Decision, Operations & Information Technologies

Smith School Honors Starbucks’ Global Supply Chain Head

College Park, Md. – October 14, 2011 – The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business today named Peter Gibbons, executive vice president of Global Supply Chain Operations at Starbucks, as the 2011 “Person of the Year.” Gibbons was recognized by students and faculty at Smith’s Industry Day career and networking event, held annually to highlight the school’s supply chain management program and build relationships with top companies.

Smith School to Hold Annual Supply Chain Industry Day, Oct. 14, 2011

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business will hold its annual Industry Day event on Oct. 14, 2011, which highlights the school’s supply chain management program and helps build relationships with top companies. The event is organized by students in the undergraduate Supply Chain Management Society and supply chain and logistics faculty and is sponsored by the Intermodal Association of North American (IANA) and Stanley Black & Decker.

Smith School Professor Emeritus Saul Gass Publishes New Book

Decision, Operations and Information Technologies Professor Emeritus Saul Gass has published a new book titled “Profiles in Operations Research: Pioneers and Innovators.” The book was co-edited with Arjang Assad, dean of the School of Management, University at Buffalo, SUNY, and former senior associate dean of the Smith School. The book was published by Springer and is available for purchase on Amazon.com.

UMD Business Experts Available for Comment on Japan Tsunami Aftermath

Experts on business and the economy at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business are available to comment on the aftermath of the earthquake and devastating tsunami in Japan. Smith School experts can address the economic consequences and energy policy impacts; the use of technology and social media in disaster response; and the impact of the events on the bond market. The Smith School has a fiber-linked ReadyCam broadcast studio on premises for live and taped interviews.

Louiqa Raschid on technology applications for disaster response:

Univ. of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business Research Finds Nation’s Railcar Fleet in Jeopardy, Impacting Environment and Shipments of Goods

College Park, Md. – February 24, 2011 – The nation’s $90 billion fleet of privately owned freight railway cars may be in jeopardy, according to a new report released today by the Supply Chain Management Center at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. The fleet is integral to the efficient movement of goods by rail and drastically reduces the environmental impact of shipping by eliminating the equivalent of 30 million truck shipments a year.

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