Center for Supply Chain Management // About Us

Studying and Solving Critical Global Supply Chain Issues

Pursuing Excellence in

Supply Chain Management

History

Established in 2014, the Pitt Business Center for Supply Chain Management is dedicated to the study of critical issues in global supply chain management. Financial support from the Pittsburgh-based logistics provider GENCO (now FedEx Supply Chain) and Herb Shear, the company’s former CEO and executive chairman, made the creation of the center possible.

I have an entrepreneurial vision for the Center for Supply Chain Management. I see it being industry-centric. I see it as a place where students and faculty can engage with industry and where industry can engage with the University.

— Herb Shear, Former Executive Chairman and CEO, GENCO

Mission and Strategy

The center provides student and faculty interactions with industry representatives, oversees student experience-based learning activities in supply chain management courses, and generates intellectual leadership in supply chain management.

The mission of the center is to promote the pursuit of excellence in supply chain management research, education, and outreach in close collaboration with corporate sponsors, related professional organizations, other centers at Pitt Business, and other schools at the University of Pittsburgh.

Designed as an interdisciplinary unit, the center brings together faculty in business and engineering, covering such functional areas as operations, information technology, strategy, accounting, and customer insights and analytics. The interdisciplinary structure follows the synergistic role that diverse fields play in modern supply chains.

 

Industry Connections and Sponsors

In order to strategically advise the center, the center has created a Supply Chain Management Corporate Advisory Board composed of member companies with strong interests in supply chain management and a genuine concern for the future enhancement of the field. Our Advisory Board members provide crucial advice into programmatic initiatives of the center to help develop talent in the supply chain management profession.  The center is also supported in its outreach activities by the Breakfast Series Planning Committee.

External funding for the center comes from our annual sponsor companies and organizations.  Sponsors  have enhanced opportunities to engage with supply chain management undergraduate and graduate students in experience-based learning projects, internships, employment options, and cooperative education programs. Furthermore, sponsors can host faculty members for lectures at their company and they have the first option to review supply chain management research facilitated by the center.

Find out how you or your organization can support the center »

 

Academic Programs

The center leverages strengths in supply chain management at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and the undergraduate College of Business Administration.

The center helps to develop the next generation of talent in supply chain management by offering students practical, hands-on experiences in issues such as logistics, sourcing and procurement, quality control, process improvement, project management, managing supplier relationships, information technology, sustainability, and risk management. Of particular interest to the center are the dramatic changes in supply chain management that are creating new paradigms, new partnerships, and new structures.

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Corporate Advisory Board
Arjang Assad
Henry E. Haller Jr. Dean, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration
Thomas E. Balzer
Senior Vice President and Head of Supply Chain Center, NAFTA, Covestro LLC
Jeff Bornino
Vice President, Supply Chain Strategy and Transformation, Giant Eagle Inc.
J.R. Ellis
Vice President, Supply Chain Engineering, ARMADA Supply Chain Solutions
Charles Hammel III*
President, Pitt Ohio
*Board Chair
Anne Herman
Vice President, Global Operational Excellence, MSA -The Safety Company
Jeffrey Inman
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty, Albert Wesley Frey Professor of Marketing, and Professor of Business Administration, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration
Jay Kent
Managing Director, SLB Performance
Joseph M. Klaja
Lead Client Service Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Prakash Mirchandani
Professor of Business Administration and Director, Center for Supply Chain Management, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration
Steve Myers
Senior Vice President, Operations Planning and Engineering, FedEx Ground
Eric Paljug
Clinical Associate Professor of Business Administration, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration
Lisa Scales
President and CEO, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Herb Shear**
Shear Family Office and Shear Family Investments, Former Executive Chairman and CEO, GENCO
**Former Board Chair
Stan Sliwoski
Solutions Development Manager, UPS Customer Solutions
James A. Szilagy
VP and Chief Supply Chain Officer, UPMC
Adam C. Walker
Chairman and CEO, Summit Packaging Solutions

Our Distinguished Former Board Members

Carol Britton
Senior Managing Director, CBRE

Jan G. Dudiak
Chief Procurement Officer and Vice President, Westinghouse Electric Company

Joe Hurley
Senior Vice President Supply Chain, Sprouts Farmers Market

Thomas E. Merriman
Director, Global Supply Chain & Logistics, MSA

Faculty Advisory Board

G. G. Hedge
Associate Professor of Business Administration, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration

Jeffrey Inman
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty, Albert Wesley Frey Professor of Marketing, and Professor of Business Administration, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration

James F. Kimpel
Clinical Associate Professor of Business Administration, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration

