Logistics, Business & Public Policy

CEO@Smith: Chet Burrell, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

At the helm of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield for nearly six years, Chet Burrell finds himself poised at the forefront of health care reform in the U.S. The intersection of health care and business has never been more important, which is why you should join Burrell for this year’s first CEO@Smith presentation.

Hear first-hand from the mid-Atlantic region’s leading health benefit services provider, then get answers to your own questions during the later Q&A segment.

Dinner will be provided. Business attire is suggested.

September 17, 2013 - 5:30pm

Adjunct Faculty

The following adjunct faculty members teach in the Logistics, Business and Public Policy (LBPP) department at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Affiliated Faculty

Jacques Gansler
Professor and Roger C. Lipitz Chair in Public Policy and Private Enterprise & Director, CPPPE

Sandor Boyson

Research Interests: Global supply chain management best practices and risk management.

Boyson has significant expertise in technology management and supply chain management, with over 20 years experience in strategic technology planning, systems development/ management, and enterprise-wide process integration. He has served as a technology & strategy consultant to public organizations as varied as the World Bank and the Department Of Defense; and private sector organizations such as Allied Signal, Hughes Network Systems and the Chicago Tribune.

Doctoral Candidate Profiles

Heidi Celebi

Heidi Celebi

Email: hcelebi@rhsmith.umd.edu

Doctoral student Heidi Celebi obtained her bachelors in Physical Sciences: Materials Engineering, Physics and Math, at the University of Maryland College Park, followed by her masters in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Izmir University of Economics in Izmir, Turkey. Besides doing work for her family's multinational business of manufacturing and distributing lower limb prosthetic adapters, Heidi has worked as a research analyst at CoStar in Bethesda, MD, and at the United Nations in Ankara, Turkey. Her UN work included managing the FAO-Turkey office budget as well as personnel issues, and involvement in the ARPC (Ankara Regional Procurement Center) at UNICEF, which handles bids for the distribution of goods to Iraq through the Oil for Food Program among other projects in the region

Isaac Elking

Isaac Elking

Office: 3330 Van Munching Hall
Phone: 513-317-7429
Email: ielking@rhsmith.umd.edu

2015 PhD student Isaac Elking obtained his bachelors degree in Logistics Management from the Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business. Prior to joining the PhD program, Isaac worked at Shell Oil Company for 3 years as a Senior Buyer. His research interests include supply chain disruptions and risk and resiliency in supply chains.

Omar Sherif Elwakil

Omar Sherif Elwakil

Office: 3330 Van Munching Hall
Email: oelwakil@rhsmith.umd.edu

2015 Job Market Candidate Omar Sherif Elwakil holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s degree in International Business Economics from K.U. Leuven.  Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, Omar was a Regional Program Manager at DHL Supply Chain.  Furthermore, Omar has previous experience as a Visiting Lecturer at Northeastern University and Research Assistant at the Harvard Business School.

Omar published his first year paper in the Air Transport Research Society Special Issue (Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review) prior to taking his comprehensive exam after the second year.  The paper, titled "Transborder Demand Leakage and the U.S. - Canadian Air Passenger Market," was featured by a number of media outlets, including The Economist and Reuters, and was utilized by the Canadian Competition Bureau in the review of the Air Canada and United Continental Holdings, Inc. joint venture agreement.  Omar was also invited to present the paper to the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to support economic policy development.  A supplementary paper titled “Low-cost carriers and Canadian traffic generation at US Border” was published in the Journal of Air Transport Management.

Omar’s research interests include international supply chain and operations strategy and risk and international air transportation policy.

Camil Martinez

Office: 3330 Van Munching Hall
Email: camil.martinez@rhsmith.umd.edu

2017 Student Camil Martinez received her bachelor degree in Systems and Control Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2003. She worked for five years as a Business Planning Analyst for Hewlett Packard in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico and for three years as a Planning Analyst for BP Lubricants in Wayne, New Jersey. Her research interests include total supply chain cost, inventory control and management and supply chain systems integration.

John Patrick Paraskevas

Office: 3330 Van Munching Hall
Email: john.patrick.paraskevas@gmail.com

2016 Student John Patrick Paraskevas received his bachelors degree in Finance and International Business from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland College Park. He also received his masters degree in Supply Chain Management from the Robert H. Smith School of Business. He worked as a Co-op student with Naval Air Systems Command in the supplier financial health group and the supplier network group from 2009-2012. His research interests include supply chain risk management, supply chain strategy, international supply chain challenges and the supply chain for the domestic defense industry.

Kevin Sweeney

Office: 3330 Van Munching Hall
Email: ksweeney@rhsmith.umd.edu

2014 Student Kevin Sweeney received his bachelors degree in Mathematics and Economics from Truman State University in 2009. He had worked for three years as an undergraduate assistant at the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Missouri St. Louis, as well as a part time consultant for CSTL. His research interest include supply chain risk management, empirical operations management, psychology in supply chain management, job shop scheduling, and waterway transportation.

