Year in review: Department of Supply Chain Management

By John Fowler  |  Chairman, Department of Supply Chain Management


As 2014 comes to an end, it is time to briefly reflect on some interesting developments in the Department of Supply Chain Management at the W. P. Carey School of Business this year.

  • The department is ranked #3 in both the undergraduate and graduate U.S. News & World Report’s supply chain/logistics rankings
  • We now have nearly 900 supply chain management undergraduate students
  • One of our undergraduate students, David Choi, was selected as the W. P. Carey Outstanding Graduating Senior in May 2014
  • The SCM department rededicated itself to be a leader in logistics as evidenced by the following:
    • We launched a new B.A. in Global Logistics Management and welcomed 34 students to the program
    • We launched a new 9-month M.S. in Global Logistics and welcomed 22 students to the program. Find out more about this program in this article
    • Professor Dale Rogers joined our faculty in July. Professor Rogers is often called the “Father of Reverse Logistics”. Find out more about Dale in this article.
    • Professor Scott Webster’s research on bucket brigades was highlighted in the Spring 2014 edition of the W. P. Carey magazine
    • We agreed to host the 2015 Logistics Doctoral Symposium on February 26-28, 2015. Here is last year’s agenda; the agenda for the 2015 Symposium will be posted shortly.
  • The SCM department partnered with the Chrysler Group and Howard University on the Leadership Exchange & Internship Program where two W. P. Carey students spent the fall semester at Howard University and two Howard students spent the fall semester here after all students did an internship at Chrysler over the summer
  • Professor Eduardo Davila became an adviser to the Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce, a charter high school in Harlem, New York focused on supply chain management
  • Professor Thomas Choi was named the Harold E. Fearon Eminent Scholar Chair of Purchasing Management and executive director of CAPS Research. Read about it here
  • Professors Hongmin Li and Rui Yin were tenured and promoted to associate professors
  • Professors Reynold Byers and Michele Pfund were promoted to clinical full professors
  • Professor John Fowler was reappointed for a three year term as SCM department Chair.
  • The Network for Value Chain Excellence welcomed new members Bechtel, Chrysler, Hess, JDA Software, Mondelez International, Starbucks, Trax Technologies and U-Haul. ASU SCM alumnus Jana Kennedy discusses why she enjoys being a member of the NVCE Executive Board in the following article.

We are thankful to our alumni and industry partners for their invaluable support during 2014, and we look forward to another year of growth as we prepare the next generation of industry leaders and advance the knowledge of supply chain management.