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

Current seminar:

April 27, 2017 - Learn more and RSVP Here - Industry Panel Session: "Making Analytics Work: Experiences From the Field" and Capstone Project Poster Presentations 
Location: The Samuel F. Heffner Jr. '56 Alumni House, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.  
Summary: This event is hosted by the Center for Supply Networks and Analytics at the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Attendees will hear and learn 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 include a panel discussion and Rensselaer supply chain and business analytics capstone project poster presentations. 
 
Past seminars:
March 29, 2017 - Watch 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 “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 - "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
Summary: In our globalized and fast-paced world getting relevant and successful products out the door as quickly and efficiently as possible is key to business success. Concepts like the new product development cycle and disruptive innovation are becoming more essential to success. While they are not new ideas, they take on a newer form in modern industry and are more critical than they ever were before. 

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
Summary: In today’s evolving marketplace, supply chain failures are increasingly presenting a strategic challenge for continuing business operations.  As a result, more organizations recognize the importance of establishing a business continuity program and developing plans to help mitigate loss and resume production activities in the event of a disaster.

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
Summary: While many analysts predict significant growth of IoT over the next five years, it is clear that customers can be expected to walk away if they do not see the value or trust these new digital features of products. This session will provide a cross-industry perspective on how to undertake digital supply chain transformations.

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 
  • Chanaka Edirisinghe, Kay and Jackson Tai ’72 Chair, Professor of Quantitative Finance, Director of the Center for Financial Studies, Rensselaer Lally School of Management
  • Aparna Gupta, Associate Professor, Director of the M.S. in Quantitative Finance and Risk Analytics 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
  • Yingda Lu, Assistant Professor, 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.