Recent Graduates

LBPP Grads

Rodrigo Britto

Rodrigo Britto graduated in 2012 and is working at the University of the Andes. He obtained his bachelors degree in chemical engineering (June 2000) from National University of Colombia and his masters of science in industrial engineering (June 2004) from University of Los Andes, Colombia. Rodrigo worked for three years as an instructor of optimization and operations management at University of Los Andes School of Management – UASM, Colombia. His research interests include supply chain risk and resilience, transportation safety and inventory management.

Woohyun Cho

Woohyun Cho graduated in 2012 and is currently working at the University of New Orleans. He holds an a bachelor of science degree from School of Air Transportation and Logistics, Korea Aviation University (S. Korea) and a masters of business logistics engineering from Fisher College of Business, the Ohio State University. Prior to joining the PhD program, Woohyun worked as a research analyst at PA Consulting in Washington, D.C., and as a planning manager for Korean air pilot outsourcing, Korea Aviation University (S. Korea), as well. His research interests include empirical research of transportation and supply chain management. He presented "Route Competition in Multiple Airport Cities" in TRF (2009).

Jian-yu “Fisher” Ke

Fisher Ke graduated in 2012 and is currently working at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. He obtained his bachelors of business administration (June 1996) from National Cheng-Chi University, Taiwan and his MBA degree (June 1998) with concentration in logistics from National Taiwan University, Taiwan and another MBA degree (August 2008) specifying in supply chain management from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA. In addition, Fisher got the certificate (May 2007) of Advanced Study Program with a major in supply chain management at M.I.T., Cambridge, MA. Fisher has worked as a research and planning manager in DHL Taiwan. He was awarded Taiwan’s government full scholarship for three years (2007-2009) and a full graduate assistantship, along with a Dean's Summer Research Fellowship, for PhD studies. His primary research interests include public policy and supply chain management.

Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management is an integrated approach to manage the total flow of a distribution channel from supplier to ultimate customer. The underlying rationale for an integrated supply chain management approach is that it increases the opportunity for cost savings, better customer service, and competitive advantage for all companies in the supply chain. The Supply Chain Management concentration integrates courses across three areas: Logistics and Transportation, Operations Management, and Marketing. The curriculum also provides students with a hands-on exposure to information technology tools essential to modern supply chain management.

Students choosing this concentration should take the four electives listed below. In addition, students are encouraged to take BUSI 634 Operations Management.

BUSI 672 - Global Supply Chain Management – 2 credits
Offers a practical blueprint for understanding, building, implementing, and sustaining supply chains in today's rapidly changing global supply chain environment. Provides a survey of the evolution of supply chain strategies, business models and technologies; current best practices in demand and supply management; and methodologies for conducting supply chain-wide diagnostic assessments and formulating process improvement plans.

BULM 733 - Global Trade Logistics – 2 credits
Acquaints students with managerial issues in international logistics and transportation, and provides students with an understanding of issues related to import/export management and the global marketplace.

BULM 742 – Global Supply Chain Resources Planning – 2 credits
ProvideS students with an overall understanding of how firms use an advanced supply chain planning (ASCP) application as an integral part of their materials management process which includes such activities as production planning, materials requirements planning, and distribution requirements planning. Students are given a lab-based, hands-on experience with the Oracle ASCP package. This functionality offers firms a holistic approach to planning that allows a company to optimize its operations with respect to specific, stated objectives. Students are also introduced to the analytical models underlying the ASCP system. To further broaden their experience, students are also exposed to the SAP system.

BULM 744 – Global Supply Chain Risk Management – 2 credits
Explores enterprise resilience from multiple perspectives: from the supply chain manager’s concerns about how to help the enterprise adapt to day to day uncertainties in operations, in demand & supply; to the network planner’s concern about how to ensure business continuity after low probability high impact events such as a terrorist attack or earthquake.  

International Business

International business electives provide a broad look at issues global organizations face across the enterprise. Taught by faculty with extensive global research and consulting experiences, students explore international marketing, finance, management, and organizational behavior strategies. Optional study abroad activities, including week-long study trips and semester exchange programs, provide a global business perspective.

International Business Electives:

  • Competing in Global High Technology Industries (BULM 758)
  • Environment of International Business (BUSI 761)
  • Global Business and Knowledge Management (BUSI 762)
  • International Accounting (BUAC 715)
  • International Financial Management (BUFN 724)
  • Global Trade Logistics (BULM 733)
  • International Marketing (BUMK 753)
  • Global Strategy (BUMO 754)
  • Organizational Behavior: A Multi-cultural Perspective (BUMO 722)

Global Business and Knowledge Management

These electives when combined with electives from other areas enhance a student's preparation for a management career in the global, knowledge-based business environment.

Global Business and Knowledge Management Electives:

  • Environment of International Business (BUSI 761)
  • Global Business and Knowledge Management (BUSI 762)
  • International Marketing (BUMK 753)
  • International Financial Management (BUFN 724)
  • International Accounting (BUAC 715)


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