Logistics, Business & Public Policy

UMD Smith School of Business Honors Amazon.com’s Supply Chain Head

College Park, Md. – October 12, 2012 – The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business today named Michael Roth, vice president of North American Operations at Amazon.com, as the 2012 “Person of the Year.” Roth was recognized by students and faculty at Smith’s 20th annual Industry Day career and networking event.

Burt A. Leete

Leete teaches law-related courses in the undergraduate and MBA programs. The author of numerous articles, papers and books, his research has focused primarily in the areas of consumer protection, the impact on business of product liability litigation, the protection of intellectual property rights, and more recently, on topics in the international legal arena. In the past he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and as Senior Associate Dean of the school.

Bennet A. Zelner

Bennet A. Zelner (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2001) studies the strategies that firms use to manage the diverse political, social, and economic institutions they encounter when doing business abroad. Much of his research focuses on infrastructure industries recently subject to market-oriented reform—such as privatization, deregulation, and liberalization—and the challenges that such environments pose for private investors.

Hugh Turner

Hugh Turner is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. He has served as Academic Director for the Smith School’s Freshman Fellows Program since 2007. He teaches multiple sections of the Smith School’s prestigious Freshman Fellows as well as core and elective courses in supply chain management and technology to Smith School students. He has served as Academic Coordinator for the Smith School’s Freshman Fellows Program since 2007.

Rachelle Sampson

Professor Sampson currently teaches managerial economics and business strategy in the part-time and full-time MBA core. Her research focuses on strategic alliances and the organization of corporate R&D. Her recent studies examine alliance structure and partner selection in the telecommunications equipment industry, legal contracting for alliances and optimal organization for innovation.

Kislaya Prasad

Dr. Prasad is a Research Professor at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in Economics and M.S. in Computer Science from Syracuse University. Previous positions include Professor of Economics at Florida State University and Research Officer at the University of Cambridge. His principal research focus is on the computability and complexity of individual decisions and economic equilibrium, innovation and diffusion of technology, and social influences on economic behavior.

Charles E. Olson

Professor Charles E. Olson is Visiting Associate Professor and Director of the Honors Program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. From 1986 - 2000 he was president of Zinder Companies, Inc., a public utility consulting firm. Prior to joining Zinder Companies, Inc., Olson was president of Olson & Co., Inc. from 1980 - 1986. Dr. Olson was assistant and then associate professor of business at the University of Maryland from 1968 - 76. His Ph.D. is from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

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