Center for Supply Networks and Analytics

Excellence in research and education in supply chain management and business analytics.

The Center for Supply Networks and Analytics is a newly formed center of excellence dedicated to research and education in the fields of supply chain management and business analytics. The mission of the Center is to be a leading source of knowledge creation and dissemination in supply chain and analytics.

The Center’s research activities and agenda seek to enhance the body of knowledge related to all major facets of supply chain management and business analytics. These activities culminate in insights targeted at both academic and managerial audiences. The Center will become a premier destination for expertise, in particular for the technology-intensive and advanced manufacturing firms that are central to the ambitions of Rensselaer. 

Events

Next seminar:

December 5, 2018 - "Blockchain Anchored Supply Chain Automation" - Watch the Video
Speaker: Chandra Narayanaswami, PhD, Principal Research Staff Member, IBM TJ Watson Research Center
Abstract: Increasing globalization, eCommerce usage and social awareness is leading to consumers demanding variety, value, convenience, immediacy, verifiable authenticity and provenance, ethical materials sourcing & manufacturing, regulatory compliance, and services after sales. Fulfilling this increased complexity of consumer demand has required, supply chains to evolve into multi-enterprise networks with numerous flow paths in production, merchandising, and fulfillment involving many organizational/institutional handoffs, to effectively manage a large number of complex products with shorter life cycles, and high transaction volumes.

The supply chain management models of today, place higher demands on automation and requires a transition from the traditional paradigm of planning followed by long-loop execution for a handful of segments, to a paradigm of managing a portfolio of end-to-end instrumented data-rich micro-segmented supply chains that are monitored and adjusted in near real-time. 

At the core, this calls for a new look at how data is created, shared, analyzed, and used across the supply chain, areas for which Blockchain technology is well suited. A Permissioned Blockchain provides an immutable, shared ledger that is kept consistent using distributed and resilient consensus protocols, along with inherent provisions for data separation, privacy and security among the participants. Executable smart contracts orchestrate automation and efficiency. Additional analytics offer insights on aspects such as compliance and quality. Together it provides what is needed for an efficient next generation supply chain with provable provenance and tracking.

In this talk Dr. Chandra Narayanaswami will use the above lens to describe why Blockchains are fundamentally changing the landscape of transactions, through examples in food safety and provenance, ocean freight logistics, maintenance and repair operations, asset management and tracking, and financial settlements.

 

Past seminars:

October 31, 2018 - "Water water everywhere, nor any drop to drink!": Applying Supply Chain and Data Analytics Teachings in Business Applications - Watch the Video
Speaker: Paul Testa, Head of Global Supply Chain, Shire
Abstract: Supply Chains are complex processes that can span multiple geographies, companies, organizations, and industries. They are now expected to achieve higher levels of performance than ever before. 

Business (Supply Chain) data is more plentiful now than ever before. This data can allow Supply Chain leaders to master the complexities and expectations of today, while anticipating the needs of tomorrow. 

Unfortunately, the data alone is not enough! What we need is INFORMATION!  Without Business Analytics, we drown in our data instead of floating on our streams of life-supporting information! In “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, Samuel Taylor Coleridge describes a situation of too much of the wrong kind of water that is similar to many Supply Chain professionals today.

During this presentation, Paul Testa shared his practical learnings regarding Supply Chain data, analytics, information, and merger/acquisition integrations.

September 19, 2018 - "The Digital Supply Chain" - Watch the Video
Speaker: Stephen Meyer, Research Director, Supply Chain, Gartner Inc. 
Abstract: What does the term "digital supply chain" mean for manufacturing companies? Using Gartner's digital supply chain maturity model as a backdrop, examples of digital supply chains in practice today will be shared, along with how companies are leveraging digital technology to make their supply chains faster, more efficient and more aligned to the needs of their customers. Gartner survey data will be shared to show where supply chains are making their investments in new technology and the benefits they expect to reap.
 
