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Susman Honored at 70th Advanced Manufacturing Forum

Colleagues, friends and former students came together at the 70th Advanced Manufacturing Forum earlier this month to honor the event's founder, Gerald Susman, Klein Professor Emeritus of Management at the Penn State Smeal College of Business.
November 15, 2011
Susman Honored at 70th Advanced Manufacturing Forum

Gerald Susman with his letter of commendation from Emily Stover DeRocco, president of the Manufacturing Institute.

Colleagues, friends and former students came together at the 70th Advanced Manufacturing Forum earlier this month to honor the event's founder, Gerald Susman, Klein Professor Emeritus of Management at the Penn State Smeal College of Business.

Susman started the Advanced Manufacturing Forum meetings in the fall of 1983 to provide managers with a setting in which to share experiences and ideas about implementing advanced manufacturing technology and practices and thus learn from each other. The membership of the Advanced Manufacturing Forum has since grown to include managers from more than 300 companies who meet at Penn State each spring and fall.

Susman, who partially retired from Penn State last year, still serves as director of the Center for the Management of Technological and Organizational Change and director of Smeal's Sustainability Council. He was honored on Oct. 14 in recognition of the 70th meeting of the Advanced Manufacturing Forum.

The tribute was hosted by Russell Barton, program director for manufacturing enterprise systems and service enterprise systems at the National Science Foundation. Barton presented Susman with a letter of commendation from Emily Stover DeRocco, president of the Manufacturing Institute, the leading research, education, workforce, and services association supporting U.S. manufacturers.

"I am pleased to convey my personal and official appreciation for the extraordinary leadership role you have played in advancing manufacturing management education in the nation," DeRocco writes in the letter to Susman. "Your work at Penn State and particularly your leadership of the Advanced Manufacturing Forums and in the Center for the Management of Technological and Organizational Change are to be commended."

Also speaking in honor Susman were Bruce Helms, a Smeal alumnus and senior quality assurance engineer at ARRIS; Ron Johnson, instructor in management and organization at Smeal; Arvind Rangaswamy, senior associate dean for research and faculty at Smeal; Paul Rigby, associate dean emeritus for research and graduate programs at Smeal; and David Whitmyre, manager of operational excellence at Xerox Corp.

Susman joined the Smeal faculty in 1969, shortly after earning his Ph.D. in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles. An expert in management of teams, management of change, and technology and innovation management, Susman has seen his research published in nearly all of the leading management journals.

He has been a consultant to many public and private organizations including the Office of Personnel Management, the National Center for Productivity and Quality of Working Life, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the cities of Baltimore and San Antonio. He is a member of the Academy of Management and has served on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Human Factors in Manufacturing, Management Science and Managerial Psychology.

Susman has also served the National Academy of Sciences in several capacities, most notably as director of a study entitled "Human Resource Practices for Implementing Advanced Manufacturing Technology."

At Smeal, he previously served as the associate dean for research and co-director of the Quality and Manufacturing Management program from 2000 to 2005.  From 1991 to 1999, he served as chair of the Department of Management and Organization.

In addition to his Ph.D., Susman also holds bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology from UCLA.

About the 70th Meeting of the Advanced Manufacturing Forum
The 70th Advanced Manufacturing Forum featured presentations from several industry leaders. The presenters were:

Scott Smith, president of Shearer’'s Foods (Brewster, Ohio)
Lean and Sustainability at Shearer’s Plant of the Year Facility and Beyond

Rob Gergen, senior director of Network Performance, Pfizer Global Manufacturing (Collegeville, Pa.)
Michael Becker, PGE director and engineering leader, Primary Care/Oncology OpU (Freiburg, Germany)
Pfizer's 93 Percent Renewable Energy Manufacturing Facility

Greg Yezback, plant manager, IndustryWeek's Best Plants winner American Axle & Manufacturing (Three Rivers, Mich.)
What Makes America’s "Best Plant" a Winner

C.W. McGlocklin, director of environmental affairs, SKF USA Inc. (Lansdale, Pa.)
SKF and Sustainability … Going Beyond Zero

For more information about the Center for the Management of Technological and Organizational Change and the Advanced Manufacturing Forum, visit www.smeal.psu.edu/cmtoc.

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