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Penn State Smeal names Alptekinoglu research director of Center for Supply Chain Research

November 8, 2016

The Penn State Smeal College of Business has named Aydin Alptekinoglu the research director of its Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR). 

Alptekinoglu is an associate professor of supply chain management and the Robert G. Schwartz University Endowed Fellow in Business Administration. 

"We are quite pleased to have someone of Aydin's caliber on our team,” said Steve Tracey, CSCR executive director. “He's already brought some refreshing ideas and initiatives that we know will add value over the coming years. We fully expect that our internal and external stakeholders will be pleased with the improvements now that he's on board."   

The CSCR is one of the nation’s leading institutions dedicated to research and education in the field of supply chain management. The center’s mission is to be a leading source of supply chain knowledge creation and dissemination. 

The center’s research activities and agenda seek to enhance the body of knowledge relative to all major facets of supply chain management. These activities culminate in insights targeted at both academic and managerial audiences. 

With 34 faculty members and more than 1,000 student majors, the SC&IS department is one of the largest academic concentrations of supply chain education and research in the United States. Gartner Inc.’s ranking of U.S. supply chain education providers lists Smeal No. 1 in both undergraduate and graduate education. 

“I am very excited to take this new role, because CSCR is one of the most well-connected centers of its kind. My primary goal is to help leverage CSCR’s rich industry connections for faculty research.  One of the initiatives I want to accomplish this year is to understand – through the input of our corporate sponsors – what the most pressing issues are in supply chain management and publicize them,” Alptekinoglu said. 

“My vision for the “R” part of CSCR is to set the agenda for the fields of supply chain/operations management. I want CSCR to be in a position to elevate our faculty to worldwide thought leadership in supply chain theory and practice. We have the resources, faculty talent, wonderful corporate sponsors, a large and loyal alumni base, and a rich history to draw from.” 

About the Center for Supply Chain Research
The Center for Supply Chain Research is one of the nation’s leading institutions dedicated to research and education in the supply chain field. The center’s mission is to be a leading source of supply chain knowledge creation and dissemination. Working in conjunction with faculty members from various academic areas, the center conducts research in areas such as distribution, warehousing, transportation, procurement and supply, customer service, systems modeling and design, logistics information systems, global logistics, and more. Learn more at www.smeal.psu.edu/cscr/.

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