Ravi Madhavan
Professor of Business Administration, Alcoa Foundation International Faculty Fellow, and Director, International Business Center, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration

Prakash Mirchandani
Professor of Business Administration and Director, Center for Supply Chain Management, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration

Eric Paljug
Clinical Associate Professor of Business Administration, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration

Jayant Rajgopal
Professor and Graduate Program Director, Swanson School of Engineering

Jennifer Shang
Professor of Business Administration and Area Director for Business Analytics and Operations, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration

Breakfast Series Planning Committee

Gregory DeLuca
Managing Director, Worldwide Services – Global – E-commerce/Retail at FedEx Services

Greg Kaiser Sr.
Principal at Greg Kaiser Consulting LLC

Mark Kush
Vice President, Customer Logistics & Order to Cash at The J.M. Smucker Company

William Lekse
Adjunct Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Daniel E. Leone
Director, AFS Global Compliance at Howmet Aerospace

Jack Martis
Adjunct Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Prakash Mirchandani
Professor of Business Administration and Director, Center for Supply Chain Management, University of Pittsburgh

Geoffrey Muessig
Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President at Pitt Ohio

Eric Paljug
Clinical Associate Professor of Business Administration, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration

Dhruv Raina
ESG Strategy & UN Advisory | Circular Business Enabler at Tarkett

Sandra Turko
Senior IT Manager PMO at Argo AI; Committee Cochair

Meredith Williams
Director & Global Automation Lead, Solution Design at DHL Supply Chain; Committee Cochair

Emeritus Speakers

SYMPOSIA TOPICS AND SPEAKERS

2021 SYMPOSIUM Reimagining Supply Chains

Virtual Tour Hosts
Steve Myers, Senior Vice President, Operations and Engineering, FedEx Ground

Bob Pudlo, Vice President, Operations Support and Engineering, FedEx Ground

Marc Richter, Product Owner, Network Design and Analytics, FedEx Ground

Speakers

Michelle Eggers, Vice President NA Market Operations and Global Logistics Purchases, Proctor & Gamble

Spencer Levy, Chairman of Americas Research and Senior Economic Advisor, CBRE

Andy Walton, General Manager, Distribution Center, Walmart

Alex Zelikovsky, Former Vice President, Ecommerce Technology at Lowe’s

Event Presiders

Paul Page, Editor, Logistics Report, The Wall Street Journal

Lisa Scales, President and CEO, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

2019 SYMPOSIUM Supply Chains 20/20

Manik Aryapadi Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

Annette Danek-Akey Senior Vice President, Supply Chain; President, Warehouse Education and Research Council, Penguin Random House

William Dempsey Chief Procurement Officer, Molson Coors Brewing Company

Kevin O’Meara Vice President Integrated Supply Chain, Shaw Industries

Brad Parrish Vice President of Engineering, FedEx Supply Chain

Elizabeth Radke NA SMO PS Innovation and Customization Director, Proctor & Gamble


2018 SYMPOSIUM – Supply Chains at the Cross Roads of Disruption

Mike Chamberlain, President, Simpler Consulting, an IBM Watson Health Company

Bill Chappuis, Senior Operations Manager, Freight Automation, Uber

Adrian Kumar, Solutions Design North America, Vice President, DHL Supply Chain

Spencer Levy, Head of Research, Americas, Senior Economic Advisor CBRE

Kate Messchelein, Vice President, Supply Chain Strategy and Deployment – Medical Devices, Johnson & Johnson

2017 SYMPOSIUM – The Evolving Responsiveness Cost Frontier

Tonya Jackson, Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Lexmark International

Stephen Laaper, Principal, Strategy and Operations, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Chandra Narayanaswami, Principal Research Staff Member; Member, IBM Academy of Technology, IBM

Ryan Quinlan Head of Fulfillment, Google Express

Larry P. Smith, Former Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD)

John R. Tweardy, Principal, Cloud, Strategy and Operations, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Suzanne Valentine, Distinguished Engineer and Chief Data Scientist, IBM Watson Customer Engagement

2016 SYMPOSIUM – Supply Chain Management in the Digital Age

Bill Best, Divisional Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, REI

Andrew Downard, Research Director, Gartner, Inc.