May 3, 2018 - Industry Panel Session: "Transforming Business with Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities and Challenges" - Watch the Video
PanelistsGraham Giller, Head of Primary Research, Deutsche Bank; Yuri Malitsky, Data Scientist, Morgan Stanley; Rick Tacelli, VP Customer Development, Empirical Systems
Summary: Digitization and artificial intelligence are transforming businesses in very fundamental ways. Disruption from AI is already here, but many managers are not clear how to harness AI and how it might impact their organizations and industries. Creating effective strategies to harness the many opportunities offered by AI are critical for business executives. This panel discussion will feature executives who are at the forefront of deploying and using AI successfully in their organizations. Panelists share their experience in deriving business value from AI, managing the organizational change brought upon by AI, and overcoming key challenges on their way to success.
 
February 28, 2018 - Watch the Video - "1>2 in Global Supply Chains"
Speaker: Burak Kazaz, Steven R. Becker Professor of Supply Chain Management, Syracuse University
Summary: Global firms typically manufacture to cover the global demand based on their aggregate production plan after receiving demand projections from all markets. One of the consequences of matching demand with manufacturing is that these plans generally ignore the impact of economic fluctuations such as the exchange-rate movements. Consolidated profits for global firms are significantly influenced by fluctuations in exchange rates, and there is an opportunity to incorporate exchange-rate uncertainty into global production planning. This study presents an operational hedging mechanism based on manufacturing less than the total global demand, termed as “production hedging.” 
 
September 27, 2017 - “Insights on Affordability: Engineering and Supply Chain Partnerships” 
Speaker: Arianna Kalian, P.E., Director of Value Engineering at Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company
Summary: Building a culture of affordability among key stakeholders in engineering, supply chain, and suppliers is important given the extent of outsourcing that Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) have done in past years. This session will discuss value engineering best practices, the skills and capabilities that engineers at OEM’s need to be successful, and a question and answer session.
 
April 27, 2017 - Watch the VideoLearn more - Industry Panel Session: "Making Analytics Work: Experiences From the Field" and Capstone Project Poster Presentations 
Summary: This event is hosted by the Center for Supply Networks and Analytics at the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Attendees learned from executives with broad experience in analytics in multiple industries on issues and challenges faced by firms as they adapt to technological shifts. The event will included a panel discussion and Rensselaer supply chain and business analytics capstone project poster presentations. 
 
March 29, 2017 - Watch the Video - “Data Ownership and Transparent Surveillance Across Digital Supply Chain Networks”
Speaker: Peter Vanderminden ’78, Senior Industry Analyst of IoT and Digital Supply Chain, Flatiron Strategies
Summary: The utilization of digital supply chains to manage the “Internet of Things” (IoT)  enabled product and services delivery across multiple participants raises fundamental questions concerning invasive surveillance and who owns the data that is gathered.  

February 22, 2017 - Watch Video - “Supply Chain Risk Insights Powered By Watson"
Speakers: Tom Ward ’86, Cloud and Cognitive Strategist, Enterprise Services, IBM, and Rahul Nahar, Senior Technical Staff Member, Enterprise Services Analytics, Architecture, and Strategy, IBM
Summary: Managing global supply chains can be a risky business. The race for leaner supply chains has placed supply chain sites and suppliers in some unstable regions of the world. How do supply chain leaders know when to take costly risk mitigating actions to recover from the impact of a natural event (ie. a hurricane or earthquake) and when can they simply take caution, but no action? 

November 30, 2016 - Watch Video“Supply Chain 2.0: Supply Chain for a New Age”
Speaker: Jay Nearnberg ’77, Supply Chain Consulting Manager, Accenture
Summary: This talk highlights a blueprint of the next generation of supply chains that will drive a company’s business—breaking down functional silos, redefining priorities, and building synchronized planning and fulfillment capabilities. Companies must have strong foundational components to compete—customer-driven supply chains, an integrated supply chain operating model, performance management, and supply chain segmentation strategies. 

