatory agencies were followed by help from business support organizations, companies were more likely to stick to voluntary improvement projects than when these projects were followed by punitive regulatory actions, said Suvrat S. Dhanorkar, assistant professor of supply change and information systems in the Penn State Smeal College of Business.

He added that increasing coordination between regulatory agencies, for example, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and business support organizations, such as the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program — PennTAP — in Pennsylvania and Minnesota Technical Assistance Program — MTAP — in Minnesota, could help small and mid-sized businesses not only stay compliant, but continue to grow. 

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SC&IS Students Featured in Videos

Several SC&IS student alums are featured in videos that were prepared as part of a Deloitte/University Alliance effort to promote women in STEM. The videos can be seen at the link below.

Deloitte Videos

Penn State Smeal Senior Supply Chain Major one of 5 National Scholarship Winners

Laura Holleran, a senior supply chain and information systems major at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, was one of five women chosen from a national pool of applicants for an AWESOME (Achieving Women's Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management, and Education) scholarship. An AWESOME scholarship offers university women the opportunity to participate in the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Edge Conference and the annual AWESOME Symposium.

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Gartner Ranks Penn State Smeal No. 1 in Supply Chain Graduate and Undergraduate Education

Gartner Inc. has again ranked the Penn State Smeal College of Business No. 1 in supply chain graduate and undergraduate education.

Gartner’s report indicates that Penn State undergraduate education scored among the top two schools as an industry value leader, which tend to have large, externally facing supply chain centers and strong internship participation with big companies. Smeal’s Center for Supply Chain Research™ (CSCR™) is a leader in research, executive education, benchmarking and sponsorship.

Penn State also ranked among the top three schools in program scope, which takes into account a diverse, balanced program based on the Gartner Supply Chain Talent Attribute Model.

In graduate education, Penn State Smeal received the highest scores in both program scope and industry value.

“Our commitment to excellence in supply chain education is realized through our world-class faculty and our connections to industry through CSCR,” said Nicholas C. Petruzzi, chair of the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems. “These No. 1 rankings are a welcomed affirmation of both the rigor and the relevance of our state-of-the-art curriculum.”

Previous reports on supply chain education providers were released in 2014, 2011 and 2009, naming Smeal No. 1 each time. The university rankings are part of Gartner’s larger research project identifying skill and talent gaps in the supply chain industry.

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