Dr. Markus Ettl, Distinguished Researcher, Senior Manager, Commerce Advanced Analytics,

IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Daniel Gagnon, Vice President, Marketing, UPS Global Logistics and Distribution

Sanjeev Khanna, Senior Director, Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure and Operations, Microsoft

Stephen J. Szilagyi, Former Chief Supply Chain Officer, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.,

President, Szilagyi Leadership

BREAKFAST SPEAKER SERIES TOPICS AND SPEAKERS

DATE AND TOPIC SPEAKER(S)

Friday, January 31, 2020

Digital Supply Chain – Deliver Customer Desires in an Experience Economy

 

Martin Barkman
Senior Vice President
Global Head of Solution Management
Digital Supply Chain
SAP

Christopher J. Smith
IT Business Analyst Expert
ERP Center of Excellence – Supply Chain Planning SAP, APO & IBP
PPG

Friday, March 29, 2019

C-Level Challenges of Managing a

Global Supply Chain

Tonya Jackson
Senior Vice President
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Lexmark International

Friday, April 6, 2018

Managing a Global Supply Chain During a Chapter 11 Transformation

Jan G. Dudiak
Chief Procurement Officer and Vice President Global Supply Chain Solutions
Westinghouse Electric Company

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Evolving Role of 3PLs in Today’s Changing Retail Market

Ryan P. Kelly
Senior Vice President, Sales Strategy, & Communications
FedEx Supply Chain

Friday, April 7, 2017

Omni-Opportunities in Retail Supply Chain Management

George Giacobbe
Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management
DICK’s Sporting Goods

February 24, 2017

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) Opportunities

Doug Harvey
Operations Manager, Consumer Supply Chain
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Kevin Kilmer

Director – Global Inventory Management
Westinghouse Electric Company
APICS Instructor

Moid Mohammed
Associate Partner
McKinsey & Company

April 8, 2016

A CEO’s Perspective on Supply Chain Management

Dawne S. Hickton
Director, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland; Former CEO, RTI International Metals, Inc.

February 26, 2016

Sustainability in the Supply Chain in the Digital Age

Kevin L. McKnight
Chief Sustainability Officer, Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety
Alcoa

Aditya Sharma
Operational Director
Global Sustainable Operations Practice
Accenture

December 4, 2015

3-D Printing and Its Impact on the Supply Chain 

Howard Kuhn
Ph.D., Adjunct Professor
University of Pittsburgh

Mark A. Henne
President
Marcus Machinery

John Barnes
Vice President
Advanced Manufacturing & Strategy
Alcoa Titanium & Engineered Products

Kirk Rogers
Technology Leader
General Electric’s Center for Additive Technology Advancement

September 18, 2015

Reverse Logistics: Implementation and Impact at Dell, Inc.

Herb Shear
Chairman
Shear Family Office

Matt Peterson
Supply Chain Director
Dell Inc.

Eric Smith
Strategic Account Executive
GENCO

May 8, 2015

Predictive Analytics in the Supply Chain

Greg Kaiser Sr.
Former VP Global Technical Solutions
Hershey Company

Patrick Flaherty
VP of Operations, BioTronics Inc.(UPMC’s Clinical Engineering Division)
VP of Integrated Technology & Performance Solutions
UPMC Supply Chain Management

Brandon Cox
Director, Enterprise Science
Deloitte

February 13, 2015

Technology Trends in Transportation

Steve MyersVice President
FXG Regional Operations – Canada Region
FedEx Ground

FAST, FOCUS FORUMS TOPICS AND SPEAKERS

DATE AND TOPIC SPEAKER(S)

December 10, 2020

The Changing Impact of COVID-19 on Logistics and Distribution

Geoff Muessig
CMO and EVP
PITT OHIO

Jim Fields
COO
PITT OHIO

George Giacobbe
SVP Supply Chain
Dicks Sporting Goods

October 30, 2020

Volatile Supply and Demand: S&OP and Annual Planning in the COVID Era

Robert Bilger
Director, Global Strategic Sourcing & Supply Chain
MSA – The Safety Company

Dan Jergel
Global SIOP Manager
MSA – The Safety Company

July 2, 2020

Risk Management in Supply Chains: Pre- and Post-COVID-19

J.R. Ellis
VP of Supply Chain Engineering
ARMADA

June 4, 2020

Impact of COVID-19 on Transportation: A Carrier and Shipper Perspective

Geoff Muessig
CMO and EVP
PITT OHIO

May 21, 2020

New Distribution Models for an Effective COVID-19 Response

Paul Page
Editor, WSJ Logistics Report
Wall Street Journal

 

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

I chose Katz because of the world-class faculty and students: the professors here are well-versed in their fields, passionate about teaching, and want to see their students succeed academically and professionally; the students are dedicated to excellence and form an excellent professional network. 

Tyler Wilson

MBA '19

I knew I could build on my strengths through the strong core curriculum with specific classes that would help me learn invaluable tactics and strategies for my career. The international community at Katz is eye-opening. Learning from individuals who come from all over the world is a valuable experience in and of itself.

Robert Innis

MBA '18