October 26, 2016 - “On-Demand Warehousing and Logistics”
Speaker: Jennifer Pazour, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Summary: On-demand businesses use internet-based platforms to provide wide-reach visibility into untapped resource capacity. This has the potential to increase resource visibility, utilization, accessibility, and flexibility. We explore the competitive landscape and characteristics of on-demand warehousing and logistics systems, as well as compare and contrast on-demand business models with traditional models.  

September 29, 2016 - “Wine Analytics: Fine Wine Pricing and Selection Under Weather and Market Uncertainty”
Speaker: M. Hakan Hekimoglu, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management and Business Analytics, Rensselaer Lally School of Management
Summary: This talk examines research that shows that a wine distributor should always invest in wine futures because it increases the expected profit despite being a riskier asset than bottled wine. The study empirically demonstrates the financial benefits from using this model for a large distributor. 

April 20, 2016 - Watch Video - "Frontiers in Supply Chain and Analytics Symposium"
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February 17, 2016 - Watch Video - “Developing and Managing Effective Global Supply Chains”
Speaker: Dan Ostrosky ’90, Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Triumph Group
Summary: In competitive business environments effective management of global supply chains is critical for firm success. This talk will focus on strategies for building and managing global supply chains to support a network of diverse manufacturing operations. Topics will include: global sourcing strategies, lean supply chain methods, and relationship and category management practices that lead to optimizing total landed costs.

November 18, 2015 - Watch Video - “The Impact of New Product Development and Innovation on Supply Chain Management”
Speaker: Lindsey Rappleyea ’13, New Product Development Engineer, W. L. Gore & Associates

October 21, 2015 Video - Watch Video - “Confidence in Chaos: Fortifying Supply Chain Business Continuity Capabilities in an Evolving Risk Landscape”
Speaker: Jodie Wright ’10, Senior Associate, Information Protection and Business Resilience Practice, KPMG

September 23, 2015 - Watch Video - “Integrating Physical and Digital Supply Chains: A Cross-Industry Perspective”
Speaker: Peter Vanderminden ’78, Senior Industry Analyst, IoT and Digital Supply Chain, Flatiron Strategies

Contact Us

 

Contact the Center for Supply Networks and Analytics at CSNA@rpi.edu or (518) 276-2035.

  • T. Ravichandran, Associate Dean of Research, Irene and Robert ’55 Bozzone Distinguished Professor, Academic Director of M.S. Supply Chain Management Program, Rensselaer Lally School of Management 

 

People

Center for Supply Networks and Analytics

  • T. Ravichandran, Associate Dean of Research, Irene and Robert ’55 Bozzone Distinguished Professor, Academic Director of M.S. Supply Chain Management Program, Rensselaer Lally School of Management 
  • M. Hakan Hekimoglu, Assistant Professor, Supply Chain Management and Business Analytics, Rensselaer Lally School of Management 
  • Jason Kuruzovich, Academic Director of the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship, Associate Professor, Rensselaer Lally School of Management
  • Nishtha Langer, Assistant Professor, Business Analytics, Rensselaer Lally School of Management
  • Chris McDermott, Associate Professor, Operations Management and Healthcare Management, Rensselaer Lally School of Management
  • Dorit Nevo, Associate Professor, Academic Director of M.S. Business Analytics Program, Rensselaer Lally School of Management
  • Jennifer Pazour, Assistant Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
  • Thomas C. Sharkey, Associate Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Wei Xie, Assistant Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

Research

The Center works in conjunction with faculty members from various academic areas to conduct research in areas such as:

  • Operations and supply chain strategy
  • Agile supply networks
  • Governance of supply networks
  • Performance optimization through analytics
  • Global sourcing
  • Supply network resilience 
  • Analytics readiness and maturity assessment
  • Social media analytics 

Education

The Center supports the educational Master of Science programs in Business Analytics and in Supply Chain Management at Rensselaer. 

Partners

More information coming soon.